At first the Durham Marriott Royal County looks like a cozy little English inn, but as you progress though the maze of building(s) you also progress through the centuries, and rooms in the newer parts tend to have a more modern look and feel. Our rooms were in the older part of the building and were tiny (especially for two adults) but well appointed. Although we were on the first floor, we noticed that the lifts were not functioning. I must agree with a previous reviewer about the toilet, which was very difficult to flush. But the bathrooms are well designed and have plenty of counter and storage space for toiletries. I did have qualms about bathtub accessibility though. As in many older remodeled buildings, plumbing is often run under the tub, resulting in a tub floor that is an inch or two higher than the bathroom floor height. That can make getting out of the tub tricky. There should be grab bars. I must also must agree about WiFi. While the Marriott does have WiFi in public areas, in this day and age, it is inappropriate for a hotel of this caliber to charge for in room WiFi - £15 a day! Just insane. The Marriot has a lot going for it – a fantastic location, which is walking distance to everything in Durham. It has an excellent bar, and an excellent restaurant with a great breakfast buffet. But if a full breakfast isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a Starbucks connected to the Marriott with great WiFi access. The Marriott also has great beds, spotlessly clean rooms with very helpful and accommodating housekeeping staff, fantastic swimming pool and gym. The staff were always very helpful whether we needed directions or restaurant recommendations. Unfortunately, our room had a dismal view of the parking lot and highway, but the other side of the hotel sits right on the river and has great views, ask for a river view room. There are other options for hotels in Durham – some more expensive, some cheaper. I think the Marriott strikes a good balance. As we left, I noticed that they were preparing for a major renovation, I hope that they will retain the feeling of an old country inn as they modernize. I will likely return and see how they did.
- 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