We have just returned after a bargain break stay at the County. It was a birthday trip for my wife and the hotel staff couldn't be faulted as they had advance notice and reallllllly made the experience worthwhile. We cannot comment on the breakfast as we had room only and there are plenty of cafes etc close to the hotel to test at lower prices.The room was in the Riverside section with king size bed, river view and very modern amenities. Yes the hotel has many corridors but hey its not a small hotel!
We had stayed at the County before some years ago and yes the refurbishment was needed and is now complete. The only gripe we had was the "new" bar which we found quite austere and uninviting if your looking for a nice lounge "snug" type bar with comfy drop in armchairs and sofas. The musak TV was on all the time. The previous bar was more of a homely character and needed a refit, but not we think with minimalist decor. The Marriott in Bristol has Palm and Club bars and these are surely a more welcoming approach with lounge comfort given a priority. That said the restaurant evening meal was excellent, service exemplary and a good choice of menu. All of the sights in Durham City are within walking distance for those able enough, but remember Durham is built on hills! We can recommend a stay here without doubt.
- 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