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....
- 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