We have stayed at the Kingslodge hotel previously, coincidentally in the same room (3). We were aware that the bus depot was next door, this is no more, it is now a building site. This may have explained the dust webs on the ceiling of the room and the dust on the bedside lights.
Kingslodge is tucked away up a quiet lane (building site excepted), yet is only five minutes’ walk away from the heart of Durham city centre. On arrival our welcome was cordial, and we were directed to our room on the first floor. Room 3 is large enough for a bed, and a bureau with a single chair. Although there is nowhere to sit comfortably in the room there is a resident’s lounge downstairs. One of our major reservations was to find a note in the room that stated: “There is no staff on the premises between Midnight - 6.30 am.” We can understand the need to “cut your cloth” in these recessionary times, but consider this to be a step too far.
Breakfast is included in the room price, either continental or full English. On the first morning, the full English was one of the best I have ever been served. On the Saturday morning, it was nowhere as good; we can only assume that there was a change of chef between the two days.
We arrived for our two night stay on Thursday, leaving on the Saturday morning (check out time 11.00 am). The hotel was evidently looking forward to a busy weekend with the cleaning staff making their presence known from 9.00 in the morning. They were certainly keen to prepare all of the rooms, with one of them entering our room (without knocking first) before we had even checked out!
I have mentioned that this was our second visit to Kingslodge, I severely doubt that there will be a third.
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