I stayed at the Jurys Inn, Gateshead, as was attending an event at the Sage nearby. I have to say, on booking, I wasn't sure of how convenient the location might be for me - while I sorted out that it was very close to The Sage, I didn't know how easy it might be to access the city of Newcastle and local facilities, (I didn't fancy being stuck in the middle of nowhere, even if it was just for the one night!) However,I needn't have worried at all, since the Jurys Inn in Gateshead manages to combine a slight 'distance' while still being very accessible to the city and all it has to offer.
I took a taxi from the National Express bus station on St. James' Boulevard in Newcastle to the hotel, since I wasn't familiar with the location and was a little tight for time, (around £6-£7). Upon arrival, I was warly greeted by the reception staff, who quickly organised my check-in and were kind enough to allocate me a room with a view - which was much appreciated. As a result, I overlooked The Sage, the Tyne Brige, The Baltic arts centre and the Millennium Bridge - made a very pleasant change from a view of an office buliding or similar!
This is a 'new' Jurys Inn, so the approach to décor is quite different from others I was used to - everything is a little more modern and 'designer' than the somewhat functional elements in other hotels. My room was designed to accommodate three people, in a twin- and single-bed configuration, but was still quite spacious and roomy. There was a large long workdesk, which feaured a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and sufficient plug sockets for a gadgetphile like me, (so everything could be plugged in/charged at the same time!) In order to accommodate my laptop, I did have to re-organise the desk a little, since the flatscreen seemed to be a little 'in the way', but this wasn't a major problem and was all part of 'settling in'. The beds were generously-sized, and featured a little card which directed me to the the extra pillows in the 'wardrobe' - effectively, a clothes rail! - if I felt that those provided on the bed were a little firm. I didn't ned to bother with this, since I personally prefer firmer pillows - but a nice touch nonetheless.
The bathroom within the room was quite functional and small, but served its purpose very well. It featured a quite small sink, bath with powerful shower unit, and toilet. Bathroom ameneties were provided via large dispensers attached to the wall - hand soap adjacent to the sink, and body wash and shampoo/conditioner in the bath. I know this isn't to the taste of some, but I found this perfectly acceptable - and the brand, 'Gilchrist and Soames', is the same as I have been provided with in some 5* establishments elsewhere. Water was always hot and plentiful.
Breakfast the following morning was a pleasant experience, as the reataurant is located alongside the Tyne and if you are lucky, you might be able to secure a 'river view' table! I was very warmly greeted by the staff, who took time to explain the procedure and layout for the breakfast room, which was appreciated - good to see that staff didn't just loiter and occasionally clear tables, but were actively keen on interacting with their guests. There is basically a 'hot bar' and a 'continental bar' - so a good spread of hot and cold breakfast options, all presented in buffet-style. The scrambled eggs were a little on the 'cakey' side for me - even if I do like my eggs well done! - but that would be my only small complaint. It was nice to witness staff helping out guests who couldn't work out the coffee machine etc. Altogether, a great experience.
I did manage to cross the Tyne across to Newcastle very easily, via the Millennium Bridge, to be able to explore Newcastle. Personally, the location of this Jurys is far more 'me' - not mega-central, but very easy to access - so I managed a good, quiet nights' sleep, without being too far out. Should you be visiting Newcastle for a big night out, it might not suit as well - but if you're visiting for cultural reasons, and don't mind a little wander back at the end of the day/an evening, then it should do the job very well. I was staying on a special 'Easter rate', which reduced a single night B&B stay to £59 for one person; should the rate be much higher, it might be worth exploring other options, since there are quite a few hotels in the vicinity and many will offer good deals should occupany be low.
At the end of my stay, I requested a taxi to take me back to the bus station, and this arrived very quickly, so everything was really very painless.
Thank you to the lovely staff at the Jurys Inn, Gateshead - and I am looking forward to a return visit!
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