I have stayed at this hotel many times over the last year.
All staff are friendly, cheerful and welcoming. Really felt comforting to be arriving on Sunday night for work and the reception staff to remember my name.
The Marriott system will always log your preferences or staff will remember and found I got the same room which I preferred each time. Just brilliant and made a huge difference.
The hotel has refurbished rooms all with typical Marriott drawing room furniture which makes them feel very comfortable and warm.
Two complaints would be the new rooms in the wing above the gym, do not have air conditionining and can be very hot in the summer. There are fans but these weren't that great in cooling the room.
The gym is small - too small to work out comfortably. And the changing rooms are a bit smelly. Stopped working out there and just went for a run along the river bank which is great.
Food is typical over priced Marriott food and not that great.
I preferred to visit many of the bars, restuarants which are a few minutes away. A must is Zen for Thai. Pizza Express for a great pizzas. Or there's Zizzis or a tapas place as well across the bridge.
- 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 from the Source Grill menu 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 Durham 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