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The Town House Durham
Ranked #5 of 40 Durham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 February 2010

We stayed in the New York apartment and was a bit scepticle at first after reading some of the reviews but after walking in to the apartment I was more than pleased, The living room is big and well set out, duke box, mini bucking bronco, 42 "plasma, fitted kitchen, lovely long leather corner sofa. The bedroom has a massive very comfortable bed in it, the apartment is well decorated and maintained. There was no outside noise to be heard or from surrounding apartments......
Obviously snome people are fussy, yes you walked by a linen cupboard to get to the apartment, but its whats on the other side of the door that counts. Parking was 80 pence an hour, which is pretty reasonable.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we got a late price, the full room rate price is maybe just a bit much but would probably still pay it .

The staff was very helpful and we hope to be going back soon.

The photos on the web site does not do the hotel / rooms justce..

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2010

Asked for a quiet room and given a downstairs room on the street! Changed it for a snug but comfy room upstairs. The house creaked all night though there were lovely fluffy towels in the bathroom and hot chocolate in the mini bar. Just as well. The restaurant was closed that night but there were some ancient looking quiches and muffins under a cover. Breakfast was at 7.30. No it wasn't - the chef hadn't arrived. At 8 the chef still hadn't arrived and clearly wasn't going to. I was offered the quiche and muffins I had seen yesterday. There was a small table with an apple and two oranges, a packet of rice Krispies and two packets of Special K . Bleak and horrid. I declined, had a coffee and fled. No impetus to make some toast or solve the problem. It should work, but it just doesn't. Bad feeling in the evening about the place, worse in the morning. Pretentious - and basic needs are just not met.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

Stayed here with the girls for a fun weekend away. We stayed in the New York and Premiere rooms. The New York room is more of an apartment than a room with a living room/kitchen, bedroom an bathroom. (I could live there quite happily!) you access the room via a authentic loft experience with cage (filled with cleaning products) and grafitti to your apartment door, greeted by cityscape wallpapers. Highlights of the New York apartment, plenty of space, the bed is fantastic, huge and very comfortable and the i-rider, mini bucking bronco provided lots of laughs.
Our friends stayed in the premiere room which is located in the garden, like a little chalet. The theme of this room is cinema, so the room comes complete with huge cinema type screen with curtains and reclining leather chairs and your own pop corn maker. Despite being more exensive than the New York room it is much smaller with just the bedroom and bathroom, however you do get your very own hot tub outside. Only one of the group were brave enough to try in the freezing weather conditions but it did look fab and had good reports from the brave soul trying it out.
Cool toiletries, mini L'Occitane, good provision of tea,coffe etc in room.
We did not stay for dinner as restaurant was fully booked, dining room lloked nice located in conservatory at rear of property, we did have breakfast there in the morning, which was nice however service was a little slow and surly. Nice to see a veggie breakfast on offer Well done for that!
To sum up a great experience for something a bit different. We got a good deal on late booking, could not afford to pay rack rate. Pub couple of doors down, The Dun Cow, very nice friendly tradirional with good food and drink.

Would like to take my partner in the summer.

Give it a try, if you like something different.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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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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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 #5 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
Price Range: £88 - £340 (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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