I usually stay in the Best Western Ryokan when in Newcastle and will head back there next time I'm in the area if the Premier Inn Newcastle South is my other option. First off trying to get parked in the hotel carpark is a pain as it shares the carpark with the onsite pub and on the day I arrived there'd been snow with no attempt to grit or clear it so it made for very slippery going.
I got checked in well and headed to room 15 on the ground floor which was ok although so much bleach had been used cleaning the bathroom it was irritating my eyes. The television was one of the older style mounted on a pole affairs and prone to interference at random moments.
The onsite pub / 'restaurant' was one of the worst of it's type I've ever eaten in. When travelling alone on business trying to bag a table number before going to queue at the bar to order and pay is nothing short of a pain in the proverbial. The food quality was at best poor with terrible presentation and very little in the way of flavour although at least I was sure the lettuce on my plate was dead (the brown colour gave it away). The service wasn't much better with plates unceremoniously dumped on the table by a waitress that looked overworked and underpaid running between tables with the budget offerings. One good side of the pub were the prices and probably why so many locals were eating there, it's dirt cheap. For a reason.
Back to the hotel and both nights I slept well, breakfast was a pain in the backside as I was told to sit down both mornings by an elderly looking waitress even though I'd told her I was having continental breakfast and one morning (when I dared to go and make myself a slice of toast) she decided to take away my partially drunk coffee because it was 'half empty'!!
To sum up if I'd have paid £29 per night I wouldn't have minded but at over double that room rate and no free wifi (not to mention the pub again) there's not a chance I'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated for both business and leisure guests. For business this hotel is located on the Team Valley Trading Estate next to the A1(M). For shops and local amenities Newcastle city centre is only 3 miles away. Our Newcastle South Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Newcastle South Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne