Newest Review: ... I find the beds in this hotel really comfortable, not to hard and not to soft, I also find that compared with many hotels the walls at t... more
1990's decor - up for a bit of retro?
Copthorne Hotel (Newcastle)
Member Name: Torialou
Copthorne Hotel (Newcastle)
Advantages: Really good night sleep!
Disadvantages: Location is a little far to walk to town centre.
Copthorne Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne
HOTEL OVERIEW .....
I think most of us will know the Copthorne brand of hotels, they are part of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts chin. There are actually less Copthorne and Millennium Hotels in the United Kingdom than I thought, looking at their website there are currently 19 hotels in this chain.
The Copthorne Hotel Newcastle is a 4 Star hotel, situated in on the outskirts of the Quayside. When I first used this hotel many years ago this area was very run down, however it is now a very vibrant area of Newcastle with other 4 star and boutique hotels located nearby, plenty of restaurants to eat and several nice places to get a drink.
The hotel really is not much to look at from outside if I am honest but once inside the lobby is gorgeous. It has a real art deco look to it, with beautiful flooring and has a nice seating area overlooking the waterfront.
THE ROOMS .....
This hotel has 156 guest rooms which are split into standard rooms, club rooms and executive suites. Some of the rooms have a really nice view of the river but I am not sure how they are allocated.
I have stopped at this hotel a few times over the years but always in the executive suites so I can not comment on the other rooms but sadly the executive rooms have not been decorated in over 12 years and are now showing wear and tear. They are however kept clean and are very comfortable.
I find the beds in this hotel really comfortable, not to hard and not to soft, I also find that compared with many hotels the walls at this hotel are very well soundproofed and have heard very little when stopping there.
It's really a shame to see the once posh executive suites looking so run down, when I stopped there last April the handle fell off the window as I tried to open it, which was quite comical. The staff are really lovely and did come up with a screwdriver and fix it back on for me.
The rooms all have a TV although they now look like something out of the dark ages, they do have some satellite channels. I did notice when I booked in 2012 that the manager was posting on Trip Advisor that the rooms were being updated and that TV's would be changed by April. However that was last year and when I had a quick look tonight he is still writing something to this effect so there may well be some of the rooms already updated and it is currently hit and miss if you get the detaching window handles and ancient television sets hehe.
All rooms have
* En suite bathroom
* free toiletries
* tea and coffee making facilities
* ironing boards
Club rooms also have
* upgraded toiletries
* complimentary newspaper
* complimentary breakfast
Executive rooms also have
* complimentary soft drinks and mineral water
Both Club and Executive rooms receive a voucher upon check in which entitles them to two complimentary drinks (house wines, beers or soft drinks) and bar snacks throughout the stay.
When I stopped with this hotel 12 years ago there was a lovely private lounge on the top floor for executive customers to use, it had a flat screen TV, computer with free wifi and free tea and coffee in it. It was a lovely idea, I used it many times to sit with friends for a quiet drink on a night, they also served a complimentary buffet style breakfast in there on a morning that you could pop down and pick up whatever you wanted and take back to your bedroom as all of the executive rooms have their own seating area. Sadly however sometime in the last few years someone has decided to change this into a meeting room and as far as I have seen it is rarely used. I think it is one of the reasons I have stopped using this hotel as much, I liked having the option to have my breakfast without having to get dressed and treck to the dining room or have to pay a fortune to have it delivered to the room. It was a really good idea!
The hotel has a lovely bar overlooking the waterfront and a separate dining area. I did not use the bar on my last trip but I have on previous occasions and found it a little expensive but nice. The food has always been of good quality. I have only had breakfast on one occasion (I am so not a morning person which is why I really liked the previously mentioned breakfast room before they closed it), it was a buffet style breakfast with waiter service for tea and coffee. I do not remember having any problems.
The hotel has 24 hour room service and I have used this many times, the food is a basic bar menu style but is very nice, a little expensive but then room service usually is.
There is also a fitness club and swimming pool which I have oddly never used.
There is parking at the hotel, however if I remember rightly this was not free.
The hotel is around 10 minutes walk to the main rail station, where the nearest metro station is also located. The main shopping centre is about 20 minutes walk.
Taxis are relatively cheap and a taxi from the hotel to the city centre is around £5.
This hotel really does vary in costs, last year I paid £55 for the first night of my stay and £140 for the second night, both in the very same room.
I do like this hotel, it is very comfortable the rooms are a very good size however I do not feel that the cost is value for money until they have done a full refurbishment. I would however have no problem suggesting this hotel as somewhere to stop. I have always had a good night sleep.
I would give this hotel 4 stars out of 5 simply because of the urgent requirement of refurbishment.
Summary: Nice hotel, just needs updating.
- Holiday Inn Express Oxford Kassam Stadium (Oxford)
- Hilton Newport Hotel (Newport)
- Ibis London Wembley Hotel (London)
- Ibis Birmingham Airport Hotel (Birmingham)
- Premier Inn Wolverhampton City Centre (Wolverhampton)
- Hotel Park Inn (York)
- Express by Holiday Inn (Leeds East)
- Premier Inn (Wakefield South)
- Hotel Edinburgh House (Edinburgh)
- Hotel Future Inn (Bristol)