Indigo Hotel Durham

We stayed a night in the Cathedral View Room at the Indigo Hotel Durham. I liked the hotel and would stay there again. Hotel Indigo is located in the former Old Shire Hall building, which dates back to the 1890s. It opened as a hotel in 2018. It is in the city centre, making it perfect for someone on a tight schedule, as we were.

Indigo Hotel Durham outside

We didn’t book breakfast as their vegan options were not great. That being said, there were 2 desserts in the hotel’s cafe. There are lots and lots of places to eat in the centre and, while none are 100% plant based, there are options none the less.


The hotel looks so beautiful with its gorgeous late Victorian architecture and so wonderfully embellished.



We booked the Cathedral View Room. As the name suggests, it has views of Durham Cathedral.

view from room

Of course, my first stop after entering was to check out the view. Which, as you can see, looks pretty amazing.


Indigo Hotel Durham room

The room is very big, as expected from a hotel like this one.

room at Indigo Hotel Durham

The room had tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron, and ironing board. That little place within the closet is where the coffee making facility was. It had a selection of teas and coffees, some biscuits (not vegan), but a lovely surprise.

Miner's coal

Miner’s coal! I didn’t expect that. I know that in Scotland is given as a welcome gift, but there are places where it is given to naughty children at Christmas time. Either way, it was fun and unexpected.


How lovely is that light, great for reading in bed.


The bathroom is so big and beautiful.


Elemis soap

There were Elemis soap & cream at the sink and in the shower. They are selling to mainland China, so they have to test the products. I wouldn’t buy their products for this reason. Otherwise, the products are made in Britain, very high quality.

Elemis items

There was a luxury toiletries set for guests. The hotel also provided bathrobes, as expected.


The LCD Smart TV transmitted in the bathroom too, through a really good sound system.

The desk was good and must be useful if guests are staying for more than a day, as we did.

Overall I was happy with our stay. It is expensive, but is to be expected, as it is in a Victorian building and they have high-end facilities.

4 Comment

  1. Funny to get the coal as a welcome gift! Yes…coal and switches were what Santa brought naughty children when I was growing up.

    I like seeing old buildings repurposed this way. It makes a lovely hotel.
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  2. What a spectacular hotel. And I love the idea of the Miner’s coal. It looks like a wonderful holiday — and a gorgeous and fascinating spot to stay.

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