11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham

I'm a #Durham19 regional ambassador this year and I'm really enjoying spending more time exploring the region. I have not been paid/compensated to write this post (although I have worked with some of the hotels in mentioned in the past) but I really wanted to share some of the wonderful places you can stay when visiting the region.

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham

Hotel Indigo Durham  - Best for City Centre Luxury 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Hotel Indigo Durham

We recently stayed at Hotel Indigo as a guest to my friend's wedding and I loved it! The hotel rooms (and the rest of the hotel) are super stylish and the whole building is beautiful. Our room was £119 B&B but there are rooms available this summer from just £89. What a bargain! The location is in the city centre and perfect for exploring Durham.

Rockliffe Hall - Best for 5* Family Luxury 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Rockliffe Hall

Rockliffe Hall is rather fabulous and perfect for those looking for a spot of luxury with kids. They offer large apartments in the hotel grounds, childcare, children's afternoon tea and dining (their breakfast is particularly good) plus the fabulous MischMasch area, outdoor play area, giant outdoor games and splash pad. If you're looking for a treat, Rockliffe Hall will deliver. Check out our review of Rockliffe Hall here.

Ramside Hall - Best Spa Experience 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Ramside Hall

I'm lucky to have been able to visit Ramside Hall twice in the last few months and it's fair to say I've fallen in love with the place. Gorgeous dining (I love the Thai restaurant and Steak restaurant in equal measures), beautiful rooms & friendly staff. What really stands out for me though is the spa area - I love it and I think it is my favourite spa in North East England. I'm even thinking about joining as a member in January to chase away those blues. There are two pools, an infinity pool, a giant outdoor hot tub, thermal suites, bubble pools and more. The staff are always lovely too and bring around little snacks throughout the day (use of the spa area and infinity pool are usually paid for in addition to your hotel room). Ramside Hall is one of those hotels where you are encouraged to walk to the spa from your room in your robe too.

South Causey Inn - Best Themed Suites 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - South Causey Inn

South Causey Inn is home to some pretty awesome suites - you can stay in a London Bus, book a spa suite for a girl's night in or stay in a treehouse-inspired room as we did. All suites come with their own hot tub for a special luxurious touch. Check out our review of South Causey Inn here. 

The Kingslodge Inn - Best City Centre Pub with Rooms 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Kingslodge Inn

The Kingslodge Inn is a bit of a hidden gem in Durham. Just a short walk from Durham City Centre, this warm and friendly pub offers a warm welcome and is a lovely place to relax a little way from the action. Check out my review of the Kingslodge Inn here. 

Walworth Castle - Best Hotel with Wow Factor

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Walworth Castle

Walworth Castle is a bit of a gem. Their four-poster suites look very inviting and if the food is anything to go by, staying here is a bit of a treat. Service at Walworth Castle is outstanding and I love that there's a play park, woodland trail and even a birds of prey centre in the castle grounds. Check out my review Walworth Castle here. 

Park Head Country Hotel - Best for Visiting Kynren 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Park Head Country Hotel

A few years ago when H, H and J were a little younger, I didn't fancy driving home after taking them to see Kynren after an already late night. The Park Head Country Hotel is really well located for a place to rest your head after the show and their family suite is huge! The restaurant is popular so book ahead if you'd like to dine here too. Read our review featuring the Park Head Country Hotel and Kynren here. 

Radisson Blu Durham - Best Value City Centre 

We stayed in Radisson Blu years ago and managed a brilliant deal (less than £50). There are still some really good deals to be had and the hotel offers fantastic value (especially as it has a pool). Located on the river banks, it's an ideal location for Durham's bars, restaurants and Gala Theatre.

Morritt Hotel - Best Intimate Spa 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Morritt Hotel

Whenever I post about The Garage Spa at The Morritt Hotel, I always receive a huge response. The spa is intimate and personal and one of the best small spas in the UK. The hotel is pretty good too and the restaurant, in particular, is a real gem. Don't miss the rooftop hot tub! Read my review of the Garage Spa here and my review of the Morritt Hotel here

Seaham Hall - Best Luxury Suites 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Seaham Hall
Credit - While I'm Young
I have visited Seaham Hall but it was many moons ago (back in the day when Kenny Atkinson had a Michelin Starred restaurant here) and it was gorgeous. I've not stayed myself, but was blown away by the look of the hotel suites in this review by While I'm Young - don't they look stunning!

Wynyard Hall - Best Gardens, Grounds & Afternoon Tea 

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Wynyard Hall
Credit - New Girl in Toon

Wynyard Hall is set in the most beautiful gardens - they have an edible garden, rose garden, wild garden, walled garden and more. I also think their afternoon tea is the very best in Durham. We visited over Christmas a few years ago and it really was a treat. Check out a review of Wynyard Hall by New Girl in Toon here and our review of Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall here.

Seaton Lane Inn - Best for Exploring Durham Heritage Coast

11 of the Best Hotels in (or near) County Durham  - Seaton lane Inn
Credit - Seaton Lane Inn

The Seaton Lane Inn is a charming country pub just 5 minutes drive from Durham's Heritage Coastline and a perfect base for exploring the area. Expect cracking food too - the pub has just been awarded a coveted AA Diners Award. The rooms are boutique style and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

I have only included hotels I have personally stayed in or been recommended by numerous people - this is not an exhaustive list as I have not visited every hotel in the Durham area (what a job that would be). I'd love to know your favourite place to stay in/near County Durham.

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  1. Wow you forget how many beautiful hotels there are in County Durham - HOW AMAZING does The Seaton Lane Inn look! Definitely a few more to add to my list after reading this!

  2. OMG these are all so lovely! but that seaton Lane Inn is one ive never heard of before and im obsessed with hotels!


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