‘I love the traveling and the hotels and just seeing the world over and over again’ – Ronald Isley
Despite it being right on our doorstep; only 40 minutes by metro/train and half an hour by car, Durham isn’t somewhere we visit all that often. Which is a shame because because who live or went to uni there seem bed wettingly passionate about it. We needed a bit of post holiday merriment after a mild case of food poisoning so decended of the land of Prince Bishops for the day.
We always love a good pub crawl so planned out a route based on Internet recommendations and non chain related pubs (a more detailed break down of the day coming soon) but one thing that set this one apart from ones we’ve done in the past is that we were booked to stay over at the wonderful Kingslodge Hotel on Waddington Street at the end of the crawl.
We’d visited the Kingslodge back in June where we sampled their delicious evening meal menu so we were so excited about being back and trying the rooms out.
The whole bar and restaurant area has been recently refurbished and they are in the process of doing a phased refurb of the 23 on site rooms. Our room had clearly recently had a makeover and it was gorgeous. The tartan fixtures and autumnal colour scheme gives it a real ‘New England in the fall’ Lodge type feel and compliments the similar decor that you find in the bar.
There’s a huge comfy sofa to put your feet up for 5 minutes and enjoy a cuppa using the in room facilities (Ringtons tea, coffee and biscuits no less which is a brilliant touch, I’m such a huge fan). It’s rare in rooms to actually have somewhere to sit rather than be perched on the bed all the time. The flat screen TV on mounted on the wall at the foot of the bed was modern and unintrusive, not that you’re likely to be spending your whole time watching TV but it’s always nice not to have a massive clunky prehistoric set that’s just going to sit there taking up space and gathering dust.
The bathroom is also lovely and spacious (being on the ground floor our room had full disabled access) with large bath with overhead shower. Room.also comes with an iron, hair drier (I ALWAYS forget my hair drier) and there’s free WiFi throughout the hotel, bar and restaurant.
We usually just bundle ourselves off into an uber after a day on the grape juice but having somewhere to officially end was a real highlight of the day. The Kingslodge is only a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and when you get there feels like a real calm oasis away for the craziness of Durham centre on a Saturday night.
Although we’d been on the go since 12.30pm we couldn’t resist settling in the bar for a couple of nightcaps and the temptation to treat ourselves to some delicious desserts from the food menu was too much room resist. My warm chocolate brownie with ice cream was absolutely heavenly and Dave’s Cheeseboard was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen; 4 very generous wedges of Northumberland cheeses with water biscuits, chutney and grapes. As the pub is dog friendly it added to the cosy feel having lots of four legged friends snoozing happily at our feet. Like them we crawled into our soft king-size bed very full and very happy!
Breakfast is included in all room rates and all hot food is cooked to order (off the ordinary menu which is available to non hotel guests too). There’s a self serve station of cereal, yogurt and toast should you want something a little lighter.
Throughout our stay service was excellent, nothing was too much trouble and when we checked in I overheard a member of staff giving directions to points of interest in the city which is really useful for people who may have come from further afield.
If I were to have my hand forced to make any criticism at all it would be the that floorboards above our room were slightly creaky and could hear people moving around in the morning however they do have plans to renew all the upstairs rooms as well so imagine this won’t always be an issue and it it’s not like it was at 4 in the morning or anything!
If you ever find yourself out and about in Durham, make sure you add the Kingslodge to your itinerary, for the brownie and cheese if nothing else!
Address: Waddington St, Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG
Phone: 0191 370 9977
Rooms start from £95 per night.
Our stay was complimentary however all views are my own.