When travelling to a city for the first time it is always depressing to read that the top Tripadvisor recommended hotel is the Premier Inn, you automatically assume that you are going to find some grim post industrial wasteland. But Durham isn’t like that at all, and instead of accepting bland mediocrity, you can stay in a UNESCO world heritage Norman Castle – for less than half the price! OK, the rooms are very basic – it’s a medieval Castle converted into a student hall of residence, imagine Hogwarts without the magic – but the black staircase is reputed to be haunted by a grey lady – you won’t get that in a motel! Just remember that it is a long walk to the communal bathrooms, down a traditional stone spiral staircase, so do bring your dressing gown and slippers. Alternatively, 12 of the rooms are en-suite, although these are not listed on the web booking sites, so if you want one I’d suggest phoning direct, 0191 334 4108.
I paid £28.50 per room which included an overnight parking permit, a very professional guided tour of the castle – both costing non-residents £5 each, and an excellent breakfast in the great hall. Towels and toiletries were provided and the room had a sink, mirror & electric shave point. Overall this has to be the best value place that I’ve ever stayed.
- Also Known As:
- Durham Castle Hotel Durham
- Castle Hotel Durham