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Radisson Blu Hotel Durham
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2010

The Radisson Blu Hotel is just a five minute walk across the river into the centre of Durham. We stayed in a Business Class room on the 4th floor of the hotel which had very pleasant views across the river towards the city centre and also Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Check-in was handled quickly and efficiently by a very helpful member of the reception team. The hotel is less than 2 years old and is extremely well appointed throughout..
The Filini Restaurant is the place for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Filini Bar is a pleasant stop off for a relaxing drink.
Other facilities in the hotel include the Pace Health Club and Emmanais Beauty Salon.
Beamish Open Air Museum and the Bowes Museum are just a short drive from the hotel and well worth a visit.
We did not stay for dinner in the hotel choosing instead to visit one of the many restaurants available just minutes away in the city centre.
We did have a very enjoyable breakfast in the restaurantthe following morning prior to checking out of the hotel to continue on our journey.
We discovered on our arrival at the hotel that it was possible to upgrade to a Business Class Room for an additional cost of £30. The complementary sevices included in the Business Class room make the additional cost very good value and would thoroughly recommend it.
We had an extremely enjoyable stay in this hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Durham on business or for leisure.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2010

Thank you for the excellent review of the hotel here and for taking the effort to describe the hotel so well
I look forward to welcoming you back to Durham soon

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Reviewed 18 July 2010

We stayed at the hotel for just one night. The room was comfortable, beautifully furnished, well designed and immaculate. The staff were helpful and courteous. The leisure facilities were of a very high standard. The gym looked well equiped but I did not have time to try it out. The only down side was that the breakfast could have been slightly better. The bacon, egg and sausage were not up to standard however there were plenty of other choices. The location was perfect with just a short walk along the river to the heart of Durham. We look forward to staying in a Radisson again soon

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2010

Thank you for the positive review here and for taking the time to post it
I am glad you enjoyed our excellent leisure facilities
We will be rolling out new breakfast standards in September to enhance the breakfast experience even further

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Reviewed 12 July 2010

the location of the hotel is fantastic. I attended a conference, apart from the lunch everything was well organised. The rooms are fantatic. the views beautiful.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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Thank docrick
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2010

Thank you for the review of the hotel
I am pleased that you like the location and the fantastic views we have
I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon

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Reviewed 10 July 2010

Hotel is really well placed for sightseeing just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The room was really big and although it was a really hot weekend the air con worked well so we slept well. The breakfast was average and its all self service even including the tea and coffee. The waitress who showed us to the table didn't tell us this which caused a bit of confusion. Overall though we'd rate this as a great hotel in a good location.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2010

I am glad that you enjoyed your stay in the hotel and I hope to see you back again soon

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Reviewed 4 July 2010

We stayed here for just one night recently when visiting Durham to go to the theatre. I have to say we got a great deal at the last minute for about half the advertised price so I was prepared to be impressed as long as everything worked. In the event, I was really pleased with this hotel.
The check in was quick and pleasant with easy parking (this is quite a plus in Durham!). The room was relatively large and well furnished with lots of wardrobe space, decent bathroom and TV etc. The only thing that confused me was the minibar - which was just empty. This was fine for us (as we only needed to chill the drinks we'd brought with us) but what if you actually wanted something?
We didn't use the restaurant but did take a nightcap in the bar - which was ok and reasonabl;y priced. Best thing though is the location. A nice riverside setting with a footbridge across the river immediately outside. So handy - just a few minutes to the theatre and the town centre. Couldn't be easier.
This is my latest favourite place to stay in Durham - but do search for a deal as I'd say it's more 3 start+ than 4 star.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2010

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review about the hotel and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Radisson Durham soon

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Reviewed 9 June 2010

I stayed there this weekend for 3 nights. I went to visit my sister who has 2 young toddlers.
On Sunday morning, the 2 year old slept in my bed for an hour whilst we drank tea in the room. Unfortunately, his feet were a bit dirty (he'd been running around in bare feet) and he was also eating crisps (bought from room service). This was before my room had been made up that day.

Hours later I returned to my room (about 10pm) and to my horror I found my bed 'made up' but my sheets still dirty and gritty. I phoned reception who said sheets are changed every "2 or 3 days".

The same sheets on my bed for 3 days is UNACCEPTABLE. The only reason people stay in a hotel is, basically, to rent a bed for the night. 3 days with dirty sheets is a joke.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

I have stayed at the Radisson a few times now and have generally been happy with the services.

I stayed there in December 09 in a business class room, which was fantastic. I stayed there again in May and the experience had changed slightly. The hotel underwent some changes and actually reduced the number of Business Class rooms, as customers were mainly booking the standard rooms, hence the change should give them more capacity.

I stayed in a standard room this time, which has 2 single beds joined together, to create a sort of double bed....but they give you 2 single duvets!? Seems a bit silly to me, but all I had to do was call reception to have them send a double up. Also the room service food is very expensive and isn't all that great. I had the Radisson Black and Blue Burger, but it was greasy and the chips were not nice at all, plus a 1 ltr bottle of water is £4.90!!!!!

The Filini restaurant is very very over priced for the quality of the food. By all means it's nice, but not worth the amount they charge. (i.e. >£20 for steak!).

The gym and pool are nice and it only takes a couple of minutes to walk into town, where there are much more reasonably priced restaurants. Another big bonus is that Internet Access is free, as opposed to the Mariott which charges £15 for 24 hours!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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NHollowayGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2010

Thank you for your review of the hotel.
I am sorry that you found our food and beverage outlets expensive but pleased that you enjoyed our gym, pool, fantastic city centre location and our comlimentary wi-fi
I look foward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon

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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

Address: Frankland Lane, Durham DH1 5TL, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Durham
#2 Spa Hotel in Durham
#3 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#4 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#4 Family Hotel in Durham
Price Range: £79 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Hotel Durham 4*
Number of rooms: 207
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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