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Luxury Hotels in Durham Durham is not just about beauty, history and friendly faces; it’s also a city of extravagance and luxury so make the most of your stay here by splashing out on a room at a swanky hotel.

One of the most stylish and well known hotels in Durham is the Ramside Hall Classic Hotel and Golf Club [map] on the outskirts of the city centre. This four star accommodation is located just 400 metres from junction 62 of the A1(M) motorway and is set in 220 acres of parkland with a 27-hole championship golf course.

The oldest part of the hall dates back to 1820, but its the stylish extensions that have transformed the Ramside into the magnificent hotel it is today. Each of the 80 en suite bedrooms here are individually decorated and furnished, and all have tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV with in-room movies, radio, direct dial telephones, iron and trouser press and fresh fruit. There are also a number of premier and feature bedrooms that have the added luxury of a whirlpool bath and large bathrooms.

Ramside Hall boasts a restaurant overlooking the impressive gardens and fountain, along with a bistro and café-bar. Then when you are ready to work off your meal, the golf course comprises of three loops of nine holes with large areas of mature woodland, 14 lakes and bunkers, while the hotel also has a sauna and steam room.

Next up is the Kings Lodge Hotel [map], which is located in the heart of Durham City and is certainly the place to go if you’re celeb spotting.

Like so many buildings in Durham, this hotel stands on land of great historic importance, this being the site of the Battle of Nevilles Cross in 1346, at which, the invading army of King David of Scotland was beaten off by English troops led by Ralph Neville and Henry Percy. Fortunately the area is now the setting for comfortable and tasteful residence, fine dining at the prestigious Knight’s Restaurant, a cosy traditional bar, and quality afternoon teas.

Also situated in the city centre and part of a national chain, the Durham Marriott Hotel [map] lies close to the impressive cathedral and castle. Luxuriously furnished throughout and with fine views over the River Wear, this hotel is undoubtedly one of the region's premier places to stay. Each bedroom has satellite TV and a minibar, while the award-winning leisure club offers a range of facilities for guests, including an indoor pool, spa, gym and unique sanarium (that’s a combined sauna and steam room to you and I).

And as if just to keep in with the others on this page, the hotel also has its own historical connection as the building was developed from a series of Jacobean town houses that were once owned by the Bowes-Lyon family, ancestors of the Queen Mother.

If you fancy staying outside central Durham but still want top class accommodation, why not book your room at the Lumley Castle Hotel [map] in nearby Chester-Le-Street. Dating back to the 14th century, it was built as a manor house before being converted to a castle in 1392, when it played host to kings and princes. Nearly 600 years later, in 1972, it was transformed into a plush hotel. Here every room is different and each one is filled with historical artefacts, some even have a four-poster bed or a bathroom hidden behind the door of a bookcase.

Back in the city centre is the Swallow Three Tuns Hotel [map], which is set in a former 16th century coaching inn. It has retained many of its original features, such as oak beams, a magnificent stained glass ceiling and open fireplaces. Guests can also make use of the leisure facilities that include a swimming pool, spa bath, plunge pool and extensively equipped gym.

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