Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Carolina gem balances tradition and trends
Durham is a traditional college town with growing-city tendencies. Thanks to Duke University and a diverse metropolis jostling for position in the same space, there are times when the two sides spill over onto the other — and never is that more present than at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Named after the late tobacco maven and philanthropist Washington Duke, this upscale hotel option for campus visitors and area businesspeople has an elegance that resonates back to a simpler time — 19th-century-inspired furnishings in the lobby and old photos of the Duke family throughout the public spaces certainly help in this mission.

But in the same breath, the 271-room Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel has a cosmopolitan side that struts in the form of in-room gadgetry and an in-cart GPS system for the 18-hole championship golf course that should come with NASA clearance.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The attentive staff has a friendliness about it that goes well beyond what is required. Smiles feel genuine. Gestures have warmth. And don’t be alarmed if bellhops remember your name between annual visits.
  • The esteemed restaurant, Fairview Dining Room, is a polished establishment that believes in providing attentive service, using the finest in cutlery, and serving a pan-encrusted Carolina grouper you’ll talk about for days.
  • While Duke may be best known for its basketball prowess, this stellar hotel has a Robert Jones Jr.-designed golf course, Duke University Golf Club, that scores with the faithful of the fairways.
Things to Know
  • Bull Durham Bar, named in tribute to the city’s Minor League Baseball team and the beloved Kevin Costner-starred movie about the squad, is alive with Blue Devil fans clamoring during basketball and football season.
  • The property sits on 300 pine-speckled acres, making it the perfect backdrop for a morning run or afternoon walk.
The Rooms
  • Much like the scene in the lobby, rooms are styled in a classic fashion, accentuated by leather armchairs, elegant lamps and just the right hints of Duke blue on the tapestries.
  • Units are equipped with iHome entertainment centers and 37-inch flat-screen TVs. Reserve a suite and you’ll also get your hands on a touchscreen Kohler shower system.
Nearby Attractions
  • The hotel sits directly across the street from the athletic corridor of the campus. So, if you’re in town for a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium or Wallace Wade Stadium, you can almost smell the hot dogs from the lobby.
  • Washington Duke Inn is well positioned for any off-property fun you want to have, too. In fact, downtown Durham is but three miles from the hotel.
Babysitting services
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
3001 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27705
RDU (24-30 min)   GSO (1 h 5 min- 1 h 15 min)  
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