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Farnley Tower Hotel Durham

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The Avenue Durham ,England
United Kingdom

General Description

Farnley Tower provides stunning views over Durham Castle, the cathedral, and surrounding countryside. The hotel is a prominent Victorian mansion, renowned for its architecture and gardens. All comfortable rooms are individually designed and have TV and teacoffee making facilities. Some rooms have beautiful views of the castle cathedral and countryside. Farnley Tower is just a short walk from the town centre. With an elevated position and location, Farnley Tower Hotel and Restaurant offers the perfect place to relax and unwind amid the facilities of a modern city hotel. Our newly refurbished state of the art meetings f unction room is ideal for those corporate business meetings or small wedding receptions (up to 30 persons). Dine in the award-winning michelin recommended Gourmet Spot restaurant and bar, specialising in innovative and imaginative cusine. The menu features an array of local fresh produce and a huge choice of wines. Ample free car parking on site and free wifi access.


Hotel Policies

Checkin: 14h
Checkout: 10h

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3.8 / 5


35 REVIEWS

Visitors' Reviews

  • 03/31/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:03/31/2010
A very pleasant stay with helpful staff. The hotel is a short but steep walk up from the station and the town centre.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.4
  • 11/05/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:11/05/2010
On site parking a boon in Durham. Room adequate. Breakfast SUPERB didn't try the restaurant for an evening meal but it looked \"cutting edge\" and pricey
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.3
  • 06/24/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:06/24/2010
Beautiful hotel, very clean & welcoming
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.9
  • Patricia
  • 11/18/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:11/18/2010
This is a very ordinary B&B - linen and towels are old and fraying, the room was not very clean and the bathroom was not clean at all. A very disappointing stay
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.9
  • Alex
  • 12/25/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:12/25/2010
Very friendly staff.The restaurant is fantastic and much better quality than you would normally expect from such a hotel. I would go to the restaurant even if I wasn't staying at the hotel
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.5
  • Andrea
  • 08/02/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:08/02/2011
The hotel was excellent. Really friendly staff, a lovely location, superb rooms and a great breakfast. I cannot say enough good things about Farnley Tower. Will definitely be going again!
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.1
  • Stacy McCarthy
  • 07/26/2010
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:07/26/2010
It was very disappointing to arrive at 2015 to find that the hotel kitchen was closed and no food was available, although the recommended italian restaurant located just up the road was perfectly adequate.Unfortunately the curtain in my room detached itself from the curtain rail and I was informed that yes it had been like that earlier in the day and the rail needed fixing. Reluctantly the staff effected a temporary repair whilst I was out having dinner.I would not stay here again and would not recommend it as I think it was poor value - I have stayed at much nicer hotels for a significantly lower rate.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.7
  • Gail Cummings
  • 06/27/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:06/27/2011
Pleasantly surprised by how quiet our room was. This property is ideal to visit Durham Cathedral and city centre: about a 20 minutes walk. The train station was a 5 minute cab ride away. A nice surprise was a 10 minute walk away - Michaelangelo's Italian restaurant which served up plenty of real Italian foods, wines and great service.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.9
  • Joe Capps
  • 04/28/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:04/28/2011
This is a very quaint hotel unique and reminded me a little of faulty towers. certainly worth staying if you are looking for an independant hotel that is a bit different from the big chains.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.1
  • Marian
  • 01/06/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:01/06/2012
Pleasant 1 night stay. Clean bathroom, although room and rest of hotel is average - did expect slightly higher standard in a lovely house. Staff were courteous and helpful at all times. Allowed us to park for afternoon after checking out same morning.Booked to eat at Gastronomy Restaurant 'G SPOT'! same evening on arrival- Interesting, artistic experience, not cheap but we would definately sample again. The two waitresses were helpful and very eager to please.Many Thanks
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.7
  • Edward
  • 03/04/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:03/04/2011
Farnley Tower HotelWe stayed in the family room at this hotel. It is located in a very pleasant road, near enough to the city centre to walk. The staff were very friendly and the food (we only had breakfast) was good. Our room was a little tired, it could do with new mattresses, pillows and linens. The bathroom also could do with an upgrade. That said, we enjoyed our stay, and due to its location I would recommend this hotel to others.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.2
  • Leah Parks
  • 12/10/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:12/10/2011
Farnlet TowerNIce Victorian building. Clean spacious room with basic facilities.Breakfast was fantastic - one of the best Englsih breakfasts ever.Few minutes walk down hill into Durham centre
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.8
