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“Friends Working & Staying in Durham” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Honest Lawyer Hotel

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The Honest Lawyer Hotel
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Norfolk UK
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Friends Working & Staying in Durham”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

We returned once again to the Honest Lawyer for an Annual Event in a Team of Friends to work for the weekend. We all look forward to staying here. Staff are lovely. Facilities are clean and well maintained and comfortable. This year I had a great view from our room over the fields and the night sky was magic. Our room is adequate and comfortable, great for our work as the vehicles are easily parked outside our room doors. Car park is spacious and easy access to turn park and unload and load. We had 2 good nights sleep and 2 great breakfasts - Sunday was buffet and Monday waitress service. We ate at the hotel 2 nights and had lovely food. We are a varied bunch with dietary needs and one or two of us are rather picky BUT they managed to satisfy ALL. The food is quality and well presented and great value. The Hotel is also excellent value for money. Loved the addition of the boutique, great for unusual gifts and curiosities and they lady on duty was charming. The bar has character and the staff attentive and charming. All in all a good trip and look forward to our return. Vouchers for the drinks appreciated and a nice little extra to show appreciation of our custom.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Carrmandy
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Liverpool UK
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53 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Found the hotel easily and reception staff where very helpful when checking in and gave us excellent directions to park in Durham close to the Cathedral. Our room was clean and bed was comfortable. Bathroom whilst compact was clean and everything worked. We had dinner in the restaurant which was included in the Durham deal". Dinner was excellent and breakfast was good too. The Durham Deal is exceptionally good value. Staff were helpful and friendly. Overall a very pleasant stay.Would definitely stay here again if visiting Durham.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank groundhog51
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Hartlepool
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

My brother and his wife booked this hotel for my Birthday, unbeknown to me and my Husband. We both found this Hotel very pleasant. The staff were helpful and friendly and the food was really wonderful. We only stayed one night but definitely go there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank extrovert2013
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We booked Bowburn Hall Hotel through Expedia but they had no record of our booking. They managed to find this hotel for us which was well located for Durham park and ride, and the staff were very accommodating to us and our two travel weary toddlers.

The bed was very comfortable and although we didn't eat there, the pub looked nice when we went for our free welcome drink, and the menu looked extensive.

Would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie G
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

First of all this isn't the Ritz, but it doesn't claim to be. The hotel is situated 4 miles from Durham railway station (under £10 in a taxi) There are bus stops either side of the road outside the hotel so it is easy to reach Durham from here in 10 minutes.

Each of our stays we stayed in the courtyard rooms (Motel style) these rooms are further away from the road and are quieter as the road is busy and noisy. The rooms are basic (about the same size and layout as a premier inn room) and clean. the view out of the window is of a field so these rooms are quiet. There is plenty of hot water and an excellent power shower and a bath in each room. Free WIFI in the hotel and also in the courtyard rooms.

This stay was our second stay at this hotel in the last 3 months, we booked each of our stays on the 2 night package which is DB&B on the first night and B&B on the second night which comes in at £150 per room. The food here is really good so much so that we had dinner here the 3 days we were here. Drinks can be expensive but all in all another good stay we will be back

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms are quieter as there is a lot of traffic noise from the main rd
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Fowsky
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West Yorkshire, Uk
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

A pleasant stay in this easily-located hotel just outside Durham City. Adequate parking, and if you're lucky you can park your car directly outside your room.
Friendly, efficient staff, good bar service and a limited menu - but all dishes done well.
Good value especially if you book via laterooms.co.uk - the hotel's own website may have good deals too.
I had a quiet night (after the non-residents departed) but the guest who stayed in room 8 complained of loud noises from some sort of machinery next door.
The hotel is well placed for exploration of Durham County.

Room Tip: Avoid room 8 and those immediately by it.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Englishbloke100
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HonestLawyerHotel, General Manager at The Honest Lawyer Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Englishbloke100,
Thank you for your review of the hotel, i'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that everything was to your liking. You are right in thinking that our hotel website has good deals, especially our one night Dinner Bed and Breakfast deal available from as little as £89. I do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future

Kind Regards
Unsal Aydin, General Manager
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Solihull
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Food: Very Good, Room good, service ok, but has the feel of a 'motel'. That said, the £100 (per couple) room, dinner, and breakfast package was good. Hotel is a few miles outside Durham. Yes, recommended.

Room Tip: The road is a little noisy but, after we shut the window, did not affect sllep quality.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael D
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HonestLawyerHotel, General Manager at The Honest Lawyer Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Michael D,
Thank you for your kind review of the hotel, i'm delighted that you found our one night Durham Deal offer to be good value for money. I'm pleased that you would recommend us, and I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future

Kind Regards
Unsal Aydin, General Manager
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Property: The Honest Lawyer Hotel
Address: Croxdale, Durham DH1 3SP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Durham
#6 Family Hotel in Durham
#7 Romantic Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Honest Lawyer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Honest Lawyer Hotel, a 46 bedroom, 3* hotel and AA rosette restaurant is a modern hotel offering a friendly welcome, comfortable accommodation and a variety of dining options, all ideally located less then 3 miles from Durham City Centre. ... more   less 
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