This city in the north east of England is famous for its football team, Millennium Bridge and iconic Angel of the North statue, but there’s far more to Newcastle than a distinct cityscape. Enjoy everything the city and its locale has to offer with our selection of the 11 best hotels in ‘the Toon’.
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene House | Courtesy of Jesmond Dene House / Hotels.com
If a quiet escape is what you’re looking for, this mansion house outside of the city is a luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle. Nestled in a wood – which makes for beautifully scenic strolls – the home of Sir Andrew Noble has serious Downton Abbey vibes. Inside you’ll find a slightly more modern setting, with art and big, squishy sofas throughout; although original features such as fireplaces and wood panelling remain. The restaurant, with its three AA rosettes, is well worth a visit, and afternoon tea on the terrace is a treat when the weather is pleasant. The town centre is a 10-minute drive away, so you can easily enjoy the city life, too.
The affordable nightly price of this hotel certainly doesn’t reflect the stylish interior and unique rooms. Although it’s 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, since 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 – but don’t pack too much; rooms are relatively small in comparison to higher budget hotels.
Just outside of the city centre, in one of Newcastle’s trendiest locations, 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 as it no doubt always has been. 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.
With the grandeur of a historic building and a prime location alongside the Tyne Bridge, The Vermont is an ideal option for travellers wanting the best of both worlds. The grand old former County Hall for Northumberland sits alongside the medieval Castle Keep and is a five-minute walk from the city’s bars and restaurants. Such luxury would usually come with a sky-high price tag, but Newcastle’s relative affordability means you’ll have change to spend on the hotel’s ever-popular afternoon tea.
This boutique design hotel is one for the 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 odd cushion or chair – 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.
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 book wallpaper. Rooms are slightly more muted, although still less generic than many budget hotel chains. Opt for a city view if you want to make your stay extra special.
This boutique hotel is converted from a Victorian townhouse, and has just 10 rooms. Located slightly outside the city centre in the upmarket suburb of Gosforth, it makes for a tranquil stay. Rooms are extremely spacious, and the hotel has retained many of its original features, including stunning stained glass windows. The wood-burning stove in the bar is a perfect place to enjoy a nightcap, and the hotel’s restaurant is surprisingly enjoyable for such a small establishment.
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 manages to retain 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.
The Copthorne’s riverside view is its main selling point, but guests will need to walk 10-15 minutes to reach the city’s main stretch of restaurants, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage concert hall. The upside of this is you’re guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep, particularly as the hotel’s 156 spacious rooms have extremely comfortable beds with great views to boot.
Close House is located in the picturesque village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, around 10 miles outside Newcastle city centre. While many guests take advantage of the golf course, there’s plenty to be said for a relaxing weekend break here, particularly as rooms feature a luxurious bathtub and sumptuous bed. The weekly steak night in the much-loved Number 19 restaurant is a highlight, and offers two mains and a bottle of wine for an excellent price.
This brand new hotel is made for tourists. Located a stone’s throw from the city’s main shopping centre, guests can choose from deluxe to 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, rather than fried, eggs, sausages and bacon.