The Copthorne Hotel is one of the closest Quayside hotels to Newcastle’s Central Station, making it ideal for those travelling by train to the city. At the West End of the Quayside, the Copthorne finds itself away from the most famous bridges that the region is known for, but is in close proximity to the Swing Bridge, an often-overlooked member of the select few that span the Tyne. The city centre is a ten minute walk up a steep hill, while The Sage Gateshead and the Baltic art gallery are just down the river.
Once one of Newcastle’s most luxurious hotels, the Copthorne has been superseded somewhat by some of the newer hotels, but still retains a large part of its grandeur. The beds are comfortable, and those on the riverside have a good view of a modern art installation directly opposite the hotel on the Gateshead side of the river, one of the first actions of the redevelopment of the Quayside area.
As a predominately business hotel, the Copthorne boasts conference facilities and some small reception rooms for weddings and parties.
Eating and drinking
A resplendent breakfast buffet is available, and a variety of evening meals are also served as would be expected at large hotels. However, as with most Quayside hotels, the sheer quality and diversity of cuisines available at nearby restaurants means that the Copthorne can’t really complete. Next to the hotel is Sea, the Quayside’s biggest nightclub.
The Copthorne staff excel themselves in customer service and are always willing to deal with any problems or queries; they provide a thorough and comforting complaints procedure if you’re not quite satisfied with your stay.
Who stays there
Businesspeople looking for a hotel near the train station.
The Copthorne regularly run offers because they’ve been replaced by newer, more popular hotels. Currently, if you book a three night stay they’ll knock 20% off your bill.
Pros & Cons
- The location near to the railway station makes it an easy choice for those travelling by train
- Customer service is second-to-none
- The proximity of the railway line – and Sea nightclub – can make some rooms noisy
- The age of the hotel means some rooms and areas can feel faded and in need of a refit