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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC

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The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, only 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and 10 minutes from Research Triangle Park. Nestled on 300 acres filled with tall pines and hardwoods, the Inn is known for its beautiful facility and grounds, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, marvelous cuisine in the Fairview Dining Room--winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence--the Bull Durham Bar and the Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole championship Duke University golf course. It is set apart from other area hotels and conference centers by unparalleled service, a gracious staff, luxurious interiors and attention to detail. The Inn is also part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection: a small, curated group of independent, four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality.

 

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Rating: 3.96

Address: 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC, 27705
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1. Olivia S.
I. Love. This. Place.
The bar area is casual but still has a warm and comfortable atmosphere - the fireplace and dim lighting make it great for a date, and there's also seating on the deck when it's warm out... a great spot for drinking perfectly-prepared mojitos in the summer. Try the chowder (it's a specialty) and the crabcakes - the steak frites are always delicious too.
The actual restaurant is expensive but seriously delicious - it's definitely not one of those places where you pay the check and walk out wishing you'd just ordered a pizza.
One thing I'd definitely recommend that not many people seem to know about: the afternoon tea. You have to call about a week in advance because there's limited space, but it's SO worth it! I'd go sometimes with my boyfriend on Sunday afternoons - you pick out a pot of tea, and they bring you little miniature sandwiches, desserts and fresh scones to go with it. It's a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

20/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. John M.
Okay- I have to admit it- I survived being so close to the Duke campus without turning blue or into a Cameron crazy! Though I was unable to watch any basketball, it was a great trip.  I did learn I have a friend who went to Wake Forest and is a closet Duke fan.  Can you beleive it! I digress, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is a beautiful place. Easy access from main roads, parking is plentiful and there is valet service.  The bell, concierge and front desk staff were all friendly and helpful.  Elevator service was quick and the rooms very well appointed, though a bit dated in terms of the size of the bathroom fixtures. For those who like to hang out beyond the guest rooms, there are plenty of quiet spots where you can find a comfortable chair to sit and read or make calls.  The restaurant and lounge were busy, but not overly crowded.  The servers knowledgeable and helpful. Food and drink hit the spot- just good.  Definitely a positive experience.  Next time I hope to enjoy the golf course.  I certainly recommend this Inn if you are traveling to Durham or nearby.

23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Debbie M.
A four day business trip brought me here and I have to say the staff was wonderful.  The grounds were beautiful & the food was good, not fantastic.  We did use the meeting & banquet facilities & those were very nice & our events went off very well.  I would come again.   Also for those who have not been here take a walk across campus to the Duke Chapel, what a lovely lovely building inside & out.  I wish we were there during a time we could have attended services.

23/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Jonathan L.
GOLF COURSE REVIEW ONLY

This is a very traditional feeling golf course (in a good way!).  Trees line the holes, dangers are simple: greenside bunkers, lakes and hazards.  I'm not sure exactly what it is, but there is something in the simplicity of the course that makes it unique.

BUT don't let the simplicity fool you.... this is a very difficult course.  Length-wise, it average (leaning toward the shorter side), but you have to have distance and directional control on your approach shots because every green is well guarded (and alot of them are raised so chipping is not easy).  Also, I can't remember a single flat green and many of them have multiple ridges so you better be relatively close or three-putts are almost guaranteed.  Rough is short enough that you can still hit mid-long irons out of it, but long enough that it can grab your clubface punish you.  

One complaint I have with the course is the major hills and slopes in the fairway.  I can't count the number of times me or my playing partner hit what looked like perfect drives only to find our ball in really awkward positions (severe downhill lie with ball above the feet, or other strange combinations).  Fine, a complete game means that you should be able to hit from any ball position, but I just thought this left a little too much of your score to luck (especially on the par 5's because they are all reachable, but if you get an unlucky bounce you have to choose between laying up from less than 220 in, or hitting a risky long iron/3 wood off a severe lie: of course, you always go for it tin-cup style :D!!!).  Also, course knowledge is huge here.  I shaved 13 strokes off my score between the first and second time.  There were multiple factors that contributed to this difference (I was putting on fire today!), but by knowing where NOT to hit I saved myself a lot of strokes.  This probably applies for most courses, but this course has several doglegs, blind shots, and severely sloped greens that first timers will most likely struggle.

The course itself is in very good shape.  I played it for the second time today in March and my first time was during the winter.  Surprisingly, both times I have played, the course was is very good shape.  The greens are pretty hard and very quick but the ball rolls true (Today it looked like the greens were in the final recovery stages from aeration, but the ball still didn't jump around or anything).

Price-wise, it's pretty expensive.  For Duke students it's $30 to walk, which is a great deal.  The course is one of the tougher courses to walk (long distances between some holes and very hilly) but a cart is $25 so you walk and save your money for another round!  Regular price is $55 (no cart) and $100 (w/ cart) on the weekends.  If you have the money to play it, I think it's worth it.  I have paid that much to play some courses before and gotten MUCH less.  Great course.

23/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Nicole F.
Very nice and quiet hotel. Nicely secluded on a beautiful golf course. If only I played! The staff is very accommodating and the concierge was very knowledgeable of good restaurants in the area. The hotel restaurant served good food and have a pretty good selection on beers from the area. A+

04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Laura H.
Love the WaDuke!  I've stayed and dined many times and have held work events, bridal showers and even my own rehearsal dinner and wedding here!  The service is impeccable (though the one exception is very occasionally at the Bull Durham Bar), and I think the food and rooms are fantastic!

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Caroline L.
Horrible treatment!! Can't count on your reservation!
Made a reservation 2 months in advance; received confirmation email 3 days before our visit, yet when we arrived my daughter and I were told they did not have a room for us and our confirm did not matter. They did not have any explanation, and were really not apologetic. Moved to a different hotel that was out on a highway and very far from the Duke campus, where we were visiting. Other people checking in after us still had their room. How can this be a 4 star hotel???

20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. tommie r.
The rooms aren't particularly interesting (though the beds are damn comfortable), the "cable" has like 7 channels, the bottle of figi water in your room has a $7 price tag...but yeah, gotta get this place four stars.  Why?  Because the entire experience was so comfortable.  Every single member of the staff - from the door guy offering me bottled water, to the desk clerk willing to actually joke with me, to the guy who found and LET me play piano in the (closed) restaurant area at one in the morning...awesome.  The golf course might be nice (didn't play it) but what WAS fantastic was the 5k running trail around the entirety of the course - such a wonderful way to wake up and start your day.  This is a wonderful place to relax.

29/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Luke C.
I have not stayed here; this review doesn't refer to the accommodation.
I am appalled, however, at the disgusting dinner they served for our education dinner.

The salad was dried up and unhealthy looking.
The main dish was a steak and a fillet of some fish. That fish was the most disgusting fish I have ever had. You could tell it was frozen crap. The flesh of the fish had that gooey texture, .... i feel nauseated just describing it. This place may have nice surrounds, but boy is the food crap.

30/04/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. J S.
I rarely give just one star - no food, no internet - pillows that i wouldn't give for my child to sleep on, stains on the bed spreads, stains on the carpet and no water pressure - the internet went out because there was an "ecommerce" party - and they say there were too many people "logging on"- and the service - none - if you want any sense of service  - do not come here - there were zero offers of "let me check into this" - and instead - "oh yeah- we're aware of the problem"  - might as well be at a motel6. no help offered by anyone at this place. Just "attitude"

04/04/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. Kay S.
I was in town for a 4-day business trip in the Raleigh-Durham area and stayed at the Inn, conveniently located across Duke University's campus.   It's within a 5-minute drive to Duke Medical Center, 30-min drive to Chapel Hill and 20-min to airport.

The Inn offers Southern comfort hospitality with polished look and upscale Country Club service. The room was spacious and pristine. Although price range is sometimes telling (well, except in overpriced NYC), I judge my accomodations by the quality of their shampoo/soap. The Inn offers "Gilchrist & Soames of London"--besides fluffly Egyptian Cotton bath robes--these are my all-time favorite hair indulgences while on the road.  There is standard high-speed connection and a Business Center with fax machine, copy, and printer.  

I bypassed use of the fitness center and opted for 5mile runs through the Golf course and Duke's picturesque campus. Less than a mile from the hotel sits Blue Devils sports facilities like Cameron Stadium--home to many NCAA March Madness matchups.  I made sure to stop by the Inn's giftshop to pickup a Duke baseball cap for a friend.

In between a meeting, I headed to the Inn's "Bull Durham Bar" (yep, like the movie) for mid-day lunch of tomato bisque and portobello panini. The rest of the menu offers a democratic mix of bar appetizers, salads, entrees. Although it was a work-day and I was technically still on-the-clock, the atmosphere just begged me to have a fresh lemon-juice Tom Collins cocktail. So, I sat outside enjoyed a fine meal, cool drink and beautiful green grass.  

The concierge and staff were kind and personable; ready to offer their assistance with bag service, inside tips to local attractions and transportation.

For those in search of Ritz-caliber service in understated Raleigh-Durham area, I highly recommend a stay at the Duke Inn.  

If you're a golfer be sure to schedule tee time 2-weeks in advance.  The golf course is definitely a must-stop for any golf aficionado.

07/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Dee W.
I really enjoyed my brunch buffet here.  For the price of my entree, I got a complimentary drink/appetizer and dessert buffet.  YUM!  The crab cakes were really good - my friend got the chowder which was delish and I got their egg benedict which looked really cute and tasted really good.  Very light and mouthwatering.  Their entrees were very filling and yet not too overwhelming.  Their filet mignon was cooked to perfection and just the right level of juicyness.  Their pork chops smelled and tasted fantastic. Their dessert buffet was really great too.  So many different things to pick from!  Just check out the pictures.

In addition to their Brunch, I have had breakfast here which is a really good deal and I love how fresh everything is.

