On arrival the glass enclosed fire, visible from outside, misrepresents the feeling of a plush hotel.
On entry, there is simply a reception desk with no other public spaces, excepting a large Sports Bar which is also used for breakfast (expensive but freshly cooked and very appetising, not withstanding the pub environment and eating off a sticky beer table at 7AM).
The central location is great, opposite the football stadium Free coffee at the reception desk was a nice touch and all staff where extremely friendly and impeccably well trained.
The corridors and rooms where clean, fresh and ultra modern. The rooms where apartment style with small fully equipped kitchen (small TV, microwave, tiny hot plate, full size fridge, breakfast bar, stools and cutlery, plates & pans). Coffee making facilities where provided.
The room had a second TV, small wardrobe, ironing facilities, safe and sofa. Gowns and slippers where provided in my upgraded room.
The bathroom was modern with walk in power shower and lots of fresh towels and toiletries.
The air conditioning was surprisingly a cheap and noisy through the wall unit, but other than that the room was to a high quality with lots of glazing and good lighting.
A great plus was 24 hour room service if you didn't fancy using the kitchen.
In summary, if you are looking for a nightly let fully equipped central apartment it's a winner, but if you want full hotel facilities stay away. I like the former and will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel sits in the city center of Newcastle, surrounded by key attractions in the city such as the iconic Newcastle United Football Club Stadium, China Town, city center shopping district, Newcastle University, etc. (All this within 5 minutes walking radius) In addition we are just few minutes walk away from the Theatre Royal, the Centre of Life, the city Quayside and a great selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy this vibrant city. ... more less
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