We had to have the air-con disabled - it was obvious from the moment we stepped into the room that we would have got no sleep otherwise. This meant there as also no heating, but the quiet was what we needed.
The bar was not especially busy, but they managed to run out of Newcastle Brown Ale - the local speciality beer.
Location was nice, but the decor was drab and the lobby had no atmosphere - a vibe of everything done as cheaply as possible.
The breakfast was not appetising - bacon swimming in fat and water. Why is each piece folded on itself so that one side is not cooked directly? The 'fresh' fruit smoothies may have been freshly made, but I would swear that it contained tinned peaches.
The main issue we had with breakfast was that on one morning all the crockery was dirty, and the glasses. We could not find clean plates, cups or cutlery. Staff shrugged their shoulders. If you want one of the kippers they advertise as available, you better get down early; they had gone on both mornings we were there. We're not sure what the coffee was - seemed to have no kick.
Best thing about the place was the spa - good steam and sauna - included in the room price.
- 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 kilometres 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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- Also Known As:
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