This hotel is a combination of an old hotel with new buildings towards the river. It is just across the bridge below the town and Cathedral in Durham so its location is excellent. The rooms are good, the breakfast is the classic English full breakfast, there is onsite parking (wonderful) and also a very good gym. It is comfortable, stylish and now owned by the Marriott Group after an interesting history. It has the "Royal" in its name apparently because the Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria's eldest son, called in and/or stayed at some time before he became King Edward VII. I am told that the Labour Party still has an annual meet every election with the leader standing on the first floor balcony to champion his cause. The only "downside" was the pool which was a strange shape and difficult for doing laps especially as they had a swimming lesson for young children in the longest part of the pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the historic city of Durham, this hotel – part of which dates back to circa 1630 – boasts views of Durham Cathedral and Castle and is situated on the banks of the River Wear. The Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County is ideally located within this University city, a short walk away from the world famous Cathedral and Castle. Through Durham’s cobbled streets, explore this unique city’s blend of old and new with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all. No 59 Old Elvet restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast with a choice of a la carte options, along with dinner, featuring Chef’s unique signature dishes. Afternoon Tea is served daily and a glass of Champagne can be added for an extra special touch. Later in the day choose from an extensive range of classic and contemporary cocktails in The Brew Bar. Alternatively our Starbucks store, situated on the ground floor of the hotel, serves a wide variety of teas, coffees, sandwiches and pastries throughout the day. Relax with a visit to the hotel’s leisure centre, complete with indoor swimming pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room. The hotel is also ideally located for exploring the north east and its surrounding areas. Just 15 miles (24 km) from the centre of Newcastle and 11 miles (18 km) from Sunderland. Other local attractions include: Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, The Bowes Museum, High Force Waterfall and Durham Adventure Valley to name but a few. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Durham
- Durham Marriott