The King's Daughters Inn

204 N Buchanan Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Colin & Deanna Crossman
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the King’s Daughters Inn located in Durham, North Carolina. It was built in the 1920’s with funds donated by the Duke family. In 2009, new owners Colin and Deanna Crossman marshaled the 17,000 square foot building and transformed it into a seventeen room boutique Bed & Breakfast through an extensive green renovation to create the luxurious inn that stands here today.

    Overlooking the stately oak trees of Duke’s East Campus, The King’s Daughters Inn occupies an ideal location in Durham. We are just a short walk to Duke University, downtown Durham, Brightleaf Square, and 9th street; as well as a short drive to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham Airport, and the new Durham Performing Arts Center. Though close to so many lively urban districts, it’s blends seamlessly into Trinity Park, one of Durham’s oldest, most established, most walkable urban neighborhoods.

    Experience

    The King’s Daughters Inn offers the amenities of a first-class hotel with the intimacy of a B&B. Enjoy spacious common areas for relaxing and socializing. Savor gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea, and evening wine and scotch. Retreat to your room for our turn-down service with locally-made artisan chocolates and Port. Let our concierge share an insider’s opinion on the best restaurants and activities Durham has to offer, then borrow one of our bicycles to get there in style!

    Rooms and Rates

    No two rooms at the King’s Daughters Inn are alike. Crafted faithfully from the building’s existing layout, each guestroom or suite has a unique configuration and distinct character. Choose from a wide range of 1920’s styles – from Classic to Art Deco. Though each is distinct, all rooms feature the same full slate of amenities including luxurious robes, triple-sheeted beds, locally produced, and all-natural toiletries. You can just as easily connect with the world as tune it out.

    As part of our efforts to preserve the historic character of the building/King’s Daughters Home, we maintained its original circulation patterns. By combining and connecting adjacent rooms, we consolidated the original 29 bedrooms and 6 shared bathrooms into 17 rooms and suites - each with a private bath, each unique.

    We highlighted the differences between rooms through the use of color, texture, pattern, and scale. Rooms in the original portion of the building feature classic 1920’s styling, while those in the later addition refer to the more avant-garde, streamlined Art Deco movement of the period.

    Discounts offered for weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and off-peak months (July and December). Group rates also available.

    Sustainable Lodging

    Three ideals guided the transformation of the King’s Daughter Home into the King’s Daughters Inn: 1) protect and restore the historic architecture for future generations; 2) respect the environment; and 3) incorporate the most current technologies available. Historic preservation and green building practices are fully compatible because both rely on the lightest touch possible. Our commitment to both environmentally responsible building and living drove us to find creative ways to offer our guests sustainable lodging without sacrificing the warmth and charm of a historic inn, while still providing modern conveniences.

    Ame‚Äčnities

    • private bathrooms
    • personal climate control
    • high speed wireless internet
    • complimentary bicycles
    • in-room spa services
    • handicap accessibility throughout the inn
    • energy management system
    • HDTV with digital cable
    • digital phone with personal voicemail
    • lavish robes
     
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Samantha Kozub for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We have a wide range of guests that stay with us! The majority of our business revolves around Duke University. From visiting lecturers to Duke parents to couples that met at Duke and want to get married in Durham, many of our guests have Duke ties in one way or another!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for our sophisticated, but comfortable decor and delicious breakfast! It is not often you see 17 overnight accommodations decorated with different color schemes, prints and patterns! Of course, our homemade chocolate chip waffles were highlighted in the New York Post, so you know they are delicious! We love the vibe at the Inn - sophisticated comfort. We want you to experience all the amenities of a luxury hotel, but feel comfortable to explore and settle in. Enjoy everything we have to offer at your pace and on your schedule.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The food! In the past year, Durham has been placed on a national platform several times for having incredible independent restaurants and small businesses. From food trucks to wine stores to bustling restaurants, we have it all and we love to recommend places based on a guest's wants and needs.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "I want to move in and never leave." - By the time check out comes around, we want each and every guest to have that feeling!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Duke Lemur Center in the Duke Forest. The Center is the largest population of lemurs outside of Madagascar. You can walk the trail through the forest and watch the lemurs fly through the air above you while a researcher guides the way.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We love the fact that there are 3 towns within 25 - 30 minutes of each other (The Triangle).

    Day #1:
    Since you can walk almost anywhere in Durham from our location, we would encourage guests to see The Sarah Duke Gardens, Duke Chapel and the Nasher Museum of Art.

    Day #2:
    The next day enjoy the small pockets of Durham that has small shops and cute restaurants such as Ninth St., Brightleaf Square and Main Street. That evening a delicious dinner and a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center or catch a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Park (Triple-A Minor League team for the Tampa Bay Rays).