They also offer a wonderful deal for afternoon tea with your own pot of tea and a wonderful selection of finger sandwiches, mini quiches, cakes, truffles, and much much more wonderful food!

Also - another great thing - students can use their food points and enjoy Wa Duke, too.  :)

20/11/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Ingrid C.
This has to be the nicest hotel in the RTP. I had searched for days for proper accommodations; since I don't tend to travel much, I wanted something that would be superbly comfortable, but not pricey. Being picky amongst the various inns and whatnot, I took a gamble on hotwire.com , and won!

The Washington Duke Inn is beautiful and comfortable. It doesn't rival the world's top-tier accommodations, but it's definitely swank for Durham. I appreciated the business center with free printing where I was able to print out my boarding passes the night before my flight (the posted schedule for the business center is 7am - 7pm, but its keyed entry let me in at about midnight!)

The staff was pleasant, helpful, and welcoming.

Too bad I don't play golf.

16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Derek A.
I spent five nights in this place while there on a business trip, so I was able to get a real taste for it.  It is a very nice hotel, but don't take my five star rating as meaning it is a five star hotel.  Maybe a four star though!  

The rooms were clean and spacious, with good lighting, a comfortable bed, and great HVAC controls.  As far as I'm concerned, if a hotel room can do those few things well, then I'm 90% happy, and everything else beyond that is luxury.  My only complaint about the room is the lack of easily accessible power outlets.  All hotels should have at least one outlet available on the night stand between beds so that you can leave your cell phone plugged in overnight.  If I could knock down the review to 4.5 stars for this, I would!

The food the hotel produces is well above average, and we got a chance to try quite a bit of it.  Much of it is served with a southern influence, which is nice when you're stuck in a single hotel for most of a long business trip.  

Filled with southern charm both in the hotel and the staff, it is a great place to stay, but be forewarned that it is best done on an expense account.  Rooms can easily approach the $400 per night rates and it is not unusual to find $12 beers and $15 cocktails showing up on your restaurant bills!

30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Jennie C.
A very nice hotel tucked away on Duke's campus. I spent a night here following a basketball game, and I had wonderful service -- the people were attentive to my needs and the aesthetics were gorgeous (come during the holiday season -- love the decorations). I heard the golf course is amazing, but since I don't play golf, can't really comment, haha.

This hotel is better than some of the higher end places I have stayed at. The only downside was since I checked-in early, I was assigned a room above the washers, which literally left my room vibrating for an hour or so. But since it was during the day, I didn't mind, but if it was at night, I would have.

Definitely will come back again and I heard there's an afternoon tea service, will try that on my next visit.

20/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Yekaterina M.
Beautiful hotel - very cozy, and a convenient 5-15min walk to Duke's campus.  Highly recommended.

02/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Kate M.
I heard nothing but good things about this place before I got there so was excited about staying there.

I arrived with my fiance and had to immediatly go to a luncheon so he checked us in and dropped our stuff in the room. I was supposed to go to the front desk when I got back and get my key. When i returned from the luncheon I got my key and went up stairs. After I entered the room - and sat down on the bed and flicked the tv on - I realized my bags were missing and called my fiance to find out they put me in someone elses room. I went down stairs and got the correct key and room number promptly.

When I finally got into my room I was very tired from my cross country trip and wanted to lay down for a nap. I pulled back the sheets to find a 6 inch long black hair in my sheets. Totally unacceptable.

The rooms were okay - but out-dated. I sneezed the whole time because I dont think the drapes or carpet had been cleaned in years. The drapes and bedding were extremely old and needed to be updated. The mattress was springy and uncomfortable - it was also probably way past the date of needing a new one. All of the fixtures were old and out-dated. The shower head was like something that you would find in a motel 8 - not in a shower that had marble walls. It was small and had no water pressure it took me 15 mintues to get the shampoo out of my hair (which the hotel shampoo smelled like my grandma). All in all I am sure the rooms were really nice in 1998, but its 2012.

To sum it all up I was expecting something like a new Westin, a W, or even a Ritz since people were saying it is the best hotel in Durham and it just didnt compare. I will take my chances at the Indigo next time - the other guests at the wedding stayed there and said they had a great experience.

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. Chris M.
What are people talking about on here?  I rarely, if ever, call reviews to task, but I stayed here this past weekend, and was amazed at absolutely everything this hotel has to offer.  I can say with absolute certainty, from someone who travels pretty frequently, this is one of the top five hotels I have stayed at.

