“ Address: City Road, Quay Side, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2AN / Tel: 0871 527 8800 „
I was recently attending a concert in Newcastle with my partner and although we live not that far away from the centre of Newcastle, it still meant we would incur travelling costs there and back. The journey home would have to be via taxi due to the fact we had agreed to meet up with friends for a drink after the concert, which is also why we were leaving the car at home.
So when I spotted Premier Inn offering hotel rooms at £29 per night, I decided to take a look and see if they had any available in Newcastle city centre. I thought at that price we could make a proper night of it and not have to worry about getting a taxi home and it also meant we didn't have to use public transport to get there either.
~~ Booking ~~
A quick look on the Premier Inn website showed there were a few Premier Inns around Newcastle to choose from and some were available for the date we wanted at the £29 offer price. The terms and conditions for this offer stating that booking must be made online and paid for 21 days in advance and also you cannot cancel the room and receive a refund if you are taking advantage of this offer.
The usual price of a room seems to fluctuate between £68 and £80 depending on the date, so £29 is indeed a good offer.
I decided to book a room at Newcastle City Centre (Millenium Bridge) as it wasn't too far from where we wanted to be. The hotel is situated on City Road near the Quayside and is convenient for anyone visiting the centre of Newcastle.
Booking online was quick and simple and I received an email confirmation of my booking right away. I also noticed when booking that there is an offer available if you pay an extra £22 per person you can enjoy a three course meal from the Meal Deal menu, a drink of your choice and also enjoy the eat as much as you like Premier breakfast the following morning.
As we were not going to be in the hotel for an evening meal, I didn't take up this offer. The price of a main course meal alone begins at around £8, so add in the price of the other courses, drink and breakfast, it does seem a decent offer.
~~ Checking In and Out ~~
We drove to the Premier Inn and parked in the large car park outside. There was also some indoor parking available too. The parking was another reason for choosing this hotel, as some city hotels do not have car parking available and you have to pay to use a car park. Also some budget hotels charge you to park your car, but this was not the case here and the car parking is free.
Walking into the main entrance, I expected the reception desk to be just inside the door as is usually the case. I was surprised to find that it wasn't and as I followed the signs, I found myself walking along short corridors and up short flights of stairs. I was just wondering if I had taken a wrong turning when I reached the top of some stairs, opened the door and there was the reception desk in front of me, on the same floor as the bar and restaurant which was visible from the desk and looked quite inviting and cosy.
I must point out that there is in fact a lift from the entrance to reception and the other floors but I hadn't noticed it when entering the building, so I would recommend you use it if you are carrying luggage etc.
Checking in was quick, the receptionist very friendly asking if we were visiting Newcastle for anything special. When she heard our accents she laughed and I explained that it was more convenient to stay at the hotel at that price and she agreed. It was whilst at reception I noticed the lift, which we then used to take us to the second floor where our room was.
Check-in is from 2pm and rooms must be vacated by 12pm.
~~ The room ~~
Our room was on the second floor and located on the corner of the building which overlooked the junction of Crawhall Road and City Road. Although the main view from the room was of the main road and buildings, if you looked to the left you could clearly see the huge arch of the Millenium Bridge, which is lit up and changes colour at night, as well as the spectacular Sage building behind it. As darkness fell, the changing colours of the Millenium Bridge made the view a very pretty one.
The room itself was spacious, clean and warm. You could adjust the heating to the tempertaure you require via a box on the wall.
Premier Inn rooms are pretty much the same in all their hotels and the colour purple features a lot, which I quite like. The double bed was very comfortable and quite high from the floor. Made up with crisp white bed linen and a purple runner, there were four pillows which were a mixture of firm and soft and just right for us.
Also in the room was a large sofa bed, clothes hanging space, work space, a flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom was also very clean, consisting of a bath with overhead shower, sink and toilet. A fluffy white bath towel and hand towel was provided for each of us. The shower wasn't as powerful as some but it was adequate and there was plenty of hot water.
The only negative I found with the room was early the next morning, the noise of the traffic outside woke me up. Now this is fine if you have to be up very early, but we didn't and it was quite noisy, especially with the junction right outside. Therefore maybe the window glazing could be better, especially at the part of the building where our room was as this was nearest the road. Some of the rooms round the other side were much further away from the road so maybe the noise isn't as audible there.
I stayed at a hotel overlooking a very busy junction in London and once the windows were shut you could not hear the traffic noise, sadly the same cannot be said here.
Apart from that, everything else was fine.
~~ Overall ~~
Although we did not have breakfast or a meal in the hotel, there was plenty of choice going by what was on the menu. We did have a drink in the bar area before going to the concert and the surroundings were very nice with comfortable leather sofas, chairs and low-lighting. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room, but there is a buffet-style full english or continental breakfast available at around £7 I think was what the receptionist told me. Also two children under 15 can eat free with a paying adult too.
I can recommend this hotel if you are staying overnight in Newcastle for any reason, although do bear in mind it is situated on a busy road. It may be worth requesting a room set further back from the road if you are wanting a lie-in.
At £29 I would say it was worth every penny and quite a bargain considering the room rate on the actual night we stayed was £80! The price does seem to fluctuate according to the date and there were concerts that night plus Newcastle United were playing at home, which may explain why it was £80.
Overall I can recommend staying here especially if you can secure a bargain rate like I did.
Premier Inn, Newcastle City Centre (Millenium Bridge)
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2AN
Telephone: 0871 527 8800 or visit www.premierinn.com