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Make a Splash: 10 Hotels with Pools in Durham

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Summer is here, and these Durham pools are calling your name.

Posted By Natalie Minott on Jul 03, 2024

Bust out the speedo. Lather on the sunscreen. Inflate the floaties. Summertime is officially in session, and it’s time to splash into Durham in style. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, entertaining the family, or looking to book a staycation with the possibility of an aquatic adventure, there is a cool hotel pool waiting for you. From the Raleigh-Durham International Airport to the Eno River, and everything in between, here’s a list of lodgings with pools that offer a cool retreat from the sizzling heat.

Hotels with Pools in Downtown Durham

So, you got tickets to a Durham Performing Arts Center, DPAC, show or a Durham Bulls game, and you’re looking for the perfect place to stay near the action. We got you. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cityscape of downtown Durham, where a world of cultural experiences, enticing shopping opportunities, and James Beard Award-nominated dining await. Delight in the vibrant energy of the city as you explore its hidden gems and soak up its lively atmosphere. After an exhilarating day of events and exploration, skip the traffic and head back to the comfort of your hotel for room service and a relaxing soak in the pool.

Unscripted Durham
202 N. Corcoran St.

Indulge in the tropical ambiance of Unscripted Durham's rooftop pool, where you can unwind with a refreshing piña colada. Relax in a pool lounger and soak up the ultimate summer experience. If you’re here on a weekend, live DJs keep the vibes high. With Durham's breathtaking skyline as your backdrop, it’s the perfect opportunity to toast to the joys of summer. As if all that wasn’t great enough, the Unscripted hotel offers day passes to non-hotel guests, which is code to invite all your friends and make some unforgettable memories.

Aloft Durham Hotel
345 Blackwell St.

Located within a short stroll from charming boutiques, local eateries and exciting entertainment options, the Aloft Durham Hotel offers unparalleled convenience. As the night unfolds, you'll find an array of choices at your fingertips. Engage in a game of pool or walk to a nearby restaurant before catching a show at DPAC. No matter how you choose to spend your evening, be sure to complete the experience with a carefully crafted cocktail from the swanky hotel bar, followed by a blissful dip in the inviting hotel pool.

The indoor pool at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Durham

Take a dip and enjoy the view at the indoor pool at Aloft Durham Hotel. Photo: Aloft Durham Hotel

Hotels with Pools by Duke University

Immerse yourself in the captivating charm of Duke University, known for its magnificent campus adorned with striking architecture and picturesque green areas. Enhance your experience by reserving a room at a conveniently located hotel, allowing you to indulge in a weekend of exploration. Explore Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum and the iconic Duke Chapel, then complete each day with a refreshing dip in the hotel pool.

Washington Duke Inn & Club
3001 Cameron Blvd.

Nestled amidst beautifully manicured grounds with breathtaking views of the stately golf course, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on Duke University’s campus. Step inside and prepare to be pampered. The lavish accommodations are designed to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation, ensuring your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. After sightseeing, make sure to take a swing at the world-class golf course. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, the course offers a challenge for every skill level. When it’s time to cool off, indulge in a leisurely soak in the massive indoor pool.

Millennium Durham Hotel
2800 Campus Walk Ave.

Just minutes away from Duke University, Millennium Durham Hotel is a convenient location for your stay. Uncover hidden treasures as you explore Duke campus and downtown Durham and then enjoy spending time in the indoor heated pool or hot tub. If you’re a parent with small kids, here’s a pro tip to take your vacation to the next level: Request the Millenium Durham Ask Alfred Children Programme which includes a range of amenities for your little ones, including jelly beans and a cuddly teddy bear.

Hotels with Pools by RDU Airport

It’s time to step into relaxation mode after a long journey. Kick off your shoes, order takeout, and enjoy the perfect remedy for travel fatigue — a refreshing dip in the pool. Create special moments and lasting memories with your family as you splash in these hotels that are conveniently located near the airport, allowing you to seamlessly transition from relaxation to your next adventure.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4810 Page Creek Ln.