We arrived at the Washington Duke early on, greeted immediately by staff at the doors.  We went to check in with the front desk, again beyond efficient and friendly, but our rooms were not ready, however, we were extremely early for check in and the front desk took my GF'S mom's number and said they would get us in our rooms as quickly as they could.  It gave us time to mosey about the lobby, which is gorgeous, very spacious, gift shops and pro stores.  We were quite hungry, had time to kill waiting for our rooms to be ready, so we hopped in to one of three restaurants, Bull Durham Restaurant, and were greeted very warmly by a waiter who instantly cleaned a table for us.  Another waiter was busy grabbing another chair for us to fit our whole party.  The restaurant was quite busy, but you never feel like your a just customer, our waiter knew the menu, the area, was friendly, efficient and just great.  The food?  I got the cheeseburger, delicious!!  cooked perfectly, clearly a fresh made burger, seasoned beautifully with fresh cut fries, really hit the spot.  The only negative I could mention, the menu is pretty limited, but we had three other people in our party and every single one of them raved about their food.  They also have a small bar which is great for grabbing drinks and just enjoying your time..  We were not even done lunch and our cell was called and rooms were ready.  We had received tags for our bags from the bell stand, they immediately brought our bags to our rooms.  The rooms?  Gorgeous!! Our room had two twin sized beds, SO comfortable.  32 inch new flat screen TV, beautiful desk in the room, plenty of space, and the bathroom, beautiful!  I have NOOO idea what a couple people have mentioned about the bathrooms needing major attention..  All I can say, if that is what these people truly think, they must make 2 million a year and stay at the Ritz Carlton every single place they travel..  Our bathroom was very spacious clean, stocked with towels and all amenities you could need... Room Service is just a short call away and a nicely stocked mini bar..  AC was SOO cold it was wonderful because every day was a minimum of 105.. Wonderful pool without an outside sunning area, plenty of sun chairs to relax in take in the sun. I can stress enough how fantastic this place was, and the price??  ARE you KIDDING? lets just say under $130.00 a night, amazing!!  Every single member of staff from the bell stand, to the waiters, to the front desk and housekeeping efficient, beyond friendly and willing to do absolutely whatever the guest needs.. I mean everyone of the staff is so friendly and willing to help, I was almost astounded.  And, this whole time, temperature never dropped below 99 and that was even late at night, yet their service never wavered..
 Please, do not take these negative reviews in to account, I highly recommend this hotel..
 Below based on 5 stars...

SERVICE                  *****
FRONT DESK          *****
BELL STAND           *****
DECOR                     *****
HOUSEKEEPING    *****
RESTAURANT         *****
FOOD                        *****
WAITER SERVICE  *****
HOTEL ROOM         *****
HOTEL POOL          *****
AMENITIES           *****
OVERALL                *****

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Kate F.
Suck fiesta. We stayed here for a wedding and would not recommend it. Horrible front desk, concierge, valet, room service ... EVERYTHING! We were insulted by pretty much everyone that works here. The concierge emailed me the wrong time for an appointment and I got there 90 min early!

Rooms are old and stuffy. The only good things are the course and the Bull Durham Bar. I know youre the only game in town, but you need to step up your game!

12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. Lester M.
Ah, the good ole' WaDu.  I've been here quite a bit, either eating in the bar, numerous brunches and dinners in the Fairview dining room, countless rounds of golf, and I've stayed overnight when I have family in for visits; so, in sum, I think I can write a pretty accurate review.  Here's the TL;DR (too long; didn't read - for those not familiar with teh interwebz speak) version: the Washington Duke Inn, in physical appearance, looks like it could almost be a 5-star hotel.  There are a few good reasons why it isn't.

The staff is generally friendly, but their overall performance borders on lackluster.  Wait time for service at the restaurants can be unacceptable.  The food is generally alright, but not what I'd classify as great.  There is no reason to eat here if you are not staying or golfing here, especially since there are SO many better restaurants in Durham for any conceivable meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, or a snack), and the prices here are relatively expensive for the quality.  If there is one thing Durham does right, then it's food, just not at the WaDu.

I've been in/stayed in a wide variety of rooms of different sizes.  They are all pretty nice and decorated in a style consistent with the hotel, but are all a bit generic.  The bathrooms leave something to be desired as well.  

This is, however, probably the best hotel in Durham, and I say that with a bit of regret.  GIven its prime location adjacent to West Campus, this is the go-to spot for visiting alumni and people giving talks at Fuqua, Duke Law, etc.  I've also observed a lot of visiting professionals who look like they belong in RTP in for conferences, meetings, and the like.  If the management maybe turned it up a few notches, maybe it could approach 5-star status.  The framework is probably there, it just needs better trained staff, some room tweaks, and better food.

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Meka A.
This review isn't for the hotel but for the restaurant Bull Durham. On a nice day, the atmosphere can't be beat. We ended up there after a Duke basketball game and took some seats on the back patio set on the golf course. I will be honest - I felt like instagramming our bottle of wine, cheese platter, and the golfers in the background, complete with a #rkoi. Come here, you will legitimately feel like you are in the south.

24/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Tim W.
A beautiful and elegant hotel and golf course. The Washington Duke Hotel, next to Duke University, Durham, NC, overlooking their golf course. This hotel is first class in every way including the service, with outstanding restaurant cuisine and ambience. A true test of a fine establishment is that every employee I met has worked here countless years making customer service and pride supreme. If you have an anniversary or special occasion this is the place for romantic occasions, fine dining. While officially classified as 4 diamond rating, it deserves a 5 easily.The decore is 18th century with period furniture, the classic style of Southern plantations and beautiful estates throughout the South and North Atlantic. Don't overlook this fine experience.

