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4.3 out of 5

"Beautiful property, excellent restaurant on-site. Walkable to the Duke campus and Sarah Duke Gardens. Very nice rooms and a beautiful golf course wi ... " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 08 Jul 2021

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 4-star hotel near Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Durham retreat

Within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, you'll find Duke University and Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke University Chapel and Sarah P. Duke Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km).

18-hole golf course

A golf course, 4 restaurants, and an indoor pool are all featured at this boutique hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and valet parking. Enjoy the health club and perks like free self parking and a free area shuttle.

Free Internet, LCD TVs

Boasting comforts like premium bedding and down comforters, the 271 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as LCD TVs with cable channels. Minibars, room service, and coffee/tea makers are also available.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$199* Per night/room Aug 4 - Aug 5

Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Two Double beds with Golf Course View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

King Bed with Golf Course View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club ratings based on 9 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 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Everyone (2) Couples (1) Family (4)
5 out of 5
Beautiful property, excellent restaurant on-site. Walkable to the Duke campus and Sarah Duke Gardens. Very nice rooms and a beautiful golf course with wildlife everywhere.

Posted by on Jul 8, 2021

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Jul 10, 2021 by Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Thank you for the wonderful comments! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will be back to see us again soon!

5 out of 5
It is very charming and very conveniently located.

Posted by , from San Francisco on Feb 12, 2020

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5 out of 5
Staffers were very responsive to the needs of the guests.

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019

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2 out of 5
When I checked in I was asked "Why are you in Durham" which was quite weird....in a suite that the air conditioning was loud and the shower both the shower knob fell off the wall when I turned the water on and the drain was clogged so water just filled up the to almost overflowing onto the bathroom floor....this hotel is beautiful but room was not up to the standard for this hotel..

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019

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5 out of 5
There is nothing NOT to like there. It's one of the finest hotels at which I've ever stayed. Staff is primo, value is incredible, rooms are beautiful and in magnificent condition. They had a shuttle that allowed me to leave my car in the parking lot and not have to worry about parking in the wrong parking spaces. This hotel is a gem. I will ALWAYS stay there when I come back to visit my hometown of Durham. It's the finest hotel in the area. Much better than the Carolina Inn, and much less expensive. By paying for Washington Duke reservation in advance, I incurred a huge savings in the cost of the room.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 11, 2019 by WashingtonDukeInn

Dear Valued Guest, It's our pleasure to welcome you upon each of your return visits to Durham! We are thrilled to hear just how much you love the Inn. We greatly appreciate your kind remarks about our staff, service and comfortable accommodations. We are already looking forward to your next stay! Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! Anna Marie Lawson Director of Special Services

5 out of 5
Washington Duke Inn is one of the finest, if not THE finest hotel at which I've ever stayed. Everything about the place is first rate. The staff is so friendly and helpful. I love that they have a free shuttle so I didn't have to drive my car around the campus and park it somewhere it might get ticketed because of my not understanding guest parking there. They're simply one of the greatest hotels ever. I also stayed at Carolina Inn (which was both more expensive and paled in comparison to Washington Duke, and Siena Hotel (same trip--three hotels) which was lovely.

Posted by , from New York City, NY on Mar 28, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 11, 2019 by WashingtonDukeInn

Dear Phil, We are so honored to receive such an outstanding review! Our team takes great pride in making sure each guest has a magnificent stay. Reading your comments lets us know that we are fulfilling our promises to our guests. Thank you for your review. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you again! Anna Marie Lawson Director of Special Services

5 out of 5

A quick but wonderful respite

Pros: Absolutely everything.
Cons: The architectural style conjured up feelings of aristocracy with its dark furniture and deep colors. It fit the building but I prefer “light!”
Location: The Inn is surrounded by its golf course and the Duke University buildings and gardens. Several historical sites are nearby as well.
My husband and I were thrilled with our overnight stay at the Washington Duke Inn. It was pricey but we splurged for our 50th anniversary. We live thirty minutes away from the site but it felt like we had traveled into the mountain lushness so lovely was the environment and grounds. This trip left us both with a lovely memory.