    Day #3:
    A day in Raleigh to see the capital building, enjoy one of the many downtown festivals or enjoy the North Carolina Museum of Art or The Marble's Kids Museum.

    Day #4:
    A day in Chapel Hill would be a walk around UNC's campus and a walk down Franklin St. and into Carrboro where there are several small music venues to choose from.

    There are also several other small towns including Hillsborough or Mebane that have great BBQ joints and little gift shops that have the wonderful small town North Carolina feel that many want to explore and enjoy.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    So many options! We have Brightleaf Square 3 blocks away and Main St. is just beyond that. There are 39 + restaurants within half miles of our location! We eat well!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Too many to choose! For a celebration dinner, Four Square restaurant is the owners' favorite. The Federal Pub, Dame's Chicken and Waffles, Vin Rouge French Bistro! We try to learn what our guests love and then point them to the best of what we offer!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Durham Visitors & Convention Bureau has a great website with lots of resources. For the more local scene, many follow the Durham Socialite or the Independent Weekly for things to do in the area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 17 overnight accommodations including 11 single rooms (sleeps 2) and 6 suites (sleeps up to 4).

    Do you accept pets?

    We love animals, but we aren't able to keep them at the Inn. If you want to bring your pet with you, we recommend: www.creaturecomfortsinn.com/

     

  • Breakfast and Afternoon Tea

     

    Look out on the majestic oak trees of Duke’s East Campus over a delicious breakfast or relax with breakfast in bed. Have an early meeting? We offer breakfast-to-go packages including homemade granola, yogurt, and a muffin.

    Relax with a cup of tea and freshly prepared snacks for an afternoon respite. Choose from a wide variety of gourmet teas or the King's Daughters Signature Blend coffee.

  • Local Attractions

    While visiting, be sure to explore all the local attractions that Durham is famous for. For more information about local attractions, please visit our Location and Attractions page.

  • Weddings

    When choosing a venue for your wedding, it is important that you choose a venue that reflects you and your fiancé(e). The King's Daughters Inn is nestled in the heart of Durham's Trinity Park. This part of North Carolina is a special place for many couples all over the world. 

    The King's Daughters Inn's mission is to give each and every guest a unique, comfortable, and stress-free overall experience. We strive for exceptional service and focus on each guest as an individual. The King's Daughters Inn has created an intimate atmosphere to share with your closest family and friends. It is a perfect setting to celebrate life, love, and your happily ever after.

    The Inn offers many options from hosting your whole wedding at the Inn to using it for additional events throughout your wedding weekend.

    A small, intimate wedding ceremony and reception (50 guests) can be held entirely at the Inn. Our parlor is rearranged to create a beautiful living room style ceremony that is both comfortable and elegant. After your first kiss as a married couple, guests are escorted to the dining room for a delicious meal and wonderful conversation. Dancing and toasts can be held in the spacious Brodie Duke Hall

    For larger weddings, a couple can host a lively wedding reception (100 guests) all throughout the Inn. Another option is to use the Inn as your wedding party headquarters. Begin your weekend celebration by welcoming your overnight guests with complimentary afternoon tea and homemade scones and muffins. Primp with your best girlfriends for your ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner in one of our luxurious suites. Gather your family and friends in the parlor to host a cocktail hour and then move on to the dining room for a sophisticated or laid back rehearsal dinner full of food, friends, family, and fun! With full access to the house, you could invite guests following the big day to join you for a farewell breakfast and to recount the evening's reception

    An event at the Inn inspires memories that no large hotel venue can provide. Those closest to you have the opportunity to spend quality time in an intimate setting. A family reunion atmosphere exists during the stay and the happy couple is able to mingle with friends and family staying at the Inn throughout the weekend. Your wedding at The King's Daughters Inn is your own private party for just you and your guests to enjoy! Book the entire Inn for a wedding package and enjoy:

    • Exclusive use of the inn -- 20,000 square feet including three event spaces and seventeen luxury rooms and suites
    • Overnight accommodations for 46
    • Gourmet breakfast for all overnight guests
    • Great vignettes for unique wedding photos
    • Complimentary use of tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and setup
    • Full commercial kitchen available to your choice of licensed caterer.


    For more information about hosting your wedding or vow renewal at the inn, please contact:

    Samantha Kozub Director of Marketing and Special Events
    Phone: 919.354.7000 x203
    Email: events@thekingsdaughtersinn.com

  • Conferences, Meetings, Parties & Celebrations

    The King's Daughters Inn is centrally located minutes from Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and downtown Durham and a short hop from RTP (Research Triangle Park), Raleigh-Durham international Airport and Chapel Hill. We provide a comfortable yet sophisticated background for any type of social events, like showers, birthdays, reunions, and anniversaries; as well as business meetings, seminars and workshops.