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Mallory H.
*AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW ONLY*

I had a very pleasant afternoon tea experience when visiting my good friend at Duke this past spring. As an undergrad and now grad student at Duke, my friend has been to the Washington Duke several times, and I was psyched for the experience.

Afternoon tea is my thing, but I won't bore you Yelpers with a bragathon of "I've had afternoon tea at THIS fancy place and THAT fancy place so I know what I'm talking about!!!!! TRUST ME :O". I will say that I have been many, many places for tea and have a good idea of what to look for in a quality afternoon tea. The Washington Duke, on my visit at least, delivered that experience.

1) Service: Service was lovely. The hostesses were extremely gracious and welcoming. Our waiter was a little chill/casual, but entirely polite and appropriate. He was also prompt and helpful.

2) Atmosphere: The spacious dining areas for brunch and tea make for a very pleasant dining atmosphere. The tasteful wood furniture, elegant potted fronds and plumed plants, and gentle piano makes for a relaxing but not soporiphic atmosphere.

3) Food: Did most of you skip to this part first? I would! Haha. Anyway, the food was delightful. We started out with champagne, and my companions had Kir Royales. I admit, I usually stay away from Kir Royales because they're usually TOO sweet -- but these were delicious! Definitely not too sweet and quite refreshing. As for tea, I had their afternoon blend (I ALWAYS try the house blend), and I found it pleasant and familiar, but not boring: the sign of a well-balanced blend.

The savories were delicious! We had the standard sandwich selection (smoked salmon, chicken salad, etc, etc), but they were all delicate, tender, and flavorful. The savory selection also included a devilled egg (made right because HOLLA we're in the South and they know how to whip up a devilled egg!), mini quiches, and a slice of smoked gouda that was HEAVENLY. A good balance of flavors and textures.

I wasn't sure about the scones for a moment because I am a purist (read: plain or currant as the only acceptable flavors, and if you show me a triangular scone I will secretly want to slap you in the face). The scones were triangular, and one was blueberry and one was orange. But! I'm an adventurous gal and I plowed in -- they were delicious! Warm, flakey, and buttery = just right. Clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd were, of course, served on the side.

Desserts were the usual finale of fruits, petit fours, and miniature delights that was the perfect finishing touch for our delicious meal.

All in all, a genteel, relaxing, and tasty experience! I would definitely recommend for tea or brunch if you're in the area.

07/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Myke O.
Pretty nice hotel.  The room was a very nice size with a desk and chair to sit in.  The indoor pool was heated to a perfect temperature and the hot tub was even better.  It's a shame though that they close the pool at 10pm SHARP.

The minibar in the room was a rip-off.  They wanted to charge me $10 just for opening the door and the contents weren't even cold.

Based on the other Yelp reviews though, this sound like the nicest hotel around Duke so I'll definitely stay there again.

31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Bryan W.
As a student, the Washington Duke projects a mythic status. So it's challenging to review the hotel returning as an alumnus.

Further complicating my review is that I don't know why the reader is considering the WaDuke. Are you considering a round of golf ( undoubtedly deserved of a 5 star rating), a place to stay for your return to campus ( a pretty solid 4 star rating given proximity to west campus especially if you're here for Fuqua, Duke Law, or Nicholas school access), or for a drink at the Durham Bull Bar (only 3 stars for service but 4 stars for atmosphere, especially for outdoor terrace and beer selection).

The room was nice, but I was expecting it to be more resplendent and luxurious. To be fair I recently stayed at a suite at the Palazzo in Las Vegas so my standards are high.

I've read a couple of unfavorable posts about service at the bar that are valid. I had long waits between receiving a drink menu or wine list and having my order taken on two different days. The second time I went to the bar myself to place the order. The other time I nearly asked my party if they were still in the mood for a bottle of wine as it was late at night and getting later by each waiting minute.

I chalked up the service to Southern relaxed hospitality, but attentive service would be an easy thing for the Washington Duke to focus on. Hopefully your servers cater to you more promptly on your visit.

01/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Ivy H.
A review for afternoon tea

The building and decor itself is very beautiful. The staff was friendly and our server was excellent. She did a great job explaining what food we were served and was able to answer all of our questions. The food tasted great and I enjoyed the variety each course provided. I want to go back for more scones!

The only negative was some of the guests, they appeared to be Duke students who were extremely loud. One girl was yelling across the restaurant, which does kind of ruin the atmosphere and tea should feel relaxing. Thankfully most of those students were cleared out after 15-20 minutes.

