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“Great refined ambience & service, food overrated!” 4 of 5 stars
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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC 27705   |  
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Ranked #3 of 67 hotels in Durham
Mid-west USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Great refined ambience & service, food overrated!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We attended a private event with only light appetizers recently and decided to stay for dinner since it was football game day to avoid traffic. We were immediately seated and able to enjoy outdoors on September night with shielded view of golf course. Overhead fans were blowing even though temps cooled to 60-70s, but were promptly turned off when we requested this. We heard strains of pianist out on terrace which added to ambiance. This was clearly a date night and anniversary celebratory subdued setting.

Our server was eager (young and willing, but seemingly not very experienced waiter) and pleasant. He only offered sweet tea refill at end of meal and my glass sat empty since appetizer course, though water glass was refilled every 5 minutes--annoying. Trio of olive ciabatta, cheddar biscuit (more like a roll) and ordinary sliced french bread were offered.

We passed on $9-$15 cocktails described in long menu of them and asked if they had St. Germain liquer, and were told they don't carry it. Interesting choices however if you want to experience before dinner. Breads were good, but not warm, but spectacular or memorable. Soft butter was a plus. Corn chowder is absolutely delicious, smoky, rich, creamy and couple be meal when paired with salad. Tuna tartare appetizers served at table next to us looked like ample serving, though not particularly well plated. After seeing monochromatic salmon dishes being served to nearby tables, decided to pass and choose sea scallops ($34! for 5) instead. (Only item higher was ribeye at $36 but didn't want to risk it when waiter wasn't sure if it was broiled, or chargrilled or what). I really picked the scallop dish because description said it was garnished with foie gras lardons. There was a sliver--OK half a sliver--of fabulous rich buttery foie gras indeed, which made the dish. Excellent choice, very fresh and perfectly cooked, not overcooked or tough, Had I not had appetizer though, I'd have still been hungry afterward as no substantial side dish. Husband's snapper was fresh and nice subtle flavor, though plating was not particularly attractive. As a wanna-be foodie accustomed to dining out around the globe, I expected more. Choose chocolate molten cake for dessert and it was typical that is served in any restaurant...nothing unique but you usally can't go wrong with chocolate. Overall, enjoyable meal but view of golf course hedges and wafting piano music and food not enough to make me return for another $130 meal for two.

Room Tip: Sorry didn't stay at hotel, just ate at restaurant. They have valet parking which is especially...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mississauga, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I had a great stay at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. I worked closely with the hotel to host an event and everyone was great! I organized a private dinner, 2 breakfasts and a golf tournament and everything ran smoothly and everyone in my party enjoyed themselves!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, NC
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32 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Washington Duke Inn is a great hotel from the moment you are greeted by the bell staff until they bid you goodbye. The rooms are old-school luxury with real marble baths and luxurious sheets and towels. Gilchrist and Soames amenities and a Keurig coffee maker are found in each room. Ask for a room overlooking the golf course. The Bar was very busy and my only source of disappointment. The beer offerings are somewhat limited and the staff was not very knowledgeable about the tastes of each one. The Bar menu is also limited and atypical of a bar.
If you live in the area, I would recommend joining the Executive Club which gives substantial discounts and some freebies.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, NY
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was our first time in the area. We were driving through en route to Atlanta. I spent a lot of time researching hotels in the triangle region and finally decided upon this hotel. It is on the Duke campus which is beautifully landscaped. We saw many runners and bikers passing on the trails around the hotel. Check in was expeditious although the front desk staff was not as friendly as I would've expected. The decor was upscale and clean in both the lobby and room. We stayed in what was considered a junior suite. There was a king bed and pull out couch for the kids which was adequate for the night. There were double doors that separated the two areas for a little privacy. Although they did not lock and the curtains were somewhat sheer. We had requested the fold out couch be made up while we were at dinner, and when we returned it was not. We again called and someone came up promptly to take care of it. The staff on the floors (housekeepers and maintenance people) were friendly and always said hello. We did find a deodorant behind the tv which did not belong to us, which always puts me off a little. Otherwise, we had an excellent experience and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Wonderful stay. Perfect place to stay while visiting your student. The rooms are lovely and the staff are all so hospitable. A real dose of,southern hospitality- from the charming Southern drawl of staff members to the yummy offering of shrimp grits and gravy- everything just right. Dining or enjoying a cocktail under the tall pines while we watched the golfers wander off the course was a wonderful way to end our busy day of moving our freshman into her dorm. There was never a wait at any of the restaurants and we were very impressed because student drop off is indeed a busy time. There is a wonderful trail that winds right in front of the Inn & Club that is delightful way to enjoy exercising outside because it is all so nicely shaded.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed here for four nights while on a college visit to Duke. The rooms were well appointed and very clean. Very nice decor but I'd say the restaurant and bar were our favorite parts of the hotel. Cozy yet luxurious, the bar and restaurant provided a wonderful overall experience. Would definitely stay there again as it felt well beyond a "chain" experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is truly a little bit of luxury in Durham. The rooms are very comfortable and the bathroom amenities are quite nice. The restaurants are delicious. The bar has an intimate, club-like quality and a wonderful, fresh menu, and they serve food until around 11pm, so we didn't have to resort to junk food when we arrived at 10pm after a long day of travel. The grounds are lovely, right off Duke's beautiful campus, and only minutes from just about anything else in Durham (close to Chapel Hill, as well).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Address: 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC 27705
Location: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#2 Family Hotel in Durham
#2 Business Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, on the campus of Duke University and just minutes from Research Triangle Park, downtown Durham and Raleigh/Durham International Airport, is one of North Carolina's most celebrated hotels. The Inn, known for its luxury facilities, internationally recognized service, excellent cuisine and banquet facilities, stands among the tall Carolina pines, overlooking the Duke Univeristy Golf Course. Join us for business or pleasure, and experience a true Carolina treasure. ... more   less 
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