As of January 2017, visitors to North Carolina's Duke University will have a new place to stay: the 198-room JB Duke Hotel in Durham, named for the son of the school's namesake, Washington Duke. In 1924, James Buchanan "J.B." Duke created the Duke Endowment and transformed Durham's Trinity College into Duke University.
"Mere steps away from iconic Duke athletic and academic facilities, the JB Duke Hotel will welcome visitors of Durham's flourishing cultural, culinary and athletic scenes, as well as global business and academic travelers," said Gregg Hilker, general manager of the $62 million property, which will be decorated with furnishings made locally. "In January 2017, we will open the doors to the grand entry plaza and usher in a new wave of distinctive hospitality in the Durham and Duke communities."
Meetings will be held in the Thomas Executive Conference Center, whose 20,850 square feet of meeting space has been designed to the standards set by the International Association of Conference Centers. The facility will offer 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.
A full-service restaurant will feature à la carte and conference dining, and there will be two full-service bars.
The new hotel and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club both are owned by Duke University and managed by WDI Hospitality LLC of Durham.