by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 19, 2017
The 198-room JB Duke Hotel has opened on deadline in Durham, N.C., named for the son of the Duke University's namesake, Washington Duke. 
"Travelers from near and far will experience the very best of Southern hospitality at the JB Duke Hotel, nestled in the heart of Duke's iconic campus," said Gregg Hilker, general manager of the $62 million property, which has been decorated with furnishings made locally. "The hotel's contemporary design, convenient conference-room features and attentive staff offer the perfect backdrop for visitors to Durham's flourishing cultural, culinary, athletic, academic and business scenes." 
The property's Thomas Executive Conference Center, with 25,000 square feet of meeting space, has been designed to the standards set by the International Association of Conference Centers. The facility offers a 5,450-square-foot ballroom, several multipurpose areas, two boardrooms, two fixed-tiered classrooms seating 65 attendees each and a business center. The grand-hall lobby will connect the guest-room wing to the meetings wing. 
MarketPlace, a full-service restaurant, features à la carte and conference dining. Two full-service bars, the Lobby Lounge and the MarketPlace Bar, are open for off-hours gathering.
The new hotel, which is surrounded by the Duke Forest, and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club both are owned by Duke University and managed by WDI Hospitality LLC of Durham. The JB Duke is 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and 10 minutes from Research Triangle Park, and within walking distance of the university's sports venues.