Jonathan, the Duty Manager, and Tom on Reception made us most welcome on our arrival , late on a Saturday night - but as there was a wedding going on in the ballroom the car park underneath the hotel was already full to the brim, and with guests' double parking. So we parked outside the front of the hotel. Yes, we were warned to move our car early next morning and so should have moved the car but having left the car in the very ample 'Disabled parking bay' overnight we forgot to move the vehicle early in the morning. The town was as quiet as a mouse and so were lulled into false security and returned to find a fine for £70 ( reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days !).
Hotel rooms were perfectly adequate and the helpful Duty Manager made sure we had a room with a bath !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is superbly located in the heart of the historic market town, with ideal access to the A1 train st. and airport. Originally built in the 1600s as a Coaching Inn, rebuilt in 1893, and after a 6 million pounds sterling complete refurbishment in 2012, the hotel proudly harmonises its original features with a contemporary designer led style that reflects the hotel's personality. Boasting 83 stylish bedrooms, superior conference and banqueting suites, along with elegantly fashionable rest and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Head Darlington
- Head Hotel King
- Hotel Kings Head
- Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel Durham