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Gold Washington Duke Inn - Durham

3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27705
919-490-0999websitePrice: Expensive
Area: Raleigh-Durham

Located just across the street from Blue Devil campus, this upscale country club-like hotel and golf destination is a favorite of undergrad's parents, visiting faculty, and anyone with business in/around Durham. If you plan to spend several days in the Raleigh/Durham area and think you'll have some free time for golf and attending university sporting events, seriously consider booking a room here. But, if your business is in the Research Triangle and you're in town for only a day, the 10+ mile drive may be a bit much.

Washington Duke is a rare breed. First, we thank WDI for an entirely smoke-free environment. This attribute is especially impressive since North Carolina is one of America's top producing tobacco states. The unique property's 271 rooms and suites are all decorated in a charming, down home style, and outfitted with modern conveniences such as complimentary WiFi. We suggest requesting a room that overlooks the golf course, the views on the opposite side are of the parking lot.

Athletic-minded travelers have a wealth of sporty options from which to choose. The most obvious is Duke University's 18-hole championship golf course in the hotel's back yard. The greens and fairways are meticulously maintained to provide a challenging yet beautiful experience, this course was the host of the 2001 Men's NCAA championship.

For your daily exercise, consider several options. The on-site fitness center is a bright, open, and airy room with plenty of natural light and tip top machinery. Life Fitness is the equipment brand of choice and the supply of new apparatus is sufficient for a moderately sized accommodation like WDI. If we could request one addition to the room it would be a set of dumbbells since none is supplied. If you want the full-service health club experience, consider the Levin JCC. $10/day is the fee, but you're limited to three days. Not bad for a long weekend.

Runners can forego the treadmill experience in lieu of two wonderful outdoor jogging options. The Al Buehler Trail meanders past WDI's front entrance and Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium, home to Duke's runners and throwers, is a short 5 to 10-minute warm up jog away. Choose either with confidence.

Swimmers will have to cross-train as WDI's outdoor pool is not a lapper. Levin JCC has a great outdoor lap pool or, you can get in the car and drive 10 minutes to the Campus Hills Pool.

Work Out Onsite

Treadmills3 Life Fitness
Upright Bike1 Life Fitness
Recumbent Bike1 Life Fitness
Elliptical1 Life Fitness
Machines4 Life Fitness
In / OutIndoor
Lap?Not Lap
Hours6a to 10p
ExtrasLevin JCC $10/day (max three days)

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