  • Glenn
  • 11/20/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:11/20/2011
Friendly service and good location - excellent breakfastMet with a smile, shown to the room, offered a local map or other help if required. Restaurant staff all very friendly - very good quality breakfast and plenty of it. Adequate parking and only a few minutes walk to centre of Durham - good attitude in that you can leave your car there on the day you leave. Quiet location for a good night's sleep even though it's central.Only minor criticism - the room window was overlooked by neighbouring properties and no blinds so it was a choice of be on view or close the curtains, and the room lighting was not bright. (Being overlooked wouldn't apply to every room.)
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.9
  • Joe
  • 03/28/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:03/28/2011
it was very easy to access--the breakfast was good--well cooked and substantial.Found the restaurant expensive and over rated.Front desk was welcoming and very helpful with information.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.5
  • Paul
  • 07/12/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:07/12/2011
Staff were all very friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and I would definitely stay at Farnley Tower again. We ate in the restaurant and invited family members to join us. Although slightly pricey, the food was excellent and quite imaginative.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.1
  • Rodney Pratt
  • 06/06/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:06/06/2012
The room was large and spotlessly clean with a nice bathroom. The food in the restaurant was unusal and I am not sure how good the service would have been if it was busy. There were only 4 tables full in the restaurant and I had to wait 1 hour to be seated. The breakfast was advertised as freshly cooked on the menu but was not very well presented or cooked when it can I was unimpressed by the quality of the food.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.6
  • Terri Wood
  • 11/26/2011
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:11/26/2011
The room we booked and paid for was supposed to be superior when in fact it was less then standard. There was a half used hotel shampoo bottle and one small bar of soat left in the bathroom. The handtowels we left out to be replaced were not, and the bed was not properly remade with the sheet and blanket left dangling on the floor one side and not covering the bed on the other. We were told there was no hall or outside light the first night so had to find our way in total darkness when we returned. The following day the \"manager\" told us there were lights and the other person should have known. We found it very difficult to get anyone at reception as no one responded to the bell. On leaving we said we were unhappy and were asked if we wanted a complaints form. We said yes but the forms could not be found. i will be informing the Tourist Board.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.8
  • Nicole
  • 10/05/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:10/05/2012
Very happy with the Hotel. Friendly helpful staff, excellent choice of breakfast , room fine. The breakfast room is lovely if a wee bit bright. I do wonder whether the brightness might have been a reason for me developing a migraine soon after eating breakfast there. Only one comment... Trust it to be situated at the top of a very steep hill! I nearly had to be rescusitated after making my way up from Crossgates!
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.9
  • Vernon Swain
  • 06/05/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:06/05/2012
I had to wait along time at the reception desk whilst two staff (possibly from the restaurant) appeared to discusss their general disgruntlement. Eventually someone appeared from upstairs.The chaotic scenes at breakfast were reminiscent of the famous hotel with the simmilar name!Otherwise the location of the hotel is good and parking in Durham is a great advantage.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.6
  • Willie
  • 09/11/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:09/11/2012
We were very pleased with the hotel. A really attractive building inside and out. The room was large and well furnished. The bathroom was huge and very well fitted. Views over Durham were impressive and it was only a 10 minute walk to the centre. The return walk is up a very steep hill which we didn't mind but it would be a problem for anyone who was infirm. The breakfast was very good and the service excellent. I would certainly stop there again and would recommend it highly to freinds and family.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.4
  • Sidney Gillespie
  • 08/04/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:08/04/2012
Fairly nice in a very dated wayThis hotel is well situated for those who don't mind a bit of a walk, it is about a mile and 300 feet of climb from the city centre. I was amazed at how friendly and helpful the staff were, but the rest of the experience was not so good, so overall i didn't think it very good value. The bedroom was small and clean but rather basic, with no bath, only a rather difficult to work and disappointing shower. The bathroom was so small that it was hard to manouver in there ( and I'm not overweight!) The bed had an old fashioned cover and sheets/blankets. The room was cramped even by London standards and very basic, with an ancient 12 inch TV, basic tea facilities, a small wardrobe, a small desk, and nothing else. The Hotel was probably so expensive as it was graduation week in Durham and accomodation difficult to find. Even so, this room was very pricey. The cooked breakfast was fairly good but only a very basic selection of cereals and cheap preserves. Overall, not too bad but far too expensive for the overall experience. Also be warned, there don't seem to be many taxis in durham so plan on walking everywhere and be warned that the Hotel is much higher up than the bridges into the town centre!
