I traveled to the area on a business trip. As the scheduling played out, there was only a "four-poster" room left, so I had to book that option for a slightly - not much - higher price. I was thrilled with my room. It was enormous (even the bathroom, with an extra-long tub), and was absolutely beautiful. The four-poster bed and other furnishings provide a very authentic, romantic ambience that would be perfect for a romantic get-away. Unfortunately, I was not on such a trip! :) The staff at the hotel were very friendly and accommodating. The only negative I can recall is that the restaurant and bar staff seem to be stretched pretty thin during busy times. My and my co-worker's dinner order was lost twice before we were served one evening.
I don't consider this a negative, but be aware that this is a very old building. Floors creak and strange noises sometimes occur. In my opinion, this adds to its character, but it may be annoying to some. I was on the top (3rd) floor, so this would never have been a concern, but I was mindful of creating noise for those in the room below me.
This is such a simple thing, but hotels in the US NEVER have windows that can be opened. I loved being able to open the windows, despite the cold weather. In fact, the window ledge was so wide, I was able to chill water and soda in the outside air. There was no in-room fridge or mini-bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a unique blend of luxury accommodation, great service and fine dining with Bannatyne Hotel Darlington. Perfect for business and leisure. Each of our well appointed rooms have FREE wireless internet access and Maxine's Bar & Restaurant makes the perfect venue for meeting friends for coffee, drinks and fine food. Also whether hosting a business meeting or an exhibition, or even getting married, Bannatyne Hotel Darlington is the ideal venue to make your event a success. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Darlington Bannatyne Hotel
- The Bannatyne Hotel Darlington Durham