Accommodation for Visitors in Newcastle-upon-tyne

by Susan Ashby - Date: 2007-03-27 - Word Count: 847 Share This!

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has the full range of accommodation for visitors, from cheap and cheerful bed and breakfast/guest houses, through to the very best in 5 star comfort and pampering. Self-catering accommodation in the form of flats and houses is also available, with caravans being on offer outside the city itself. Regarding any accommodation in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the nearer you get to the River Tyne the higher the price will be. For an overview of accommodation in Newcastle-upon-Tyne please click here.

Most of the cheaper guest house style accommodation is to be found in the north of the city around the suburb of Jesmond - look for places on and off the Osbourne Road. Buses leave for this area from outside the Central railway station and the Haymarket. If you're looking for a really good bargain for your accommodation, it's probably best to look across the River Tyne to Gateshead. A 3 star hotel such as the ‘Bewick' on Prince Consort Road will give you a double room for £25 a night. Remember there are excellent links into Newcastle from Gateshead - 20 minutes by bus and 5 minutes on the Metro.

However, even out in the suburbs of Newcastle, a 2 star hotel like the Dene Hotel, about 11/2 miles outside the city centre on Grosvenor Road, will be £40 a night and a 3 star hotel such as The Jesmond, on Osbourne Road, can be £50 a night for bed and breakfast.

All the national chains of hotels are present in Newcastle. For example, Premier Lodge, located at the Quayside with a price from £65 a night, is excellent value. It has the coveted Quayside location at a price below what you'd expect from one of the national chain of hotels. A Premier Lodge is a Premier Lodge anywhere, so you know exactly what to expect in terms of the room and facilities. The Quayside Premier Lodge occupies what was once the Exchange Building. There are other Premier Lodges in Newcastle ranging from £53 a night for a typical double room. The Newcastle Novotel is some 4 miles out of the city centre with its room prices starting at £42 a night. Copthorne, Hilton, Swallow, Thistle and Holiday Inn are also to be found in the city.

If you're determined to stay inside the heart of the city itself, prices start from about £60 per night for a 4 star hotel. The Grey Street Hotel (I think you'll guess where that is) is typical for the area. The Grey Street, like many of the new breed of ‘city' hotels, is sited in an old Victorian bank and prides itself on its minimalism and style.

At the top end of the range are hotels such as ‘Malmaison'. For an old warehouse located on the Quayside it has style and luxury in abundance. Rooms currently range from £100 to £140 a night. The Royal Station Hotel, surprisingly close to the Central railway station on Neville Street, is another of Newcastle's ‘posher' hotels, cheaper than Malmaison, but then it isn't on the waterfront. At prices from £90 a night it offers all the grandiose statements you'd expect from a Victorian railway hotel in the centre of a city. Majestic staircase in the lobby and a chandelier worth £25,000!

Off the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road and only 25 minutes away from the city centre, is the privately owned Matfen Hall Hotel. This is a country house hotel and does not need to bother itself with ‘stars'. It was given the award of ‘Large hotel of the year 2006' by the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. A double room including breakfast starts at £160 a night and their set menu for dinner is around £30.

For both business and leisure visitors, a self-catering apartment might be what is required. In the city, two developments stand out. Premier Apartments on Thornton Street are located in the heart of the city. There are 30 double bedroom apartments priced at £65 a night which, considering the standard of accommodation and central location, is excellent value. City Aparthotel in Jackson House on Northumberland Street is very similar to the Premier Apartments, prices start at £60 a night for one of its 20 rooms. Please note, both of these apartment blocks have ‘nearby' parking which is Pay & Display!

For those who are members, there is a YHA in which you can book a dormitory bed costing £17.50 a night at the Jesmond hostel. Also, during the Easter and summer holidays, the University of Northumbria releases some of its student accommodation for visitors to Newcastle. Their typical charge is £25 per night. The university is located about 1 mile north east of the railway and coach stations heading out towards Jesmond.

On the coast and in rural Northumberland there are plenty of locations with permanently sited caravans for hire. The ones nearest to the city of Newcastle would be at South Shields and Whitely Bay, both of which are on the Metro line into the city centre.

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