Seeking a tranquil retreat just a 10-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport? Look no further than DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Relax on the porch rocking chairs or savor a delightful dining experience at the on-site patio restaurant. Afterward, take a dip in the outdoor pool, which offers a refreshing oasis amidst serene surroundings. Whatever you do, do not forget to indulge in one or two of those famous DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies. (If you know, you know.)

Hotels with Pools near the Eno River

Embark on a double water adventure that will earn you major cool points with your kids. Take a refreshing dip in the Eno River, which flows through Durham for 33 miles. For even more aquatic excitement, make your way to the Rolling View State Recreation Area at Falls Lake, a destination that offers a wide range of water activities, including boat, kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals. Don’t worry, the fun doesn't have to stop there. Keep the excitement going with a late-night swim in your hotel pool. Relax and unwind as you reflect on the day's escapades before retreating to your comfortable bed, ready to recharge for the next day's endeavors.

SureStay Plus by Best Western Durham
3710 Hillsborough Rd.

SureStay Plus by Best Western Durham provides easy access to a variety of attractions, including the breathtaking beauty of the Eno River, a true gem waiting to be explored. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the peaceful landscape surrounding the Eno River. Hike along the trails or picnic under a large oak tree. Make sure to pose for a picture on the iconic suspension bridge before heading back to the hotel for a much-needed soak in the pool.

Comfort Inn & Suites
1816 Hillandale Rd.

Conveniently situated off Interstate 85, Comfort Inn & Suites provides easy access to all that Durham has to offer. Whether you're seeking vibrant city attractions or a tranquil retreat in nature, you'll find it within reach. If you're craving a dose of outdoor adventure and natural beauty, a short drive will take you to West Point on the Eno Park. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance as you explore the park's picturesque trails. Meander along the river, breathe in the fresh air, and soak up the scenic views that surround you. After your nature-filled adventure, the hotel pool is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Hotels with Pools by The Streets at Southpoint Mall

If shopping isn’t on your vacation agenda, it should be! Prepare to be captivated by the stunning architecture and inviting atmosphere of The Streets at Southpoint Mall. As you stroll through its vibrant indoor and outdoor corridors, you'll discover a myriad of enticing options to satisfy your shopping desires. From boutiques to renowned brands, the mall offers a diverse range of choices to ensure you find the perfect souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Once you've fully immersed yourself in the retail therapy experience, it's time to unwind and recharge on a luxurious pool deck, the epitome of relaxation. Don’t worry, you’ll forget about all the money you spent as you go for a swim and bask in the sun.

Fairfield Inn and Suites
7807 Leonardo Dr.

Situated next to The Streets at Southpoint Mall, Fairfield Inn and Suites is the prime location for a shopping extravaganza. Get ready for the thrill of discovering unique treasures, all conveniently located just steps away from your hotel. After shopping, head to the indoor pool to swim and bask in a well-deserved moment of tranquility. Whether you prefer to soak up the sun, immerse yourself in the pages of your favorite book, or rest and unwind, the newly renovated patio offers the perfect spot to recharge in style.

Hilton Garden Inn Southpoint
7007 Fayetteville Rd.

Nestled next to the renowned The Streets at Southpoint Mall, with easy access to major attractions, Hilton Garden Inn offers an array of amenities designed to enhance your stay. After a full day of shopping, take a dip in the indoor pool, perfect for a refreshing swim or a moment of relaxation. For a truly exceptional dining experience, head to Ruth's Chris Steak House, the on-site restaurant that offers classic steakhouse fare, warm hospitality, and an unforgettable dining experience.

Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint
7840 Hwy. 751

For summer fun, follow your shopping spree with a swim in the spacious outdoor pool at Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint. With space for lounging and a lap lane, you can keep up with your training or relax into a nice soak. Satisfy your post-swim appetite with burgers from Town Hall Burger and Bar.

No matter where your journey takes you, the Bull City offers a range of extraordinary hotels with pools that cater to every traveler's needs and desires. Whether you're drawn to the vibrant energy of downtown or a serene retreat closer to nature, this list will guide you toward booking the ideal accommodation, allowing you to dive headfirst into an unforgettable summer experience.

About the Author

Natalie Minott - Freelance Writer

A mother and writer who loves celebrating people and telling their stories. Find me rocking colorful headwraps, singing Disney songs, and drinking too much coffee.