The 10 Best Hotels in Newcastle

Enjoy a stroll along Newcastle's quayside and across Millennium Bridge
Enjoy a stroll along Newcastle's quayside and across Millennium Bridge | © graeme hall snaps / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 November 2020

This lively city in the northeast of England is famous for its football team, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North, but there’s far more to Newcastle than its distinct cityscape. Enjoy everything the city has to offer with our selection of the 10 best hotels in the Toon.

Jesmond Dene House

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Jesmond Dene House
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If you’re looking for a quiet escape, this mansion house outside of the city is a luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle. Nestled in a scenic wood, the former home of Sir Andrew Noble has serious Downton Abbey vibes. Inside you’ll find a slightly more modern setting, with big, squishy sofas throughout – although retaining original features such as fireplaces and wood panelling. The restaurant is well worth a visit, and afternoon tea on the terrace is a real treat. The town centre is a 10-minute drive away, so you can easily enjoy the city life, too.

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Cairn Hotel Newcastle

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The Cairn Hotel Newcastle offers guests a stylish interior, unique rooms and an affordable nightly price. Although this hotel is slightly out of Newcastle city centre, the suburb of Jesmond is full of great bars, pubs and local businesses to enjoy. However, you don’t really need to leave the Cairn to enjoy a great night – the hotel’s Thai restaurant serves up a delicious green curry. Afterwards, retire to your room for a cosy night’s sleep in the comfy beds.

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The Cumberland Arms

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The Cumberland Arms
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In one of Newcastle’s trendiest locations, the Ouseburn Valley, is the Cumberland Arms. The classic red-brick Victorian-style building will appeal to tourists who want to feel immersed in local culture and the pub itself is just as charming. Expect open fires, classic floorboards, and a cracking selection of local ales. The four rooms are surprisingly modern in comparison, with super king-size beds, power showers, colourful decor and large windows with views of the river.

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The Vermont Hotel

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The Vermont Hotel
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With the grandeur of a historic building and a prime location by the Tyne Bridge, the Vermont is an ideal option for travellers. The grand former County Hall for Northumberland sits alongside the medieval Castle Keep and is a five-minute walk from the city’s bars and restaurants. Thanks to Newcastle’s relative affordability, you’ll still have change to spend on the hotel’s ever-popular afternoon tea after a luxurious stay.

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Grey Street Hotel

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This boutique design hotel is one for stylish types: the former bank has been turned into a cool, unique retreat ideally located on the city centre’s Grey Street. Rooms are decorated in a monochrome palette – with pops of colour courtesy of the furnishings – and feature black-and-white photographs of local architecture. There’s also a beauty retreat room in the basement, and guests are allowed to bring their dogs for an additional fee.

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Sleeperz Hotel

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The glass-fronted exterior of this hotel gives you an idea of what it offers – modern affordability. The reception is a mismatch of colour, from the red-lit reception desk to the striped chairs and eye-catching wallpaper. Rooms are slightly more muted, although still more distinctive than many budget hotel chains. Opt for a city view to make your stay extra special.

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  • Hotel Indigo

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    This city centre hotel is a favourite among travellers thanks to its location, affordability, and two restaurants. Monday to Friday it tends to attract a business crowd, but retains a relaxed atmosphere nonetheless. Decor is sleek and modern with a few quirky touches, including oversized pictures of local architecture on the walls. The Marco Pierre White steakhouse is a firm favourite, with a varied and affordable wine list you shouldn’t miss.

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    Copthorne Hotel

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    The Copthorne’s riverside view is its main selling point and a short walk takes guests to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead concert hall, and the city’s main stretch of restaurants. The upside of the more remote location is that you’re guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep, particularly as the 156 spacious rooms have extremely comfortable beds with great views to boot.

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    Close House

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    Close House is located in the picturesque village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, around 10mi (16km) outside Newcastle city centre. Many guests take advantage of the golf course, but there’s plenty to be said for a relaxing weekend break here, Rooms feature a luxurious bathtub and a sumptuous bed. The weekly steak night in the much-loved No. 19 restaurant is a highlight, and offers two mains and a bottle of wine for an excellent price.

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    Maldron Hotel Newcastle

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    This brand new hotel is located a stone’s throw from the city’s main shopping centre. Guests can choose from deluxe or executive rooms – although each one is comfortable and modern, with a cool grey and yellow colour scheme. Breakfast is a highlight, particularly as the hotel focuses on health, so expect plenty of fresh fruit and grilled sausages and bacon.

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