It quite simply does not get any better located than this. Premier Inn have managed to take over an old building from the days when Newcastle’s Quayside was a berthing point for supply ships which is centrally located – in fact, the Tyne Bridge almost passes overhead, and if you’re lucky (or forthright enough to ask) you can get a room with a view of the famous green arch as it curves down to its supporting structures. You’re five minutes walk away from the main shopping street in Newcastle, three theatres, the Baltic art gallery and The Sage Gateshead.
Because of the character of the building, the bedrooms are not of the usual identikit type you’d find in Premier Inns across the country. All are basic, with a well-supplied bathroom, a television and a rather modern-looking set of boxy shelves, as well as a table, chair, wardrobe and an incredibly comfortable and soft bed. You’ll also find that the curse of modern – and tiny – windows disappears here, because of the building’s age. With character comes noise: pigeons like to congregate on the plinths holding up the bridge, so if you’re a light sleeper bring ear plugs.
There is a rather dingy and small reception area with two single chairs, and a roadside dining room complete with the original decals on the windows where the breakfast buffet is served.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast room is great for watching commuting businessmen and women as they go to work in the mornings, but you’re on the Quayside, one of the most famous and popular sections of town. The hotel simply can’t compete with the plethora of options available just a stone’s throw away from their front door.
It is a Premier Inn. Service can be sparse, but room service is available and from experience, there’s always someone at reception to help you out with a malfunctioning key card when you come in from a night on the town.
Who stays there
Businesspeople and families alike, looking for a centrally-located hotel at a cheap cost.
Book early to take advantage of the headlined £29 offer. If you leave it to the last minute, those prices can nearly double. Breakfast is available for an extra cost - but it's less than £10 more.
Pros & Cons
- The location – and views of the iron Tyne Bridge – are stunning
- For what it is, it’s incredibly cheap
- The pigeons can keep you awake
- The lack of prestige of staying at the Premier Inn