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The King's Daughters Inn
Ranked #2 of 8 Durham B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here a number of weekends ago for a night. I have been inside this Inn before but never had the chance to stay. It was outstanding. I am not much of a B&B person, but this is totally worth it. The rooms (all different) are beautiful, and ours was outstanding (The Crews Room). Hardwood floor, EXTREMELY comfortable bed, beautiful windows, and probably the best shower I've ever used. The iPad in the room was a great added feature, as was the turndown service with chocolate and a glass of port. We did not get to try out the breakfast part of the B&B, but I have every reason to believe that it would be great. The Inn's location is superb. All in all, I thought that our quick stay was exceptional, and, although on the pricier side, absolutely worth it if you're looking for a special treat.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Brilliant place to have a wedding. Everything in one lovely building: Seventeen beautiful rooms to handle the out of town guests, as well as accommodations for the reception, ceremony, dinner, and after party with dancing. Friends and family, most from out of town, filled all the rooms on the second floor. Our room, the Moss, was large and beautifully decorated. We visited most of the other rooms; some smaller and some larger, but all were different and beautiful. More importantly, for such a large place, it felt warm, comfortable, and private. It was easy to knock on a door and join with others. The downstairs had the lovely dinning room, a beautiful room for the ceremony, and great sun porch and hallways. As a picture is worth a thousand words, I've copied a few. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have been here in the past, but this place just seems to get better and better! The staff are warm and friendly, the accommodations luxurious and the breakfast simply delicious! It was fun trying a different room this time; (all 17 are completely unique!) I was in the Crews Room! Can't wait to visit the Durham area again!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

This wonderful inn epitomizes the B&B experience. This beautiful property is extremely well maintained by the owners. Included with our stay was a wonderful hot breakfast, lots of warm homemade cookies, drinks and snacks, and chocolate and port with the turndown service.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The King's Daughters Inn is aptly named; it's more of a hotel than a bed & breakfast... so if you're looking for a big, social B&B-type breakfast, B&B frou-frou decor (including, say, the owners' collection of ceramic piggies), having breakfast every morning at the same table with Jane and Marty from Peoria, and hosts that can't seem to let you alone, you'll be happier elsewhere. What the KDI offers in return is the dignity and ambience of a small English hotel, in which -- based, admittedly, on my experiences 30-40 years ago -- it would be considered quite horrifying to have to disclose your identity to strangers at the breakfast table. To be sure, there's nothing to stop you from getting to know the other guests, but the breakfast room is enormous, and one can quite readily find an unoccupied table, should one prefer. To me, the KDI is just the right place if you want (1) a bit of anonymity, thank you; (2) rooms that tip the scales into flat-out, sybaritic luxury; and (3) a great location, close to downtown and across the street from part of Duke's sprawling domain. Please bear this in mind as you read the other reviews, for I believe that some reviewers were expecting a B&B atmosphere; one of them described the ambience of the breakfast room, for example, as something akin to an "Elks Lodge." The breakfast may not be served with high ceremonial grandeur, but it is made to order, with fresh local ingredients, and cooked just the way you want.

The king in question must have had quite a few daughters, since there are numerous rooms... and every one that we saw (about a half-dozen) has been renovated to a truly impressive level of luxury and quiet, dignified taste. We stayed in the Womack Room, one of the lower-priced rooms on the ground floor. But many of the other rooms in our wing were unoccupied and open, enabling us to see that, like our room, each of them had been beautifully renovated and equipped with a big, flat-screen TV, an iPad, and lovely furnishings. We found our room to be one of the most comfortable we've stayed in; the queen bed was gloriously comfortable, and the thick drapes enabled us to shut out the morning sunshine. This is the place for the sleep specialist, the sack artist, the connoisseur of the snooze. I can still close my eyes and recall the complimentary glass of madeira, the smell of the freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases... the wonderfully comfortable bed... the quiet... <snore> Oh! Where were we?

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

I work with a national consortium of individuals who met in Durham this year due to one of our members being at Duke University. We chose the King's Daughter's Inn due to its high ratings and reasonable prices. We were not disappointed! The lodging of the B&B is exquisite and the choice of decor is amazing. The rooms were very comfy and had the perfect touches to everything including a iPad for use as a guest and nightly truffles and wine delivered! The meeting room was perfect and was held in the basement of the B&B. A very nice system was in place with a Mac console. Also, there were brand new flat screens for presentations. Colin and Deanna have done an incredible job with the Inn...it's the nicest I've ever been to and we hope to come back again. They, along with Samantha made our meeting one of the most memorable we have had. Thank you!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I am not a big fan of B&Bs, and when I was booked at the KDI for a visit to Duke I was a bit concerned. However, this historic property has been updated with all the modern amenities (flat screen TV and iPads in every room, modern decor that fits well in a historic house, updated bathrooms, etc). The employees are nice if not a bit laid back, and little touches like chocolate truffles and port at bedtime are terrific. Very nice breakfast served in main hall. No exercise facilities, but clearly this is not unusual for a B&B.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 204 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701-2009
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
Price Range: $202 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The King's Daughters Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing boutique luxury in an intimate urban setting, the King's Daughters Inn is Durham's premiere Inn. Relax in one of the seventeen graciously appointed one- and two- room suites, or host an event in one of three elegant meeting spaces. Located across the street from Duke University, only minutes to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the King's Daughters Inn is an excellent choice for luxury hospitality in Durham. ... more   less 
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