Radisson SAS makes North-East debut

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the Radisson SAS Hotel, Durham - the company’s first hotel in the North East of England and the 12th Radisson SAS in the UK.“We are very excited to open this fantastic new hotel in the North East, which is a great addition to the Radisson SAS portfolio here in the UK. The hotel will make a real impact on the hospitality scene in the region and currently has excellent business on the books moving forward to both the year end and into 2009,” commented Mark Willis, Regional Director, Radisson SAS UK.

Nestled by the side of the River Wear, the new-build Radisson SAS will breathe new life into North East England’s hotel and meetings and events scene.  The multi-million pound hotel aims to establish Durham as a credible business destination in its own right, offering state-of-the-art facilities to appeal to business travellers from the North East, across the UK and beyond.


The hotel offers 207 guest rooms, including Business Class, suites and a Presidential Suite, many with views overlooking the river and city. The meetings and events facilities are second to none in the area, with 11 flexible meeting spaces, the largest with the capacity to cater for up to 600 conference delegates and 350 for a dinner.  Its Durham base means the hotel will offer a unique setting, positioned at the heart of the region it is the perfect meeting point for small meetings, conferences and events.



Durham is home to the fifth Filini Bar & Restaurant in the UK. Serving authentic Italian food in stylish surroundings, the award-winning Filini is already well-established in the Radisson SAS hotels in Birmingham, Liverpool, Belfast and at Stansted Airport. In Durham, if weather allows, guests will also have the opportunity for al-fresco dining on Filini’s outdoor terrace overlooking the river and city.


Other facilities include a business centre, 130 on-site car parking spaces, a 15m swimming pool and Pace - a health club with gym, sauna and treatment rooms. With all the services you would expect from Radisson SAS, such as free high-speed internet access for both residents and meeting delegates, plus the renowned Yes I Can! service culture, the hotel is set to change the fact of hospitality in the region.


The North East region is quickly building a reputation for itself as a hotspot for innovative business and enterprise and positioned at the heart of the region, Durham is a vibrant and exciting destination that fuses history and heritage with modernity and convenience. Steeped in history, Durham is a gem in the region’s crown, famed for its magnificent castle and cathedral, winding streets and peaceful atmosphere.  However, it is no sleepy backwater; it is a vibrant and exciting city that is plugged firmly into the infrastructure of North East England, easily accessible, by car, rail or air.