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Kingslodge Hotel
Waddington Street | Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, England   |  
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Ranked #15 of 42 Durham B&B and Inns
Oxford, UK
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7 hotel reviews
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“Highly recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Kingslodge with our baby while on a trip to the university (of which we are both graduates). Our booking was transferred after our original choice of hotel experienced a boiler failure. No problem for us, however: we were greeted with the customary Durham humour we know and love and throughout our stay they couldn't do enough for us, especially where our baby was concerned.

Breakfast was plentiful and filling and I highly recommend the cooked breakfast. The room was well appointed and the bed comfortable - interestingly enough we had the dreaded room 13 above the kitchen (mentioned in a number of reviews!) but the noise level was fine. We didn't get chance to eat at Finbarr's but I hear from university staff that it's very good.

The hotel is ideally located for the station, being in the Viaduct area of the city; it also has ample -and free- parking which is unusual for Durham. It's a short walk into the city centre but easily accessible.

Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was our second visit to Kingslodge and we were still charmed by it! Friendly staff, charming decor, free wi-fi.

A slight disappointment this time was our room. The previous room where we stayed felt larger and had nicer furniture. But the bed was comfortable, and the room was well equipped with pants press, ironing board and steam iron. These came in handy because I had to straighten out my suite for my Congregation :)

Breakfast at Finbarr's never fails to satisfy - prompt service, good full English with adequate portions, and we could help ourselves to the continental breakfast items as well.

Being just a short walk into town we spent quite a lot of time just browsing through the shops. There were about 5-6 charity shops (like Salvation Army, and others) that sold pretty good quality pre-loved clothes and other stuff and at super low prices!

The proximity to the rail station was also great - it was convenient enough for us to take a train (about 18 mins) to Newcastle to meet a friend for dinner and back again. After we checked out, it was also convenient for us to hop on to a train that brought us to Edinburgh, Scotland (about 2+ hrs).

Overall it was a pleasant stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

A nice hotel in the heart of Durham however it needs kick up the behind. Slow service by dilatory staff still stuck in the eighties. They definitely need coffee training I've had better packet cappuccinos. More attention to detail please.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hinderwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Stayed here for one night when visiting Durham for shopping and choral event at the Cathedral. Easy to walk into the City, even up hill to the Cathedral only took about 20 minutes. Didn't really use the facilities as we were out all day and evening. There seemed to be a pleasant residents' lounge with free tea and coffee, a bar and a restaurant, but we just used our room. Twin room was quite spacious, warm and with comfortable beds. Shower room quite small but worked fine, everything very clean. Breakfast included; everything you might wish for. Table linen crisp and clean, nice ambiance . All in all, very pleasant and great to have somewhere to park whilst exploring the city. Would come again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Stayed for the second year running here in room for 3 with 2 daughters visiting oldest daughter at university in Durham. Staff are very pleasant, room was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast excellent. Very conveniently located for walking into City of Durham and there is parking at the back of the hotel. My only gripe would be the room was a little hot, even with no heating on.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We had booked an alternative hotel in Durham whilst visiting the university and needed a family room. When we arrived we discovered they had double booked us but found us the Kingslodge as an alternative. It was £12 cheaper and we were worried as to the quality as it had been so easy to book at a time when family rooms were not available due to the numbers of students visiting the open day. But we needn't have been. This was a good location, with nice restaurant and bar, where we enjoyed the England game with a variety of guests including other visiting students. The room was large with good shower and comfy beds. The third bed was a proper full size single, not a z-bed and there was a car park where we could leave our car all day whilst at the university. Lovely restaurant with excellent breakfast including scrambled eggs and salmon to order. Pleasant stay after bad start at first hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Looked for accommodation in durham quite near to travel date so there wasn't a great deal left available at a reasonable price. Settled on this hotel which was more old fashioned than where we would chose to stay. Room was quite small and the shower room was very pokey. The bed was comfortable and we would have probably had a good nights sleep if the radiator had not been programmed to come on at 2.30 in the morning!! It was unbelievably noisy and we needed to switch the radiator off. Liked the tea/coffee facilities especially the complimentary biscuit and chocolate very nice touch. As mentioned by previous reviewer reception staff were efficient but not very warm/friendly. Plenty of free parking available.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 13 which overlooked the kitchen. Was aware of the kitchen noise in the evening.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Waddington Street | Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Durham
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #15 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
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