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.
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