Art of Cool Festival

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VIP Treatment: The Official VIP Hotel: The Durham Hotel.

An independent hotel inhabiting the newly resurrected mid-century Home Savings Bank, The Durham is instilled with the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of its namesake city. The hotel, designed by acclaimed firm Commune, is a cultural hub for the vibrant and engaged downtown community and a perfect backdrop for the festival experience. 53 guest rooms feature inspired interiors and collaborations with local producers such  as Raleigh Denim, NC Made and Burt’s Bees. All guests will enjoy a daily farmer’s market continental breakfast, and rooftop yoga, all at a central location walking distance to all Art of Cool venues.


SPENCER_LOWELL_COMMUNE_DURHAM_027Art of Cool Festival Block Rates (starting at $209/night) are available for booking until April 22, 2016 for stays Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8, 2016. To reserve rooms in the Art of Cool Festival block: please call 919-768-8830 and ask for the Art of Cool Festival rate or reserve online here (enter reservation dates and select room type). 


Food & Drink by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Andrea Reusing

Featuring Counter Culture Coffee and house-made pastries by day and melting pot and hotel classics by night, the lobby coffee shop and American restaurant is a vibrant, convivial all-day destination for guests and locals alike. The rooftop bar and lounge overlooks downtown with a small kitchen and raw bar showcasing North Carolina seafood and shareable plates. The drink list offers hand-crafted original cocktails and well-made classics. 


For restaurant or roof reservations, please call 919-768-8831. For more information, visit


Hours of Operation



breakfast 7-10am               

dinner Mon-Sat 5:30-10pm   

brunch Sun 10:30am-2pm      

coffee shop open all day                                    



Mon-Wed 5-12pm

Thurs-Sat 5pm-2am

Sun 3-10pm

Small kitchen menu:

Mon-Sat 5-11pm           

Sun 3-10pm

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