Swallow Three Tuns Hotel, Durham
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Swallow Three Tuns Hotel
Central hotel, bit tired-looking and overpricedfrom jt31
The room was a bit tired looking, with wallpaper peeling on the ceiling, creaky floorboards and worn-out chairs. The bathroom was a bit basic, but there was plenty of hot water. The bed was comfy enough and we had a good nights sleep.
Guests here can use the leisure facilities at the Marriott hotel around the corner, which is very nice. The pool is quite small and can get busy, so it's not suitable if you want a proper swim, but is pleasant if you just want a dip/sauna/steam/jacuzzi.
The breakfast was nice enough, with the usual selection of cereals, fruit and pastries, followed by a good cooked breakfast selection.
We paid £85 for a Sunday night stay, and although we enjoyed the trip, I don't think I'd rush back to this hotel.
Shabby, Tired, Overly Hot Hotelfrom Bucko3587
Dinner was overpriced with rude waitresses, and the overall condition of the hotel was shabby and in need of major updating.
It was a truly wretched experience!
Great location...shame about the hotel.from Photopedia
The Three Tuns is drab and shabby and in bad need of a major makeover. The staff look about as tired as the furniture and the breakfast was truly awful.
In need of refurbishment - and cleaningfrom Surprised
Good value for money!from A TripAdvisor Member
The breakfast was tasty with plenty to choose from and there is also the added bonus of being able to use the pool facilities at the Marriott (across the road) which are lovely and relaxing.
My only complaint about this hotel is the decoration in the rooms - a little old fashioned.
But all in all, better value than the Travelodge.
Shabby and expensivefrom Windalicka
My room was badly in need of re decorating, the wall paper was peeling off and was also next to a noisy door in the corridor, which coupled with the squeaky floor boards made it quite noisy.
The food in the restaurant was good, but the service was VERY slow, and the food was expensive.
Think I'll try somewhere else next time I'm in Durham.
Shabby, In Need of Refurbishmentfrom Joysey
First impressions are that the exterior looks shabby and in need of painting. It is also right by the edge of a very busy main road.
Our room was very large - a huge and extremely comfortable double bed and separate area with sofa and chairs. However, although it was clean and comfortable, the decor is much in need of updating. The room was shabby, tired, with old fashioned furniture, worn out carpet and scuffed walls and doors. The bathroom too was old fashioned and very dated.
We ate in the hotel restaurant and found the food to be of a good standard. The restaurant is oak beamed and is very nice. However, the next morning at breakfast our table was a bit grubby, with crumbs on the table and the seats. Also the highchair supplied for our son was grubby, dirty and sticky with dried in ketchup stains all over the table area.
As guests in the hotel you are entitled to use the leisure facilities of the nearby Marriott - we did not have time for this however.
Durham itself is a beautiful city - winding, cobbled streets, lovely river walks and a magnificient cathedral are all highlights.
Overall verdict on the hotel is that although its location is ideal, the whole place could do with redecorating and refurbishment and a lot of smartening up.
Very Tatty Hotel - Saved by Excellent Stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
Cosy hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A great little place!from A TripAdvisor Member
Its on a busy road opposite the university, but road noise was not a problem in the room.
Interesting and unusual decor, by no means distasteful.
Good beer and food.
Strolling distance of Durham center, great location.
Would be happy to take my partner there for a weekend.
If you book, ring for directions first, as its easy to get lost, although the hotel is just off the main road from the A1m into Durham itself.
Top Local Tips for Durham
Beatiful City Excellent location for a city break - so many things to do. Visit the Cathedral, the Castle, the museums, the gardens, the shops, the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, walk along the beautiful river. A visit to nearby Beamish museum to find out about how life was, is a must !
Good pub for a pre-meal drink The Victoria Pub, just up the road from The Three Tuns, is excellent if you like traditional old fashioned pubs. The pub is Victorian and still retains much of the original decor and layout.
The Cathedral & Castle Don't attempt to drive into the historic centre. There's a congestion charge of £2.00 an dabsolutely no parking! Durham is a walkers' city but most streets are cobbled and so good walking shoes essential.
Other names for Swallow Three Tuns Hotel
- three tuns hotel durham
- three tuns durham
- durham three tuns
- Address: New Elvet - Durham - England - DH1 3AQ - United Kingdom
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