Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead
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Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead Oct 05, 2012
Did put a bit of thought into where to stay in Newcastle. Given it's reputation for stag and hen parties, I thought I would look for somewhere a bit out of the main city centre.
On the other side of the river from the city centre, and easy enough to get to by car. Has on site parking, though charges an extre £5 a day for this.
Arriving on a Friday evening, the check in was busy, but the staff were efficient, and extremely couteous. Apologising for the hold up, even although it was only a few minutes.
Our room was on the 4th floor, and there are two lifts to get you up stairs. Never had to wait more than a few seconds any time we were using them.
Room was bright and a good size. Tea and coffe available in the room and TV with FreeSat is there, but to be honest only had it on once to flick through the channels to see what was available. Wifi is available free, but when we tried it in the room it wasn't very good . Didn't need it anyway as I could use my phone without being charged.
Plenty of space to move about the room and it had a small settee in it as well. Bed was OK, but didn't like the way the sheets were turned down. Almost had to break into the bed and then haul at the sheets to get them up far enough.
Good sized bathroom and a decent shower in it. Room was very clean and serviced each day. Even on the morning of our departure the maids knocked the door to find out if we wanted any more tea or coffee before leaving.
Restaurant looked quite smart, but we never used it at any point, though it did seem really busy at breakfast.
Bar was nice and relaxed, and while we were there even though there were large groups in, they were all well behaved. Turned out most of them were on soft drinks, as they were part of an athletics team competing at the nearby Gatehead Stadium.
Despite being really quiet, they still had a doorman, ex military ;), on duty from 10pm until 5am, to discourage guests from bringing back non residents to the hotel bar.
The best part about staying here was the walk to and from the city centre along the river. Literally just a couple of minutes from the hotel down to the Baltic Centre and the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, to cross over to Newcastle itself. Nice quiet area, and along the quayside is brightly lit, and never encountered any hassle at all when walking back at night. The views of the river then were stunning.
So all in all it was a good place to stay, just far enough from the madding crowd, but within easy reach of the centre.
Part of the Geordie Shores - Newcastle Oct 2012 travel blog
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Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead Overview
2 minute walk from Baltic Art Centre, 2 minute walk from The Sage, 5 minute walk from Millennium Bridge and Newcastle Quayside, 15 minute walk from Newcastle City Centre, 20 minute walk from St James Park Newcastle United Football Club, Integral bar and restaurant facilities, 4 meeting rooms, Situated opposite Open University and Gateshead College, 4 minute walk from the nearest metro station, Free Wi-Fi throughout, On site car parking, Close to all transport links, No Pets Allowed.
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