This hotel does everything you would expect from a Holiday Inn Express - decent service, clean rooms, comfy bed and a decent buffet breakfast. It's also 10 mins walk from the city centre and has cheap parking (free overnight!) right next door. So far, so good....!
Really, there's nothing to complain about at all, until 3am that is, when the drunken revellers (think multiple stag & hen parties) come stumbling, shouting, crying, singing and banging along the corridoors completely unchallenged by the hotel staff. On this stay we heard moderate noise from 3am to 5.30am - it wasn't unbearably loud, but even my fiance who sleeps very heavily was woken by it when some drunken chap has lost his key and pounded on an adjacent door for a good 10 minutes trying to rouse a friend sleeping inside. Once the door opened cue hysterical crying from a woman who had it seemed, come home with the sleeping friend and who was then unceremoniously sent on her way at 4.30am so that drunken man could reclaim his bed. This among general rowdiness over the couple of hours didn't lead to a fantastic nights sleep. That said, this wasn't too bad in contrast to last time I stayed here when I had the misfortune to book on a weekend when Newcastle's much loved football team were playing at home and the hotel was complete bedlam from 11pm to 7am with the police called and arriving with sirens blaring 3 times.
Overall, know what you're getting yourself into and if you can, ask for a room at the far end of the corridoor, the further away you can be from the lifts the fewer people will be tramping past your door in the early hours and also on the back of the building so that you won't overlook the crowd of smokers outside the entrance. Also, avoid this place like the plague on match days. If however you will be so drunk that you'll sleep through anything, and/or actually are on a stag or hen do, this is the place for you.
NB: It's probably lovely and quiet through the week!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the heart of vibrant Newcastle at the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City Centre hotel. Located near Newcastle Central Station, our modern hotel is a short stroll from the city centre's cosmopolitan shops, bars and restaurants. Start your day with a choice of hot and cold items at our complimentary breakfast buffet, and ask Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City Centre's friendly front desk staff for tips on sightseeing and getting around the city. Help yourself to tea and coffee during your business event in Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City Centres 2 air-conditioned meeting rooms. Getting to meetings around Newcastle is a breeze thanks to our proximity to the A1 and train and metro services from the station 300 metres away. Our convenient city-centre location, a short walk from historic St Nicholas Cathedral, makes us a good base for sightseeing. Stroll across the sweeping Gateshead Millennium Bridge for a night out in the Arts Quarter's hip bars and restaurants and head to the huge MetroCentre 3 miles away for hundreds more shopping and entertainment options. After a day's sightseeing, unwind over drinks in Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City Centre's contemporary bar, open 24 hours, or catch up on email with our complimentary Wi-Fi. Our helpful staff will be happy to order takeaway food for you to enjoy in the comfort of your modern guest room. Wi-Fi is free for guests who book directly with the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City Centre Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Holiday Inn Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle Upon Tyne Holiday Inn