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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Durham , NC
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3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27705 US (map)

PHONE

919-490-0999

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ABOUT US

Gracious hospitality, elegant southern style, a breathtaking backdrop of lush gardens and fairways with the Duke Forest & beyond. Your Wedding Catering Sales Manager will offer you... Read more
Gracious hospitality, elegant southern style, a breathtaking backdrop of lush gardens and fairways with the Duke Forest & beyond. Your Wedding Catering Sales Manager will offer you confidence that every detail of planning will be as enjoyable as the greatest event of your life--your wedding day!

As Durham's only four-diamond hotel that also features a four-diamond dining room the Inn's fine hospitality will enhance your event. For outdoor weddings, you will enjoy our newly designed Presidential Terrace or the Terrace on the Green. Indoor weddings can enjoy the elegant Presidents Ballroom (up to 500 guests) or Ambassador Ballroom (up to 160 guests).

Let the magic begin--schedule a tour with us today and view our all inclusive wedding packages that are customized with you in mind! We look forward to meeting you and discussing your vision further. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1987
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Glamorous
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
400
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
271
Number of suites
40
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
10000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
They made our special day that much more perfect!!!
They made our special day that much more perfect!!!
They made our special day that much more perfect!!! Read less
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Isabella
Wedding:
11/15/2014
4.6/5.0
I chose the Washington Duke Inn as the site for my wedding reception because it was the closest possible venue to the Duke Chapel (where I had my ceremony) and because it was beautiful and experienced when it came to weddings. While initially I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a hotel ballroom wedding (it seemed a little over-done) it was the easiest way to go (because of proximity), the staff seemed the friendliest and most accommodating of all the venues we toured, and it provided many services in neat packages so I had less things to worry about. The venue also offered us a very generous military discount, giving us the price for Sunday weddings on a Saturday night; this sealed the deal for my deployed groom!
The weekend we chose ended up being a weekend with three big games (two basketball, one big football) so the hotel booked up over two months before the wedding date. I wasn't warned when the hotel was near capacity or that my room block was full, so there were guests that were unable to get rooms. I also hadn't yet thought about booking a room to get ready in on the morning of the wedding, and having a large bridal party and hair/makeup team I needed more than a normal sized room. The team at WDI worked hard to help me find a solution, and eventually we came up with something that worked but it was very stressful for me. It took a while to come up with a workable solution to the getting ready room problem, and the scramble to get rooms on the wait list for some of my maids made for a stressful, confusing, and time consuming check-in process on the day before the wedding. All that being said, Beth Pendergrass was lovely to work with. She was sweet, patient, and went above and beyond for us. Our wedding ended up being perfect (I'm hard to impress!), guests raved about the food, and I think it was a good value. I would recommend WDI to other brides!
I chose the Washington Duke Inn as the site for my wedding reception because it was the closest possible venue to the Duke Read more...
I chose the Washington Duke Inn as the site for my wedding reception because it was the closest possible venue to the Duke Chapel (where I had my ceremony) and because it was beautiful and experienced when it came to weddings. While initially I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a hotel ballroom wedding (it seemed a little over-done) it was the easiest way to go (because of proximity), the staff seemed the friendliest and most accommodating of all the venues we toured, and it provided many services in neat packages so I had less things to worry about. The venue also offered us a very generous military discount, giving us the price for Sunday weddings on a Saturday night; this sealed the deal for my deployed groom!
The weekend we chose ended up being a weekend with three big games (two basketball, one big football) so the hotel booked up over two months before the wedding date. I wasn't warned when the hotel was near capacity or that my room block was full, so there were guests that were unable to get rooms. I also hadn't yet thought about booking a room to get ready in on the morning of the wedding, and having a large bridal party and hair/makeup team I needed more than a normal sized room. The team at WDI worked hard to help me find a solution, and eventually we came up with something that worked but it was very stressful for me. It took a while to come up with a workable solution to the getting ready room problem, and the scramble to get rooms on the wait list for some of my maids made for a stressful, confusing, and time consuming check-in process on the day before the wedding. All that being said, Beth Pendergrass was lovely to work with. She was sweet, patient, and went above and beyond for us. Our wedding ended up being perfect (I'm hard to impress!), guests raved about the food, and I think it was a good value. I would recommend WDI to other brides! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/13/2014
4.8/5.0
The thing about the Washington-Duke is that they are wedding machines. While you won't have the Most Original Wedding in the world, it's worth it to ensure a seamless process. Everything is provided for you, so no need to look elsewhere for catering, linens, lighting, etc. You get what you pay for; although it's expensive, the service is extremely streamlined and professional. They compensate one night at the hotel for the bride and groom and give two room upgrades to junior suites for guests. The package deals are easy to understand, and we had rooms reserved for centerpiece assembly and bustle preparation. The tasting ceremonies are fun and they are very sensitive to individuals' needs. We had no complaints!!
The thing about the Washington-Duke is that they are wedding machines. While you won't have the Most Original Wedding in Read more...
The thing about the Washington-Duke is that they are wedding machines. While you won't have the Most Original Wedding in the world, it's worth it to ensure a seamless process. Everything is provided for you, so no need to look elsewhere for catering, linens, lighting, etc. You get what you pay for; although it's expensive, the service is extremely streamlined and professional. They compensate one night at the hotel for the bride and groom and give two room upgrades to junior suites for guests. The package deals are easy to understand, and we had rooms reserved for centerpiece assembly and bustle preparation. The tasting ceremonies are fun and they are very sensitive to individuals' needs. We had no complaints!! Read less
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Claudia
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn in late May 2014 and we could not be happier with how everything went. The WaDuke is a beautiful place in itself and everyone we worked with was great. We had Danielle as our coordinator and she was amazing. She was very responsive during the planning process and made me feel very comfortable throughout the way. Danielle and her team did an awesome job the day of our wedding - everything was planned perfectly and executed exactly as we had asked for it. Additionally, Danielle and her team made sure that my husband and I had everything we needed throughout the night. Our guests loved the WaDuke as a venue and being able to stay at the hotel that evening (at a very convenient rate) was also a plus. I would highly, highly recommend the WaDuke and Danielle to anyone looking to have their wedding in the Triangle area.
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn in late May 2014 and we could not be happier with how everything Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn in late May 2014 and we could not be happier with how everything went. The WaDuke is a beautiful place in itself and everyone we worked with was great. We had Danielle as our coordinator and she was amazing. She was very responsive during the planning process and made me feel very comfortable throughout the way. Danielle and her team did an awesome job the day of our wedding - everything was planned perfectly and executed exactly as we had asked for it. Additionally, Danielle and her team made sure that my husband and I had everything we needed throughout the night. Our guests loved the WaDuke as a venue and being able to stay at the hotel that evening (at a very convenient rate) was also a plus. I would highly, highly recommend the WaDuke and Danielle to anyone looking to have their wedding in the Triangle area. Read less
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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club responded with the following comments:

