“ City: Newcastle-upon-Tyne / Address: Ponteland Road Kenton Newcastle / County: Great Britain / Geographic coordinates: latitude: 55.00761, longitude: -1.66780 / Postal code: NE3 3HZ / Airport Code: NCL „
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 rooky 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.
Location: close to Kingston Park Stadium and St. James' Park, within close proximity of Newcastle Racecourse and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Civic Centre / Location: close to Kingston Park Stadium and St. James' Park, within close proximity of Newcastle Racecourse and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Civic Centre / Number and type of rooms: 126 guestrooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and complimentary newspapers / Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities: indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services / Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Novotel Newcastle Airport. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge / Business, Other Amenities: computer station, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Secure parking is available onsite.