The Bar Apartments

St James Gate, Scotswood Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4BA, United Kingdom

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    Convenient for the station

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    We stayed in this block on a previous occasion and found the location convenient, but that apartment is no longer available for lettings so we decided to rent this different apartment instead. Actually, we decided to rent a smaller apartment than this one but the owner upgraded us to his larger property at no extra cost. We were glad of this as by all accounts the smaller one has rather a narrow living room area whereas this one was a good size.

    Unlike other apartments we've stayed in, this one has two bedrooms, although the smaller of the two, which we used only to store suitcases and dump coats, is not much bigger than the double bed it contains. But the main bedroom is a reasonable size and has a good built-in wardrobe as well as an en suite shower room. With a second bathroom across the hallway we were able to indulge ourselves with a bathroom each!

    The kitchen area at one end of the living room has a dining table seating four people, and the flat sleeps four too, so it's a shame that there is only comfortable seating for two (three at a pinch) on the sofa and no additional soft chairs (the sofa pictured on the website is not the one that was here when we stayed). But as there were only two of us that wasn't a problem. There's a big widescreen TV, but no DVD player, and free wifi.

    So all the basics are in place for a comfortable stay, and we were comfortable here. But a little more thought, and just a few pounds spent on it, would make this a very good apartment rather than just a good one. For instance, the only mirrors are in the bathrooms, where it is impossible to use the thoughtfully-provided hairdryer, so that was of very limited use. And there are no towel rails in the bathrooms, so I struggled to find somewhere to put my wet towel. There are no bedside lights so you have to turn the light out by the bedroom door and make your way across the room in the near-dark. The kitchen has no wine glasses, only tumblers, so we toasted Chris's birthday with red wine out of those. There are no cushions on the sofa to make it look cosy. None of these things are essential, but we've had them in other apartments and missed them here - especially the wine glasses!

    The other small downside is that the included free parking is in the multi-storey car park across the road rather than in the underground parking beneath the flats as we'd assumed it would be. It wasn't a lot of trouble for us to walk over there and back each time we wanted to go somewhere in the car, but anyone with walking difficulties who booked this flat might feel that the website should make this clearer.

    Still, the location just five minutes from the Central Station is great for non-drivers, and all the points I've mentioned above are niggles rather than problems, so on the whole I can recommend this apartment.

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    At home in the city

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    Update April 2014: this apartment seems to no longer be available for letting but I'm leaving this review for my own records.

    I booked this apartment online via Holiday Lettings, as we wanted to stay somewhere in the town where we could have the option to cook for ourselves some evenings rather than eat out all the time. On the whole it lived up to expectations and was pretty much as described on the website, though the broadband connection that I’d been assured we would have (in an email exchange with the owner) turned out only to work on the small balcony, and there only intermittently!

    This is a one bedroom apartment of a generous size, in a fairly convenient location near the Centre for Life, about five minutes’ walk from the Central Station. It has secure basement parking included in the price, which was a big selling point for us as many city centre accommodation options have no parking, or charge a premium for it. It is on the tenth floor of the block, with extensive views over the city (see photo 5).

    The apartment consists of a large living room with dining space and kitchen area, with doors opening on to the small balcony. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics and is clean and quite modern. There is a sofa bed so four people could stay here at a pinch. The separate bedroom is also of a reasonable size, and the bathroom has a tub with shower over. There are plenty of towels provided, though these could be larger, and a hairdryer, which unfortunately didn’t seem to work in the only socket that could accommodate it.

    Unique Quality: The thing we most liked about the apartment was the small balcony, with extensive views over the city. It is on the tenth floor, and while the view may not be the most scenic (you can’t see the river from here, nor historic buildings such as the castle keep or cathedral), you can see the football stadium, St James’ Park, and wide views over the northern and western edges of the city.

    We booked the apartment through Holiday Lettings – website below. Do a search for one bedroom apartments in Newcastle and you should find it.

    Directions: Location on Google maps

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