The hotel is a short (£5) taxi ride from the station. It is downhill, so you could walk, but the roads wend their way around the town a bit, so I would go by car. There is a car park if needed.
The hotel is also very close to the Cathedral and shops (between five and 10 minutes on foot - although it is uphill on cobbled streets, so take comfortable shoes!)
Check in was efficient and friendly. I was upgraded to a suite, which was nice. The hotel is a bit tired in places, for example the lifts are being replaced the door of mine got stuck a couple of times.
The suite had a lounge area, with a sofa, which led through an arch to the bedroom area. Each part of the suite had its own TV. The bathroom was spotless, as was everywhere else in the hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable, although not that large for a double so a couple might find their sleep an intimate experience!
I used the hotel pool, which has a jacuzzi, steam room and two saunas beside it. It is an odd shape and not that deep, but given there were not many users, it was possible to swim laps. The saunas smelled a bit odd but the steam room was great. There is a small gym, but again it was not much used so seemed adequate.
Breakfast was good. I particularly enjoyed the haggis, which I thought an unusual touch. It is a self-service buffet, so it depends a bit when you arrive as to how freshly cooked the bacon will be. But eggs are freshly prepared to order, which is great.
Overall, this is a good hotel to stay in, at just under £90 for the night.
- 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