6 Modern Durham Hotels for Your Next Stylish Getaway

6 Modern Durham Hotels for Your Next Stylish Getaway

Craving a staycation in Durham? Because of the city’s style, you don’t have to settle for generic hotels. From thoroughly Mid-Century Modern to Transitional, Durham has several boutique hotels for a well-designed change of scenery.

1. The Durham

The Durham hotel lobby in Mid Century Modern style
The Durham’s lobby embraces natural light
and primary colors.
Image courtesy of Spencer Lowell/The Durham.

Designed in 1968 by architect Perry C. Langston, the building was first a bank. But after a sweeping renovation, the building opened to the public in 2015 as The Durham, a magazine-worthy hotel. Primary colors, geometric shapes and a rooftop bar and restaurant make the hotel a perfect getaway for Mid -Century Modern fans. Its rates range from $147 to $368 per night.

If their style intrigues you, learn more about availability.

2. Unscripted Durham

Each room includes jazzy designs and Jonathan Adler bath amenities.
Image courtesy of Unscripted Hotels.

At Unscripted, unique geometric designs in each room add a retro vibe. Guests can also enjoy the rooftop pool. Unscripted is offering a staycation discount exclusively for North Carolina residents. Since their discounted amenities specifically target Durham locals, take a look at their available rooms.

3. 21c Durham

You just might find a fuschia penguin in your hotel room.
Image courtesy of 21c Durham.

The Hill building (where 21c Durham is housed) holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Accordingly, the hotel’s design team retained the terrazzo floors throughout the building, as well as the green marble in the foyer and other Art Deco details from the original structure. Yet it still feels clean and contemporary.

And here’s the kicker: This hotel is also a contemporary art museum. Its stylistic visuals might’ve given that away already. Learn more about this little Durham gem!

4. Aloft Durham Downtown

Aloft Hotel downtown Durham
The lobby features modern Sputnik chandeliers over polished concrete floors.
Image courtesy of the Aloft Durham Downtown.

Located in downtown Durham on Blackwell Street (next to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park), Aloft Hotel offers urban style befitting its locale. In the lobby, a room divider with geometric cutouts and Sputnik chandeliers will help fans of Mid-Century Modern feel at home. Meanwhile, touches like the bright pink front desk add a contemporary touch. To spot more unique flairs, take a closer look online.

5. Home2 Suites by Hilton Durham Chapel Hill

Home2 Suites by Hilton Durham/Chapel Hill
Fun fact: the curtain functions as a room divider.
Image courtesy of Home2 Suites by Hilton.

Traveling with someone whose tastes skew a little more traditional? If so, this Durham hotel may be a good compromise. The hotel’s design isn’t too edgy, but the orange, lime-green and turquoise palette (along with the sculptural lighting) feels modern enough.

Why not browse more of its looks and amenities?

6. The Lodge at Duke Medical Center

Just look at those bricks and that leather chair.
Image courtesy of The Lodge at Duke Medical Center.

The exposed bricks in the Lodge’s rooms add texture and visual interest. The furniture also keeps a sleek profile for a clean, spacious design. The Lodge, unlike these other Durham hotels, sits across from the Durham VA Medical center and within walking distance of Duke’s hospital and campus. Get a closer look at its amenities, styles and availability if you might want to visit the Duke area.

Remember: Durham Hotels Are Only a Gateway to the City Itself

A hotel room should only become your rest from the Bull City’s many attractions. Looking for more to explore in Durham? Browse 12 of the Bull City’s Best Restaurants before you visit!