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4.5 out of 5

"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 thi ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 24 Jun 2018

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 4-star hotel near Duke University

Durham retreat

With a stay at this well-placed hotel, you'll be half a mile (1 km) from Cameron Indoor Stadium and within 2 miles (3 km) of Duke University. Duke University Hospital and Durham Performing Arts Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

18-hole golf course

A golf course, 3 restaurants, and an indoor pool are all featured at this smoke-free hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. 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 Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$179* Per night/room Oct 13 - Oct 14

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

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

King Bed with Golf Course View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club ratings based on 32 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 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 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Everyone (2) Family (2)
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

5 out of 5

Warm and welcoming

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Love this hotel. Warm and inviting, beautiful rooms, delicious food in the restaurants, great staff, and love the golf course. Have traveled extensively and this is one of my favorite hotels.

Posted by , from Richmond, VA on Dec 7, 2012

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5 out of 5

This was a very good hotel for the price. I felt it was more like a 4 star hotel than a 3 star one.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
This was a very good hotel for the price. I felt it was more like a 4 star hotel than a 3 star one.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012

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5 out of 5

Fabulous property.

Pros: campus location
Fabulous property. We were not there for basketball or golf tourney so it was very reasonable

Posted by , from Denver, CO, USA on Apr 16, 2012

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About the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Location 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

Property Features

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club offers its guests a golf course, an indoor pool, and a health club. There are 3 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include a business center and limo/town car service. Spa services, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance 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. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Limited parking is available for a fee and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This 4-star Durham hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 271 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • Built in 1988
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • 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
  • No smoking on site

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

Room Amenities

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club offers 271 air-conditioned 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, complimentary newspapers, and phones. 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
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has 3 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course and enjoy other recreation facilities including a health club. In addition to an indoor pool, other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

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 note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

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:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport transportation is offered 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.

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 not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • 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 are 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. 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 are 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.

  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3

Fees

Optional extras

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

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10.00 and USD 25.00 for adults, USD 10.00 and USD 25.00 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 15 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

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
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You should know

  • Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • 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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