Whether you’re after luxury, boutique, basic or budget rooms, in the heart of the city, overlooking the Tyne, close to the galleries, bars and restaurants, or out in quieter but cool Jesmond and Gosforth, you’ll find something to suit you in our selection of the best hotels in Newcastle.
Newcastle's best hotels
Find peace and quiet at this lovely converted arts and crafts hotel in Jesmond, just ten minutes from the city centre. The Grade II-listed building features original inglenook fireplaces and wood panelling, as well as modern art, and offers fine dining and two lounges for relaxing. Good-sized rooms are individually decorated in muted tones, with splashes of colour.
An independent hotel, the four-star Vermont is housed in a beautiful 1930s building (once the County Hall), and its luxuriously-furnished public areas include a destination cocktail bar and the quality Bridge Brasserie. Big, comfortable rooms are a tad uninspiring, but many have river views. A small fitness area and spa, plus free parking, are a bonus.
Unrelated to the hotel, the classy serviced apartments here – 11 of them – are spacious, individually decorated and well-equipped (kitchens include a dishwasher), and the two-bed penthouse has wonderful city views. There’s a 24-hour concierge, room service, and a clubby Churchill bar, where you’ll find fine whiskies and a selection of cigars, of course.
This impressively converted shipping warehouse with luxury accommodation and views of the Millennium Bridge is handy for nearby Quayside bars and restaurants. Beyond the industrial-looking exterior, decor within is typically Malmaison – muted lighting, sexy velvets and vast chandeliers. Add the Chez Mal brasserie overlooking the river, plus a cocktail bar and underground spa, and you’re all set.
The Townhouse resides in quiet Gosforth, an area with its own shops and restaurants, just ten minutes' drive from the city centre. An attractive boutique hotel in a converted Victorian terrace, it's packed full of original features, such as stained glass windows and cornicing, which have been updated with a contemporary palette of blues and browns. Comfortable rooms are zhuzhed up with feature wallpapers, and a dining area and bar, with a cosy wood-burning stove, serves tasty fare.
There’s something of the gentlemen’s club – think dark woods and Chesterfield sofas – at this popular chain hotel, located in a converted shipping building near the creative quarter of Ouseburn. It benefits from industrial-sized windows, smart rooms with roll-top baths, and the chain’s predilection for good food (there’s an on-site French bistro) and drink, with regular tastings on offer. A clutch of decent hostelries nearby will further appeal to the bon viveur.
This converted Georgian building has been sensitively converted into a four-star boutique hotel. It retains the handsome exterior while updating the interior with modish grey walls and plenty of dark wood – a palette that continues in the elegant rooms. A basement beauty retreat, the Living Room restaurant and stylish lounge bar, might almost keep you from nearby Quayside’s bars and restaurants.
Just a mile from the centre, with the benefit of free wifi and parking, the super-stylish Cairn sports contemporary geometric-shaped furniture and classic herringbone-wood floors. Rooms, some with giant bay windows, feature brightly coloured hexagonal carpeting and classy tiled bathrooms. Chill in the extravagant 97 bar with blue button-backed banquette seating and chow on Oriental cuisine at sophisticated Sohe.
Opposite Newcastle Central train station, the Hampton makes a reliable and convenient accommodation option. Rooms are spacious, if a little bland, but come with a work area, free wifi, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. There are a number of accessible rooms with walk-in showers, and there’s also a fitness room. Parking costs £8 a night.
As the name might suggests, this is as close to the Baltic Centre as you can get: a mere 100 yards away, in fact. And it’s only 200 yards to the Quayside. Spacious modern apartments sleeping up to four people have river views, living areas and well-equipped kitchens, plus there’s free parking, wifi and even tea, coffee and milk provided. Oh, and the prices are reasonable too.