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Hotel Indigo Durham

Old Shire Hall 9 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL England
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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 20 hotels in Durham
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The Trinity Neighborhood. Newcomers, friends or just weary travelers step onto the set of history at Hotel Indigo® Durham, whilst you explore our ‘perfect little city’. Our boutique hotel is moments from the historic Durham City Centre; perfectly located for an adventure. With the magnificent university, castle and world renowned Durham Cathedral just a short stroll from our doors, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The stage for our Hotel Indigo is the former Durham University building ‘Old Shire Hall’, where you’ll find Victorian façade spills out into our ancient and romantic neighborhood laden with historic pubs, cozy cafes and spellbinding churches, or slip away into the surrounding countryside and sleepy villages. Throughout you will spot little nods to our UNESCO World Heritage. Our cocktail lounge, meeting room and Marco Pierre White restaurant all retain their Victorian heritage whilst embracing contemporary popular culture, a nod to the city’s ancient history and bright future.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Secured parking
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Siobhan_Ridley wrote a review Yesterday
Menston, United Kingdom77 contributions36 helpful votes
We stayed here in July as a family just for the night as we headed up to northumbria and it was absolutely worth every penny. The hotel itself is gorgeous, everywhere you look, steeped in history with its original tiles and marble staircase. It really felt luxurious and grand. The room was huge, clean, modern and the bed was divine, unfortunately our toddler had other ideas in mind and we barely slept a wink so the bed I couldn't rate for sleep, little bugger. The location is great, literally a few minutes from town. All in all, ill be sending friends and family and I wouldn't hesitate going back.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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RachelinNorwich wrote a review Nov 16
Norwich, United Kingdom116 contributions77 helpful votes
Great location in the centre of Durham, really nice hotel, lovely rooms, nice staff, however sadly let down by the quality of the breakfasts. Cheap ingredients & poor/basic selection. The hotel advertises that it has a Marco Pierre White restaurant, however this is nothing to go by in my opinion. If we stayed again, we would eat somewhere else for breakfast.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Allan M wrote a review Nov 2
London, United Kingdom27 contributions11 helpful votes
Visiting Durham for the second time we chose Hotel Indigo having passed it during our first visit and it looked interesting and in a great location. We were not disappointed, the reception was speedy and informative, the hotel itself is a fantastic conversion of a historic building having maintained some stunning architectural features and utilised them in an innovative manner and our room was fabulous, clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable We enjoyed a drink in the main bar and breakfast and everything was excellent including the friendly relaxed staff in both the bar and restaurant We will definitely be back to Indigo, a real find in Durham
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Andrew Adan, Owner at Hotel Indigo Durham
Responded 1 week ago
Dear AllanMC7 , I hope your well , many thanks for your review we are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Hotel Indigo Durham Great to hear you enjoyed all the facilities and enjoyed the bar and restaurant Kind Regards Andrew
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David C wrote a review Nov 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom59 contributions11 helpful votes
We enjoyed the Indigo. Lovely, tiled charm in the public areas, a hark back to its former council, and latterly, university history. Perhaps a bit more acknowledgment of this could’ve been on display. Great access to Durham. Breakfast were good. Veggie for me every time!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Andrew Adan, Owner at Hotel Indigo Durham
Responded 1 week ago
Dear U226BQdavidc , Hope your both safe and well , Great to hear you came to Durham for your honeymoon . really good to hear you enjoyed the Hotel and its history and the breakfast hope to see you back at the hotel again , Maybe for your anniversary Kind Regards Andrew
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smilgaki wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom1,912 contributions19,123 helpful votes
This hotel, which used to be a university building, is right in the centre of Durham (which is very compact). Decor is beautiful and full of character from the quirky but tastefully styled rooms to the historic corridors. Our room offered a beautiful bathroom with quality toiletries and wonderfully ecclectic room decor. Drinks in the room included nice touches like biscuits. The bed was a good size and comfortable. Service was impeccable. Reception was friendly, professional and very attentive. The Marco Pierre White Grill is onsite but we chose to eat out. There is limited metred parking in front of the hotel. Fabulous hotel, would not hesitate to return.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andrew Adan, Owner at Hotel Indigo Durham
Responded 1 week ago
Dear smilgaki , Many thanks for your recent review of Hotel Indigo Durham , So great to hear you enjoyed the Hotel so much thank you especially for the comments about our team that is always great to hear we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the future . Kind Regards Andrew
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$110 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Indigo Durham
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Indigo Durham?
Nearby attractions include Escape Rooms Durham (0.2 miles), Durham Cathedral (0.3 miles), and Tin of Sardines (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid public parking nearby, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Indigo Durham?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shaheens Indian, Cafedral Durham, and Tealicious Tearoom.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Hotel Indigo Durham located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Durham.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Indigo Durham?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel Indigo Durham offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.