Our favorite place to stay in Durham is The King’s Daughters Inn. This is a small inn with beautifully appointed traditional rooms, suites and common areas. The rate includes a full, hot breakfast and afternoon tea. It is close to Duke and all of the restaurants, shops and galleries downtown. It is located at 204 N. Buchanan Blvd.
The owners are delightful. Make sure to book early as it is a popular spot for wedding parties.
I would highly recommend the new 21c Hotel, the art focused chain, that opened in March, 2015 in downtown Durham. I have stayed or eaten in their properties in Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, KY and Bentonville. 111 N. Corcoran St. For Aloft Hotel fans, the new Aloft Durham Downtown has also opened at 345 Blackwell St.