21c Museum Hotel Durham

111 N Corcoran St | Durham, NC 27701  [SEE MAP]Durham, NC  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Boasts its own full-service art museum
Some guests complain of disruptive train noise

The 21c Museum Hotel Durham opened in March 2015 and is the fourth installment in the unique 21c Museum Hotels brand. The hotel is located in the Hill Building and boasts 10,500 square feet of art exhibit space, which guests and the public can tour free of charge. The property features rotating and permanent pieces, including White Light (illuminated porcelain and paper chandeliers) and Fuchsia Penguin (a brightly colored plastic installation that's moved throughout the hotel). When it's time for a bite to eat, check out Counting House. The on-site eatery showcases seasonal ingredients in its breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktail menus. As far as accommodations go, 21c Museum Hotel's 125 rooms are bright and spacious, with high ceilings, terrazzo floors, Nespresso coffee machines, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries and free Wi-Fi access. Recent visitors were impressed with the clean, chic rooms as well as the hotel's employees, which are described as warm, genuine and friendly. The only downside, according to some travelers, is the noise from trains when they pass through town. You'll find this hotel in downtown Durham about 2 miles east of Duke University.

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Location
Durham, NC
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 125 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Modern
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 610 have reviewed the 21c Museum Hotel Durham, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 610 reviews 4.0 (based on 610 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The 21c Museum Hotel Durham combines an eclectic mix of slick modern furnishings with not-so-subtle touches of interesting original art, such as the large signature fuchsia penguins that can be found throughout the property. Bathrooms are modern with dark tile and backlit mirrors; main spaces feature Nespresso coffee machines and 42-inch HDTVs.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set in downtown Durham one block south of the Durham Convention Center, the hotel is surrounded by top attractions like the Carrack Modern Art and the Carolina Theatre, plus the property has its own full-service art museum of site-specific works and rotating exhibits. Multiple buses stop within a one-block radius, including the free Bull City Connector.
  • About 15 miles northeast of Chapel Hill and about 30 miles northwest of Raleigh
  • About 14 miles northwest of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($20)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Inspired by the building’s former life as a bank, the Counting House restaurant highlights regional cuisine in a space saturated with historical and architectural character and rotating art. The restaurant specializes in seafood and utilizes local vendors.
  • Room service available from 6 a.m. to midnight (until 1 a.m. on weekends)
  • Extensive bourbon and wine lists

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Spa

Located on the lower level, the hotel spa offers massage treatments by appointment only, plus access to a steam room and sauna. Options includes the standard Swedish massage, a deep-tissue massage and an aromatherapy treatment using essential oils.
  • In-room services are also available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Guests may request cribs for no extra charge, while rollaway beds cost $30 per night.
    • Kids club
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center with cardio machines and weight-training equipment. The museum also offers weekly Yoga with Art classes ($5). Guests can also explore the surrounding area on complimentary loaner bicycles that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Deposit required for bicycles
    • Hourlong guided docent tours of the museum available Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles (free)
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    With multiple gallery spaces, the 21c Museum Hotel has room for a variety of special events. Options include the conference room and the historic underground Vault gallery and bar, plus an array of galleries ranging from 172 to 2,675 square feet. Additionally, the second-floor business center is open 24 hours and equipped with Mac workstations for printing and faxing needs.
    • Catering and bar packages available through Counting House

    Number of meeting rooms12

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Pets

    Pets up to 50 pounds are welcome at 21c with a cleaning fee of $150 per stay.
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting

      Wedding

      From cocktail receptions and banquets to the main ceremony, the 21c Museum Hotel provides creative spaces for wedding events of all kinds. Event staffers work to coordinate details with the couple and catering from Counting House is available.

        Maximum wedding guest capacity250

        • Hotel hosts weddings
        • Outdoor space for weddings
        • Wedding planners available

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