You don’t need to be a Blue Devil to find welcoming hotels in Durham, North Carolina, but it does help to be a fan of the Duke University teams. If sports aren’t your thing, then you’ll be intrigued by the vibrant galleries, hip foodie scene, and young crowd that embraces the historical roots of the city. Whether you’re exploring this spot in The Triangle for the first time or revisiting your old college stomping grounds, these hotels in Durham – which are all bookable on Culture Trip – will make you feel at home.
Write your own vacation story on the fly at Unscripted. This trendy spot is a choose-your-own-adventure accommodation: will you use the energy of the buzzing allday cafe to work on your novel or will you bob your head to the DJs spinning vinyl in the Studio lounge? Perhaps it’s the Patio rooftop pool where you’ll start or end your day, staring out at the Durham skyline where your next chapter awaits… after a rest in your poolside room, of course.
Hang out on the vertex of the Research Triangle at Hilton Durham. While it might take 10 minutes to drive into downtown, your dog will be pleased that you chose this pet-friendly hotel. It might not be able to use the outdoor pool and you may have to sneak some table scraps from the Bluestone Grill, but its tail will wag once more when you head across the highway for a hike through Duke Forest.
Right on the Duke campus, JB Duke Hotel is the coolest place to stay near this school. The freshmen will be envious of your spacious guest room and bathroom that you don’t have to share. Your old college buddies will be jealous that you’re able to walk to Wallace Wade Stadium without fighting for parking in the wee hours of the morning. You’ll have no time to brag about one of the best hotels in Durham, though; you’ll be too busy with a post-game bowl of NC BBQ and pimento mac from the hotel restaurant.
Aloft is so close to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park that you could just about roll out of bed and slide into home plate. You should sleep soundly on your platform bed, though, especially if you spend most of your evening knocking back beers and shooting pool in the lounge. If so, then you’ll appreciate the walk-in shower and oversized showerhead in the morning. Just be sure to stock your mini fridge with snacks from the 24/7 eatery before you hit the sack.
No need to battle through traffic, enjoy complimentary rides to and from Duke University throughout the week when you book a stay at Courtyard by Marriott. Perfect for game days and for those visiting a loved one at Duke Hospital, this hotel on the outskirts of town helps you make the most of your time in Durham with comfortable double guest rooms, quick cups of Starbucks coffee, and smooth cocktails that help you wind your evening down right.