Travel Blogs from Newcastle upon Tyne
... policies of President Yanukovych, who is now wanted for mass murder. Since then, as I am sure you are all aware, Russia invaded the eastern Ukrainian Province of Crimea, stoking fears of war in the region.
Now as I mentioned geopolitical events can have far reaching consequences - some of these ripples can shatter lives, while others can have infinitely more mundane effects. One such mundane effect is that Nathan and I have had to make a change ...
... dad off to my friends, and vice versa. At the same time it was a surreal experience. Being so far away from home I have become adjusted to a certain level of independence and adulthood - all of a sudden I was a son again.
Tuesday morning I skipped class to take dad to Newcastle, and give him an experience of what the Northeast of England is all about. I took him on a walk along Newcastle's spectacular riverfront, and we enjoyed the city skyline from the ...
... 88mph on July 3, 1938. The National Railway Museum decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this train by staging an event called "The Last Goodbye" and bringing together the last 6 surviving A-4 locomotives. There were 35 of these engines built in Britain and of the six surviving currently four reside in Britain, one is housed in Wisconsin, and the sixth is displayed outside Montreal. The other names are: Dwight ...
... form the United States. We had a fun time talking about the differences between North America and England with our friend Daniel who was across the table. In the UK, undergrads have far fewer electives than most students in North America (probably because they have to squeeze a whole undergrad degree into three years). We also compared slang terms a bit. Which brings me to...
A note on British slang. You'll notice that in my introduction to this post I used the term fittest. ...
... experience to meet the kinder, and to share a bit of Jewish culture with them. I told the kids a little bit about myself, answered their questions about Judaism, told them the story of Noah's ark and we all did a make your own paper dreidel craft.
Over the weekend I indulged in a different type of UK culture - drinking culture, as it was Barfest 2014 at Grey College. Every year the College brings in beers, ciders and spirits from around the world for students to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Newgate Hotel Newcastle upon Tyne
Good location - old interior
I stayed 3 nights in this hotel with my family from Norway. We found the hotel extremely well situated, and the service at the reception was very good. We needed 5 double rooms, and they were all next to each other without even asking for it!
The interior was quite tired, and it really needs a refurbishment. The breakfast was all fine, and the top floor has a lovely view. I would like to stay there again.
Stayed for one night in a twin with my mum. Receptionist very friendly and welcoming, infact gave us a nice welcome. Reception and public areas had tired decor, loose worn carpets, peeling paint, 1980's feel.
Stayed at the quality hotel for a weekend away with my husband to visit old haunts (10 years since finishing uni there!). Hotel is ideally located for visiting shops, pubs & clubs, which was the reason for choosing it. First night we stayed in room 101 which was pretty shabby but as we were going to spend most time out & about we weren't too bothered. Filled the bath to find it was full of previous occupants hair. Had to call the duty manager at 10.30pm to free husband from bathroom as door handle was broken and he couldn't get out! The DM promised to sort something out for us in the morning. The next day the DM moved us to a refurbished room which was excellent. Breakfast is served on the 6th floor. If they took the dreadful net curtains down you would have a fantastic view of the city! Staff were helpful & friendly, just remember to ask for a refurbished room if you decide to book this hotel and avoid room 101.
I stayed here with a group for 5 nights in May. Some of the reviews here were a bit worrying but the hotel seems to have been mostly refurbished and the rooms and bathrooms were modern, clean and comfortable, with all the usual amenities such as tea tray.
Ideal base for great night out
Booked in here for one night to celebrate husbands 30th (ouch) . was perfectly situated for all the pubs clubs and restaurants, rooms were clean, and best of all windows you could open wide and take in the views of the millenium and tyne bridge. Staff were excellent, offering extra coffee when we came staggering in at 3a.m, buffet style breakfast which always goes down well with a hangover, dodge the eggs and fill up on sausages. Worked out cheaper than a taxi home, would not hesitate to stay there again after a night on the town.
Quality - not really...
1 night stay in a room that was very tired and not really comfortable. Room backed onto a noisy fan of some kind.
Staff very friendly but under resourced. Food appalling - £21.00 for an indifferent soup, some really foul pasta with uncooked courgettes and some cheese that could have been nice but was straight out of a really cold frige and inedilble for a hour or so....but all served by a really cheerful waitress.
Sadly, quite typical of the British hotel scene.
Needed a Refit 10 yrs ago
Quality this is not. Infact a travel inn would be streets ahead. Gaffer tape on the stairs - nice!, rooms with stains of all sorts, hair in the plug hole........do i need to say more
We stayed in Quality Hotel at Newcastle for a week
in Sept./Oct 2004 and enjoyed it very much.
The room was very good with all facilities.
The staff was friendly and very helpful.
The breakfast was excellent.
There was a coin-operated Internet computer.
Would like to stay in this hotel again.
Would not recommend
This Hotel is in absolute need of a total refurbishment. The only good thing about staying at this hotel was the spotless clean bed linen. The resturant chairs were thread bare and badly stained. The evening menu was the same every evening we were there. Location of the hotel was central however I'm sure there are other hotels within this location of a higher grade. I must stay the people in the hotel and the city of Newcastle were very friendly.
No quality at the Quality Hotel
The Quality Hotel is badly in need of refurbishment. I am sure the seating in the bar is at least 20 years old. The ceilings are filthy and the carpet on the stairs is patched up everywhere with black tape.
The room I stayed in was ok and the staff were all really friendly (except the bar staff late at night). The breakfast was absolutely disgusting, the tea and toast were freezing cold and the cooked food was also cold and swimming in grease. Half time the dishes were empty and you had to stand and wait on them being refilled. For the price of this hotel (much the same as the luxury hotels in the area) I think it could offer a lot more!