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Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Scotch Corner
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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“Perfect for business meetings”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

I stayed here many years ago, long before it became a Holiday Inn.

So I was very surprised when I walked through its doors today and a 4 hour meeting with a client to be held in Fratelli's (?) bar to the left of reception. Wow - the whole place has been completely reworked with a very modern, fresh, clean and aesthetically pleasing design.

The exterior needs updating if they're to make the most of this because they're not doing themselves justice.

I can't speak for the accomodation as I was there purely for the meeting but I clearly wasn't the only one because the area of the bar was very busy with other meetings taking place (at least 4-5 groups of business people who obviously know how superb the place is now for this type of thing).

I was amazed to find they offer free WiFi in this area without the need to be staying and no requirement for a login either.

Service was friendly although we did have an issue when ordering snacks at lunchtime - they forgot our order. The explanation was that it didn't "print out in the kitchens" and they were apologetic but it still took a good 20-25 minutes for the sandwiches to arrive when they realised (when we prompted them).

7 coffees and 3 sets of sandwiches came to £33 which I found very reasonable by most hotel standards.

I can't give it 5 stars because I didn't stay overnight so I don't want to mislead people and the slight hiccup with the lunchtime order is factored in too.

However, if you need a location to hold a business meeting in the Scotch Corner/Darlington/Richmond area (not too far) then I can't really think of anywhere more convenient, accessible and welcoming.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Keith S, Manager at Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
On behalf of Holiday Inn Darlington I would like to thank you for the positive feedback and apologies for the delay in service.

We look forward in welcoming you back

Kind Regards

Keith Stewart
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

This hotel is immaculate,stayed for 2nights bed & breakfast last weekend.everything about the place was fantastic ,room,breakfast and staff. can't wait to go visit again..for longer.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Keith S, Manager at Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner, responded to this review, 24 April 2012
thank you for leaving your positive comments regarding you resent stay and look forward to welcoming you back
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Reviewed 15 April 2012 via mobile

We have eaten here twice now and have to say without 20 percent off vouchers etc this would be a very over priced restaurant. There are some very pleasant young staff but the kitchen clearly cannot cope with anymore than about 10 in the place - we waited over 30 mins for ice cream and cheese and biscuits!!! The food is fine but not worth the money - I think a few offers will be needed to get people coming back.

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

They say you get what you pay for...well here at Holiday inn i think you get a whole lot more for your bucks.Holiday inn have revamped the old Scotch Corner into a brilliant fresh vibrant hotel.Its the first time i have stayed at a Holiday inn,and if this is the standard they set ,then it wont be the last.First off then and free parking is followed by a very efficient and warm check in....with all the information you would want.The rooms have been totally upgraded,with lovely fittings and equipment.The addition of a fridge is especially useful when you have a toddler with you.A nice touch here... complimentary juice/water/and chocolate bar replaced daily.The flat screen tv ,has a brilliant range of channels all in fantastic quality,unlike some hotels.There is also a record facility,like sky...so have something to watch when it suits you.The room we stayed in was immaculate and very well maintained.The bathroom was lovely....especially interesting was two shower heads in the bath.So if you where taking a bath you could use the lower one to rinse your hair...useful for a person who couldnt stand for long.We hadnt booked a cot...but on asking one was brought up straight away.If you join the free rewards programme...using the in room application form, you can have a daily newspaper of you choice.The bed was very comfortable and you have a choice of pillow type..hard/soft and filling.Good lighting, aircon..and double glazing makes for a bright temprature adjusted and quiet room.Although we didnt use the free leisure/pool its there for the taking.At the time of our visit these facilities are all been upgraded...so expect the same superb standard when completed.Scotch corner is well placed for the A I...Richmond/Yorkshire dales on your door step.Durham, Newcastle less than hours drive away.All in all a whole new lease of life for this iconic hotel .....Holiday inn and its staff are a credit

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are maybe quieter...but didnt see any lift access to them
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Vicki C, Reservations at Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner, responded to this review, 20 April 2012
On Behalf of the Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner i would like to thank you for all your lovely feedback, and we hope to see you again very soon.

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Vicki Carr
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

I remember passing this hotel as a kid 40 years ago and thinking it looked so posh, well, eventually got around to staying there, instead of the old fashioned Hoptel that I expected it a beautifully modern Holiday Inn, clean and bright, they really did a lovely job of modernising this place. The breakfast rates among on of the best I have ever had with so much choice, and it was all fresh.

I look forward to staying here again soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vicki C, Reservations Co-ordinator at Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner, responded to this review, 20 April 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to post a review regarding your recent stay with us at The Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back.

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner

Property: Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner
Address: Junction A1 / A66 Richmond Scotch Corner | near Darlington, Scotch Corner DL10 6NR, England (Formerly Scotch Corner Hotel)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scotch Corner
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Scotch Corner
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,875 - ₹ 7,299
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Darlington-A1 Scotch Corner is ideally located for both the business and leisure traveller. This landmark hotel is on the junction of the A1 and the A66 near Darlington, and close to the towns of Catterick and Stockton-on-Tees with Middlesbrough just a short drive away. Whether you are visiting the area for a business or leisure stay or simply breaking your journey you can be assured a great stay. You will be staying on the doorstep to the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales and the delightful medieval market town of Richmond. If you are staying a little longer you won't be disappointed. The hotel has 91 bedrooms, an Italian Restaurant and leisure facilities adjacent to the hotel for guests which include a pool and fully equipped gym. ... more   less 
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