Before Christmas we decided to have a few days away before the festivities began to celebrate our anniversary. We looked at lots of different UK cities, but found it difficult to book hotels at short notice, especially over the weekend. Instead it was decided we’d stay local, especially as Him Indoors is still acquainting himself with the North East.
He booked The Raby Hunt for our Friday night, and a review of our stay and evening meal can be found here. As a surprise I booked The Townhouse in Durham, which I’d previously seen on a TV programme. Each room, I recalled, had a different theme, and I felt the location made it easier for us to travel to after we’d both finished work on the Thursday evening.
The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the city centre, meaning those not booking an evening meal have lots of great restaurants and bars to try out. One such place I’d recommend- although we didn’t eat there on that particular evening- is Zen. There was off-street parking opposite the hotel, which I believe is free between 3pm and 8am, and we made sure we put a pre-emptive ticket on so we didn’t have to get up early the following morning!
The restaurant in the hotel is very good, and at the moment they have offers on for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. We opted for B&B; as we were arriving later, but spent some time in the bar before we retired to our room for the night. The interior is very opulent with lots of plush fabrics and chandeliers, and it would be a good place to visit just for drinks or food.
The room I chose for us was The Ruby, mainly because of the bathtub in the room. There were complimentary Molton Brown products and some Thorntons chocolates waiting, which I thought was a nice touch. The shower in the room was amazing, although it was a little strange as it had a window facing into the bedroom. There was a curtain to draw across, which was a relief as I like privacy while doing my ablutions!
The bed was super comfy and I loved the bath. I took great delight in sipping Champagne while having a soak, but I would ask the proprietors to supply some bubble bath with the toiletries in future. I went armed with some as the tub was one of the selling points of the room for me, and the Molton Brown provided only had body wash included. I will neither confirm nor deny whether it is big enough for two people!
As we weren’t time constrained the following day we had a late start. Breakfast was served until 10am, which for Him Indoors was great as he really isn’t a morning person. I’m often spoken to in Portuguese first thing until his brain ‘kicks in’! There were croissants, the standard cereals, fruit salad and yoghurt offered, followed by a choice of cooked breakfasts from the menu. The standard was very good, and the lady who served us was lovely and chatty. Checkout was 11am, and we didn’t feel rushed to vacate the room.
While the rooms are a little on the pricey side, it is definitely somewhere we would stay again. Next time I’d like to try the hot tub room which looks amazing. If I had to nit pick I’d ask for different tea bags in the bedrooms, as what was on offer was a little on the weak side for me. It may be that Him Indoors needs to work on his tea making skills, however! He recently told me that he’s never made so many cups of tea in his life as he has since moving in with me 🙂
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