My partner and I stayed here as part of his Christmas present, and despite initial disappointment about missing out on the Russian Bride room (it was booked before my very eyes!) I phoned them and we managed to get one nights stay there and one nights stay in the Cruella.
If you are after somethign a bit different, then this is the place for you! Where else would you find a fur coat in your room? The Russian Room was huge (three large rooms and an entrance) and felt very luxiurious and homely at the same time. The bathroom was amazing and the bed vast.
The Cruella room was a big contrast and everything was dark and extremely oppulent. Although no where near as big and maybe a little too much furniture it was still a very enjoyable room to be in (wouldnt normally say that, especially in coporate hotel land).
A few minor points; no parking (but i had read this so left our car up near the station which was cheaper but a 15 minute walk), food is ok but very average though not overpriced which is something. There were a few things that maintnance clearly weren't picking up on (lightbulbs out, part of the jacuzzi bath not working...) but not enough to aggrivate too much.
Overall, the staff were lovely, the stay very romantic and the location excellent. Better than the stuffy lookign Mariott along the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A classic Georgian building from the outside...... step inside and prepare to be wowed . Choose Gadds Town House, Durham city’s most beautiful hotel and restaurant. Nestled in historical and peaceful Old Elvet, a striking transformation of an elegant townhouse ideally located minutes away from the Cathedral & Castle and Durham’s vibrant night life. Once inside the decor exudes glamour, luxuriously decedent combined with an eclectic collection of antiques & paintings creating atmosphere and special ambience to completely relax and enjoy. ... more less
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