We stayed here for two nights with our two kids aged 4 and 5 as we couldn't find availability where we wanted but the price of the family room at The Spa Hotel was what lured us in. Firstly, it is a little tricky to find and the fact that it is so close to the airport could be off putting but it is in fact very quiet and we didn't find this a problem. The building does look shabby but that didn't bother us. We did get a welcome and the lady at the desk was pleasant. Our room was very spacious and unlike other places that were offering to charge us for rubbish 'z beds' for the kids here they actually had proper beds. The room was tired and had a few suspect stains on the ceiling and carpet but it was very clean as was the bathroom. The breakfast was dire. We went into the breakfast room and there was one toaster with some plastic containers with one slice of bed and some cereals. There was a dribble of orange juice left and enough water in the hot drinks machine for two coffees. We waited a while and in the end my husband had to go poking about behind the counter to find some more bread to feed the kids. When i managed to grab someone to get some water for the coffee machine she seemed really put out. I was not a happy bunny! The other thing that some people have touched upon is the dog. There is a great big alsatian that seems to have free reign outside and has a bed in the reception area as well as a few obvious sleeping spots inside the hotel in the corridors. You can tell where these spots are because of all the dog hairs. I'm glad i don't have allergies and wouldn't recommend anyone with allergies to stay here. However, i do have a 5yr old who is terrified of dogs and having a great big alsation almost blocking the corridor that connects your room with the breakfast room and the exit isn't good. Being told that 'she's just a friendly lump' doesn't cut it either. It's a shame really because i was happy with the room and i would've been content with the breakfast had they actually bothered to provide enough or at least replenish every so often. If you just want a clean room and you're not too fussy, get to breakfast first thing then it would be good value for money.
- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Darlington
- The Hotel
- The Spa Hotel Darlington
- The Spa Hotel Darlington, Durham
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