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4.3 out of 5

"Its right across from Duke medical center. Easy acess in and out of hotel. " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 17 Dec 2020

Hotel Description

Hotel near Durham VA Medical Center in Durham

In Durham

Your stay at this hotel will put you steps from Durham VA Medical Center and a 5-minute walk from Duke University. Also, Duke University Hospital is within half a mile (1 km) and Sarah P. Duke Gardens is within 2 miles (3 km).

Free area shuttle

This hotel includes free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. A free area shuttle is offered as well. Self parking is offered and the front desk is staffed around-the-clock.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 48 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include free local calls, hair dryers, and ironing boards.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$89* Per night/room Jun 26 - Jun 27

Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Studio Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchenette

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Studio Suite, Multiple Beds, Kitchenette

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

University Inn Durham next to Duke University Medical Center ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for University Inn Durham next to Duke University Medical Center

Everyone (12) Business (1) Family (2)
5 out of 5
Its right across from Duke medical center. Easy acess in and out of hotel.

Posted by , from Dublin virginia on Dec 17, 2020

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019

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4 out of 5
We checked in late due to delayed flights. The lady at check in was really nice. The rest of the time there the staff at the desk acted like i was bothering them. One sighed when i asked her about local transport and put her phone (movie) on pause. The main complaint i had was the hotel transit. We got a ride to the Duke University stadium. This man was pleasant and told us history of Duke. I called to be picked up and no one came after 50 minutes. I called back and a man who spoke no English told me i was in the wrong place. Apparently he had no idea where Cameron Stadium is despite my giving him the address on the sign. He told me i had to walk somewhere to be picked up even though i was standing where i was dropped off. I doubt he even tried to get us. I called Lyft who was there in 2 minutes. The room was really big, we got the kitchenette and beds were comfortable. Room was very clean. If the transit had actually completed our trip and the staff was nicer at the front desk I'd have given a 5 because the room was great.

Posted by on May 26, 2019

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5 out of 5
I have stayed at this hotel several times over the years when I am going to see Celtic Woman at the beautiful Durham Performing Arts Center. This hotel has always been very kind and the room are aways very clean. I will stay here again.

Posted by , from Lenoir City, Tennesse on Mar 24, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel

Nice place loved the free shuttle during the week. Verrazano friendly staff. Clean rooms. I will stay there again next time I am in Durham!

Posted by on May 8, 2018

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5 out of 5
Hotel was older but very well taken care of. Staff and shuttle drivers were personable and helpful.

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great location, nothing fancy

Pros: Location, price, overall comfort.
Location: Five minutes from Duke's West campus. If you're so inclined, you could walk there. West Campus is where the Doris Duke Gardens are - spectacular!
This is just a very plain but very suitable hotel. Accommodating staff, very comfortable room. Close to Duke and a lot of other amenities. I would stay there again, for sure. For people who are picky about this sort of thing, the air conditioning was very quiet coming on and going off - not the annoying noise that ruins a good night's sleep. Cold breakfast options - very good. Shuttle on weekdays.

Posted by , from Indiana, PA on May 16, 2017

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2 out of 5

Very short on amenities

Pros: Location
Cons: See above
Location: Right at Duke Hospital, and Durham is now fabulous--total revitalization
The desk person was brusque on the phone and with my friend when she arrived, but she's all I saw for about 24 hours--understaffed? She was nicer to me in person. The hotel is very basic, really minimal--despite three floors, felt more like a motel than a hotel or an inn. Sterile surroundings, small lobby, bare hallways. Rooms reasonably good-sized (a double with two double beds) but very cheaply furnished (bedding) with very soft, lumpy beds.I had to lie at an angle to get comfortable. "Cheap" all around is the word I'd use. Two women staying, only three bath towels provided, one tiny shampoo/conditioner, very cheap motel-type soap. A microwave and nice-sized fridge, but not even a cup that a hot beverage could be heated in using the microwave--thin disposable cups only. I had to go to the lobby to get a styrofoam cup to heat tea I'd brought. Thin walls--noisy near stairs or elevator. The place was very clean, and it was less expensive than other places on a Duke Reunion / Film Festival weekend, but I would not go back.

Posted by , from Durham, NC on Apr 11, 2017

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About the University Inn Durham next to Duke University Medical Center

Location 502 Elf St, Durham, NC 27705

Property Features

University Inn Durham next to Duke University Medical Center offers its guests coffee/tea in a common area, laundry facilities, and a television in a common area. WiFi is free in public spaces. A free area shuttle within 3 miles is available. Parking is available for a fee. This Durham hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 48 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Built in 1988
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free area shuttle
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) (26.1 km / 16.2 mi)
  • Train station: Durham Station (3.7 km / 2.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle within 3 miles
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

University Inn Durham next to Duke University Medical Center offers 48 accommodations with hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. This Durham hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 8.00 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • University Inn Duke Hospital
  • University Inn Duke Hospital Durham
  • University Inn Durham across Duke Hospital
  • University Durham across Duke Hospital

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.