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We stayed here for two nights last summer when attending a wedding at the racecourse which is within walking distance. There were four of us who stayed in connecting rooms on a bed and breakfast basis. LOCATION The hotel is located at High Gosforth Park, Newcastle and is easily reached by car as it is just off the A1. It is about 8km away from the town centre and railway station which you would have to reach by taxi. The airport is around 10km away and would also be reached by taxi. COST A double room was around £60 per night including breakfast which I thought was very good for he standard of service and the quality of rooms and facilities. This was an offer they had at the time. I think the standard price is £69 room only or £89 with breakfast. There are also packages available including dinners. ROOMS There are 178 non-smoking rooms in the hotel spread over 6 floors which are accessible to people with walking difficulties and there are a few lift around the building, each room has a safe, mini bar, ironing board, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. We had two adjoining rooms a double and a twin with a connecting door which can be locked if required. The rooms were large and clean with nice spacious en suite bathrooms, plenty of towels and toiletries supplied. The beds were comfortable and extra blankets and pillows were available in the wardrobes if needed. There was also a desk, chair and television in the room which had the normal freeview channels and some pay to view movies Rooms are also air conditioned which was really needed when we stayed in the summer as it was extremely hot and the sun would come right in through our windows, there in climate control in the rooms which is individually controlled which is always good to have. FACILITIES Parking is available at the hotel for a cost of £3 per day. Lovely swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, even spotted a couple of Newcastle football players there, my sister got a couple of autographs from them too (this made her day, week, month and year). There is a gym which is large and would need to be for the amount of rooms but I often find that it is a problem in hotels that they have tiny rooms and small dining areas and gyms but there was no problem here. Unfortunately we didn't see any footballers working out I was standing by to give massages :( Facilities we didn't use included tennis, squash, a spa and hair and beauty salon. There is a restaurant which serves a buffet breakfast which was very nice, although busy but seating was not a problem. The restaurant also serves evening meals which we didn't order as we were at a wedding and a bar which serves drinks and snacks at a reasonable price. There are meeting rooms available and the hotel is available for wedding receptions. OVERALL We had an enjoyable two night stay at this hotel and would definitely go back again. The location was peaceful and although we made use of the facilities we didn't have much time to just sit and relax and enjoy the surroundings. It is a little far away from the city centre so I wouldn't recommend it for those wanting to be near to bars, shops and city centre attractions although it is a wonderful location for those who want to explore the are by car and want to stay in a quiet and scenic location as it is in 12 acres of parkland. The hotel was busy, had a small newsagents shop downstairs, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the food and rooms were good. I have stayed at other Marriott hotels around the UK and find they have a consistently high standard, so I would definitely use them again. The Marriott hotel group have a rewards programme which gives you points for staying in their hotels, you can save these up to redeem for rewards such as air miles, spa treatments and train tickets. If you join up to their loyalty programme you will also receive 20% off your food and drinks purchased in their hotels.
The location is right next to the race course so if you are going to an event at the race course it's a good place to stay. It also has good road links and is just off the main A19 road and is very easy to find as it is signposted clearly from this road. The hotel itself has become shabby over recent years. It gives the impression of being a good hotel over 10 years ago but now could do with some care , attention and updating. The rooms are a decent size but décor and furniture look tired and could do with modernising. Saying that the rooms are clean. The hotel is value for money proving you get a good deal, or take an advantage of a special room rate. If you get standard hotel prices I would say its expensive for what you get. The service at the hotel is good, however the public areas look a bit tired, they are kept clean but the carpets look stained , worn and furniture and pait work is scuffed.
Gosforth Park is located in the countryside just outside of Newcastle, which makes it a nice peaceful retreat for a weary traveller. I've always found this hotel very comfortable and welcoming. This makes a change as a lot of these type of hotels are full of business men in suits, that's not to say Gosforth park doesn't have it's fair share of them but to say that the hotel has taken into consideration that business men are not their only clients (I even saw David Ginola there once). Therefore their bar is not all dark wood and leather sofa's, in fact it's a conservatory and a lot more realxing. As for the rooms they have all the standard things, mini-bar, hairdryer, tv, coffee maker but there's also a lovely thick bathrobe in your room and a real iron and ironing board not just a trouser press because other things need ironing too! The hotel has many other facilities, a beauty salon, pool, tennis courts and lovely grounds if you just fancy a stroll. I recommend this hotel to people wanting a relaxing weekend or people on business in Newcastle who want somewhere relaxing to escape to in the evenings.