The Durham Hotel is one of Downtown Durham's most anticipated new developments of 2015. The boutique hotel, restaurant, and rooftop bar are now open, and excitement is still high as locals and visitors alike experience The Durham for the first time. Here's the scoop on one of Durham's newest buzz-worthy destinations.
The Durham's restaurant and rooftop bar are both run by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing. "We're trying to do the food [diners] crave morning, noon and night, and have a variety of it that is seasonal," Reusing told Nation's Restaurant News. "What you're dying to eat, but what is often hard to find: simple food, done well, cooked by cooks who care."
The rooftop bar offers signature cocktails, oysters and snacks like fried chicken and guacamole with tortillas (both $8), while the restaurant provides a fine dining experience. The dinner menu includes caviar, wild catfish, and dry-aged steak.
The Restaurant at The Durham opened in October 2015 and has already garnered praise from national publications for its seasonal American fare with a concentration on seafood. Food & Wine magazine named The Durham one of five "Best New Star Chef Hotel Restaurants" in the U.S.
The building The Durham is housed in and the land it sits on are historic parts of the city. Durham history website Open Durham details how the original building on the site was a hotel built in 1907, which later became a hospital, a business school, and a tavern.
That structure was demolished in 1938 to make way for an art deco movie theater, which was purchased by Home Savings and Loan in 1966. The bank tore down the theater to construct the unique, modern building with the saw-tooth façade that still stands today.
As The Durham, the building houses 53 rooms, including a 1,050-square-foot penthouse complete with its own private terrace, according to the Herald-Sun. There is also meeting and event space for up to 50 people, a fitness studio, rooftop yoga, and bicycle rentals.
The boutique hotel celebrates all things local, with guests' morning coffee provided by Durham-based Counter Culture Coffee. The hotel newsstand is stocked with music picks from indie record label Merge Records, located a few blocks away. And of course, complimentary skincare products include Burt's Bees, which has been headquartered in the Bull City since 1984. Here are a few shots of the lobby so you can see what The Durham has done with all that history:
In addition to The Durham's beautiful spaces, the hotel gives visitors a chance to take in terrific views of the rest of Durham. Take a look at these shots and imagine them in the background as you sip a cocktail or a coffee and enjoy a half-dozen oysters with a friend.
Here's the rooftop lounge area, with a view of the 21c Museum Hotel.
This is looking southeast toward City Hall.
And here's the view to the northwest of Durham Centre.
And looking west toward the Warehouse District.
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