My partner and i have just returned from a weekend break (october 2010) at the royal hotel in newcastle. The hotel is central, rooms very warm and comfortable. Unfortunately on our visit to the hotels leisure complex we had money stolen from our lockers whilst in the swimming pool. Both the pool receptionist and hotel receptionist were unhelpful in dealing with our situation, we were given the managers email address to contact on return home, to which she responded basically, too late, noting she could do. I urge people not to book this hotel and face a similar situation.
I stayed in this hotel in Summer last year, even though I am roughly 30 minutes drive from the City I wanted a weekend to show a visiting friend the delights of Newcastle and the best option and cheapest was to stay in the city. I usually stay at Rooms Inn for cost reasons but wanted to show my friend a decent hotel and due to the location I choose this.
As the name infers, the hotel is located outside the Train Station. Don't let idea put you off, the noise is minimal to the point where I actually forgot how close we were to the tracks. And as you can tell from the picture the Train Station area of Newcastle is really nice visually and it's a nice site to wake up to on a morning.
The location and price combined cant be argued with. Its rates vary but I paid £69 a night over a weekend in the summer which is excellent value. My friend was able to get straight off the train and literally was in the hotel after a minutes walk. Also nearby is a Metro station, a regular train service running around the city, meaning its easy to get around the city from here as well as the Bus Station outside the Train Station from which you can visit the glorious Quayside area in a matter of minutes or go 15 minutes along the road to the Metro Centre, one of the biggest shopping areas in Europe. If you have never been to the area might be worth noting that rather oddly the Metro Service doesn't run to the Metro Centre. So all in all, if you are wanting to explore the city and beyond then it's a perfect hotel for Transport links. If coming from a flight also, the Metro Station built into the Airport will take you directly to the station near the hotel in less than half an hour. Easy Peasy!
In terms of facilities, the City Centre is about a 5 minute walk away to the main shopping outlets. Newcastle is a bigger city than you might realise in terms of shops and is always being expanded but the hotel is a nice walk away if you need to carry your shopping bags back to the hotel if you have indulged in some retail therapy. The quayside area is 10-15 minutes walk away but is worth visiting, use the bus link if you don't fancy the walk.
The main nightspots of the city are dotted around so you are close to a range of bars. To get to the Gate which is Newcastles main area for nightlife its around 5-10 minutes walk but you can easily find a place to eat or drink and the guide in the hotel is very good.
Enough about location...safe to say its excellent!
Check in was easy, the staff are very friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough to make sure we were settled and everything was okay. The one time we used room service it was prompt and excellent value.
The double room itself was quite small. The furnishings didn't help and it made it very awkward moving around getting ready for a night out. The bed was comfy and large and of course clean. Everything was generally at the high standard you would expect. The bathroom facilities included a shower, bath, toilet and sink which were spotless. There was a mini fridge for free use with complimentary water, chocolate and fizzy drinks.
One problem we had was with the lifts which seemed to behave so strangely and sometimes we waited 5 minutes for a lift to come. Might be a problem if you depends on them.
I cant commented on the food as we didn't eat there due to expensive prices and I knew the area so wanted to show my friend the city.
But all in all THE selling point for the hotel its location and ease to find!
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Royal Station Hotel (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Royal Station Hotel,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tel: (44) 0191 232 0781 Fax: (44) 0191 222 0786
This is the 3 star Royal Station Hotel which is conveniently located right beside Newcastle Upon Tyne's Central Train Station and Metro station. It is also right beside the Central Station bus stands where local services and also national bus services (Megabus, National Express etc )pick up and drop off passengers. There is also a large taxi rank right outside, making is very easy to get to, and also to get to other places from.
It has an impressive facade, looking like an old fashioned and glamorous hotel, once you enter, you are greeted by the sweeping staircases, large carpeted reception area and a massive twinkling chandelier which all work well together to create a posh looking yet comfortable ambience.
The rooms are spacious and clean with fresh ensuite bathrooms our complete with the normal soap, shampoo samples that you find in decent hotels. Even if your room faces out onto the front of the building, the noise isn't very audible. The staff are pleasant and helpful and there is lots of localised information in the foyer, advising where to go, what to see etc.
The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and as I was there with work, I ate there a few times and enjoyed dinner very much. Well cooked food, which was served in reasonable time and at reasonable prices.
The hotel also features conferencing and meeting facilities with 14 highly flexible conference and meeting rooms, ideal for any business or private event. When I was there, there was a conference going on and over dinner, some of the guests told me how great the facilities and staff had been.
