Handsome house with partial view of Cathedral below, but we were amazed to find this place recommended in the Michelin Red Guide. Nobody seemed to be in charge. Worst of all, repeated noise, laughter etc in room above woke us up and kept us awake between 3 and 4 in the morning. Only when the offenders finally heard us thump on our ceiling did they belt up. Complaining at breakfast, we were told that it was the manager returning from a party in Newcastle and that it had happened before. So many details were wrong. Beds badly made; shower functioning badly; pathetic, cost-cutting breakfast buffet with poor fruit selection and none of the fresh bread, marmalade and jams we had found all over the North. Only the very likeable and efficient young Richard picked up the pieces and gave us our rooms for free, but, given that it is also quite a steep schlepp out of town, I won't be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farnley Tower Is a 4 star quality guesthouse. The current owners have sympathetically restored this prominent Victorian building, providing the facilities you would expect of a modern city centre hotel.With its elevated position you can enjoy stunning views over Durham Cathedral and Castle, as well as the surrounding Durham countryside. Savour the culinary cuisine from the award winning restaurant The Gourmet Spot adjoining the guesthouse.Free car parking on site, less than a 10 minute walk to the city centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Farnley Tower Hotel Durham
- Farnley Hotel Durham