Some hotels in Newcastle
by jipp05 on January 21, 2013
I had stayed at the Rooms Inn a couple of years ago and it wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience as I found the room and the hotel in general to be in need of a complete refurbishment. It also wasn’t very clean and overall it wasn’t a very nice place to stay so when I was going to a concert at the Metro Arena in Newcastle it was literally the last place I wanted to stay. Unfortunately I left it far too late when booking and all the hotels in Newcastle were booked up or else cost in the region of £200 a night while the Rooms Inn was available and a lot cheaper. Deciding I had no choice I booked a room here as I thought to myself it was only for one night and most of that would be spent out of it. When I arrived at the hotel however I was in for a pleasant surprise as the hotel had been refurbished since the last time that I stayed and it was much nicer than before and because it was so cheap it really is excellent value for money now. The Rooms Inn is located outside of the centre of the city in a residential area but it isn’t difficult to find and is only about a 15minute walk to the bars and clubs of the centre. We came to Newcastle by train and it was only a 10 minute walk to the hotel from the train station and was pretty straight forward to find and only involved walking a straight line from the train station and there was no complicated diversions. I actually liked the location of the hotel as although it was far from the centre it wasn’t too off the beaten path and this meant that it was a lot cheaper than those that are right in the middle of the action. If you are arriving by car the hotel offers free car parking facilities which is a bonus as finding free parking in Newcastle is a nightmare and the parking garages cost a fortune if you park there for more than a few hours. The reception area was totally different from the last time I stayed and was nice and light and airy and it made such a difference on my impressions of the hotel coming into this nice new space. My friends that I was with had never stayed at the hotel before and they thought that it made a good first impression. The receptionist was nice and friendly and check in was easy and quick with all our details being ready for us checking in. I had been telling my friends about my previous stay at the Rooms Inn and I was kind of hoping that I would get the same room so that they could see that I wasn’t exaggerating but I got a lovely refurbished room and this was worlds apart from the room that I remember. I just had a standard room and it wasn’t anything fancy but it was nice and more importantly it was clean. It also had absolutely everything that I could want from a hotel room for the night. The bed was nice and comfortable and there was the added bonus of a flat screen television and tea and coffee making facilities. The en-suite was spotlessly clean and there was a bath as well as a shower above it. The shower had good pressure and there was plenty of hot water. Towels were plentiful and I honestly can’t find much to fault about the room or bathroom. Although my friends had just booked the same as me they were upgraded to superior room as I assume all the other standards were already occupied. The superior room was lovely and you wouldn’t have been able to tell you were in budget hotel as they wouldn’t have looked out of place at a more expensive central hotel. The only thing that I can complain about with the hotel was the noise at night. There seemed to be a lot of hen and stag parties staying at the hotel but as it was a Saturday night I kind of expected this as Newcastle is inundated with them on the weekends and although I was woken up a couple of times the noise wasn’t actually as bad as I imagined it might be. We only paid £37 for our double room which I think is fantastic value for a weekend for two people. For this price I honestly can’t fault the hotel. If we had been paying upwards of £100 a night which is a more common price for a central hotel in Newcastle on a weekend then I might have expected a bit more but for this price the hotel offered everything plus a little bit more than it needed to and I would definitely think about staying here again for that amount.