18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Robin T.
***DINING ROOM REVIEW ONLY***

I have never stayed at the hotel here before but the restaurant at the WaDuke is PHENOMENAL! Probably one of the best, if not the best, restaurant I have ever been to! I came here all the time when I was an undergraduate at Duke (after saving up those precious food points). The filet here is indescribably good!!! It's PERFECT. Best filet I've ever had, hands down. Dinner is expensive, but an incredible experience and the food is to die for!!!

Brunch here is also ridiculously good, and it's a pretty good deal for what you get. Also, don't forget about the afternoon tea here! Delicious finger foods, yummy teas and access to the dessert buffet! Super classy.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! If you're a Duke student and you haven't been, make sure you save up those food points and go!!!

31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Laura G.
I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and every meal. I am a little high maintenance in the respect that I like a well cared for clean modern hotel with attentive service. This place exceeded my expectations. I only wish there had been an outdoor pool.   All hotel staff was very kind and helpful. The concierge was on point with great places to visit while we were here.

30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Jean C. M.
Bar and Dining Room Review Only:

First the bar.  Kind of feels a bit like an old school bar - dark wood, good liquor selection, good service, and good cocktails.  By the way, they do have a TV.  I've been in a couple times and always had good service.  I prefer the setting in the Library Room, a bit more mellow.  And beware, Friday nights can be packed in the bar.

Dining room:  I've always had good service, exceptional service.  The waitstaff is trained well.  Probably some of the best service in the RTP area.  Food has always been consistently good and well executed.  

Overall, I'm quite pleased with the WaDuke!

19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Scott H.
I was only here for a wedding / reception but thought they did a great job. The outdoor wedding venue was really nice. The golfers passing by were very respectful of the ceremony.

The cocktail hour moved along smoothly as they had two bars far enough away from each other to spread the crowd. The bartenders were very good, making cocktails beyond the standard concoctions.

The reception venue was beautiful. The table setting was extremely ornate. The food was above average, particularly for having to serve 120 people.

My only complaint would be that the restrooms were a little far away, but other than that, I found this to be a perfect place to host a wedding / reception.

07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Jacob F.
Stayed here on a Sunday night. Beautiful inside and soft beds. Only complaint were a few hairs left in the shower and that management didn't provide a golf course view on a not busy weekday night. Wifi works seamlessly at high speeds.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Planters V.
Did not spend that much time here: checked in at 7pm, checked out at 9am. Rooms were small, but comfortable. Grounds/Lobby was elegant, but not pretentious or opulent.

Highlight of my stay was coming for free coffee and sitting in the bar early AM. It was very quiet, and got to watch fog lift off golf course. I'm not a golfer, but the course looked pristine with tall pines everywhere.

The bar was hopping on a FRIDAY night, and woulda had a drink if in the drinking mood.

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Sungmin S.
beautiful venue and golf course, and absolutely delicious brunch & afternoon tea, although perks of being a Duke student includes this being all covered in your dining plan... I'm not sure if I would pay the full price out of my own pocket once I graduate. Can't wait to come back for happy hour specials!

12/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Erin M.
I might be biased, as I learned to play golf here during my days as a Duke student, but this is a true five star golf resort nestled near the heart of Durham and Duke University. My most recent visit was to have brunch with my aunt and uncle who were staying for the weekend to cheer on my cousin (a Duke senior) singing in Handel's Messiah at the Duke Chapel. The three-course brunch was spectacular. The dessert table was the third course. I should have saved more space.

Amenities - beautiful furnishings, gracious service, excellent food. For the runners, there is a very popular woods trail around the golf course. For the golfers, the golf course is charming and an NCAA championship course. A couple of the water hazards might be a little too well-placed, so pay attention to your shot selection or you might be bidding a ball or two goodbye.

The resort itself holds many functions of various sizes, and has a strong affinity with Duke students, faculty, alumni and friends/guests of the university. The public function rooms are immaculately turned out and furnished. The private lodging rooms are spacious with all of the accoutrements one would expect. When you walk in, you just feel welcomed and at home. The bar area is a lovely alternative to the formal restaurant if you want the same high-caliber food in a lower-key atmosphere with a great view. It's also a nice place to enjoy the 19th hole.

At Christmas time, WaDuke (common nickname for the resort) does itself proud. Sitting by the fireside after walking in by the beautiful Christmas tree really helps you enjoy the holiday spirit.

10/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Cindy G.
Came here for a holiday party in the president's room. Beautifully decorated hotel. Staff was friendly and attentive. Loved the luncheon. Salmon was amazing. Dessert was tasty and in small servings. Food could have been warmer but overall great visit.

14/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Alan Y.
Mediocre yet pricey p-cakes is all I can remember.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Ana M.
Apparently, if you want to live in a hotel room at the WaDuke for the rest of your life, you would be shelling out about $5 million. I learned of this from the +1, who never wanted to leave and figure out how much he needed to raise to stay forever. The old world furnishings, the marble bathroom, the bar(s) overlooking infinite views of the golf course must have been too much for him to handle.

