Marriott Durham

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Old Elvet, Durham, Durham, DH1 3JN, United Kingdom

4 Reviews

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
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  • gordonilla's Profile Photo

    May weekend in Durham


    I stayed here as part of a work event - a weekend of Health & Safety activities. It is an annual event, and it is always good fun. The hotel was the location for officials and VIPs. My goodness, I am a VIP!

    The hotel is comfortable, quiet but a little quirky with many twisting corridors.

    Nice menu and very friendly staff.

    Unique Quality: Close to the town centre and cathedral - which makes it a good location for seeing the world passing by. By the river and the many eateries and bars,

  • aah_stone's Profile Photo

    The Royal County


    Although I have satyed here I can reccomend satying here as it is the most expensive hotel in Durham with all the facilities you would expect.

    Wonderful riverside views, a perfect location all leads to a great stay.

    Worth paying a little extra for perhaps?

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    The black oak staircase from Loch Leven castle in Scotland where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

    The Royal County is also generously decorated with antiques and fine artwork.

    Unique Quality: The Royal County is the only four star hotel in Durham City and has 150 rooms.

    The hotel is located on the banks of the River Wear and is only two miles from junction 62 of the A1(M).

    The hotel also has a choice of two restuarants that are AA rated and an excellent leisure club.

    Directions: From the A1(M): take junction 62 towards Durham, over 1st roundabout, left at 2nd rroundabout over bridge. Left at traffic lights, and the hotel is on your left handside.
    From motorway: A1(M) junction 62
    Nearest railway station: Durham

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    For a splurge...


    if you have money to burn, or are lucky enough to find a good deal from the internet, then the Marriott in Durham is the place to stay. Right in the centre of town, it is handy for sightseeing and shopping, and has all the facilities you'd expect.

    Unique Quality: Ask for a room with a view...there are some overlooking the river, which are obviously far nicer than those overlooking the car park or the main road. It isn't usually in my budget to stay in four or five star hotels, and I'm usually happy with a bed and a door that locks...well, the Marriott has that and more! If you can't relax on holiday unless you have a trouser press by your bedside and marble taps in your bathroom, the Marriott won't disappoint.

    There is a "health club" in a bright conservatory-type building by the river, with all sorts of hot rooms and saunas and things. The swimming pool is a bit of a joke, though...I realise that health and safety is important, but is it really necessary to create a swimming pool so shallow that you are nervous about doing the breaststroke lest you graze your knees on the bottom? Makes it very popular with children, so if you are allergic to kids, noise and extreme splashing, avoid like the plague.

    Directions: On Old Elvet, the street with all the university admin buildings on it. Cross over the cobbled Elvet Bridge and you're in town.

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by TripAdvisor Member MrsLG

We are just back from a 2 night stay at the Durham Marriott. My dad booked this family break for this 60th birthday. 3 double rooms - one with an extra bed for my wee nephew. The rooms were lovely - and all on the same floor as requested.

We were on a speacial deal - 2 nights b&b, dinner on first night and tickets to Beamish museum for £229 per room - an absolute bargain! On arrival both cars managed to get parking spaces and we didn't move them for the rest of the weekend so no problems there. We had lunch at the bar on arrival on Friday - delicious fresh sandwiches then went for a wander round Durham - right on the doorstep - perfect location. We got back in time to have a swim. The pool was lovely and clean and we hadn't taken money for the locker so the attendant lent us a pound. Dad particularly like the steam room, nephew loved the pool and I loved the jacuzzi - something for everyone.

Evening meal in the Cruz restaurant was above all expectations. As it was included in the price we expected a limited menu but were given the full menu which had something for everyone - all clean plates!! The staff were exceptional also - very friendly. We had taken a cake for Dad's birthday (but forgot candles) and the waitress took out the cake at the same time as our coffee with candles on top.

Saturday was our trip to Beamish - reception organised our 7 seater taxi - a 4 seater turned up but that wasn't receptions fault as we'd heard her ask for a 7 seater.... Beamish was brilliant - we were lucky that the weather stayed dry - everyone there was very friendly too - recommend a family visit if you are in the area.

Back to the hotel on Saturday evening for another swim/jacuzzi before our evening meal, this time in the County restaurant. The meal here was lovely - the (very young) staff let it down - but only very slightly. No one asked us for a drinks order at the beginning - we had to ask them. A very minor blip in an otherwise wonderful weekend.

We had breakfast both days in the County restaurant... brilliant both days. We all left feeling very full - and could not think of anything they missed.

Check out was easy and friendly. The cars were blocked in but the concierges moved the other cars straight away and we reluctantly left Durham....

We can't wait to return to the hotel & to Durham - hopefully for longer next time

Very Pleased

by TripAdvisor Member IHD

Have just spent 3 nights in the Royal County and enjoyed them all. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room was clean and pleasant, the bed was extremely comfortable with very good bedding.The atmosphere in the room was good with good lighting.
Breakfast (and dinner) were very acceptable and in generous portions.The Brasserie restaurant seemed rather bare and soulless but that may just be a matter of taste.
The pool was fine but would benefit from having more child-free time. On the plus side it was open from 6 a.m to 11 p.m.
Also very handy for the town as well as being easy to access by car on arrival.
Durham is a lovely small city and well worth visiting.
We would happily stay here again.

Cathedral view and decent toast

by TripAdvisor Member PeripateticPoleaxe

Despite some dodgy reviews here, it's actually very good and almost worth the inflated prices. We had a problem with a broken heater, which was inconvenient but fixed with some enthusiasm, even though it was a Friday night. The car park assistant is a great bonus when it gets crowded - take spare car keys if you have them to make it easier. Breakfast options are comprehensive and the staff are very friendly. Leisure facilities and pool also good. 'Pity the bar was full of smoke though.

Top tip - pop over to the Swan and Three for a pint, and to San Marco on the Bailey for Italian food.

typical marriott hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Mr Steve-1

Nice hotel, cramped parking. Standard rooms are all you would expect. Very close to Durham Centre. Breakfast was very good and the staff excellent.
I was here for an xmas party. Food was nice but the tables were crammed in. Must hold some kind of record for the slowest lift in Europe.

Good location but....

by TripAdvisor Member LondonTravellerUK

What a lovely location , ideal for walking around the city.

However parking is a nightmare. The bar woman seemed to be furious that anyone would want to stay in the hotel bar after a certain time , maybe she was having a bad day , although her attitude suggested that a frosty reception is a regular thing.

badly overpriced and lucky that there is little competition


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Address: Old Elvet, Durham, Durham, DH1 3JN, United Kingdom