I did not book this hotel myself, it was booked for me. If I had read the reviews beforehand, I think I would have asked to go elsewhere but ...
If I had gone elsewhere I would have missed out on a great hotel. It is clear that the hotel is putting a lot of effort into cleaning, modernising and refreshing itself. It still maintains the traditional charm and character but has cleaned itself so that this can be presented in the best light.
My room was very spacious with a huge bed. The bed was not only huge but also very comfortable and I had a fantastic sleep. The bathroom did look a bit tired but there was nothing else to fault the room.
Most of the reviews seem to criticise the food. Sadly I have to agree, apart from the breakfast, the food was probably the weakest part of the hotel. If you are a foodie or enjoy a great meal then this is not the place for you to stay. The food tended to be basic and portions huge. there was only a poor selection for vegetarians.
The bar was great with three real ales on tap and a fair selection of whiskies, it also had a good atmosphere unlike many hotel bars.
Golf is the theme of this hotel and the grounds are given over to a golf course and driving range.
They also appear to hold party nights in an adjacent ballroom, often with tribute bands. Thankfully there was none of this during my stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Durham's only silver awarded AA rated and 4 star hotel. Set in a unique location, surrounded by 350 acres of private grounds with two 18 hole Championship golf courses, a purpose built luxury on-site spa complex, four bars and award-winning restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramside Hall Hotel And Golf Club
- Ramside Hall Durham