Leave time to linger over the sumptuous breakfast feast in this boutique hotel, The King’s Daughters’ Inn in Durham, North Carolina. This elegantly decorated bed and breakfast was converted in 2009 from a residence for elderly single women. The place has oodles of Southern charm, but the real star of the hotel is the breakfast.
Light streams into the sun porch, which has comfortable couches and chairs. The living room is another pleasant place to relax with a book or a cup of coffee, and has good WiFi.
And then there’s breakfast. It starts with fresh baked breads, yogurt, fruit, and cereals. Then order from the hot menu featuring biscuits and gravy, variety of egg dishes, and outstanding waffles. Do not miss the granola, made by the Innkeeper’s mother, and so good they sell it in packages to go.
Room cost $$ ($=$100) Price includes WiFi, elaborate hot & cold breakfast, free parking
What Works for Families
- Attractively decorated rooms are big, airy, and pleasant, but not so fancy that your kids will be put off. We traveled with our son and his friend, both 17, and they were not interested in the lovely furnishings, but were not made uncomfortable by them either.
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast at this Durham hotel starts with a cold buffet, so there’s no waiting time for hungry kids eager to eat. It is worth mentioning twice: be sure to try the wonderful granola.
- Elevator is helpful for tired little legs. The elegant staircase is fun otherwise.
- Many rooms have foldout couches in the living area, so can easily sleep four (if your kids can share a sofabed)
- Great water pressure in the showers. The teenagers we traveled with really enjoyed the powerful showers and asked that they get a special mention.
- Desks in the rooms, helpful if you have paperwork to do or need a place to be while little ones nap
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- This is a luxury boutique hotel with only 17 rooms. Furnishings include antiques and upscale pieces that are not the place for sticky toddler hands. While it might work well for younger kids, tweens, and teens, depending your child, this might not be the Durham hotel for very active kids or toddlers in the mood to touch shiny vases or pretty wineglasses of port by the (adult) bed.
- No grounds or pool
The King’s Daughters’ Inn Details
The King’s Daughter’s Inn is a bed and breakfast very close to Duke University and just blocks from a central shopping street with many restaurants. Normally, this would be an easy walk but there was some construction in spring 2015 that required a bit of maneuvering.
Free parking at The King’s Daughter’s Inn is helpful for road-trippers, like us. We drove from Philadelphia as part of our college tour with our son. That was convenient because you will need a car to explore Durham, Duke, and surrounding areas. For ideas of where you might like to explore in North Carolina, check these ideas from Traveling Moms: Free in North Carolina, Botanical Garden in Charlotte, High Country North Carolina.
Each room of The King’s Daughter’s Inn is decorated a little differently, though basically in the same style. No pool, no gym. The front desk staff was a tiny bit cranky during our visit. But other staff members were effusively friendly, which more than made up for a little less southern charm from the front desk.
The Rooms in the Boutique Hotel
Each room in the bed and breakfast has a private bath; some are suites that have a living room area with a couch that folds out into a comfortable double bed. The bed was comfortable, with 400-count sheets that made for a delicious sleep. We never turned on the HDTV but we did use the WiFi in the room. Great water pressure in the shower, which tempted the kids to stay in for a long, long time.
Amenities at The King’s Daughters’ Inn
This is a lovely, small Durham hotel with only 17 rooms. Be sure to leave time to linger over the huge and delicious breakfast. If you are up earlier than your kids, you can enjoy a coffee in the living room or sun porch while they sleep. We did not try the afternoon tea and snacks, but that would be a nice option if you have kids who nap. We especially enjoyed the glasses of port and homemade chocolates in the evening, which were included. Spa services are available by prior appointment in the rooms but we did not try those.
Dining in Durham, North Carolina
The boutique hotel is located just a couple of blocks from a central shopping street, with plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance, including many family friendly options.