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.9
  • Wayne Womble
  • 05/25/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:05/25/2013
Arrived at the hotel and was told that the resturant wasn't open ( nothing was stated before ) the satelitte television wasn't working ( Nothing stated before )
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.4
  • Vernon Hansen
  • 10/07/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:10/07/2012
A well placed hotel for visits to Durham. Easy, if hilly, walk into town of about 10 minutes. Friendly staff and excellent value for money.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.9
  • April Grady
  • 05/07/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:05/07/2013
A great night inStayed on a Friday night and dithered over the twenty quid menu for the evening meal.Finally decided to go for it and had no regrets whatsoever - great food,good service and good ambienceBreakfast the next morning was excellent too
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.8
  • Gayle
  • 08/17/2012
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:08/17/2012
If only the rest of the hotel could be of the same standard as the food...room was old fashioned and dingy, although large enough, but bed linen was too small for the bed and well passed its sell-by date. Shower and bath were average.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.3
  • Katherine Bowles
  • 04/07/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:04/07/2013
The silcon around the bath is mouldy/broken and needs attention, the window frame is black and mouldy, (Rm8), the young man on reception was like a sulking teenager, when we arrived with a guide dog and explained there was no way of saying we had a guide dog to pre warn the hotel, he still gave us a room on the second floor, past 3 doors.... no sorry but we dont have any rooms on the ground floor!!The restauraunt is way too expensive at £55 per head... you have no michelin stars,you are not in central london...we are supposed to be in a recession!! Lower your restaurant prices then we will dine here, their is a lot of competition for the food revenue...
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.7
  • Stephen
  • 04/20/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:04/20/2013
hotel in nice location good breakfast nice staff
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.5
  • Martha
  • 05/21/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:05/21/2013
Agree wholeheartedly with the other comments. Great B&B, slightly pricey, but one of the best I've stayed in. Fantastic view across town, great and very large superior room, awesome shower. Excellent breakfast (especially the kippers), great customer service. It was a fair walk up the hill, and we didn't find anything to eat close by, but town only a 10 minute walk away. Certainly recommended if you can afford it.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.4
  • Elisabeth Bowers
  • 05/15/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:05/15/2013
shame about the breakfastgenerally speaking an adequate, fair value hotel with little that was outstanding and equally little that was poor. Staff generally were polite and considerate though not always in evidence. Promised views of the town were unavailable due to the mist. Major disappointment was the english breakfast which showed real promise but was let down badly by poor attention to detail - the mushrooms were soggy and tasteless and white toast was unavailable an hour before the end of the sitting.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.1
  • Melanie Hampton
  • 07/01/2014
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:07/01/2014
I was particularly grateful for the free internet access. Also within walking distance of the town centre and the rail station.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.4
  • Nina
  • 04/23/2014
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:04/23/2014
Friendly staff, although we were early, we were still allowed into the room, which made us feel welcome and comfortable. Did not try the restaurant, but had breakfast, and that was good. We would stay again.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.4
  • Carolyn Stark
  • 04/15/2014
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:04/15/2014
Our lovely break at Farnley Tower We only found one down side as we are pensioners it was a very tiring walk from the city to the Hotel otherwise we loved it,
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.6
  • Gladys Dorsey
  • 11/22/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:11/22/2013
Helpful service. Clean, comfortable room. Very good breakfast.
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 3.8
  • Betsy Carr
  • 10/25/2013
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:10/25/2013
The beds were extremely hard. The staff were lovely and helpful when asked for things, but not very helpful with things like offering to load cases when leaving etc. There were a group of them sitting in the hall and watching my mother struggle with heavy bags! The other complaint - not really a complaint, Durham is very hilly and so the owners decided to open a restaurant in the hotel so that people wouldn't have to walk up and down into Durham. In my opinion, the restaurant was aiming too high. Good plain food and much cheaper prices would have been much better. Not everybody wishes to eat and eat all the time! We ended up in Pizza Express in the centre of Durham (much better value).
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.1
  • Linda Decker
  • 03/27/2014
  • Leisure
Date of Stay:03/27/2014
Shower curtain was dirty,a nd carpets stained in the bedroom, Hotel rooms very noisy and needed sound proofing, could hear every cough, snore and conversation in next room. However very comfortable bed
Farnley Tower Hotel Durham 4.5

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