Just returned from an excellent stay at the Marriott Royal County last night (19th Jan 13). I haven't done a review for a while but felt the stay, hotel and staff deserve some credit. The positive vibe started from the moment we arrived at reception, the welcome was warm and courteous. As we were on the dinner, bed and breakfast package we were asked when we wanted to book our evening meal at this point. The offer of a complimentary glass of wine was a surprising but a welcome addition. Everything we needed to know was pointed out to us, even the quickest way from our room to the leisure facilities if we wanted to use them. Every time we passed a member of staff, they were friendly, seemed to have time for a chat etc... nothing was too much. The room was spacious and comfortable with all the facilities you'd need for a one night or longer stay. After putting our bags in the room and a small walk around the centre we returned to use the leisure facilities It was quiet, but well attended to. (the steam room was out of order however) The pool was a good size, the spa bath excellent as was the sauna. The evening meal was excellent - as it was part of a package we expected to be limited in what we could choose but this wasn't the case, there were some supplementary costs if you wanted steak etc... but the menu was varied enough for our requirements and we decided to choose without the need to pay extra. The staff were once again very helpful and friendly throughout (shame that some of our fellow diners were not the same but I'll not dwell on that) The food arrived quickly and was of an excellent standard over the three courses we both had. After a good, comfortable nights sleep we decided to go and use the leisure facilities again before breakfast as I had read previously that people had to wait for a seat especially on a Sunday Morning. We ended up going to the restaurant for around 10.15am and we were seated straight away. Once again the staff made sure you were fully informed of what was where when you needed it. The breakfast choice and quality was excellent. I would not hesitate in returning for another stay, the location on the river would also be ideal in Summer and the hotel location was near enough for a gentle stroll into the city centre. I would also consider it to be family friendly, if this is what you are looking for. (little tip - if you're staying on a Saturday night, the hotel car park is £5 per day. If you arrive for a 3pm check in then you can get parked on the road outside (or very near by) - 50p per 30m. Charges only apply until 6pm and it's free on Sunday - therefore it cost £3 for the time we were there)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the historic city of Durham, this hotel – part of which dates back to circa 1630 – boasts views of Durham Cathedral and Castle and is situated on the banks of the River Wear. The Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County is ideally located within this University city, a short walk away from the world famous Cathedral and Castle. Through Durham’s cobbled streets, explore this unique city’s blend of old and new with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all. No 59 Old Elvet restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast with a choice of a la carte options, along with dinner from the Source Grill menu featuring Chef’s unique signature dishes. Afternoon Tea is served daily and a glass of Champagne can be added for an extra special touch. Later in the day choose from an extensive range of classic and contemporary cocktails in the Durham Bar. Alternatively our Starbucks store, situated on the ground floor of the hotel, serves a wide variety of teas, coffees, sandwiches and pastries throughout the day. Relax with a visit to the hotel’s leisure centre, complete with indoor swimming pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room. The hotel is also ideally located for exploring the north east and its surrounding areas. Just 15 miles (24 km) from the centre of Newcastle and 11 miles (18 km) from Sunderland. Other local attractions include: Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, The Bowes Museum, High Force Waterfall and Durham Adventure Valley to name but a few. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Durham
- Durham Marriott