I stayed here for a few nights in August. This is a modern hotel just a short walk from the city centre and chain restaurants. The staff are very helpful and the breakfast has a great choice. I did not eat or drink at the restaurant/bar mainly because of the closeness of the city centre - but the bar prices seemed quite high, but I suppose that is what you get in hotels.
I would give just two areas for improvement - the control of smoking, and doors banging.
On my first night here I arrived late and went straight to bed, my room was cold as the windows had been left open and the air con was on full. It took a while for the room to heat up. I had a bad nights sleep as my eyes began to sting and I was coughing - it was clear that the previous occupant had been smoking and that housekeeping had opened the windows etc to clear it. In the morning I found an empty cig pack and lots of cig stubs on the flat roof outside the window. I asked for a room change and within 3 minutes someone was there to help me move rooms - very good. However, it was clear to me that this smoking was probably a regular thing as the following day I glanced up at some windows and saw two people smoking at their bedroom windows, this despite a £150 fine - I wonder if the hotel ever enforces this? Secondly the doors, both room and corridor - they do tend to bang shut and if it is a neighbours door, the wall shakes! I think this could be improved.
Nevertheless, a good hotel - very nice and well equipped rooms, a good leisure club with a reasonable size pool. Very helpful and efficient staff. I would certainly stay again when I am in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the River Wear, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham presents a prime location for a visit to England. Voted "Best City in the UK" by Conde Nast Traveller, Durham has all the culture and charm you're looking for in an English town. Find UNESCO World Heritage sites and attractions Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and Durham University less than 3 kilometers away. The 207 well-kept, modern bedrooms and suites offer 4-star amenities. Collage Restaurant offers a unique twist on the British Brassiere with a range of signature dishes and British fare. The Bar serves a food menu, great drinks and classic cocktails early into the morning. Unwind at the fitness and wellness facilities which include a swimming pool. Enjoy helpful services like on-site parking, express laundry and One Touch Service. The conference space houses 11 meeting rooms which can be used for all types of meetings and social occasions for up to 500 people. ... more less
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