Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Old Elvet, Durham, Durham, England, DH1 3JN, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
Prices starting from $163.00
 

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All Aboard for Durham

A travel blog entry by muggie on Sep 25, 2013

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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 …

...Happily Ever After

A travel blog entry by needlemind

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And so this is the end of our little 'Highland Fling'. In total we have driven over 1630 miles, travelled by car, bus, plane, train and boat, taken 6500 photos (between us), visited over 100 unique places, covering everything from castles to stately homes, a distillery to a lighthouse and everything in between. Our favourite part has definitely been travelling around in the Highlands and seeing some stunning landscapes, this has only ...

Up and down (and up and down) the Coast Road

A travel blog entry by needlemind

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... place, and probably worth a revisit one day. A quick stop off at the postbox (surely we still had enough time to send a postcard or two?) and before we knew what was really happening we were back on the road. Ok, so perhaps we'd spent a little longer at the castle then we really should've done. It was almost 40 minutes passed the safe crossing time! One of two things was about to happen, either: 1) The water would be too high and we'd have to stay on the island for another six ...

The Lambton Worm

A travel blog entry by craigandrea

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... many cousins etc together. Consequently we had a fabulous afternoon at Dorothy's , with cousins Dorothy, Sue and Bob, Lesley and Jennifer. Some of their children, Andrea,Jonathon and Glyn and Dorothy's grandchild Rowan. Obviously Andrea met all of them for the first time and felt very welcomed into the family. We had a great lunch, thanks Dorothy, and an even better catch up. Later in the evening we went out with most of them again to ...

Day Nine - Crossing The Border

A travel blog entry by needlemind

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... copious amounts of enthusiasm. Following the lighthouse and the local chocolate ice-cream that we bought there, we next headed West to see Hadrian's wall, or the few bricks that remain. Whilst I'm not really interested in the Romans and the hundreds of pot fragments we now have to stare at in museums; it's quite impressive to think that a 3ft deep wall was built along the top of England purely to keep the Scot's out! It was then on to Tynemouth to find our ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on Old Elvet, Durham, is near Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle, Oriental Museum, and East Durham Coast.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsDurham Marriott Hotel Royal County

    Reviewed by touristmal

    Just wonderful

    Reviewed May 23, 2008
    by (3 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    Wonderful place to stay. Luxury for us weary travellers. Room wonderful, staff and food great. Had the largest cup of coffee ever while staying here.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

    Ok...

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    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.

    Average for the quality

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    The hotel is a bit of a maze as it has been added to over the years.

    What a city...great hotel

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    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

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    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.

    Treated like a King!

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    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!

    Don't Bother

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    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.

    Great hotel, excellent location, recommended

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    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.

    Not up to Marriotts High Standards

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    We had an Easter Escape Weekend Break £78 per room B&B excellent value for money. March 2005

    Well Reccommended

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    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!

    Wonderful Experience!

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    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!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good