Thanks to it having in excess of 300 shops and 60 restaurants – plus a multitude of entertainment options – the Metrocentre could be the UK‘s most popular shopping mall. If a day trip is on your agenda, consider these excellently located hotels and B&Bs right around the corner.
Built on the site of a former power station, Gateshead‘s Metrocentre was the largest shopping complex in Europe when it opened in 1986. These days, the mall attracts more than 20 million shopaholics a year. It’s also a hit with families thanks to an array of dining and entertainment options, including adventure golf, climbing walls and a 17-screen Odeon cinema. If it’s on your list for a visit, check out these top hotels and B&Bs near the Metrocentre – bookable on Culture Trip.
Located just off the A1, this glass-panelled hotel is only a six-minute walk from the Metrocentre’s red mall. After a day of intensive retail therapy, you’ll be able to alleviate your weary limbs at the hotel’s Comfort Zone spa; treatments include Indian head massages, hydra-memory facials and aromatherapy back massages. For a relaxing twilight dip, the swimming pool and whirlpool are open until 9:30pm. Kids’ swimming lessons can also be arranged.
The stained-glass ceiling of this hotel’s Sphinx Lounge Bar is almost as impressive as the view over the Tyne Valley. The spot also offers a bistro menu with some meaty picks, including rump steak and Monterey Jack ciabatta, alongside pepperoni and jalapeno homemade pizzas. A generous Sunday dinner – including beef brisket – can be enjoyed in the Strathmore Restaurant. In addition to a selection of spacious rooms, this Whickham Village stay also offers modern self-contained apartments for weekly rentals.
Once home to the Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company, this respectfully-refurbished Edwardian building comes with plenty of neat touches hinting at its history. Some bedrooms feature porthole windows, while the outdoor seating is surrounded by a ship rope perimeter. The hotel is also situated on the doorstep of one of Newcastle’s hidden gems: the 19th-century underground wagonway known as the Victoria Tunnels, which was used as an air-raid shelter during the Second World War. (Please note, tours must be booked in advance.)
The regal Georgian architecture of Grey Street makes it one of the most photographed spots in the northeast – and this Grade II-listed building is right at the heart of it. You’ll find the Metrocentre 15 minutes away in a cab or a little over 20 minutes by bus; Newcastle’s own shopping mall, Eldon Square, is a 10-minute walk north. The blooming Leila Lily’s bar and restaurant offers charcoal steaks cooked in the city’s only Spanish mibrasa charcoal oven.
With neighbours that include Newcastle’s Cathedral, Central Station and the 12th-century castle from which the city gets its name, this hotel is in prestigious company. Fortunately, with a ballroom that was once the council chamber – and an elegant 1930s theme – the Vermont is more than a match. Head to the rooftop bar, suitably named Above, to appreciate just how perfect a location this is for exploring the most famous sights around.
The impressively designed rooms in this hotel have been inspired by one of Newcastle’s most-loved institutions. Opened in 1835, the bustling Grainger Market was a favourite haunt for locals long before the Metrocentre; you can take a five-minute walk to see the real-life versions of the architecture depicted in the hotel’s wallpaper prints. Alternatively, head to the bar, the Grainger Lounge, and sign up for a fun-fuelled cocktail masterclass, with cocktails and canapes included in the price.
This quayside hotel shares a building with a pleasantly-located Gino D’Acampo restaurant. With an outdoor terrace overlooking the Tyne and its collection of bridges, it’s a great place to enjoy seasonal Italian fare. Try the crab and prosecco linguine, and the grilled swordfish. If you’re looking to work off your indulgence, the hotel offers 24-hour access to its gym, which hosts a range of smart tech options, like on-demand virtual training.
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