Durham, NC Hotels
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Durham, North Carolina is a mid-sized southern city with a big heart. It is primarily known as the home of Duke University, but it is also a major medical research city and a pillar of Civil War and antebellum history. Durham has many cheap hotel options, and visitors who are willing to research and time their visit carefully are sure to find a great deal.  In such a spread out area, how do you find the right place to stay? This guide will help you figure out where to stay in Durham and how to get the best price.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Durham, NC

Durham Marriott City Center
Durham Marriott City Center
201 Foster St, Durham
from $119
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Park
from $67
Millennium Hotel Durham
Millennium Hotel Durham
2800 Campus Walk Ave, Durham
from $84
Holiday Inn Express Durham
Holiday Inn Express Durham
2516 Guess Rd, Durham
from $93
Hilton Durham near Duke University
Hilton Durham near Duke University
3800 Hillsborough Rd, Durham
from $101
Comfort Inn University Durham - Chapel Hill
Comfort Inn University Durham - Chapel Hill
3508 Mt Moriah Rd, Durham
from $77
Wingate by Wyndham Raleigh Durham Airport RTP
from $58
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham
from $179
Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center
from $98
La Quinta Inn & Suites Durham Research Triangle Park
from $69
More About Durham, NC Hotels...

Avoid Visiting During Graduation or March Madness

Most tourism to Durham relates to Duke University, so visitors can easily find cheaper hotel prices by paying attention to the school calendar. Alumni weekends, college graduation, and home games during the March Madness basketball tournament are all extremely busy times and hotel rates and availability will reflect that.

The quietest time of year is mid-summer, and there are many hotel deals then. Summer in North Carolina is very hot, but there are many cheap hotels in Durham with pools. 

Rent a Car or Stay Near the Airport

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is in the nearby city of Raleigh and receives flights from all over the world. Unfortunately, the airport is not easily accessible via public transportation. A taxi to downtown Durham will cost roughly $30 each way. Additionally, most tourist attractions in the area are spread out and not conveniently serviced by public transport. Visitors may want to rent a car during their stay in Durham for  convenience.

There are several cheap hotels near the Raleigh-Durham airport. Smart shoppers who book ahead of time can usually find a great hotel deal at the Hyatt Place Raleigh-Durham Airport, the Microtel Inn by Wyndham Raleigh-Durham Airport, or the Cambria Suits Raleigh-Durham Airport. Most airport hotels are reachable by shuttle buses from the airport.

Where to Stay in the Research Triangle

Visitors to Durham have a wealth of options when deciding where to stay. Those who are attending events at the university may want to stay near Duke, while others may wish to stay closer to downtown, near the restaurants and nightlife. There are only a handful of cheap hotels in Durham City proper, mainly the Durham Marriott City Center and the Museum Hotel Durham.

If you have more flexibility in where you are looking to stay, consider expanding the search to include surrounding areas. On occasion you may find better hotel deals in neighboring Chapel Hill. Just eight miles away from Durham, Chapel Hill is easily accessible via car. Hotels like the Red Roof Inn Chapel Hill, the Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill - Durham, and Days Inn Chapel Hill are all affordable alternatives to staying in Durham.

Hotels Near Duke University

Visitors who are attending university functions will want to look for a hotel close to campus. The university is just two miles from central Durham and there are many hotels nearby. The closest hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center and the University Inn at Duke Hospital. Both are good options for people either visiting the university or seeking treatment at the renowned hospital. 

More affordable options slightly farther away include the Days Inn Durham, the Super 8 Durham, and the Holiday Inn Express Durham.

Consider Airbnb to Stay Downtown

Airbnb is a great budget alternative to staying in a costly hotel. Although prices also fluctuate according to time of year, this might be a good option during periods of heavy tourism. Apartment rentals can also save you money by giving you a space to prepare your own food.

There are some really great, inexpensive apartment rental options in the Durham area. Many of these apartments are downtown, where there are very few hotels to choose from. There are many private rooms available for under $50 and entire apartments for under $100 a night.

Looking for a hotel in Durham, NC is easy, if you know what you're looking for. Whether you're looking to go on a family vacation, a visit to Duke University, or an important business trip, you'll find many great accommodations around the Durham area.

Best Location for Duke Visitors

Depending on what part of the city you plan on spending your time, you'll want to find a hotel in the most convenient location, while staying as cheap as possible. For families checking out the Durham for their soon-to-be college freshmen, Red Roof Inn - Durham - Duke University Medical Center is one of many cheap hotels near Duke University. It's also very close to the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. It offers many great amenities and is very affordable starting at $60 a night.

Feel at Home in Durham With Airbnb

Airbnb is a unique option for those looking for more affordable and homier accommodations. Airbnb has over 300 Durham hosts offering spaces ranging from private rooms to entire homes that make staying in Durham as easy as visiting a friend or family member. Many of the listings are very affordable and offer much more than what is offered in a standard hotel.