The Durham Hotel located in Downtown Durham
Downtown Durham’s renaissance has been in full swing now for over 5 years. New businesses and restaurants seem to be opening on a weekly basis. A number of trendy boutique hotels now gives visitors and staycationers plenty of choices. One problem that I have noticed is that most only do one thing at a high level. Great bar but no vibe. Great vibe but the hotel lacks good service and room quality. Fun poolside scene but I don’t want that scene RIGHT outside my door. I have found the answer to this dilemma. That answer is found at The Durham Hotel. My husband and I spent the night there recently and experienced everything this wonderful hotel had to offer. SobeSavvy Tip: pack your camera and capture great views of the city from The Durham Hotel’s rooftop.
Sunshine + Staycation Smiles at The Durham Hotel
King Deluxe Room | The Durham Hotel
Per their website their 52 rooms ..”Feature modern interiors and local collaborations, the rooms at The Durham have been designed by Los Angeles-based firm Commune to be warm and residential, making guests feel right at home in our downtown Durham hotel.” Indeed our room was stylish, spacious and minimal in a comfortable sense not spartan. It had an airy west coast feel to it.
Bathroom Amenities | The Durham Hotel
I can tell alot about a property based on the quality of their bath products. Here at The Durham Hotel, guests can expect bath robes & slippers along with red flower bath products. If you are unfamiliar with red flower, they use essential plant oils and is an all natural product. I really enjoyed how gentle and moisturizing the soaps and lotions were as well as the scent.
Rooftop Views of Bull City | The Durham Hotel
After check in we headed up to their rooftop area, which coincidentally is called what else, “The Roof” of course ! They explain this wonderful area as ..” The Roof at The Durham is a year-round gathering spot for guests and locals alike, offering one-of-a-kind panoramic views of the city. Here you will find original, handcrafted cocktails, extensive wine and beer offerings and a seasonal raw bar and small kitchen menu.
Rooftop Bar and Dining | The Durham Hotel
We enjoyed a ‘Sunday Funday’ sunset while sipping on cocktails such as the ‘Airmail’~made with rum, lime, honey and prosecco~served in a flute! The bartender was amicable and service overall was great. I am a seafoodie, so ordering from the raw bar was a must. I enjoyed freshly shucked oysters and even tried a speciality one called ‘The Durham Oyster’. If you love raw oysters, definitely make plans to enjoy some while dining on the rooftop.
Dine at The Rooftop Raw Bar | The Durham Hotel
Perfect for intimate gatherings and large groups, the breezy 3,000 sq ft. layout features an indoor bar, covered and open-air lounge seating, as well as a penthouse with its own patio for private parties. The hotel also hosts its own calendar of events, making the rooftop the perfect destination every night of the week.
The Durham Hotel’s Rooftop
There are many unique offerings this hotel offers which made it very appealing to book a stay here like complimentary Rooftop Yoga on the weekends to name a few. Here are some amenities that we were able to partake in:
24 hour Fitness Studio | The Durham Hotel
- Business Center + Meeting Space
24 Hr Business Center , Meeting Spaces, Conference Rooms | The Durham Hotel
In Room Coffee Service | The Durham Hotel
Before we dozed off to sleep in the evening, we were sure to fill out our “coffee card” in the room and hang it on our door. The next morning, VOILA fresh ground coffer is delivered to your room. This is included with your stay at no extra charge. The in-room coffee features Durham’s Counter Culture Coffee freshly ground for guests to brew. This was by far our favorite of all the amenities! Both the ‘Apollo’ and ‘Big Trouble’ provided us with the coffee kick we needed to start our day.
Continental Breakfast | The Durham Hotel
Continental Breakfast is served daily in the restaurant featuring select complimentary offerings for hotel guests. Here is a list of the ‘made in house’ deliciousness they had available for us to eat:
- Durham Granola with yogurt
- Buckwheat Sugar Cake
- Cheese Toast (Boulted Bread from Raleigh)
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Candied ginger scone
- Date cakes with salted caramel
- Corn muffin preserved local fruit (gf)
Breakfast as well as dinner is served in the restaurant on the 1st floor. They also serve Brunch on Sundays.
The Durham Hotel Restaurant on the 1st Floor offers indoor and outside seating
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at The Durham Hotel. From the customer service, to the cleanliness and comfort of the room, I would highly recommend this hotel to visitors and locals alike! It is in the heart of Bull City and convenient to hot spots like Pour Taproom (which I’ll be sharing more about later this week). We kept our car parked during our stay since we could easily walk to things to do in Downtown Durham. Before you check out, make sure to get a picture of the iconic Durham Bull, located across the street from The Durham Hotel.
Watch the video recap + room tour of our staycation at The Durham Hotel >>here. For more photos, take a look at this>> Facebook album. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are local will add The Durham Hotel to your Staycation Ideas list!
THE DURHAM Hotel
315 E. Chapel Hill St.
Durham, NC 27701
thedurham.com | 919-768-8830