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Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Durham
Reviewed 21 May 2013

First thing's first - the building is fantastic - old, traditional, right on the river. However, these characteristics make it somewhat challenging from a hotel perspective, especially for us business travelers who prefer things a little, well efficient. Check in was no hassle, but rooms can be hard to find, as well as being strange shapes and a bit dark (mind you, when isn't it dark in Durham in December!). Breakfast area was not big enough, therefore was too busy. And I assume due to the old nature of the building, the heating was way too high.

And, a major thing with my reviews I know, no free WiFi! Come on people! Charging £15 for hamster wheel internet is just not on!!

I probably would give this hotel a go if staying as a couple for a romantic weekend, but for a business traveler, I prefer their competition in Durham....

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

I visited the Durham Marriott hotel along with two colleagues. I knew from reading previous reviews that the hotel entrance was through the car park but my colleagues still found that to be surprising.

There were a couple of people checking in ahead of us but the check-in procedure lasted about two minutes and we were quickly provided with our hotel keys. I was given a suite and headed off to the right of reception whilst one of my colleages went to the left and the other back outside to a seperate building at the end of the car park.

The suite was really nice, and definitely what I would prefer if I were to stay for more than one night (one of my colleagues rooms was really small so only really okay for a couple of nights stay only). The bathroom was surprisingly small considering the size of the room and could have done with a bit of TLC as it was showing the buildings age in places. The 'living room' area was like any other - television, desk, coffee table and sofa. The bedroom area was rather nice with two almost too-firm beds. Basically it was very suited to a business visit.

The cost of the room included breakfast in the County Restaurant which was served from 6.30am. I arrived about 7.30 or so and could see it was quite busy. The couple behind me spent a bit of time moaning about the delay to be seated, but it was only just over a minute from the time the waiter took the person infront of me to thier seat to return to collect me, which I found to be very effecient. Breakfast is self serve though there is a chef there who appears to cook eggs to order. You get the usual fare of cold meats, fruit, croissants and cereal along with the individual makings of a full English breakfast. A previous reviewer noted that the bacon was 'soggy' due to the method with which it is kept warm - I didn't find this to be the case with either the well cooked (crispy) bacon or the just cooked (non-crispy) bacon. I was also very pleased that it was proper orange juice on offer as opposed to the orange 'squash' you so often come across.

Upon check-out there were a lot more staff members - three were checking people out, one was arranging taxis and fielding the general queries whilst another was collecting bags for a large group.

The major let down to this hotel was the lack of free Wi-Fi and the fact that they charge you extra to park in thier car park. These both struck me as rather unnecessary, and if I had needed either a car park space or Wi-Fi would have marred the experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

Stayed in this hotel quite a few times on business, always found the staff to be very helpful and efficient, and the food 1st class.

The rooms are large and clean

Has a great Leisure Club which guests have free accress to, with sauna, steam room and large pool.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

I thought this was a great hotel! Wonderful location, nice rooms, and a fantastic staff. When my daughter forgot the stuffed cat toy (that she bought with her own money) they mailed it to us in the States!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

I visited at hotel during a business trip. Hotel is located in a good central location in Durham. I guess thats why they have a lot of visitors and as not much competition around, I guess Marriott has lost it a bit. Room was good size and has everything you need, bathroom can do with a bit of refurbishment though.
Charging for Parking while you stay at hotel and have to pay for WIFI.... Seriously??? I think this little things make difference and Marriott really needs to consider this.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

The hotel was very centrally situated, overlooking the river. The hotel room was very good, though lacked any form of heating in the bathroom. The meals were average, maybe catering for us as a coach group, and therefore not a full choice menu. However, the breakfast choice was first class. The drinks prices in the bar were extortionate.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

The best bits:

Location - excellent walking distance to the main sites, the catherdral, the castle and the riverside walk from the old bridges.

Reception - staff very helpful and accomodating, no complaints.

The not so good bits:

Car park - not well designed, too many spaces rammed in, and too much potential for cars nudging one another (there was a bump while we were checking in).

Rooms - very standard and corporate and tired.

The terrible bits:

Breakfast - the could not cope with the volume on a bank holiday Sunday morning (5 May). Either they have to have less rooms or employ more staff / better organisation for such weekends (although it could be equally as chaotic on non-bank holiday weekends, I wouldn't know). And, lets face it, one self-service toaster to service so many people... very silly! They just couldn't cope with the volumes or replace the food fast enough. The queue for breakfast was a 20 minute wait.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Debra S
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Additional Information about Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Address: Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Durham
#4 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#8 Business Hotel in Durham
Price Range: £75 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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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