Newcastle's best cheap hotels
Half a mile from Newcastle Central station, this apart-hotel in a grand Georgian building has 14 smart spacious apartments with fully fitted kitchens, and a separate eating/living area. Maxima suites are ideal for families, having two bedrooms, one with bunk beds. Essentialzzz in reception holds, er, essentials, and day passes for nearby Pure Gym cost £4.99. Prices from £79 includes a grab and go breakfast.
Part of the Accor chain, this three-star hotel close to the airport has rooms from just £80. Predictably reliable, rooms are comfortable, if unexciting, but facilities include an indoor pool. It’s 12 minutes into town, but the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, plus a shuttle to the airport. There’s also hotel parking available.
Hotel Indigo is a funky four-star in a converted neo-classical building with a contemporary extension. Inspired by local architecture, there are glass and iron columns in the lobby, and signature walls depicting stone arches or neo-classical columns in the bedrooms. Rooms start at around £77, but upgrade to The Room for a terrace and city views. The Grainger Lounge serves craft beers and there's a Marco Pierre White steakhouse.
So the exterior is a bit bland at this chain three-star, and the rooms could do with a bit of love, but with prices from £47, who’s looking that closely? You’re a short walk from Newcastle Central station and savings can be splurged in the nearby town centre. There’s also an onsite restaurant and coffee lounge, and the wifi is free.
A centrally-located converted Victorian building with a contemporary bit added on offers rooms from around £70. MO’s MO is pared-back but well designed accommodation, with a clever use of space (ie not too much furniture and a weeny shower) and a smattering of modern stylings. Breakfast is extra (£9.50) but wifi is free and there’s a handsome lounge bar with courtyard area for pre-prandial aperos.
We’re talking no-frills (as in, breakfast and wifi are optional extras) but at £31, Tune’s a no-brainer for those who are happy with small, spartan rooms (with AC) that are just fine for collapsing into – after all, this Tune’s bang in the centre of town, so who’s sleeping? There’s a 24-hour front desk and an on-site snack bar too.
Smart boutique-style rooms at this independent riverside hotel come with free wifi and free parking, and it’s a short walk to the train station and the Baltic Centre. It’s only an eight-minute walk to the town centre but, as the hotel also has its own restaurant and even nightclub, you may not need to bother. Prices start from £49.
Just two miles from the city centre, Corner House in Heaton has plenty to recommend it, not least the fact that the simple, spacious rooms are above a pub. There's also a restaurant, beer garden, free parking, breakfast and wifi, and the hotel offers discounts to nearby golf, tennis and squash clubs. Accommodation starts from £62.
In nearby Jesmond, a five-minute drive from the town centre, and ten from the airport, Dene offers simple rooms, with bath or shower, in a quiet street. An ample breakfast is included in the price, from £45, and the on-site Caspian restaurant serves Turkish food. The pubs and bars of Osborne Street are close by and parking, though limited, is free.
Functional rooms start at around £30 at this budget chain opposite Eldon Square shopping centre and close to St James’ Park. A sensitive conversion of a former Co-Op store has retained the classic art deco brickwork exterior, clock tower and impressive staircase inside, and old black and white photos allude to the area’s industrial past. Check-in is self-service, as is breakfast (an additional £8.99), and there’s free wifi and a restaurant.