The sleek, modern JB Duke Hotel opened its doors to the public in the middle of the first snow of the year, and welcomed guests to an elegant open house to explore its rooms and meeting spaces just a few weeks later. As we were greeted with a glass of champagne before embarking on an intimate tour, the JB Duke followed precedent set by its father property just down the street, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, with exceptional service, gracious staff and attention to detail in its own contemporary style. If that doesn’t convince you to pay the hotel a visit, here are a few more items to pique your interest:
- Representing a $62 million investment by Duke University in the Durham community, the hotel has created more than 120 career opportunities and also features local décor and furnishings.
- 198 guestrooms, including 11 suites, the design inspiration comes from nature with neutral tones of warm gray and gold accented by a deep blue, reminiscent of Duke’s colors. It’s modern and comfortable all at once, perfect for a weekend staycation or for game day, as its just a short walk to Cameron Indoor Stadium, Wallace Wade Stadium and Koskinen Stadium.
- Dine at MarketPlace, the full-service restaurant specializing in a la carte and conference dining (the shrimp and grits were phenomenal!), or belly up to one of the two full-service bars. The Lobby Lounge serves as a main gathering space when you walk through the front door, and MarketPlace Bar, adjacent to the main dining room, celebrates the surrounding athletic atmosphere.
- The hotel joins with the revamped Thomas Executive Conference Center, which features 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 5,450-square-foot ballroom, several multi-purpose spaces, two state-of-the art boardrooms, two fixed-tiered classrooms seating 65 attendees, generously sized pre-function spaces and a business center. The JB Duke has already been recognized with a 2017 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award by ConventionSouth.
- Fitting for its contemporary style, the namesake of the hotel is James Buchanan “J.B.” Duke, the son of Washington Duke and one of the most successful industrialists of the 20th century. In 1924, J.B. Duke established The Duke Endowment and transformed Durham’s Trinity College into Duke University.
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