I stayed at this Hotel du Vin on the Quayside in July 2009, staying for a night to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We'd already stayed at the Malmaison, HdV's sister hotel, in Edinburgh on the 'Sunday Supplement' deal (which I think HdV do too), where it's £10 to stay for a night when you spend £75 in the restaurant. We stayed at this HdV on a similar deal which represented slightly less value for money - staying Monday nights for £79, with no meal.
Nevertheless, the hotel was exquisitely presented and well furnished. The room we stayed in was particularly luxurious, with a massive stand-alone bath in the bedroom and a double shower in the bathroom. We had an interesting view out of the window of a stream, the metro line and a scrap metal works, which wasn't conventionally attractive but really encapsulated the edgy, up-and-coming atmosphere of the quayside.
Two downsides were the location, which was a little bit too far outside the centre of town to really enjoy Newcastle's nightlife. The only restaurants on the quayside seem to be mainly chains. We ended up drinking at Pitcher and Piano then eating at the sister Malmaison, but we could have done that at home really. Secondly (and only a slight niggly point about the hotel itself) was the naming of rooms with bizarre and complex names, rather than numbers. Very trendy I'm sure, but I couldn't ever remember where I was staying and was a bit frightened that I'd be struggling with the key and some irate guest would open his door!
Newcastle itself is great. I'd recommend buying hundreds of stottie cakes (flat doughy geordie bread) from Greggs to bring back on the train, and taking the Metro down to South Shields to experience 'the best fish and chip restaurant in the UK,' Colmans, which is at 182 Ocean Road. Whole journey only takes about 35 minutes from Monument and is very worthwhile.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Du Vin And Bistro Newcastle
- Du Vin Hotel