I liked it too, but I am removing a star for over-stuffiness. I prefer my luxury hotels to be more flexible to what I want to do, while the WaDuke seemed to impose a few too many rules. Yes, you may bring your dog, but he can't go anywhere, can't stay in the room by himself (you'll need a dogsitter) and we'll charge $50 (I would rather you just be ok with it, like at the Kimpton, Westin and W hotels, and let me take responsibility for any damage). Check in is only at 3, but we'll make you wait til 4:30 (but then still be a stickler about check out?) You can use the faculty club's outdoor pool, but you must call ahead for permission and pay $10 (really? can't you just include that as part of the resort fee since you don't offer your own outdoor pool?).

But overall it was quite nice. The restaurants are beautiful, and I do love a marble bathroom equipped with a plush white bathrobe.

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Kristy A.
Stayed here this weekend for a work function.  Rooms are smallish, but nice.  Elegant and charming and fitting of a place called the Washington Duke.   The rest of the grounds were beautiful as well - reminds me of the old country clubs where I grew up.   The bathroom was really pretty - with great tile work and a shower that I enjoyed.  

Discounted to four stars due to some of my hotel pet peeves that were found here:
- My room had exactly one open plug in the room - ONE!  And it was in the entry hallway.  My coworker and I had 5 devices to plug in, so we had to unplug all the lamps in the room and use the one plug in the bathroom.  
- The air conditioning vent rattled when the unit was on.  Noisy.  
- There was no exhaust vent in the bathroom.  So we had to wait a long while after showering before the steam cleared.  
- The ironing board had a cheap cover that wouldn't stay on.  

Banquet facilities were definitely above average.   Standard table and chair combinations, but the chairs were comfortable enough to sit all day in.   Plated dinner, breakfast buffet, and lunch buffets were all excellent.   Service was prompt.   Overall, a great banquet experience.

04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Lori R.
I am very surprised at myself for never having stayed here before, so faced with wanting to make New Years Eve 2012/13 something a bit special with a one-night quick getaway, this fit the bill perfectly!

 TIP:  This is not an inexpensive place to stay...but deals can be had at certain times if you do some internet searching and land in the right place.  Note, you won't find it on a bidding site, and since I'm a bidding type of gal, I will use that as my excuse for not having stayed here before.

 That being said, how cool that we could catch a last minute deal and stay at this elegant, yet not-stuffy hotel on New Years' Eve?  We hit the road on New Years Eve after I worked all day.  Thankfully it was a short drive and we found this charming place with no problem, hidden away on the Duke Campus.  Parking is free, and the welcoming smiles are immediate.  We requested a king room and were told that we only had two king options...a room with a view of the top of the restaurant or a handicapped-accessible room.  Not wanting to take up the latter should it be needed, we opted for the first.  Seriously, who sits in their room and gazes out non-stop anyway???

 Our room was perfectly nice, with indeed, a view of a gravel-topped roof.  We could see enough in the distance to know that others probably did have a very nice view.  One short glance of "oh well" and we were on to exploring and enjoying our evening, which included a wonderful dinner in the Bull Durham Bar.   Service was perfect, and food was very nice.  

  We then explored the hotel, and I loved seeing some of the pics, plus the clothes that are displayed.  Christmas decorations were very nice also.  We certainly didn't fit in with all the long sparkly dresses and tuxes, but we didn't try to enter their world, and we weren't made to feel out of place.  Especially not by the warm and friendly staff we encountered everywhere.

 After a restful and comfortable night (which was surprisingly quiet for New Years Eve!), we enjoyed a very nice buffet breakfast, and a friendly check-out.

 If you're looking for super Duke rich elegance you will find it here.  If you are like us and just looking for Southern comfortable hospitality, I am happy to report you will find it as well.

09/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. James M.
Wow, as with all of my reviews, this review is solely based on a business trip perspective.

Wifi - not only free but is the best wifi service I have ever experienced. Fast and does not cut out.

AC- room AC rocks!

Great food at the bar as well.

All around great experience here on my quick 2 day trip.

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Philip C.
I stayed here for my brothers wedding.  We had 10+ family rooms total which were all reserved and paid for by my mom.  As far as the hotel goes, everything was wonderful.

Great hotel, wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and beautiful setting.  It is really a nice gem in Durham, like an upscale country club with up to date rooms and classic decor.

After we left however, is when the issues came about.

They charged us $300.00 for "smoking" inside one of the rooms.   The room they claimed the smokers were in was the room where my 94 year old Grandmother, and my 74 year old aunt were staying.  

I know its really hard to believe, but neither of those women smoke.  In fact no one in our family smokes, not in any room and especially not in my grand mothers room.  Would you really want your 94 grand mother to be inhaling smoke ?  

Anyways we called to complain and they said they would "investigate" the matter.  Be sure to check your billing statement afterwards, because sometimes a 300$ charge can sneak by when you are paying 10+ rooms at a time.

21/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
42. Judd H.
Went to wedding and stayed at hotel weekend of 9/26/14.  Very impressed with customer service and facilities.  Very easy to see how professionally run facilities are.