The hotel has a leisure Club, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and fully equipped fitness area, all of which I took advantage of while I was there and all of which were good.
It is worth noting that you can save up to 40% by making your booking online.
An example of the prices quoted are as follows;
INTERNET RATES IN 2009/2010
Single £63 (Save up to 34%)
Twin £73 (Save up to 50%)
Double £73 (Save up to 50%)
Superior Double £78 (Save up to 53%)
Compared to the soulless feelings of Travel Lodge's and the like, I know where I would rather stay!
Definitely recommend this place, it ticked all the boxes for me and I would stay there again anytime.
Royal Station Hotel,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tel: (44) 0191 232 0781 Fax: (44) 0191 222 0786
The three star Royal Station Hotel is situated right beside Newcastle Upon Tyne's Central Train Station and Metro station. It also overlooks the Central Station bus stands where local services and also national bus services like Megabus and National Express pick up and alight. There is also a taxi rank right outside. It's central location means it's a brilliant place for tourists coming into the city- a great base from which to explore. It is literally ten minutes away from the most visited tourist attractions in the city. However, because of it's location in the heart of the city it can get quite busy outside of the hotel. The area is especially busy at the weekends where party-goers and drinkers use the metro trains and taxi cabs to get home. Despite this, traffic and other noises are not noticable from inside the hotel.
Indoors there is a carpeted staircase leading up to the grand reception area. A huge crystal chandelier adorns the main entrance and really makes an impression on me. The decor actually reminds me of very old, chic hotels or even creepy movie hotels like in 'The Shining' or '1408'! It is quite grand and beautiful. The furnishings have an antique feel to them but do not look worn out or dirty. Check in is a quick process although I recently was turned away half an hour before check in time which I found to be a little problematic. If you are a tourist they have a desk with dozens of information leaflets on events and places to visit in the area. They also have a free local newspaper stand in the foyer.
I have always been given a room on the fourth floor in this hotel with my room overlooking busy Neville Street. There are lifts and staircases. The lifts are quite small but large enough for wheelchair access. The rooms are also quite small but comfortable. They have an ensuite bathroom with toiletries like soap, bath foam, shower cap etc provided. I have found the bathrooms are reasonably clean and new looking. The bathrooms are mirrored and well lit.
The beds are small both lengthways and width. I have found that my feet almost reach the end of the bed. There are drawers and a wardrobe for keeping clothes. The rooms have a small flat screen TV which has multiple freeview channels. There is also a mini fridge. Complimentary gifts left in my fridge are: a Breakaway or Club biscuit, cream sachets and a carton of Just Juice. It's not exactly the Ritz! Glasses, mugs and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided. The rooms are fine temperature wise and I am able to get a good nights sleep here. Traffic noises are minimal as the windows are secure and the seats and beds in the rooms set back slightly from the window.
Breakfast is served in the restuarant just off from the foyer. It is a large seating area with a traditional appearance. The restaurant also opens for dinner at 18:30. Staff are helpful and polite. The quality of the food is quite good.
There is also access to a leisure club and indoor pool although I have not used these facilities.
I have stayed here twice and paid around £50 per room per night which I think is a reasonable price for this hotel and the comfort it provides. I would certainly return here and imagine I will in the future. It is a conveniently situated hotel that whilst does not provide a luxury hotel experience is suitable for my needs.
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****Royal Station Hotel-Newcastle****
Initially my friend and i booked into a Travelodge but we decided very quickly that we needed another hotel and this is the one we ended up staying in.
This hotel is located right next to the train station which is fantastic,nothing worse than a long journey followed by having to find a hotel.There is loads of places to eat nearby,plenty to see and do.The bus station is also quite nearby and would take about 10 minutes to walk too.
The hotel looks really nice from the outside-a grand looking building.Reception looks really nice with big chandlers hanging from the ceiling and there are two lifts.Staff were nice and i had the option of paying straight away or when i checked out.
The room i stayed in was a twin room and it had a complimentary mini-bar.Room had an en suite with a great shower and a phillips flat screen tv
Room service was good .There was a wide selection of food available with healthy eating options.
This costs £60 for a night and doesn't include breakfast.This is an average price for a 3 star hotel.
The only bad thing about this hotel was that it got noisy outside very early in the morning,so you might not like it if you are a light sleeper.
Conveniently located adjacent central station. Royal Station offers 144 rooms and a history. The hotel was opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1858, since then the hotel has undergone renovations, but has not lost the Victoria architecture that gives it it's charm and appeal.