Thank you Claudia for taking the time to complete a review! It was such a pleasure working with you and Jude throughout the planning. Thank you again for selecting the WaDuke for your wedding weekend & Congratulations again on your recent nuptials!

Warmest Regards,
Danielle Massey
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Steph
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.8/5.0
Great venue, great food, great drinks, great service! We worked with Danielle Massey who was great from start to finish. Very helpful, flexible, offered great suggestions, and felt like she really had our best interests in mind throughout. Their overall per person price is high, and seemed like there were lots of extra add-ins at the end that ran up the final bill, but we really felt like it was worth it. Would highly recommend!
Great venue, great food, great drinks, great service! We worked with Danielle Massey who was great from start to finish. Read more...
Great venue, great food, great drinks, great service! We worked with Danielle Massey who was great from start to finish. Very helpful, flexible, offered great suggestions, and felt like she really had our best interests in mind throughout. Their overall per person price is high, and seemed like there were lots of extra add-ins at the end that ran up the final bill, but we really felt like it was worth it. Would highly recommend! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I worked with Beth Pendergrass when planning my ceremony at the Washington Duke Inn. Working with Beth was a delight. She provided suggestions when I asked for guidance, assisted in arranging beautiful table arrangements with centerpieces I provided as well as fabulous decor on the cake table that I hadn't expected. Every aspect of interaction I had with Beth was seamless. At the event, she didn't hover and smother me. She appeared at the perfect moment when I needed to move to the next stage of the event and was exceptionally polite and professional.

In addition to the fabulous assistance Beth provided, the venue was exceptionally accomodating. They provided me space to store my cake overnight (thankfully it was the end of December and there were few large events occuring), the food looked and tasted savory and delicious (many guests commented on the variety and splendid taste of the food for weeks after the event), and the president's gallery provided a stunning backdrop for photographs. I only wish I was able to take more food with me to eat later.

