Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
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Today, after a lovely breakfast at the Hotel, we made our way on the bus the 20 minutes or so to the Penn Green Centre. This is a large Child Care and Nursery Centre that at present looks after 220 children aged from 0-4 years of age. I think what impressed me most was the vast array of assistance given to parents and families. There were groups to …
... Tynemouth Village, a sweet little place dominated by a castle and priory ruin om the headland (just the place to make one despair if sent here unwillingly).
The Captain and Navigator used the lunch break for some serious cartography.
Cath has been searching for the last bus to Wallsend but is still to find it. None of them seem that full here. (Bernie can explain - its a rhyming slang type thing from the Hunter - "as full as the last bus to Wallsend"
... We both agreed that whilst it is always nice to return home, it wasn't like a 14 day package at one place where we found ourselves climbing the walls towards the end of the holiday.
Already mentally planning for South of France next year (maybe combined with some time in London)...
... over to TGI Fridays close by also. Omg, it was so good to see David after all these years. What an amazing man. Totally loved by me and my kids. A long day driving to London tomorrow. Starting to wish I'd organised to drop the car off here and train to ...
... next morning to see a friend off at the airport 60 pouds I found a bus that left mid afternoon to london for 10 pounds.i was prity pleses with that how ever it did take 6 hours. The next morning before caching the couch i went for a walk around the town. Its quits a nice place but very crouded due to the race. I also went and checked out a castle as i hadnt seen one in england yet. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
The location was great, and the reception gives off a very grand image. Booked a smoking twin room, but check-in staff helpfully managed to find a non-smoking twin which was good. The room was large, with a lovely bathroom. Had a huge wardrobe, which we didn't really use as only staying overnight. The only problem with the room was the temperature, far too hot, and the air conditioning was so noisy we couldn't leave it on whilst in the room. Dinner was dissapointing, the 'informal' dining option was anything but that - expected something based on Long Weekend/Zest cafe bar, but the restaurant was quite formal, very dissapointing menu, I think it was a seared meats special menu, but not a very wide choice. Starters came very quickly, and were tasty, mains came quickly too - waitress tried to bring them out whilst we were still on our starters! Food then obviously sat around whilst we finished, and then no-one cleared the table for a good 20 minutes. So mains, by the time we ate them, weren't too great. Breakfast was very impressive however, great buffet selection, and filled us up all day. Staff were polite without being friendly, hotel was nice without being great... overall it was ok.
The hotel is a bit of a maze as it has been added to over the years.
What a city...great hotel
This has to be one of Englands most beautiful cities. The views of the cathedral, castle and surroundings are breathtaking, and the County Hotel was a great base for us to visit them from. Great service and a nice big bed. What more could you want to remember Durham by
Needs urgent updating and a decent restaurant
No way is this still a 4 Star Hotel; nothing has been done to renovate it since the days it was owned by Vaux. The carpet in my junior suite was literally threadbare and the room was filthy. First course for dinner in the restaurant took just under the hour before it arrived....they need not have bothered, it was terrible ! On the plus side good facilities for internet access.
We booked our stay via LastMinute in Edinburgh, using Rick Steves' book as a guide. Marriott was completely accommodating -- even giving us the room for 50 pounds less than the average & less than Rick Steves' listed at 90 pounds for a one night stay. After waiting awhile for a taxi at the Durham train station with no luck, we walked with our luggage to the town. We stopped to email at the library across from the Tourist office (free & cool!). The clerk advised us to continue walking via Market Square then down Old Elgin Bridge, since it was more scenic! It was & the hotel was easy to find by foot. There's plenty of parking for those traveling by car, too. The front desk reception allowed us to upgrade to a King-sized room in the Coach House building. It was fantastic, large, clean, well-decorated. While there was no a/c, nor a fan, it was still cool. The bathroom was large and clean. The room had a trouser press, large sofa, coffee table, plenty of desk space, and closets. We thoroughly enjoyed the large, comfortable bed after a day of traveling! We'll be back!
This is supposed to be a four star hotel, but I'm not sure how it gains the stars. Dinerss were puzzled by restaurant staff announcing that "It's no problem" when a lack of knives and forks proclaimed that it was. I chased a member of staff for my dinner an hour after placing my order, considering whether Basil Fawlty had moved north. The bathroom tiling was broken and the grouting was mouldy not the best way to remember Durham at all.
We stayed here Friday to Sunday 8 to 10 April. We took up a Marriott special offer of £78 per room per night bed and breakfast. Although very busy with a wedding party on both the Saturday and Sunday, plus a coach party, the hotel took it all in its stride. A 3/4 minute wait for breakfast on Saturday was the worst we had to endure! The breakfast was excellent - well worth waiting for. Our room had an enormous super king sized bed (guaranteed at the time of booking) and was very comfortable. The bathroom was excellent. Overall, very good value for money and ideal if you want to spend a weekend near to Durham City Centre which is just a 2 minute stroll away. We wouldn't hesitate to return. We didn't stay in for dinner but there are plenty of good restaurants within a few minutes walk.
We had an Easter Escape Weekend Break £78 per room B&B excellent value for money. March 2005
This is ideally located for an easy walk to the town ctr. The room we had was gorgeous and the breakfast was superb! However - we got this room for £80 for the Durham tourist information rather then the £130 hotel room rate!
I really had a great experience at this hotel. Very nice furnishings, comfortable beds, pristine bathroom, window seat, tea service, tv, etc. Good breakfast. Quiet. Great location for wandering around town. More character than your average chain hotel, I would say. I would stay here again without hesitation, should I ever find myself in Durham again!