Monarch at the Butterfly Pavilion. Spring is in full bloom right now at the Duke Gardens on the grounds of Duke University. I highly recommend visiting this location in the next couple of weeks if this location is on your checklist - the bloom won't last very long. The gardens are fun to explore just by yourself or with family but pets might not be allowed here in certain locations. There are all kinds of flowers here (and yes Cherry Blossoms too). On the weekends, parking is free before noon. Visiting the garden early during the weekend is recommended - the garden is highly popular with wedding photographers who descend later in the day.
I would personally recommend visiting the garden on dull, cloudy days - the diffused light accentuates the bright colors of the flowers even more and you can capture vivid images. There's a neat little bridge over a small pond/creek in the garden that I haven't yet managed to capture to my liking and that is the most photographed location in this part of town after the Historic Yates Millpond I believe. The garden does have some photography rules especially if you're walking in with lots of equipment to do a professional shoot - I personally have never faced any issues here like having to register or pay a fee or something. But YMMV.
There is also a small cafe near the parking lot at the entrance to the gardens that has some great offerings - I have tried their sandwiches and salads and it's well worth a stop.
Thank you for stopping by.
#colorful #NC #USA #Durham #Duke #weekend #spring #springfun Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke The Sarah Duke Gardens is part of Duke University - one of the best public gardens in the country and a peaceful place to spend the afternoon. This photo was taken at the Japanese Pavilion. Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke Botanical Gardens in Durham, NC Just a cool looking #artdog outside of #guglhupf Bakery in #durham Like this cute coffee shop! Great selection of options (including a cortado!) and some vegan delights to nosh on. It's hard to find a great coffee spot in NC; this is one of them. This was taken at the Garden for Peace at the Sarah Duke Gardens. Butterfly in the butterfly pavilion at Museum of Life and Science. An amazing space with some much to discover. #dukechapel #durham Very cool spot in #durham A lovely walking trail around a small lake. Wonderful day trip if you're in that area! Downtown Durham at the old Tobacco factory View of the lake at the Sarah Duke Gardens. I LOVE the bug exhibit at this museum! Wish I remembered what this one was called. I got to touch it and it even feels like a leaf! Love having lunch here Brightleaf is part of downtown Durham, NC's renaissance. Old tobacco warehouses have found new life as shops and restaurants. Cool bench built from old industrial gears in #durham The American Tobacco Trail is a 22 mile hiking / biking trail which runs through Durham and Cary, NC. A great place to ride in the city without traffic. The old and the fairly new in #durham A great night for a #baseball game at @durhambulls stadium. Duke Campus with steeple of cathedral in background Duke University Chapel. Beautiful inside and out. #dukechapel #duke #dukeschooloftheology #green #nc Sign of the times in Durham Delish dessert Hit the bull, win a steak. Looking out from the Bird Viewing Shelter at the Sarah Duke Gardens. Agreed! 😍 I fell in love. Northern England or North Carolina? Duke University, amazing architecture Durham NC was a great day love the colors here :) Life's short-- eat dessert first ;) Overlooking the Historic Gardens section at Sarah Duke Gardens. This photo was taken from the Pergola. Duke University. Durham, NC. October 22, 2016. Inside Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke Football. #footballstadiumtour Fun place to grab a lunch a hang out with a good book. Dinning and shopping in Durham at old tobacco factory. 21c hotel in downtown Durham Sunset over American Tobacco Great variety of stuff to do Lilly's Pizza in Durham...simply awesome. Good place for Spanish tapas and variety of drinks with great service. Make sure to get paella and sangria. #Colorful Stunning architecture in this Chapel.
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Get an overview of this hotel3.5-star hotel with restaurant and 24-hour fitness center

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Business center
Laundry facilities
Smoke Free


Located in the heart of Durham, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Carolina Theater and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Duke University. Durham Convention Center and Durham Performing Arts Center are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a snack bar/deli, a 24-hour business center, and valet parking.

Room Amenities

All 190 rooms offer WiFi, room service, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Premium bedding, coffee makers, and free newspapers are among the other amenities available to guests.

Durham Marriott City Center

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 3.5-star property offers access to a 24-hour business center.

Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This business-friendly hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, gift shops/newsstands, and coffee/tea in a common area. Onsite parking is available (surcharge).

Durham Marriott City Center is a smoke-free property.

  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Restaurant 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 190 
  • Number of floors - 9 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Snack bar/deli  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms:

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Premium bedding 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • In-room safe 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Down comforter 

Where to Eat

Buffet breakfasts are available for a surcharge.

Durham Marriott City Center has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
No rollaway/extra beds available
Only service animals are allowed


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 14.95 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 6.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 12.00 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Durham City Center Marriott
  • Durham Marriott City Center
  • Marriott Durham City Center
  • Marriott Hotel Durham City Center
  • Durham Marriott City Hotel Durham
  • Marriott Durham
  • Durham Marriott City Center Hotel

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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