Has the agreeable atmosphere of a small, independent hotel, with professional and polite staff.
It’s completely surrounded by trees, and there’s a nice little garden at the front, which you can see on their website, with a handful of garden tables & chairs. Also has a cosy residents lounge with plenty of big leather armchairs, complimentary hot drinks, biscuits, newspaper and CD player/ radio.
Didn’t go in the bar, so can’t comment on this.
Breakfast was good in Finbar’s restaurant - self-service continental options followed by cooked English breakfast, with quick and professional table service. The dinner menu looked excellent. If we came back to Durham we‘d probably stay in cheaper accomodation and spend our money on dinner in Finbar‘s.
Rooms were comfortable and adequately equipped with nice shower, toiletries, biscuits, hot drinks, flat screen TV etc. Free wi-fi too. However, there’s nothing that you wouldn’t find in a good quality B&B at a lower price. There is a bus depot next door, which was open surprisingly late. It didn’t disturb us, but light / early sleepers on that side of the hotel might want to request a room on another side.
The location is close to the train station, about 5 mins walk downhill from the station with suitcase, allow 10 mins on way back. It was about 10 mins walk from the hotel to the river/ town centre, and another 15 mins walk from there uphill to the cathedral/ castle.
There’s a pub at the end of the road which does above average pub meals at a good price, and attracts it’s fair share of tourists and local (older) drinkers alike.
Overall, I liked the King's Lodge, it’s nice, clean and well situated with good service, but 90+ pounds per night for a double room here is definitely too high a price.
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