- Reviews: 3937
Baltic Apartments: On the south side of the river
Normally on our regular visits to Gateshead's neighbour, Newcastle, we stay in the city centre, as close to the action as we can get. But on a recent trip we had to book later than usual and our options were limited. So rather than stay on the outskirts we decided to cross the river and stay in Gateshead in the fairly new Baltic Quays development. This is a group of apartment blocks located just next to and behind the Baltic art gallery in a part of the town that has been undergoing rapid change in recent years.
The flat we booked through Holiday Lettings had two bedrooms, the main one with a river view that took in the Sage, part of the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle’s skyline. The open plan living area was a decent size with large south-facing windows which let in lots of light and warmth though they offered views only of the local college and the new Trinity Square shopping complex. It was very cosy and comfortable with free wifi, and the price was very competitive when compared with a similar flat in Newcastle - £600 for eight nights.
There were however some niggles in terms of what was provided – a dishwasher but no dishwashing tablets so we had to wash by hand for a couple of days till we could get to the shops; a flat designed to accommodate four people but with only one cereal/dessert bowl; no saucepan large enough to cook pasta etc. (we ended up buying one and “donating” it to the flat); no kitchen paper towels …
Having said that, our host Karin was very helpful when we had a somewhat bigger problem. A fuse went while we were cooking dinner one evening and she came over pretty promptly with the key to the cupboard where the fuse box was located – although had the cupboard not been locked we could have sorted the problem ourselves and not had to wait for 40 minutes to carry on cooking!
All in all though we really enjoyed our stay here. Our preference would probably always to be in Newcastle rather than Gateshead, to be closer to the things we enjoy (pubs, shopping, independent cinema), but if ever we look to stay in Gateshead again we will certainly consider this flat.
- Reviews: 1875
Marriott Hotel Metro Centre: A few days on Tyneside
It was very comfortable and friendly. comfortable facilities and very pleasant staff. there is a nearby bus route, but they seem to have a variety of timing issues (or at least they did when we were there!)
next to the Metro Centre
- Reviews: 438
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead: Hilton Comfort by the Tyne
I stayed at the Hilton on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne whilst I was attending a conference at the Sage. As you would expect from the Hilton chain the rooms are very clean, comfortable and of a good size. All the staff I dealt with were polite and helpful (particularly in the restaurant) and I never had cause for complaint. The restaurant serves good food but a fairly limited choice on the evening menu. The breakfast is wide ranging and of excellent quality.
Drinks at the bar are very expensive. There are so many other bars nearby that you'd probably be better off having drinks outsided the hotel.
The position of the hotel is it's greatest asset. It's within 15 minutes walk of Newcastle Central Station across the river, practically next door to the Sage and settled between the famous bridges across the Tyne. This means that the hotel's restaurant and bar "Windows on the Tyne" has some fantastic views across the most famous vista in the Tyneside area.
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