I was in Newcastle for one reason. And one reason only. Leeds United were playing away at St James' Park on a Friday evening. It was too long of a drive to make it up and back in a day (from Milton Keynes). So I needed somewhere to stay. I travelled on my own.
Further research indicated that parking in Newcastle could be tricky, and to be honest I fancied a few pints at the game. So I needed a hotel that was pretty close to a Metro station. This hotel is about 5 minutes away from West Jesmond Metro station. West Jesmond Metro station is about 10 mins from Monument Metro Station on the same line. Monument Metro station is about 5 mins walk to St James. Box ticked.
I then decided, as it was a long Easter weekend, that it would good to spend a few days exploring Newcastle and the surrounding area. I booked for 2 nights, but extended for a further night whilst at the hotel.
The hotel itself is good. All of the staff were super friendly and helpful. They provided directions to the Metro, chatted to me when at the bar after the game, and helped me with other useful information (ie how to get to the beach).
The room (single bed and quite small) was very clean. If I was being picky, there were various fittings in the bathroom that could have used a bit of attention (toilet roll holder, door handle, shower gel holder). The shower was powerful and did the job. Towels were clean, soft and changed daily. To be honest I didn't spend much time in my room. I had no problem sleeping. It was quiet, dark and the bed was comfortable.
Wifi also worked fine for me. I had to log in every time I used it, but had success using a laptop, iPad, and iPhone.
I ate breakfast at the hotel on my first morning. I went with the cooked breakfast. It was cooked well and I enjoyed it. The coffee was ok - despite it being served in a large-ish pot, there was only enough coffee for 1 and a half small cups. I did get a pot refill with no problem however.
The hotel does have limited free parking. I managed to get my car parked without a problem for my whole stay.
I would recommend The Lonsdale pub next to the Metro station for a pint. They do various ales, and decent pub food.
Also I drove to the beach (Tynemouth) in 20 mins from the hotel. I found the Surfcafe there, and ate breakfast there the following 2 mornings - just because I like being at the beach. :)
There are plenty of bars and restaurants within close walking distance to the hotel. They looked pretty busy in the evening.
I paid £50 ish a night. I would stay again. less