My only minuses (and they are small ones):

1.  Since it is somewhat of an old hotel, the rooms are a bit funky.  They don't need to be updated, but you can tell you are staying in an old hotel

2. It is a little pricey.  Not ritz or four seAsons pricey, but 300/night seems a bit high for a non-resort or big city hotel.

3. Not a big fan of the golf course.  It is very pretty, but the greens and some of the tee shots are overly penalizing.

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Ellen C.
Really lovin' this country club!

Came here for group golf lessons with some Fuqua students. We had a group lesson of 8 people, $25 per person for an hour. The instructor was great and teaches PE classes for Duke.

The driving range itself was well cared for, not too crowded on a Sunday morning. The golf shop was also nice. Was able to buy a golf glove with Duke's insignia on it which I love!

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Jennifer B.
As always Wa-Duke is a great place to stay. Walking distance to everything Duke and if you don't feel like walking the hotel's shuttle will drive you anywhere around campus. Comfy rooms, showers, and lounge areas. Bull Durham Bar is great for a civilized lunch and Angel makes a great Arnold Palmer!

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Joseph K.
Good was a blast. Course was in beautiful condition, especially for being a public course. Look forward to coming back.

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Neal D.
To be honest, I was expecting more out of the Washington Duke Inn. This review for our first experience staying at the Inn--which was a bit underwhelming. I'd heard so much about how nice of place it is and how much of a treat it is to stay there--but I just don't see it.

The staff is pleasant enough, but they're almost TOO formal. It's almost like they're trying to act like a fancy big-city hotel. Sometimes just a little down-home charm works just as well. Maybe they're used to serving individuals of a little higher class than myself.

The room was fine, although they gave us two double beds instead of the king we had reserved. Although they let us check-in early, it seemed like the room hadn't been fully cleaned: when we went to fill up the ice bucket we saw that the tongs were covered in some kind of sticky pink substance.

The beds were fine, but light on the bedding--no comforters. The room was so cold that we had to take the blanket from the unused bed for extra warmth.

Finally, the check-out process was kind of weird. Some strange charges appeared on our credit card statement. To their credit, they sorted those issues out quickly.

Overall, a nice place, but not sure it's worth the hype or the expense.

18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
47. Trinh T.
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is an upscale hotel in Durham that is located on Duke University's golf course.  It's an old but elegant hotel and puts a major emphasis on service.  It's a good location if you're wanting to stay at an upscale hotel right next to Duke University.

My Overall Rating - 4 Stars (Atmosphere, Service, Facility, Return)

Atmosphere - The entire Durham area is beautiful.  Streets are surrounded by tall trees and nature, and nestled on the south end of Duke University you'll find Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.  There is plenty of parking in front, and the hotel backs up to the Duke University golf course.  There is a sense of history at the Inn.  It feels like it's been there for decades (I'm sure it has).  But it doesn't feel old, it feels historical.  1 Star.

Service - Excellent - what you would expect out of a nice hotel.  The doors are maintained by doorman, plenty of bellhops, and when you check in they make sure they answer all your questions and ensure your visit is great.  We were greeted multiple times from the staff, and it is pretty obvious they put an emphasis on making your stay a great experience.  1 Star.

Facility - While I stated the hotel felt historical, our room was not out dated. In fact, we had a fantastic king room, with a large shower and bathroom.  I think the room had been remodeled or updated, as it was more up to date than some of the other photos I saw online.  Also, as a huge bonus, the outlets at the nightstands have built in USB ports.  No need to plug in a charger, simply plug you phone's cable directly into the wall.  While that piece of technology was great, the TV took up to 30 seconds to turn on.  In fact, the remote even had a note taped to it to expect the TV to take a while.  The rest of the hotel has some additional features like an indoor pool (didn't use it), restaurants (didn't eat), and nice sitting areas.  Elevators are slow so have patience - although there are only 5 floors so you should be ok.  1  1/2 Star.

Will I Return? - Probably.  It's a great hotel\Inn, but it comes at a premium.  I'll have to weigh my options to determine if I want to pay.  I'm not saying it's not worth it, it is.  I'll just have to decide if every visit to Durham is worth it.   1/2 Star.

My Yelp Rating Scale (Sum of all parts):
1 Star - Atmosphere - Is it a cool dive?  Perhaps an upscale place?  No matter the type, atmosphere plays a big part and I'll give a star if I like it or thinks it has great charm.
1 Star - Service - You can have a great meal with bad service.  But that's also what can make a five star joint drop to four.  It's important to the dining experience that service is great and on point.
2 Stars - Facility - I'll award up to two stars for the facility, since this is the main reason we go out.  Sometimes the extra star is given for value, but it's really all about the facility.
1 Star - Will I come back? - If I know for a fact I'll return, I'll give this a star. A place has to make an impression for me to return.

Each Category can be given up to 1 star except food (2 stars) because I consider all these categories important to the overall dining experience.  I will sum them up to provide my final Yelp score.

20/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0