Just before Christmas I spent a few days in Geneva flying from Newcastle Airport. As we had an early flight on the way there and a relatively late flight on the way back and we were travelling to Newcastle by train we decided it would make more sense for us to spend the evening before we flew to Geneva and the evening we returned in Newcastle at airport hotels. On the outgoing journey we stayed at the Premier Inn Newcastle Airport. ~~~~~~~~~~ Location ~~~~~~~~~~I have to say that the location of the Premier Inn Newcastle Airport is absolutely spot on. I have stayed in a lot of airport hotels over the years and some of them (including the one we stayed in on our return journey) are so far away from the actual airport as to be laughable. The Premier Inn Newcastle Airport is actually at the airport and is literally a two minute walk from the terminal building.We got the metro from Newcastle Central Station and we had had a long day of travelling so I really appreciated the fact that there was no faff with buses or taxis to reach the hotel and it was just a short hop to the hotel from getting off the metro at the airport to being at the hotel. ~~~~~~~~~~ Check in ~~~~~~~~~~We had already pre booked our rooms and paid for them before arriving at the hotel so check in was fairly straightforward. It was just a case of telling her our names and getting the keys from her. As everything was already paid we had no forms to fill in and went from reception to our rooms in 5 minutes flat. ~~~~~~~~~~ The rooms ~~~~~~~~~~The hotel has recently been refurbished and you can tell as it is all still very clean and fresh. It was decorated in the usual purple and cream colour scheme and was actually really comfortable and spacious. My room had a double bed (with extra pillows) and a chaise lounge for sitting on as well as a desk and chair. There was an open wardrobe which I’m not overly keen on but there was enough hanging space and shelves if I had been one of these people who actually unpack and a large widescreen TV.The en-suite bathroom had a bath as well as a shower and included some toiletries. There were plenty of towels and like the room it was spotlessly clean. ~~~~~~~~~~ Food ~~~~~~~~~~~When we arrived we were hungry so decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. We asked the receptionist if we just went through and she told us since the restaurant stopped serving about an hour after we arrived she would book us a table so that we could be sure of getting some food.The restaurant is located next to the main reception area and I was pleasantly surprised as it was spacious and nicely decorated and looked more like a nice pub than a budget hotel restaurant. The décor was nice and minimal and the table and chairs were all modern and comfortable. It had a really nice ambiance and was lovely and toasty and it was absolutely packed.We were seated straight away and given some time to peruse our menus. The food on offer is all pub grub but fairly decent pub grub. I just ordered garlic mushrooms as a starter and had fish and chips with mushy peas as my main. As mine was part of an offer it only came to £12.50 for my food which I think is really good value for an airport hotel where everything is normally really expensive.The food was really nice and well-cooked and there was honestly nothing I could really complain about. It wasn’t gourmet but for pub food in a Premier Inn it was really nice and well cooked.We had pre booked breakfast as part of our room rate and this was for the all you can eat breakfast. It entails a buffet of cereals, fruit, pastries etc. and then a cooked breakfast to your preference. I just ordered the full English with extras of what I wanted. It arrived quite speedily and was ok but I had ordered poached eggs instead of fried and these were undercooked to the point that I wasn’t able to eat them. This is the only complaint that I had and being a typical Brit I didn’t send them back like I should have so it was my own fault for not asking for them to be recooked. After breakfast we were all stuffed but we were talking to the waitress and she was telling us that loads of guests order three or four breakfasts as it is an all you can eat deal. I have to say that what we had was really good value for the money so having more than one would have been amazing value. The all you can eat breakfast was £8.25. ~~~~~~~~~~ The staff ~~~~~~~~~~I have to single out the staff at the hotel as they were really good and it was such a contrast with the hotel we stayed at in Geneva where the staff were distant and frankly a little rude. Everyone from the receptionist to the waiting staff at the hotel were friendly and professional and always had a smile on their faces. It makes such a huge difference when staying somewhere when the staff are nice and I really think they added to the enjoyment of my stay at the hotel. ~~~~~~~~~~ Price ~~~~~~~~~~I booked online through the Premier Inn website and ended up paying £48 for my room plus another £8.25 for the breakfast which I thought was extremely reasonable especially considering its location and the comfort of the rooms. ~~~~~~~~~~ Conclusion ~~~~~~~~~~I can highly recommend the Premier Inn Newcastle Hotel if you are looking for somewhere that is centrally located close to the airport that offers really good value for money and has a really good level of service from its staff as well as having a decent restaurant in which to get something to eat. I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel and it made the stress of travelling much more bearable being so close to the terminals in the morning when we checked out
