The Best Hotels in the Triangle, North Carolina
A visit to Chapel Hill gives you the green light for Raleigh and Durham, too | © Ian G Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Triangulate your dream stay in the state’s prime eating, drinking and shopping area with our hand-picked hotel list.
It may be hip to be square, but North Carolina’s Triangle is where you’ll find the South’s burgeoning trends. From Durham to Raleigh to Chapel Hill, this is the home of the state’s best beers and barbecue. Take a dive into each of these university towns, and you’ll find they all have something special to offer beyond academic brains and sporting brawn – including these sublime hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
21c Museum Hotel Durham
4.4/5 (601 Reviews)
Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel Durham / Booking.com
Now from $178 per night
Color your stay more than comfortable in 21c Museum Hotel. This artsy space in downtown Durham transformed the former Hill Building into a living gallery. Sandwiched between the foyer’s silver-leaf ceiling and terrazzo floors, contemporary art exhibitions rotate through the year. You’ll also find a menu full of bourbon, pasta and sweet desserts tucked securely in the building’s original bank vault, now the buzzy lounge of the Counting House.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
4.7/5 (383 Reviews)
Courtesy of The Umstead Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Now from $388 per night
The next best thing to eating barbecue in the Triangle? Becoming the barbecue at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Forgive us for slathering on the silliness but there’s truly no better feeling than getting rubbed down with a cherry blossom treatment, and flushing out your pores with an afternoon in the steam room. You’ll leave feeling so tender and loose that you’ll fall straight to sleep when you saunter over to your spa-level suite.
Graduate Chapel Hill
4.5/5 (111 Reviews)
Courtesy of Graduate Chapel Hill / Expedia
Now from $206 per night
Need a Chapel Hill hotel that receives high grades? Graduate will take your stay to the top of the class. Tailor-made for Tar Heels – so be sure you’re sporting the right shade of blue – your queen or king suite has a comfy bed, cozy sitting area, desk, and sofa without a couch surfer – a far cry from the digs in the dorms. Want a meal that tastes like coming home? The Frito pie in the Trophy Room will warm your soul.
The Durham Hotel
4.4/5 (318 Reviews)
Courtesy of The Durham Hotel / Booking.com
Now from $153 per night
Downtown Durham is your playground at the Durham Hotel. You’ll get a taste of the city as soon as you arrive, with a snack tray of North Carolina goodies in your room. A taste of the city can also be had during photography exhibits, live music and other special events on the rooftop. Your first drink? Make it a durham with cognac, tawny port and Durham city views.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park / Expedia
DoubleTree might as well be called the TripleTree, since it keeps you close to all three Triangle cities. A free shuttle scoops you up from the Raleigh-Durham Airport and the rest is up to you. Munch on a warm cookie in the lobby and ask them where the best Chapel Hill barbecue joint is. Grab a brew at the Lobby Bar while waiting for your cab to the Canes game or spend the night dining in at Vintage Carolina Restaurant.
Marriott at Research Triangle Park
Chain Hotel, Business Hotel
Courtesy of Marriott at Research Triangle Park / Expedia
Get business done the Durham way at Marriott. This hi-tech hotel in Research Triangle Park has fast wifi, AV equipment and ergonomic workstations in each room. No need to lose valuable work hours hunting for food; Newton’s and the Corner Pantry downstairs will keep you fueled with delicious food. When you’re ready to loosen that tie, grab a job on the outdoor fitness trail before cooling off in the indoor pool.
Millennium Hotel Durham
3.8/5 (767 Reviews)
Courtesy of Millennium Durham / Booking.com
Now from $74 per night
Millennium Hotel will keep you comfortable while the nationally acclaimed healthcare workers at Duke University Hospital keep your loved ones cared for. The business center comes in clutch for last-minute work emergencies, though there’s plenty of space to set up a remote workspace in your room. Need a few minutes to collect your thoughts? Quiet walking trails are just across the street.
JB Duke Hotel
4.6/5 (234 Reviews)
Courtesy of JB Duke Hotel / Expedia
Now from $189 per night
If you don’t mind bunking with a few Blue Devils, then you’re always welcome at JB Duke Hotel. Right on Duke’s campus and a hail mary away from Wallace Wade Stadium, this stylishly slick hotel runs deep with blue, from the accents in each suite to the Fight, Blue Devils song hummed by the staff. No need to come ready with a campus meal plan; just bring your appetite for comfort food in the MarketPlace.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally written by Paige Watts.
These recommendations were updated on October 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.