We booked this hotel to stay in during the Great North Run 2013, we hadn't booked until after our places were confirmed which left West Park as one of the only hotels with vacancies.
We booked the 'hotel' without reading any reviews which we wish we had done before we booked.
On arrival it was very easy to get to the accommodation, please be aware that the hotel does not have car parking on site and it is not secure, the area of Newcastle it is in does not seem safe although it is only a 15 minute walk to the city centre (20mins to the GNR start line) and a bus stop is just outside.
Parking is in a council car park across the road which stipulates that you cannot stay any longer than 2hours or you will be fined. According to the staff member in the hotel they never check and as he said "no vehicles had been broken in to for over 2 years"...very reassuring...anyway, we parked there all weekend and didn't get a ticket, however, feel it is luck of the draw.
The 'hotel' is more a hostel than anything, the toilets and showers are communal and not the cleanest. In the bed rooms the sheets are dirty with cigarette burns on the sheets and crusty patches on the duvets! There are tv's although they have no signal...
If you are prepared to make compromises and are looking for the cheapest possible place then this is it, although a YHA would be cleaner, safer and friendlier. I think we were lucky that the place was pretty much empty all weekend although I dread to think that it would be like when stag and hen do's go on.
Something isn't right when a hotel advertises that they are for stag and hen do's...the attitude is anything gos here. You can smoke in the rooms (if you wanted to) and pretty much do whatever...no one cares. It is also freezing cold, no heating!
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