I highly recommend this venue for the high caibur staff, aesthetics, atmosphere, and food.
I worked with Beth Pendergrass when planning my ceremony at the Washington Duke Inn. Working with Beth was a delight. She Read more...
I worked with Beth Pendergrass when planning my ceremony at the Washington Duke Inn. Working with Beth was a delight. She provided suggestions when I asked for guidance, assisted in arranging beautiful table arrangements with centerpieces I provided as well as fabulous decor on the cake table that I hadn't expected. Every aspect of interaction I had with Beth was seamless. At the event, she didn't hover and smother me. She appeared at the perfect moment when I needed to move to the next stage of the event and was exceptionally polite and professional.

In addition to the fabulous assistance Beth provided, the venue was exceptionally accomodating. They provided me space to store my cake overnight (thankfully it was the end of December and there were few large events occuring), the food looked and tasted savory and delicious (many guests commented on the variety and splendid taste of the food for weeks after the event), and the president's gallery provided a stunning backdrop for photographs. I only wish I was able to take more food with me to eat later.

I highly recommend this venue for the high caibur staff, aesthetics, atmosphere, and food. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
The Washington Duke Inn is the premiere location for a reception in Durham. Their team of event coordinators made sure our reception was absolutely perfect, and their wedding package was very reasonable, considering the high level of quality we received. An absolutely stunning venue!
The Washington Duke Inn is the premiere location for a reception in Durham. Their team of event coordinators made sure our Read more...
The Washington Duke Inn is the premiere location for a reception in Durham. Their team of event coordinators made sure our reception was absolutely perfect, and their wedding package was very reasonable, considering the high level of quality we received. An absolutely stunning venue! Read less
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SherryAndrew
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a block of rooms at the Wash Duke Inn for our wedding at the Duke Chapel and reception at the Duke Gardens. It is the perfect location for these venues and the group rate was very reasonable for the very shnazzy accomodations. The hairdresser needed a power strip and they brought it up right away without charging us. They were very nice about letting us hang out after the reception as well, until we got a little loud and they asked us to leave the patio around 2am. They were always very professional and I have zero complaints about my stay here. I would recommended this hotel in a heartbeat!
We had a block of rooms at the Wash Duke Inn for our wedding at the Duke Chapel and reception at the Duke Gardens. It is Read more...
We had a block of rooms at the Wash Duke Inn for our wedding at the Duke Chapel and reception at the Duke Gardens. It is the perfect location for these venues and the group rate was very reasonable for the very shnazzy accomodations. The hairdresser needed a power strip and they brought it up right away without charging us. They were very nice about letting us hang out after the reception as well, until we got a little loud and they asked us to leave the patio around 2am. They were always very professional and I have zero complaints about my stay here. I would recommended this hotel in a heartbeat! Read less
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analu137
Wedding:
7/21/2011
3.7/5.0
Even when the venue is amazing we were a little disappointed with the service. Our wedding was very small and we had a little hard time trying to accommodate our needs with the event planner. Unfortunately in the groom's dinner plate he found a vegetable sticker. Our in-laws wanted to surprise us with a wine bottle in our suite during the evening which we never got.
The waiters were wonderful, and the rest of the food was very good.
Even when the venue is amazing we were a little disappointed with the service. Our wedding was very small and we had a Read more...
Even when the venue is amazing we were a little disappointed with the service. Our wedding was very small and we had a little hard time trying to accommodate our needs with the event planner. Unfortunately in the groom's dinner plate he found a vegetable sticker. Our in-laws wanted to surprise us with a wine bottle in our suite during the evening which we never got.
The waiters were wonderful, and the rest of the food was very good. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The wedding day was absolutely wonderful. Diane Tighe is organized, detail-oriented, professional and will help you with things that you haven't even though about! My entire family and my husband's family enjoyed our wedding day because we weren't stressed out by any details. The service and professionalism of the catering and banquet team is unmatched. We are so happy that we chose the Washington Duke Inn! Highly recommend!
The wedding day was absolutely wonderful. Diane Tighe is organized, detail-oriented, professional and will help you with Read more...
The wedding day was absolutely wonderful. Diane Tighe is organized, detail-oriented, professional and will help you with things that you haven't even though about! My entire family and my husband's family enjoyed our wedding day because we weren't stressed out by any details. The service and professionalism of the catering and banquet team is unmatched. We are so happy that we chose the Washington Duke Inn! Highly recommend! Read less
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