This old building has been welcoming guests for a couple of hundred years and continues to do so very well. It is only suitable for those who are reasonably mobile as there is no lift and there are steps and stairs.Stepping into the hotel is a bit like walking into a Dickensian Christmas card with warm fires, wooden features, stained glass, olde worlde glass (not all faux I suspect), grandfather clock..you get the idea. The place is clean and warm and nice even if showing its age. If you want the generic motel look then this is definitely not for you, but if you are looking for a place with character and genuinely friendly staff then look no farther. And did I mention the free parking at the back? Limited (what isn't?) but I have found no trouble getting a space both times I've been. Breakfast is a few cereals and muesli,apples/bananas, juices etc and yogurts plus the usual full English or I think other items. All delicious. Baths are old but clean and functional with integral shower. Even at the front of the hotel (we could see the cathedral tower and a few inches of the river from 213) the noise was minimal and I had some great sleeps!
The location is just perfect. A minute takes you onto the footbridge (Elvet bridge?) and you're right in the middle of things with easy strolls to market, castle, cathedral stacks of eateries (try the Thai one near the river) or the Italian pizza place a short drive..parking is awful though..next to the Travel Lodge. Couldn't believe how cheap it was and tasty.
Also head for the Durham Uni's botanic gardens (keep going uphill from the hotel) if you want a nice wee cafe to have baked spuds, soup and gateaux.
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- Also Known As:
- 3 Tuns Hotel
- Three Tuns Hotel Durham
- Three Tuns Durham
- Durham Three Tuns