Raleigh, North Carolina‘s capital, is the heart of the Research Triangle region, along with neighboring cities Durham and Chapel Hill. From intimate bed and breakfasts to college hotels to upscale boutiques, there are plenty of great places to stay at in the Triangle.
21c Museum Hotel Durham is a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and cultural civic center. 21c Museum Hotel is an innovative way of broadening the audience for and the appreciation of contemporary art by making art part of people’s everyday lives. 21c features free docent-led tours of the museum, a spa, and the Counting House restaurant. The rooms are designed with high ceilings, contemporary furniture, and large windows. Located in the heart of Durham, 21c Museum Hotel Durham is about 25 miles from downtown Raleigh.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 12 acres of woods, gardens, and lake. The hotel features a bar and lounge with nightly live entertainment, afternoon tea with a live harpist, green transportation service, and accommodation for pets. The full-service spa offers body treatments, nail care, facials, massages and organic treatments. On the property is a three-acre lake, a quarter-mile of walking trails, and a seasonal pool with a poolbar. Rooms feature lake views and balconies. The Umstead Hotel is located ten miles from downtown Raleigh.
Located in downtown Chapel Hill, The Franklin Hotel is just a block away from the University of North Carolina campus and 29 miles from downtown Raleigh. The elegant hotel offers upscale rooms with balconies that overlook either the bustling Franklin Street or that face the UNC campus. The rooms’ décor consists of dark-wood furniture and plush beds with luxury linens. Each room has an en suite bathroom with organic toiletries, and suites add separate living spaces and balconies.
The King’s Daughters Inn is an intimate bed and breakfast with cozy, individually unique rooms each with a distinct character. The two-storey colonial brick building was originally built in 1926 as a dormitory-style retirement living space for single, older women. The bed and breakfast opened in 2009 as The King’s Daughters Inn. The inn is located on the edge of Duke’s east campus, just a short walk from Duke University and downtown Durham and is 26 miles from downtown Raleigh.
The Durham Hotel is a mid-century modern hotel located in the heart of downtown Durham. The hotel features a coffee shop, an American dining restaurant, a rooftop cocktail lounge and a raw bar with beautiful panoramic views of the city as well as rooftop yoga. The rooms are warm and residential, to make guests feel at home, featuring modern designs and large windows. The Durham Hotel is only 25 short miles away from downtown Raleigh.
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The Hamilton Scot Inn Bed and Breakfast is a gorgeous stone house that sits on almost 15 acres of land in Cary, North Carolina. The inn offers four different suites decorated with traditional furnishing, and the establishment can accommodate up to 22 people. The property is a National Wetlands Sanctuary, and the home features a library, a wine cellar, antiques and original art. The inn is in a secluded area but is still conveniently located to wherever you need to go to in the Triangle and is only 20 miles from downtown Raleigh.
The Carolina Inn is a historic hotel that was created by a University of North Carolina alumnus in 1924 and it is the only hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus. The modern hotel was designed to look like a 19th century plantation home, modeled after George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon, and had all the up-to-date amenities, including the novelty private bath. Today, the rooms and suites still maintain their traditional vibe while offering contemporary features and modern amenities.
A historic plantation estate built around 1775, Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast sits on six acres of gardens and lawns. The inn’s romantic guestrooms at the manor house feature spa whirlpool tubs, rejuvenating steam showers, and cozy fireplaces. The Carolina log cabin offers a secluded retreat with a king bed in a loft and a wood-burning fireplace. The garden cottage is a hideaway with a four-poster bed and a gas fireplace. In a secluded area, just 15 minutes from downtown Durham, Arrowhead Inn is also located 34 miles from downtown Raleigh.
First opened in 1988, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club was named for the founder of the American Tobacco Company and the namesake of Duke University. The 271 guest rooms and suites at the inn overlook the Duke University golf course, the landscaped grounds, or the Duke Forest. The comfortable and elegant décor is designed after traditional English country inns and the inn features dining at the Fairview Dining Room, the Bull Durham Bar, and the Vista Restaurant. While you stay, don’t miss out on experiencing one of the top golf courses in the state.
Chapel Hill University Inn is located near downtown Chapel Hill, just a short drive away from the bustling shopping and restaurants of Franklin Street. The rooms at Chapel Hill University Inn are simple in décor and are affordable. Rooms are pet-friendly, and the hotel offers a free shuttle service to stops on the University of North Carolina campus and around Chapel Hill. It is a quick 30 miles from Chapel Hill University Inn to downtown Raleigh.