“ City: Newcastle-upon-Tyne / Address: Waterloo Square St James Boulevard / County: Great Britain / Geographic coordinates: latitude: 54.96852, longitude: -1.62206 / Postal code: NE1 4DN „
Stayed here with a friend for one night in November 2011 while we were seeing Hanson :D at the Newcastle O2 academy, the cost was about £115 for bed and breakfast and was booked about 3 weeks in advance (the sign in the hotel said the room rate was £150 if you hadn't pre booked)
The hotel was very close to Newcastle railway station, less than a 10 minute walk, and we found it fairly easily, having never been to Newcastle before we wanted somewhere quite central to stay. The hotel was also less than a 10 minute walk from the O2 academy which is where the gig was, this was another reason for choosing this hotel.
The reception area was clean and tidy and the hotel itself looked fairly new, check in was simple and quick and we were given a key card to use on the lifts and to get into the room. As 2 females travelling by ourselves, and since we had never been to Newcastle, I felt that the hotel was very secure with staff/bouncers on duty all night and it was in a well lit area that seemed quite safe.
The room was basic, but was clean and tidy and also looked very new, we were on the top floor but the lifts made it easy to get there, however we were in a room right next to the lift shafts and you could hear the lifts going up and down. We didn't have any problems sleeping, but someone who is a very light sleeper may have had some issues.
The room contained 2 single beds, wardrobe, television and remote, desk, chair, telephone, hair-drier and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was small but clean and had a toilet, shower and sink.
Breakfast was served between 8 and 10, we went down about 9.30, and was a buffet style affair. There was more room than at the Glasgow holiday inn (see my previous review) and we had no problem getting a table. Breakfast consisted of bread (that could be toasted), croissants, rolls, fruit, cheese, yoghurt, muffins and cereal as well as sausages, beans and scrambled eggs. There was also a selection of tea, coffee and fruit juice. The breakfast was very tasty and you could go and get more if you were still hungry, most other hotels were charging an extra £10 or so for breakfast so I was impressed that this was included in the standard price.
I did think the price of the hotel was quite a lot, was about twice the price of the Holiday Inn in Glasgow we had stayed in the night before. However this was the cheapest hotel I could find in central Newcastle so it seems like what we paid was the going rate, it may have been cheaper if we had booked more in advance, so would try and be more organised if we were going again!
I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for somewhere no frills but comfortable in central Newcastle, especially if you are arriving by train and/or going to the O2 academy as they are both very near by.
Location: steps from Newcastle-upon-Tyne St. Mary's Cathedral and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Discovery Museum, within close proximity of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Library and Central Arcade / Location: steps from Newcastle-upon-Tyne St. Mary's Cathedral and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Discovery Museum, within close proximity of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Library and Central Arcade / Number and type of rooms: 130 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include direct-dial phones, as well as desks and complimentary newspapers / Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities: a pool table and a television in the lobby / Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily / Business, Other Amenities: 24-hour business center, an Internet point, and audiovisual equipment. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.