When returning from a short break to Geneva just before Christmas we had to stay over in Newcastle as we had got the train to the airport and the flight times coming back meant that we would miss the last train home and have to stay over. I was in charge of booking the hotel for this part of the trip and after a look on the internet I chose the Novotel Airport hotel as it was the cheapest airport hotel available for that night.~~~~~~~~~~ Arrival at the hotel ~~~~~~~~~~When I originally booked the hotel I made the classic mistake of thinking that an airport hotel would actually be at the airport. Of course this turned out to be a rookie mistake and the Novotel Newcastle Airport Hotel is actually miles away from the airport. It always amazes me how hotels can get away with calling themselves airport hotels when they are in fact nowhere near the airport. As it was already booked there was nothing to be done except get a taxi as it isn’t really a walkable distance.We got in a taxi and told the driver where we were going and then found out a little bit of good news. Apparently the hotel has an arrangement with the airport taxis whereby they pay for the taxis to the hotel. I had no clue about this and still can’t see anything on the website so they clearly do not advertise this very well but it was a really nice surprise and saved us the nearly £15 fare of the taxi. After finding that the hotel pay for your taxi it made me much less annoyed by the fact the hotel was located so far from the airport.We arrived at the hotel at about 10:30 and check in was nice and quick. We asked about food and were told that we could either have a meal in the bar area or else have room service delivered to our room as long as we ordered before 11. We decided to get some room service as there was a private party being held in one of the hotels function rooms and there were quite a few drunk party guests wandering the hotel. The price for the room service was surprisingly reasonable actually and I think it was only something like £2 more to have the food delivered to the room which I thought was good for a hotel as I have paid a lot more than this before and only been able to order from a select menu whereas here we were able to order from the full bar menu.~~~~~~~~~~ The rooms ~~~~~~~~~~As there were four of us I had booked us two twin rooms and the rooms were perfectly presentable and looked as though they had been recently refurbished. Instead of getting a room with a twin bed they appeared to have given us a family room as we had a double bed and the sofa bed had also been laid out and made up. I really wasn’t bothered about having to sleep on the sofa bed as it was large and comfortable and by the time we got to the hotel we just wanted to eat and then get a good nights sleep.The room had everything that you would expect from a hotel of this type with a flat screen TV, desk, storage space, seating area etc. It was all spotlessly clean and nice and nicely heated and was neither too warm nor too cold. The bathroom was also nice and had a bath with a shower over it. The shower had a really good pressure to it and there were plenty of towels and both the bedroom and the bathroom were spotlessly clean.One thing that I really liked about this room compared to other hotel rooms that I have stayed in was that it had an extra door between the room and the small hallway where the bathroom was. This meant that when this extra door was shut we had two doors between us and the hallway outside which really minimised the noise from the hallway and as there was a party going on downstairs and we had seen people from the party fetching things from their rooms on our floor we were worried that we were going to be getting woken up by them returning to their rooms drunk in the middle of the night. With the two doors closed we heard absolutely nothing from the hallway and managed to get a fantastic nights sleep.~~~~~~~~~~ Check out ~~~~~~~~~~The staff we encountered at the hotel were all really nice and friendly which was such a nice change after the staff at the hotel in Geneva. During check out they made sure to ask us if we enjoyed our stay and slept well and also gave us directions to the metro station which was located only a short walk from the hotel. As the rooms had already been paid for we just had to hand our keys in and the whole process was simple and straightforward.~~~~~~~~~~ Price and Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~I thought this hotel was a bargain. My room was £40 and as I was sharing with someone it ended up only costing me £20 for the night. Factor in the free taxi and I honestly can’t think of much bad to say about the hotel. Yes it is a little far from the airport but this really isn’t much of a problem since the hotel will pay for your taxi. The metro station is also only a short 10 minute walk away so if you are arriving without your own transport there are no problems. For those arriving with their own car the hotel does offer a park and fly scheme too.Overall I think this hotel was well worth the money and it definitely somewhere I would consider staying again if flying from Newcastle Airport. The rooms were comfortable, the food was good and more importantly it just offered great value for money.
