'Gateway' hotel transformed

The famous Scotch Corner Hotel, southern gateway to the North East, is no more. It is now – take a deep breath – the Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner – following a £3m revamp and creation of around 50 jobs by a new owner. 

The famous Scotch Corner Hotel, southern gateway to the North East, is no more. It is now – take a deep breath – the Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner – following a £3m revamp and creation of around 50 jobs by a new owner.

An iconic building at the junction of the A1 and the A66 near Darlington, it has been restreamed to attract more markedly families, business trade and holidaymakers on the move.

Established in 1939 on the site of a 16th Century coaching inn, it offers four-star services and facilities. Besides 91 executive and standard en-suite bedrooms, the hotel now has a staffed business lounge with computers and internet access.

There is a 75-cover Fratello’s restaurant, and work is under way on spa facilities.

Cairn Hotel Group’s hospitality now reaches from Aberdeen to London.

In Newcastle it has, besides the newly opened Double Tree by Hilton at the airport, the imposing Royal Station Hotel, the Cairn and Carlton in Jesmond, and Rooms – while in Darlington it has the also recently acquired King’s Hotel.