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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Darlington a1 Scotch Corner Hotel Scotch Corner
- Scotch Corner Hotel
- Corner Hotel Scotch