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“Above average grounds/bar, below average rooms” 3 of 5 stars
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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Ranked #3 of 72 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, North Carolina
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105 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Above average grounds/bar, below average rooms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have stayed at this hotel 5 times in 3 years and have yet to get a decent room. Either it is next to the elevator, overlooking the air conditioners or the last time reserved a king room 3 months in advance and was placed in two doubles "sorry no king bed rooms available". Really? What is the purpose of the advance reservation then. Hotel seemed about half full to top it off. Rooms are not very noise proof as well. However, the grounds, proximity to Cameron and campus, and the bar are really very nice. So depends on what you value. If the golf course and being on campus are most important, then stay here. If quiet spacious rooms are what you want then there are better options close by, just off campus.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

In town for job interview. We spent 3 nights at this gorgeous hotel. The staff is first class, the rooms are very, very clean, and the food is top notch as well.
The legacy of the Duke family is posted on every wall - a great way to get a sense of the local history, traditions and community.
This hotel is a must for visiting the Durham area.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Stowe, Vermont
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I had the privilege of staying at this hotel while in Raleigh for a one day conference. Excellent accommodation standard and friendly staff. I was able to squeeze in 18 holes of golf at the very affordable late day rate of $75 (included rental clubs, green fees, and cart). I had the caesar salad with grilled salmon for $19 and a delicious Red Oak Lager. The NCAA's were on every screen and made for an excited crowd. Unfortunately I did not get to explore the area so I can not comment to local attractions but with out a doubt if you need to be at or near Duke I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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ny, ny
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The people who work here are lovely, the grounds are pretty and the location is great for visiting Duke University. If you aren't a golfer or a parent/student, i'm not sure why you would stay here. The prices are high and the rooms are very dated. We did use the gym and it was great and the pool area was gorgeous and clean. In summary, stay for location but if you travel with kids and fork over the money for a suite, you'll want to get out of your very small suite asap. I'm serious. You have to walk sideways to get around the master bed (on one side) and the pull out sofa (when pulled out) Not a comfortable set up for a family.
The other hitch is that there are often events going on here and if you're room is on the scenic, golfing side, be prepared to listen to clinking glasses below your window. These didnt stop until 12:15am and the weather wasn't all that nice. In great weather I imagine the noise to be worse. If you are a light sleeper, you'll probably want to stay on the parking lot side.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank arbella8
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WaDuke, Director of Special Services at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thank you for sharing your perspective on your recent stay at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. It was great to know you enjoyed the grounds and our location. We are also delighted you liked the pool and fitness center area. I was sorry to read your room was not as spacious as you might have desired. We strive to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere and regret we fell short of your expectations in any way. We do have many options for other types of suites and/or connecting rooms that might work out better for you should you choose to revisit our area. I do hope we get to explore these options with you in the future and would welcome the opportunity to make amends. Thank you again for your feedback. Complaints, as painful as they are, make us better.

Sincerely,

Anna Marie Lawson
Director of Special Services
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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We go to Duke Medical Center every 6 months and we will be staying at this beautiful hotel from now on. We also ate dinner in the informal Bull Durham Bar. There was an hour long live radio broadcast of a Blue Devil basketball show. We were sitting under a speaker and the broadcast was very loud and distracting. We requested to be moved to the library room off the bar which was much quieter. Service and food were both excellent.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Boston, MA
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232 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

You can't beat the location if you need to be on campus. The hotel is obviously historic, so there are quaint parts to it, and spots where the ceilings are low and the rooms are small. There are lots of nooks with comfy seats in the common areas, and the outside areas with patios was really beautiful.

The rooms have been updated and the entire hotel is clean. Food was excellent. I found staff to be pleasant, but not as over the top and involved as others have mentioned. I would stay here again, but would say depending on your tastes and budget you might be equally happy elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank KFerg
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Florida
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213 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stay here at least once a year and always love it. The common areas are luxurious and elegantly furnished with lots of chairs and sofas for reading, enjoying the view, or people watching. The outdoor patio overlooks the golf course and putting green. The standard rooms are a bit small for a luxury hotel so you may want to opt for a larger room or suite. No mater what time of year the common areas tend to be cool and a bit drafty. The inn has a causal restaurant and bar and an elegant gourmet restaurant. There is ample self parking in addition to valet.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Address: 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705-1059
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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 Business Hotel in Durham
#2 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#3 Family Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 4*
Number of rooms: 271
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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