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The Town House Durham
Ranked #3 of 41 Durham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 February 2010

stayed in le jardin room which i would recomend for the space and steam shower and sauna but the hot tub balcony area was not totally secluded , the balcony was above a garden which was was owned by the neighboughing property, and the property up to the left could clearly view the balcony , no bath robes were provided which made it difficulct to move from the room to tub , not sure it warrented the price. the balcony area was not very clean

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2010

my husband booked the la jardin garden themed room for our first year anniversary the jacuzzi was ready for us, ive never been in one before and once i was in u couldn,t get me out it was lovely god how the other half live. hairdryer and a iron provided also a mini bar. the staff was lovely breakfast was delicious would definetly stay again perfect area for people visiting durham

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

We have just spent a night at the fallen angel hotel for our wedding anniversary. I booked the sci-fi room as a surprise for my husband who is a big DR Who fan. I got a great deal booking just a week before and it was half the normal price. The sci-fi room is one of the garden apartments and is very unique and fun. The private out door hot tub is a really nice touch and it was lovely to sit there in the warm bubbles with a drink surrounded by snow. The bathroom is large with a big bath and an amazing shower. The mini bar in the room is well stocked and the drinks are priced the same as in the hotel bar. There is also a cafetiere so you can make fresh coffee in your room. The bed was large and very comfortable with big pillows that are not the usual hotel ones which you sink in to.

The only negative thing about the room is that it is a little dark. Not a big problem but not good for putting your make -up on!

We had dinner in the bistro and the food was very good and the service attentive but not in your face. Breakfast was also nice but there is not a big selection of fresh fruits etc to have before your cooked meal, just a few boxes of cereal. The full English breakfast was lovely though.

There is no separate bar in the hotel so when we came back and wanted a few drinks they seated us in the restaurant. In the summer it would probably be better as you could sit out on the terrace. The drinks menu is fine for beers wine and spirits but don't expect cocktails. You can also have food and drinks brought to your room.

Over all we really enjoyed our stay and will be returning soon as at the discounted rate it is excellent value.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

Booked this hotel the night before we were due to stay and got a graet room at a bargain price. We saved over half on the full price.
We stayed in the 'Le Jardin' which is in the grounds of the hotel and has a hot tub and sauna. We have stayed at this hotel before so knew what to expect and we were not disapointed.
The room and facilities for the price we payed was well worth it, not so sure they are worth the full rate...
We only had one complaint in relation to the room being very cold when we arrived, it took us twenty minutes to brave the temparature and take off our coats. It would have been thoughtful if the staff had gone into the room prior to our arrival (we had given them our estimated arrival time when booked) and turned on the heating.

Apart from this one blip we had a lovely night at a bargain price.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

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.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

Fallen Angel Hotel is a venture that converted a Georgian townhouse into a set of stylish, individual rooms, each with a distinct boutique feel.

We stayed in Russian Bride, at the very top of the hotel, and we treated to in effect a small apartment, with huge bed, sitting area, flat screen television, as well as a Jacuzzi, Shower and Sauna. All of this was very nice indeed - however, our main gripe was that the bathroom seemed somewhat ill converted. It wasn't possible to gain any great amount of light within it, and this did make it feel somewhat dingy - better positioning of lights would have helped. Also, whenever one walked on the floor in the main bedroom, one of the wardrobes shook and rattled quite violently. Of course, that is perhaps part due to the construction of the building, and smooth lines won't be found everywhere! The jacuzzi and sauna were fine, although the latter was a tight squeeze, and might better be described as a glass cylinder for cooking til pink!

What fulsome objections I have relate to the price. At rack rates, the room is sold for in excess of £250. We managed to stay for £120 a night, but to be honest, and a lesson for us in the future, even that seemed a trifle inflated. By all means, if money is no object (and to many, I realise that it is), then this will not bother you. For myself, it probably should have indicated certain pretensions...and Fallen Angel came off far more distant, impersonal and demonstrating that it is far more of a business venture, something that it makes no qualms about. Also, no free parking, and as the outside parking is metered from 8am, you have to get up to prevent your car being ticketed. So, lie-ins are somewhat precluded...

To conclude, I do recommend the hotel, but with slight reservations. Mind the wallet!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

Just back from a little break here - stayed in the Library Room and was shown some others by the friendly staff - what a hotel - will definitley be back...brilliant location close to the centre, clean hotel, full of character highly recommended and will be back to try other the other rooms out! No faults, only praise for the staff and how this hotel has been designed to be a unique experience for visitors.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Town House Durham

Address: 34 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HN, England (Formerly Gadds Town House)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
Price Range: £87 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Town House Durham 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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