Hotel Indigo has opened its latest hotel in a Grade II listed building in Durham city centre.
The new 83 bedroom hotel has been created at the Old Shire Hall building following a £15 million redevelopment.
The striking red brick building was originally the headquarters of Durham County Council has more recently has been used as office space by Durham University.
Built in the late 19th century and designed by architects H. Barnes and F.E. Coates, the building is just a stone’s throw from Durham Cathedral and Castle which make up the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The cathedral, castle and university are all alluded to in the new hotel’s 83 boutique bedrooms which feature ornate details throughout the three distinct room types, from academia-inspired featuring the University’s official colour, purple, through to grand bedrooms with a sumptuous feel.
Paul Borg, General Manager of Hotel Indigo – Durham commented: “Durham is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities with a rich history and diverse culture. Hotel Indigo Durham embraces the city’s character through the hotel’s creative design and we look forward to welcoming local and international guests alike to explore the neighbourhoods of Durham.”
Tom Rowntree, Vice President of Brand Management – Luxury and Boutique brands, IHG, Europe added: “We want to ensure each city is reflected through the design of every Hotel Indigo property, making each one completely unique. We are pleased that new and existing fans of Hotel Indigo are now able to explore one of the UK’s most historic and iconic cities with the arrival of Hotel Indigo Durham.”
Image: Old Shire Hall pictured prior to redevelopment in 2016. Source: Google