The Old Tailor is a perfectly decorated boutique B&B secretly tucked away from Darlington's main view. Situated above the sewing shop on Bondgate, it really is a well kept secret!
It is strange checking in via the shop, but not in a negative way at all. In fact, it is refreshing to not get quizzed about everything, and just be welcomed and taken to the room. Though, I do wish I had been asked if I needed to park a car, would like to order breakfast, or anything else that through my tiredness had forgotten to consider. In her defence, Jo did say if we needed her, to give her a call. But I felt uncomfortable doing this, and perhaps would have been more comfortable being offered extras (which could have made them more profit).
This being said, breakfast and additional needs CAN be met, you just need to ask. They do have a breakfast room in the building, but unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to experience it.
We stayed in room 1 (the first room around the staircase) which meant that we did hear alot of the other guests' "activities" throughout the night. It's an old building, and the floorboards creak, and that generally isn't a problem. I think we were just unfortunate to be staying below a rather lively couple, and we didn't get to sleep until 7am! It might be worth asking to stay upstairs!
The room really was beautiful, and they really have done a wonderful job designing the place. The lightbulbs may be better to be yellow rather than white, because late at night they are very bright (even the table lamp)! But that is my only gripe about the room. We even had a delightful luggage mat for all our things. Lots of space, VERY comfy bed, tv with lots of channels, tea & coffee, lovely bathroom.. I could go on! And we were lovely and warm the whole time despite the winter weather outside.
Absolutely worth visiting, and excellent value for money. Just ask to stay upstairs if you're a light sleeper!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Large Double rooms with en-suite; great location in town center. Building is a old converted tailor's shop that was commissioned to make uniforms in the beginning of the British passenger railways. Now converted oppressing luxury room only accommodation in the very centre of town, giving you the freedom to sample our many restaurants. ... more less
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