Durham Travel Guide
Time flies when you're building a cool, arty 21c Musuem Hotel.
Last October will learned that a 21c would be opening in downtown Durham with 125 rooms, a chef-driven restaurant, a lounge, a fitness center and a spa. And of course, a contemporary art museum. Initially, we thought the hotel would open in May, but a hotel rep told us that a February/March opening would be likely. Lo and behold, the museum hotel will now open on March 23.
Admission, er, room rates start at $239 a night on opening night for a deluxe king room with 42" HDTV Flat Screen Televisions, free WiFi, complimentary, Nespresso Coffee Machine, and Malin + Goetz toiletries. We managed to get our hands on a sneak peek of the hotel lobby, pictured above, but only black and white room renderings are available on the website.
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21c Museum Hotels will have some good company when their Nashville property opens as several hot brands like Ace, Virgin and Thompson are expected to populate the Music City. But when it comes to the hotel scene of Durham, North Carolina, we think the forthcoming 21c Museum Hotel in downtown will have the artsy boutique hotel game on lock.
Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the 125-room hotel will have all the hallmarks of a 21c Museum hotel. That means it's part boutique hotel and part contemporary art museum, with a chef-driven restaurant thrown in too.
The art museum will be open and free to all visitors, not just hotel guests and will feature "curated exhibitions, interactive site specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming." Elsewhere at the hotel will be a lounge, a fitness center and a spa. As for the signature 21c Museum penguin, the Durham penguin will be rocking a bright fuchsia color.
These Wingate Inn's just keep popping up.
The opportunity to get inside has alluded us to date, however, we keep hearing rave reviews from both the Hotel Mavens and the travel pubs.
The Wingate may look like a pre-fab-strip-mall-bullshit hotel, however, inside these little Inns seem to offer good service and excellent business perks.
- Free high speed Internet (wireless and wired)
- Two-line speakerphone with voicemail and conference call capabilities
- Free local calls
- Copying and printing services are available for free