by jipp05 on March 1, 2011
I go to Newcastle quite often for nights out as the nightlife where I live is pretty dismal and Newcastle is only an hour away. When going there my friends and I have in the past ordered a mini bus to take us home but I personally prefer to just book a hotel for the night and as Newcastle has a vast selection of hotels at reasonable prices finding a cheap room is never a problem. On a night out last year my friends and I booked some rooms at the Jurys Inn as we were told the location was great for both the ciy centre and for going out. When we arrived in Newcastle at the central station we took our printed out direction and went looking for the hotel. We just walked as on the map the hotel looked very close to the station. In reality it is literally only a 10 minute walk from the station to the door of the hotel. The location was absolutely fanastic and it is located just off the centre for life so is directly in the centre of the famous Geordie nightlife. One thing is that the hotel is located in a complex where you have to go through to a courtyard to get to the hotel. It isn't a problem and not difficult to find but if you aren't aware of this fact you might wander for a little while looking for the hotel. If you are coming by car then you should know the hotel doesn't have it's won car park but there is a large pay car park right next to it. The outside of the hotel gives a great first impression and the building is large and modern. The reception and communial areas of the hotel are nice and open planned and look modern and airy. Checking in was a bit of a disaster as they weren't ready for us and said our room wouldn't be ready for another hour or so even though we were checking in at 4 in the afternoon. This wasn't a big problem for us and they did store our bags for us whilst we went into town. When we returned the room was ready and we got our keys quickly and they also apologised for not having the room ready when we first arrived. We had ordered a triple room which was consisted of a double bed and a single bed so 2 of my friends had to share. Again this wasn't a problem for us personally but it might have been for some and it would have been nice to know in advance that the room didn't have three seperate beds. The decor was very bland and non offensive, it had absolutely no character but was spotlessly clean and had everything we expected in a budget hotel room. The bed's were actually better than we had expected and were very comfortable but like most hotels in this price range there was only one pillow per person which is just not enough. As for extras they were lacking but there was a TV, some seats and tea and coffee making facilities which is all we really needed and as we had only paid £70 for the room we were more than happy with it. The bathroom didn't have a bath but the shower was new looking and the water pressure was fantastic and very important for the girls in our group the lighting was good for doing hair etc. There was plenty of towels and like the bedroom the bathroom was spotless. We stayed on a saturday night so I can only give my opinion of the hotel on this night and so please be aware it may be different during the week. Due to it's location the hotel was very popular with people like me who were in the city to party and it definately wasn't suitable for families or anyone looking for an early night. We arrived back at the hotel at around 3 in the morning and outisde the hotel were about 40 people out smoking who had all just got back in from a night out. I can imagine that a large group of drunk people might be intimidating to some people but to be fair there was no trouble or anything. The hotel employ bouncers to police the hotel and whilst I think they are a good idea in theory in practise they were just a little too aggressive for my liking. We had only received two keys when checking in and didn't think anything of it as we wouldn't be seperated during the night but when we returned back to the hotel the bouncers refused to let me in the hotel as they said that if I was staying I would have my own key. Fair enough but they refused to even go and ask someone at reception and were quite aggressive in their manner with me. My friend finally managed to find a member of staff and afterr much faffing with the system they came and told the bouncers that I could come in. No one apologised and I thought it was a bit unprofessional of them.There was also bouncers patrolling the hallways shouting at people to get back in their rooms from the hallways but most people seemed to be continuing their parties in their rooms and the noise went on all night with shouting and singing in the hallways and the rooms. I was quite shocked with just how noisy the hotel was and even though I had been drinking and enjoying myself by the time I got back to the hotel I was ready for bed but unfortunately we got hardly any sleep and I feel so sorry for any poor people who were staying in the hotel and hadn't been in Newcastle for a night out. In the morning when we checked out we decided to treat ourselves to breakfast which I can't remember the exact price but I think it was somehing like £12.50. It was a buffet style with a selection of hot and cold food. The food was okay but nothing special and just the usual hotel buffet spread. There was bacon,eggs, sausages and most of it was gresy and stodgy so don't be expecting a light breakfast. The staff were slow in replacing empty dishes and there just wasn't enough food for everyone as the room was packed and as soon as they put down a dish it was gone in seconds. I would definately stay in the Jurys inn again if I'm in Newcastle for a night out as it's location was great and I thought the rooms were good for the money we paid but I would definately avoid this hotel like the plague if I was looking for somewhere quiet as on a weekend night there is no way anyone staying here is going to be able to sleep.