    The King's Daughters Inn staff is on-site to make your event memorable. We want the host and their guests to be worry-free and happy with their special occasion.

    Host a meeting at The King's Daughters Inn and receive:

    • A choice of three unique meeting rooms. The Inn can accommodate up to 60 in our largest room
    • Complimentary wireless Internet throughout the Inn
    • Flat screen TV - 42" available in Parlor or Dining Room, two 52" available mounted on the wall in the Brodie Duke Hall
    • In wall sound system
    • Complimentary use of podium, microphones, flip chart, and whiteboard
    • Tables, chairs, and linens, along with setup and breakdown
    • Complimentary parking
    • Overnight group rates on any of our 17 unique rooms when five or more rooms are reserved
  • Groups & Events

    We offer nearly 2,500 square feet of group event space in three flexible and distinct settings, each a reflection of Inn’s unique character and ambience. Whether your gathering is for work or play, black tie or tie optional, our staff will take the utmost care of your requests to ensure your event is memorable.

    The following amenities are available for all group gatherings at the Inn:

    • Space for up to 100 attendees, depending on your event space
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage service
    • Continental style snack and hors d'oeuvres (catering services available on request).
    • Tables, chairs, linens, silverware, glassware, and china*
    • Set up and take down services on request*
    • Valet parking, depending on the size of your group
    • Room discounts for multiple guest room bookings related to your event

    In addition to these capabilities, we have the following technical resources for meetings and business-related functions:

    • Widescreen 58" plasma TV(s)
    • Complete A/V system
    • Teleconferencing and web conferencing
    • Full internet connectivity

    The Brodie Duke Hall

    In years past, the King's Daughters would frequent the auditorium for movies and lectures. This revamped and updated room is now a state-of-the-art business and conference center. Versatile and practical with several possible seating configurations (round, U- and T-shaped, classroom, etc.), it's the ideal setting for conferences, receptions, or parties.

    • Accommodates groups up to 56 for a seated event or 70 for a mingling cocktail reception
    • 759 square feet, 23 ft. x 33 ft.
    • Private entrance
    • Two 58" plasma screen TVs
    • Complete A/V presentation system
    • Teleconferencing and web conferencing
    • Full internet connectivity
    • Starting at $500
    • Special rate for Duke University events, non-profits, and neighborhood groups

    The Dining Room

    Overlooking the oaks of Duke's East Campus, enjoy the historic authenticity of this grand room's large windows, hardwood floors, 12 ft. ceilings, cove moldings, and 8 ft. fireplace. Conveniently adjacent to both the main entrance and our full-scale commercial kitchen, the dining room is ideal for formal or informal banquets, rehearsal dinners, and showers. This expansive space can easily be adapted to include all of our business-ready amenities.

    • Accommodates groups up to 48 for a buffet meal or 60 for a plated meal
    • 850 square feet, 25 ft. x 35 ft.
    • Multiple seating arrangements
    • On request, wide screen plasma TV, complete A/V system, tele- and web conferencing, and full internet connectivity
    • Starting at $500
    • Special rate for Duke University events, non-profits, and neighborhood groups

    The Parlor

    Bathed in afternoon light, the parlor is a gracious setting for more private, intimate affairs. Meticulously restored hardwood floors, plaster moldings, and 8 ft. fireplace charmingly preserve the parlor's air of antiquity -- perfect for showers, afternoon teas, and neighborhood gatherings.

    • Accommodates groups up to 25 for a seated event or 40 for a cocktail reception
    • 850 square feet, 25 ft. x 35 ft.
    • Sound system
    • Adjacent to with full use of the sun porch
    • Starting at $300
    • Special rate for Duke University events, non-profits, and neighborhood groups


    For more information about hosting your event with us, please contact:
    Samantha Kozub Director of Marketing and Special Events
    Phone: 919.354.7000 x203
    Email: events@thekingsdaughtersinn.com

  • Directions

    From I-40: 

    • Take exit 279B onto Durham Freeway/NC-147 North.
    • Travel 9 miles to exit 14 (right) onto Swift Ave, and turn right onto Swift Ave.
    • After 200ft, cross railroad tracks and turn right onto Main Street.
    • Continue ~1/2mi and turn left onto Buchanan Blvd.
    • In 200ft you'll see The King's Daughters Inn on the right. Enter the alley just past the Inn, to our parking area

    From I-85: 

    • Take exit 175 onto Guess Road.
    • Travel Southeast on Guess Road for about 1 mile.
    • Guess Road becomes Buchanan Boulevard at Club Boulevard.
    • Continue South on Buchanan Boulevard for about 1 mile.
    • The King's Daughters Inn will be on your left, after Minerva.
    • Enter the alley between the yellow house and the Inn to reach our parking area