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The University Inn

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The hotel was quiet and clean; staff was extraordinarily friendly. They left a sweet congratulatory note, at my request, for my child - who was the reason we took the trip to begin with. Room was very spacious and was grateful for the amenities available to make the stay even more cost effective.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable stay at the University Inn. The room was extremely clean as well as comfortable. But most important was the pleasant and accommodating staff. The shuttle driver was most knowledgeable and eager to share info about the area. Unforgettable was LaToya, the front desk go-to person for all of our questions and needs. LaToya was the...

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Bochum, Germany
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights. We had a very big room and everything was clean. The room was a little dark. The breakfast was ok. The location is right next to the hospitals but also only a short drive from downtown Durham. And they also offer a shuttle service. All in all we can recommend this place.

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Pickering, Canada
Reviewed 18 March 2016

This hotel is perfectly fine if you are in Durham for work or personal purposes and are looking for a clean, comfortable place to land. My room was quite large, with a very comfortable king-sized bed, and a number of nice features such as a fridge, microwave, and desk and chair. The bathroom was a bit small, but not in...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Free coffee, friendly staff, free breakfast, discounted rates for longstays and for families of patients at the nearby hospitals, a free shuttle to wherever you want to go... WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!!! It's great for people who don't have a car, people working or visiting Duke University or either the Duke Hospital or the VA Medical Center. The...

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Everyone at University Inn are so friendly & helpful. From the front desk people, Brian Katie, Latoya& Judy( I believe that's her name, night clerk), all were so considerate with my husband being taking care of at Duke. They run their shuttle till 9:00 pm unlike Comfort Inn that stops at 3:30, & doesn't run all the time. Even in...

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Durham
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

From the friendly staff to the clean environment, I felt safe and quite comfortable at this facility. Parking was slways available despite the small lot. Coffee in the room was full favor and I didn't participate in the complementary daily breakfast. However I did pick up a local newspaper. Thank you

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Reviewed 16 January 2016

This is very convenient if you have appointments or are visiting at Duke Medical Center. It doesn't look very fancy from the outside, but the rooms are large with fridge and microwave, affordable (especially with medical rate), clean and comfortable. There is a complimentary light breakfast until 10:30 am (cereal, yogurt, pastry) and coffee all day in addition to coffee...

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Hubert, North Carolina
Reviewed 5 January 2016

everyone was great in assisting us and the continental breakfast was great the shuttle service was real professionals in pickups and drop -offs . restaurants and others nice places to eat close to the motel -

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Reviewed 15 December 2015

My sister had some major surgery at Duke. During the process both my brother and I spent over a month with her. I stayed at three different hotels for my three visits and found that this was my best choice. it is no frills but I found it the best because I could wake up in the morning, have the...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The University Inn at Duke is across the street from Duke University Medical Center Hospital and the Durham Regional Veterans Administration Hospital. We are walking distance to the Duke Medical Pavilion, Duke Cancer Center, Duke Ambulatory Center, Duke Eye Clinic, Duke University, Duke University Medical School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke Gardens, Duke Chapel, Duke East Campus and Duke West Campuses. All of our rooms are extra large and include a microwave, refrigerator, and free WIFI. We have a complimentary Shuttle bus for the Duke campus and medical center that runs Monday thru Friday 7am to 9pm. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The University Inn

Address: 502 Elf St, Durham, NC 27705
Region: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Price Range: RM417 - RM567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The University Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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University Inn At Duke Hotel Durham
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“Call ahead and schedule your stay. They have limited rooms. The suites are amazing and for only 90$ for one, it is well worth it.”
 of 5 bubbles 949carmelab, 1 Jul 2016 | Read review
“If noise bothers you, ask to be some distance away from the washer and dryer.”
 of 5 bubbles Bloody_Mary09, 17 Mar 2016 | Read review
“For not much more you can request a suite and have recliner, sofa, and dining table”
 of 5 bubbles maryann246810, 15 Jan 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are good”
 of 5 bubbles jimmyo399, 5 Jan 2016 | Read review
“I suggest taking an odd numbered room because they are a little quieter/”
 of 5 bubbles VCF_Chicago, 15 Dec 2015 | Read review
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