I have always wanted to visit this hotel as I have heard so many great things about it. So I took the opportunity to book The Premiere room as a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday. I booked direct with the website which seems to offer the best rates. Check in is not normally until 3pm bit we arrived at 2.30pm and were able to check in straight away. There is parking directly opposite the hotel at a cost of 80p an hour, if you put enough money in it will continue over to the next day so no need to get up early to put more money in the machine. Check in was simple, the lady on reception showed us to our room and talked us through how to operate the big screen and the hot tub.
The Premiere, Le Jardin and Sci-fi rooms are all located outside of the main hotel building which makes them a bit more quiet.
The Premiere room is very small but it isn't really a problem as we spent most of our time in the hot tub! The big screen is absolutely huge and the curtains open by themselves like in a real theatre! There are two super comfy reclining chairs and a popcorn machine which really adds to the real cinema experience. The hotel provides a range of DVDs to watch but we brought some of our own just incase! The bed is absolutely huge and was so comfortable it was like sleeping on a cloud. Bathroom a good size with a free standing bath tub and seperate power shower. Mini-toiletries are also provided.
Behind the room is the private hot tub area. Although fenced off from the other rooms there are rooms in the main building whose windows overlook the hot tub. Hot tub overlooks Durham Cricket Club and some lovely greenery, it was hard to believe we were actually in the city!
Breakfast was included in the room rate. I had smoked salmon on toast which absolutely to die for!! There was a mountain of salmon - they definitely don't scrimp on portion size. They also offer full English breakfast and Continental breakfast as well as cereals and toast.
Although its difficult to find fault with the hotel, the only real issues we faced (which were very minor) was the temperature of the room, it was very hot during the night and although we turned the radiator down as far as it would go it didn't seem to make much difference so had to open the door. The hairdryer was also very poor for what you'd expect from a 5 star hotel, so ladies I'd recommend you bring your own!
The hotel doesn't offer room service but this isn't too much of a problem as the main bars and restaurants are a couple of minutes walk away.
Overall an absolutely fantastic stay! Excellent value for money and makes a great getaway for that special occasion. The hot tub was definitely the highlight, you just couldn't get us out!! Planning my return trip as we speak....!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A classic Georgian building from the outside...... step inside and prepare to be wowed . Choose Gadds Town House, Durham city’s most beautiful hotel and restaurant. Nestled in historical and peaceful Old Elvet, a striking transformation of an elegant townhouse ideally located minutes away from the Cathedral & Castle and Durham’s vibrant night life. Once inside the decor exudes glamour, luxuriously decedent combined with an eclectic collection of antiques & paintings creating atmosphere and special ambience to completely relax and enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gadds Town House Hotel Durham