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Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This hotel is very old and needs more equity, & money invested into it, The hotel really doesn't have a good supply of things, they could step there Continental breakfast up to some quality food. This hotel looks very cheap from the outside, so I didn't think that it would look that way on the inside as well. I didn't...

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UniversityInnDuke, Manager at The University Inn, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you were not pleased with the Hotel, had you let us know at check-in we would have gladly cancelled your reservation so that you could book at another hotel. As we are located directly across the street from Duke Hospital we cater to patients and their families and strive to provide clean and affordable accommodations....

Ashburn, Virginia
Reviewed 26 December 2016

I stayed at the University Inn while visiting my Dad who was recovering from surgery at Duke. My room was clean and spacious. I really like the convenience of being able to walk to Duke hospital through the parking garage and we visited several times a day. The rooms were not modern, but were clean and comfortable. I will stay...

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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The main reason for our visit was to keep an appointment with a doctor at Duke.The location was convenient.They have a free shuttle to the hospital which is a plus.The price directly from the hotel was about$90,for an ordinary hotel.It is clean.If I'd checked further,I might have stayed at Courtyard by Marriot,right next door!They do have a continental breakfast.

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Pemberton, New Jersey
Reviewed 27 September 2016

My husband and I stayed stayed 2 different times as I was having medical procedures done at the hospital. We chose this hospital for the price and convenience to it. Over all the rooms were decent for the price and breakfast was ok. I would not, however, recommend staying here. At least not if you are relying on the shuttle...

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UniversityInnDuke, Front Office Manager at The University Inn, responded to this review

Hi Leslie- We sincerely apologize for the behavior of our employee and thank you for letting us know. This employee was let go shortly after your last stay thanks to diligent customers like yourself that let us know she was not someone who should be working in the customer service industry. We wish you a speedy recovery and a more...

Wilmington, North Carolina
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I agree with previous reviews concerning cleanliness & no frills... But it is adequate & SO convenient! I didn't want any more driving. It's better than my last stay in NJ at a Crowne Plaza, and the medical rate is a relief.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I went back to Duke after 5 years of graduating to attend the annual reunion in 2015 and wanted to stay in a safe and convenient location which is close to campus. University Inn provided just that - the free shuttle to and from the prime locations within campus was extremely convenient and safe. University Inn provides chauffered shuttle service...

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Augusta, Georgia
Reviewed 8 September 2016

I stayed here for a conference with some friends and was not awed by it. It is in a great location though so that is a plus. It is just a very dated hotel that could use some renovations. However, it was clean and provided me a space to sleep. I wouldn't really count on the breakfast to feed you...

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Columbia, SC
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This hotel is in a good location if you need to be near Duke University Hospital. The outside of the hotel is very dated. The rooms are spacious, and clean. There are not enough sleeping pillows provided (2). Instead there are 4 massive square pillows better suited for sitting up in bed. The 3 towels provided were very small and...

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
Reviewed 24 July 2016

A clean sleep with the main positive being the proximity to Duke University Hospital. The rooms are old but well kept. There is a minimal breakfast-a complimentary shuttle that is very convenient. Doesn't appear to be very secure in the nighttime hours.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 10 July 2016

We stayed here during a visit to Duke with our teenager. Super clean, parking available, perfect price, and continental breakfast. The best offering is that they have a shuttle that will take you anywhere you want to go, and pick you up from anywhere you are to take you back to the hotel. We did not use the service, but...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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 Street, Durham, NC 27705
Region: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Price Range: £79 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The University Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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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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