Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
January 14, 2004
We arrived early because it was raining heavily and luckily our room was ready. The staff was friendly and helpful (in that efficient Dutch way).
Our double room was in the basement and was pretty small, but contained everything we needed for one night: a comfortable bed with crisp, clean linen, a small wardrobe, and a TV (which we watched for all of about 5 minutes).
The en suite bathroom was spotlessly clean and there were all the usual freebies (shower cap, shampoo, shower gel).
There was a buffet breakfast available for an extra 7 euros, but we chose to eat elsewhere. There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, but hot drinks could be bought at reception and taken to the room or consumed in reception -- there was a small seating area around a TV set. There was also a vending machine selling cigarettes, cold drinks, and snacks in the corridor next to reception.
There was a comprehensive selection of leaflets and complimentary maps of the city available in the reception area.
This is a good, reasonably priced hotel, which I would recommend to anyone staying in the city for a couple of nights; if you are staying longer, you may find the rooms a little small and oppressive.
We booked our room through www.hostelworld.com and it cost around 80 euros (for two people).
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