Stayed at the Durham County for one night on business. I’ve stayed on two previous occasions and this visit was as good as on previous occasions.
I arrived early evening after travel hassles (UK railways…). Check in was delayed whilst a lady sent 10 minutes deciding whether to accept the complimentary copy of The Times newspaper (“it’s just not the same as it used to be”). The hotel staff were fantastic, offering me a glass of wine whilst the situation resolved! I am joking, they were totally professional. I was given an upgraded room. This was in fact 2 rooms with a bathroom. The king-sized bed was really comfortable, with ample pillows (I paid £99 for the room, take heed other hotels in the UK). I didn’t eat in the hotel, but went to the bar for a “cheeky beer” when I returned. Again, the staff were really friendly, engaging me in conversation, asking how my day had been. I had a really good night sleep.
Breakfast was buffet style. Quality and quantity were excellent. Despite a coach party checking out at the same time I did, check out was efficient.
The location of the hotel is really fantastic for the city of Durham, it’s 5 mins walk form the castle/ cathedral. Some great pubs around (Swan with two Cygnets opposite). The hotel is really comfortable, professionally run and they pay attention to the details that make such a difference when travelling. Definitely recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the historic city of Durham, this hotel – part of which dates back to circa 1630 – boasts views of Durham Cathedral and Castle and is situated on the banks of the River Wear. The Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County is ideally located within this University city, a short walk away from the world famous Cathedral and Castle. Through Durham’s cobbled streets, explore this unique city’s blend of old and new with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all. No 59 Old Elvet restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast with a choice of a la carte options, along with dinner, featuring Chef’s unique signature dishes. Afternoon Tea is served daily and a glass of Champagne can be added for an extra special touch. Later in the day choose from an extensive range of classic and contemporary cocktails in The Brew Bar. Alternatively our Starbucks store, situated on the ground floor of the hotel, serves a wide variety of teas, coffees, sandwiches and pastries throughout the day. Relax with a visit to the hotel’s leisure centre, complete with indoor swimming pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room. The hotel is also ideally located for exploring the north east and its surrounding areas. Just 15 miles (24 km) from the centre of Newcastle and 11 miles (18 km) from Sunderland. Other local attractions include: Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, The Bowes Museum, High Force Waterfall and Durham Adventure Valley to name but a few. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Durham
- Durham Marriott