This is a budget hotel, the rooms are all the same and the decor was designed in an office and I am sure is identical in every branch of the chain. However, it is a really really nice place to stay. The Staff are friendly and helpful (the receptionists go that extra bit further to make you welcome). The health club and spa is a joy and what makes it so much better (along with the staff) than the similarly priced Premier Inn down the road. Given you can walk in less than five minutes to the Premier Inn so if you really want pub grub you can buy it there why would you not use this hotel? Its clean, the health club is great with pool etc, the restaurant in the Health Club has a somewhat limited menu and by the end of my week stay I was getting a bit bored, but then its a cafe bar in a health club so you would not expect more.
Everything about my stay was great, and I will be returning between Xmas and New Year. This time I may have my kids staying with me for a night and when I rang to check if that was ok the staff were friendly and helpful suggesting ways to accomodate them. I can't fault this hotel at all. The only major gripe is that the Bannatyne's website never seems to have availability, so just use Expedia/lastminute etc, had I known that I'd have been staying here about two years before I actually did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bannatyne Hotel Durham provides quality accommodation at great value prices. If you need to stay in the North East of England on business or for pleasure the Bannatyne Hotel Durham will provide you with the facilities you need. FREE parking, FREE wireless broadband internet and FREE access to the Health Club ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Durham Bannatyne Hotel