I take to task the comment of one reviewer who states the Highfield is overated - What were they expecting at the price - the Ritz!!! A review has to be comparable with what's being charged - you wouldn't expect haute cuisine at MacDonalds prices so lets be real here! The Highfield is an excellent value hotel for business people on a budget (that's me when I stay here). So yes - the McDonalds of hotels where it compares very well with Premier Inns and Travel lodges on quality and beats them hands down on value! And generally, all you get with a Travel lodge in the way of food is a Little Chef next door! Rooms are modern, clean with tea making facilities, en suite etc and more importantly - warm despite very cold weather during my stay! there's good parking right outside - important if you worry about your car being broken into! A warm welcome too from the Highfield staff. Sadly the warm welcome didn't extend to the Thai restaurant. Thailand promotes itself as the land of smiles - The Thai waiter clearly wasn't aware of his cultural obligations and maintained a surly demeanour. His defence may have been a lack of command of the English language. Still, a smile would have gone a long way. The Thai restaurant on the night of my stay was a little disappointing - maybe because it was a Sunday chef. I ordered the Thai red curry which was shown as hot dish on the menu - It was a rather bland mild dish with little in the way of aromatic spices and tastes that I would have expected. It was therefore on the pricey side for the quality. Next visit I'll be giving the bar food a try. Yes - I've stayed in better places but not at the prices charged at the Highfield so excellent value for those on a budget but not so sure about the Thai restaurant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated between the A1(m) and A19 between Sunderland and Durham on the A690. It has a well-appointed Thai restaurant - the longest established in the North East. The bedrooms have wifi connectivity and sky TV. All bedrooms are en-suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highfield Hotel Houghton-Le-Spring, Tyne And Wear