Posted by , from Chapel Hill, NC on Jun 24, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 29, 2018 by WashingtonDukeInn

Dear Regina, We are truly honored that you selected the Inn to celebrate your 50th Anniversary. To hear that it was a wonderful respite is truly heartwarming. Thank you for allowing us to be the backdrop for such a special occasion. We hope you will return to make many more memories with us! Anna Marie Lawson Director of Special Services

2 out of 5

NO A/C

Pros: Definitely the premier place to stay in Durham, but getting a little dated.
Never been in a motel before where there was no setting on the thermostat to turn the a/c on. It was a FAN ONLY thermostat. I turned the wheel for the temp setting just to see/hear what happened. Nothing! I've stayed there many times and the a/c unit makes a loud "thunk" sound when the compressor comes on. Come to think of it, I think all the thermostats may have been that way. They are all very difficult to get the temp you want. Perhaps this one just didn't work at all. We've decided that for one night (medical overnight for DUMC) Washington Duke, the premier place to stay, just isn't worth the premium anymore. Sorry.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 25, 2017 by Anna Lawson, Director of Special Services

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We sincerely apologize for the AC unit issues you experienced in the room. All of our guest rooms have adjustable thermostats. It sounds like this one might have had an issue with it if you were not getting your preferred temperature. Please feel comfortable to contact us if you ever have a problem. We have professional and courteous staff available 24-7 that can handle these issues. Again, please accept our sincere apology that your stay was not as we would have hoped. Sincerely,

5 out of 5

Luxury at reasonable price

Pros: The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.
Cons: The desserts on the dinner menu.
We live within an hour's drive and in the past have had the pleasure of dining at the Washington Duke's great restaurant, including afternoon tea. This time we needed accommodations to stay overnight and were not disappointed. This hotel is luxury all the way and worth every penny. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a great time reviewing all the artwork and photos on the wall, a virtual museum to the Duke family and Duke University campus. We especially enjoyed the photos and memorabilia about Angier Biddle Duke and JFK. The desserts on the menu are bizarre though. I'd avoid those and just have ice cream if you must have dessert. One has peanut butter - really?! The only one that seemed possible was the chocolate caramel cake but it was way too sweet and oddly, large. The description said it included meringue and whipped cream which may have offset some of the sweetness but both of these were just candy cigarette sized dribbles and not really worth the mention. Then there was a "cookie" half the size of a quarter with the dish. Someone was trying to do something gourmet here but it misses the mark. Other than that, all entrees are excellent, sourced from local farms and vendors, and you will not regret ordering any of them.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 28, 2017 by WashingtonDukeInn

Dear homebeforedark, Thank you for the account of your stay at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club! We are thrilled that you selected us for your overnight accommodations and are happy to hear that we didn’t disappoint! Many of our guests enjoy viewing the Duke family memorabilia that adorns many of the corridors of the Inn and it is wonderful to know that you were able to enjoy it as well. We certainly appreciate your comments about dessert and will be sure to share them with our culinary team. Again, thank you for your review. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back! Anna Marie Lawson Director of Special Services

About the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Location 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):

  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shuttle services

Property Features

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club offers its guests a golf course, an indoor pool, and a health club. There are 4 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. Business amenities include a business center and limo/town car service. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and gift shops/newsstands are also featured at the family-friendly Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. You'll have access to the indoor pool, outdoor pool, and health club at a partner property. Limited parking is available for a fee and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Durham hotel.

  • 1 building
  • 271 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 4 dining venues
  • Built in 1988
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Valet parking (surcharge) , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) (26.7 km / 16.6 mi)
  • Train station: Durham Station (4.6 km / 2.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club offers 271 accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. This Durham hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Microwaves, refrigerators, and in-room massages can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator available
  • Microwave available
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has 4 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course. In addition to an indoor pool, other recreational amenities include a health club.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golf driving range on site
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Accessibility

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

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

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 carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

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 carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Security system
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

Optional extras

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

  • Valet parking fee: USD 20 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 15 per night
  • In-room microwave fee: USD 15 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per night

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

Hotel Names

  • Duke Inn
  • Duke Washington
  • Duke Washington Inn
  • Washington Duke
  • Washington Duke Durham
  • Washington Duke Inn
  • Washington Duke Inn Durham
  • Washington Inn Duke
  • Washington Duke Inn And Golf Club Hotel Durham
  • Washington Duke Durham
  • Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Hotel
  • Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Durham
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You should know

  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly 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.