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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Durham , NC

LOCATION

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

PHONE

919-490-0999

WEBSITE

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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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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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Dia Swann
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a beautiful venue to host a wedding and/or reception. The cordial venue coordinators are professional and flexible, doing all that they can to make your day effortless and memorable to all.

Desiring an elegant wedding with a conservative budget, the coordinators at the WaDuke met my needs and provided several options for my wants and created an awesome day to remember.

By hosting our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception here, our family and friends were able to relax among the tranquil landscapes and enjoy each other's company without the concern of transportation to the next location or being hurried to get there. Our guests are still nostalgic about their WaDuke experience.
The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a beautiful venue to host a wedding and/or reception. The cordial venue Read more...
The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a beautiful venue to host a wedding and/or reception. The cordial venue coordinators are professional and flexible, doing all that they can to make your day effortless and memorable to all.

Desiring an elegant wedding with a conservative budget, the coordinators at the WaDuke met my needs and provided several options for my wants and created an awesome day to remember.

By hosting our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception here, our family and friends were able to relax among the tranquil landscapes and enjoy each other's company without the concern of transportation to the next location or being hurried to get there. Our guests are still nostalgic about their WaDuke experience. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Karen
Wedding:
8/21/2010
3.6/5.0
Overall, my husband and I were extremely pleased with how the event came off: a beautiful setting on the terrace and in the Ambassador Ballroom, delicious food, and excellent, professional service at the event.

However, the pre-event planning process was less than desirable:

- The catering manager made several errors in the planning process. She mixed up the date for our food tasting, which forced us to rearrange meetings with other vendors when we only had a few days left in town (she never acknowledged that she had made the error and instead assumed I had gotten it wrong; when I checked our email exchanges, I had the correct date).
- In general, I felt that the Catering Manager was always trying to add on extra expenses to our event. While she would not prod when I politely declined, I consistently had to ask "how much this cost," etc., rather than being presented with that information up front.
- Several errors were made in the initial bills. The price for beverages was higher than quoted; similarly, extra, incorrect service fees were added (this was corrected once I called it to her attention; however, I felt like I had to scrutinize all invoices to ensure no added fees).
- When the ceremony ran longer than expected by 20 minutes, the Catering manager would not flex the schedule. She insisted that we cut out photography time (which had originally been 1 hr) to 30-40 minutes in order to start the banquet on time. I requested that we just push the dinner back by 15-20 minutes; that way, we could take our photos, and also our guests could enjoy the full hour of the appetizer + beverage station. She did not do this, and repeatedly hassled myself and the groom to return to the ballroom. All and all, it was a very uncomfortable and irritating experience that could have marred an otherwise wonderful day.
Overall, my husband and I were extremely pleased with how the event came off: a beautiful setting on the terrace and in Read more...
Overall, my husband and I were extremely pleased with how the event came off: a beautiful setting on the terrace and in the Ambassador Ballroom, delicious food, and excellent, professional service at the event.

However, the pre-event planning process was less than desirable:

- The catering manager made several errors in the planning process. She mixed up the date for our food tasting, which forced us to rearrange meetings with other vendors when we only had a few days left in town (she never acknowledged that she had made the error and instead assumed I had gotten it wrong; when I checked our email exchanges, I had the correct date).
- In general, I felt that the Catering Manager was always trying to add on extra expenses to our event. While she would not prod when I politely declined, I consistently had to ask "how much this cost," etc., rather than being presented with that information up front.
- Several errors were made in the initial bills. The price for beverages was higher than quoted; similarly, extra, incorrect service fees were added (this was corrected once I called it to her attention; however, I felt like I had to scrutinize all invoices to ensure no added fees).
- When the ceremony ran longer than expected by 20 minutes, the Catering manager would not flex the schedule. She insisted that we cut out photography time (which had originally been 1 hr) to 30-40 minutes in order to start the banquet on time. I requested that we just push the dinner back by 15-20 minutes; that way, we could take our photos, and also our guests could enjoy the full hour of the appetizer + beverage station. She did not do this, and repeatedly hassled myself and the groom to return to the ballroom. All and all, it was a very uncomfortable and irritating experience that could have marred an otherwise wonderful day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Leonore
Wedding:
6/28/2008
4.8/5.0
Great hotel, very professional. If you have a wedding there you'll either work with Diane or Beth, both are great and really know what they are doing. They will never have more than two weddings at a time so they'll always have enough time for you. I worked with Beth and she usually anticipated my needs and took care of rentals and made my life so much easier!
Great hotel, very professional. If you have a wedding there you'll either work with Diane or Beth, both are great and Read more...
Great hotel, very professional. If you have a wedding there you'll either work with Diane or Beth, both are great and really know what they are doing. They will never have more than two weddings at a time so they'll always have enough time for you. I worked with Beth and she usually anticipated my needs and took care of rentals and made my life so much easier! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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keishanicole
Wedding:
7/15/2006
4.5/5.0
very beautiful venue. very professional services. great food!!
very beautiful venue. very professional services. great food!!
very beautiful venue. very professional services. great food!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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lorean
Wedding:
7/1/2006
4.1/5.0
This was a wonderful site for our wedding and reception. We chose to do everything outdoors overlooking the golf course, which was beautiful, as well as the best value. They did everything from the food to planning. We did not have to worry about a thing. The food was fantastic and everything went off without a hitch.
This was a wonderful site for our wedding and reception. We chose to do everything outdoors overlooking the golf course, Read more...
This was a wonderful site for our wedding and reception. We chose to do everything outdoors overlooking the golf course, which was beautiful, as well as the best value. They did everything from the food to planning. We did not have to worry about a thing. The food was fantastic and everything went off without a hitch. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Dana
Wedding:
10/8/2005
4.8/5.0
The new ballroom at the WDI is a great place for a wedding reception. There is a beautiful prefunction area for cocktails or an ourdoor terrace. The food was great -- many guests said best wedding food ever. We had a raw bar plus a plated three course (ahi tuna app, sweet potato sout, duet of lobster and filet). The only weird thing was that we had to either cut the cake before dinner (so they would have enough time to cut into servings for guests) or cut a fake cake after dinner and have a sheet cake ready in the back. We opted for latter. We also had midnight snacks and an extra hour of bar time after the band ended and the guests seemed to like that too!
The new ballroom at the WDI is a great place for a wedding reception. There is a beautiful prefunction area for cocktails Read more...
The new ballroom at the WDI is a great place for a wedding reception. There is a beautiful prefunction area for cocktails or an ourdoor terrace. The food was great -- many guests said best wedding food ever. We had a raw bar plus a plated three course (ahi tuna app, sweet potato sout, duet of lobster and filet). The only weird thing was that we had to either cut the cake before dinner (so they would have enough time to cut into servings for guests) or cut a fake cake after dinner and have a sheet cake ready in the back. We opted for latter. We also had midnight snacks and an extra hour of bar time after the band ended and the guests seemed to like that too! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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ncwedding
Wedding:
8/6/2005
4.8/5.0
We had our bridal luncheon here before the wedding. It was wonderful.
We had our bridal luncheon here before the wedding. It was wonderful.
We had our bridal luncheon here before the wedding. It was wonderful. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year 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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