by jipp05 on February 21, 2011
Newcastle is one of my favourite cities for a weekend away as for me it has everything that I am looking for in city break that is close enough to where I live to be able to drive there in a couple of hours. The shopping is fantastic and the nightlife is quite rightly regarded as some of the best in Europe. Although I go there a few times a year normally I stay in a 'budget' hotel but on occassion I book myself into the Grey Street hotel which has to be one of my all time favourite hotels in the UK. The Grey Street hotel is located in the centre of Newcastle on funnily enough Grey Street. It is only a short walk from Central station and perfectly situated for the bars and clubs of Newcastle. It is also only a short walk into the cities central shopping area and only takes 10 minutes on foot to reach the famous Eldon square mall so you will be able to shop until you drop and be back at the hotel in no time. First impressions of the hotel are excellent, it is located in a beautiful old Georgian building and looks like a stylish but classy retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Inside is a lot more modern than you would imagine from building and as soon as you enter the hotel there is a small reception directly across from the front entrance. There are also a small seating area where you can read the paper and sit with a coffee. The area is quite small but it is absolutely beautifully decorated and they have definately made the best of the small space they have to work with. After the reception there is a small hallway with a lift and stairs leading to the rooms. Although the hotel looks like it will be tiny there are a surprisingly lot of hallways leading off every floor and the hotel actually has 49 rooms so there are quite a fe for a small boutique hotel. The communial stairways are all decorated in quite a traditional Georgian way and all the features have been beautifully preserved. I have stayed in both a normal room and also a deluxe room and can honestly say that I would be happy to stay in either kind of room again. They are decorated absolutely beautifully and other than some extra space are pretty much the same. The decor is very light and bright and they manage to mix the original Georgian features with the cool contemporary furniture fantastically. Both the rooms I have stayed in had a massive leather bed with loads of pillows and egyptian cotton sheets and are quite possibly the most comfortable beds I have ever slept the night in. There is everything that you would expect from a boutique hotel such as plasma screen TV's and DVD players. The extras they offer make for a nice touch such as the hospitality tray which was wooden and instead of the usual sachets of tea and coffee it had a caffitiere and fresh coffee and herbal teas. Inside the build in wardrobes there was white waffle robes which were absolutely lovely and soft and you could buy these from reception when you left if you wanted to but they were expensive so even though I would have loved to have had one for home I didn't get myself one. There was also a desk and seating area and all the other things you would expect from a decent hotel such as a safe, trouser press etc. One of the nicest things in the room was that you could actually open the windows. They were sash windows which I assume had to be kept as the building is listed but they are triple glazed so once closed you could hear no noise from outside which was good because the street gets busy at night especially on a weekend. The bathroom was ultra modern in comparison with the rooms where the old and new were mixed so well. The suite itself was gorgeous and the bathroom was exactly the type I would love in my own home. There was a bath with a built in shower and the water pressure and tempreture was excellent. The toiletries were also a higher standard than the usual hotel shampoos and came in their own little case. Obviously as they were so good they went straight into my suitcase and I was pleased to see the next day that the cleaner had replaced the one in my suitcase with a new one. There was also plenty of towels and these were big and fluffy and of an obviously high quality. Situated adjecent to the hotel is The Living Room restaurant which is a trendy popular place to eat in Newcastle. If you are staying in the hotel it is easy to get a table without booking and there is no need to even leave the hotel to get into it as you can enter straight from near the reception. I ate here a couple of times and the food and ambience was excellent although it was expensive so you paid for the good food and service. This is also where breakfast was served I think but I never had breakfast at the hotel as it was just too expensive especially when the price of the hotel rooms were expensive on their own. Room service is available and you can also choose to have breakfast in bed. Although I can't fault the hotel on the comfort of the rooms or the enjoyment of my stays here there are a few little things that I think the hotel could do better. First of all parking is not the easiest thing to do at the hotel as it has no car park and you need to park at the NCP car park around the corner which isn't really made clear when you are booking the room. This is expensive and although I have found out that you can get a voucher at reception which makes parking there cheaper when we visited I wasn't actually offered the voucher even though I went into reception to ask them for directions to the car park. The second thing is that the attitudes of the staff could be improved significantly. It didn't matter which member of staff I spoke too they were all pretty miserable and could learn to smile a bit more. In the room they have menus where you can order breakfast to be delivered to your room and you just need to hang this menu on your door at night before a certain time and they will deliver your breakfast on a tray for you in the morning. I actually filled this menu in on two occassions and although I hung it on my handle hours before the cut off point no breakfast was ever delivered. When I complained to reception the girl on duty couldn't have cared less and this suly attitude ofe staff to their guests really does put me off recomending the hotel. Despite the rude staff the hotel itself is so excellent that I really can't not recommend it to people. The rooms are gorgeous and the location couldn't be better. It was immaculetly clean and the extras in the room were an added bonus. The prices for a boutique hotel weren't bad and we paid £90 per night for a double room which was only slightly more than the ibis or similar would have cost and the level of comfort isn't even comparable. If the management worked on their staffs attitude then the Grey Street would definately be the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
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