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... appetites further and we are already thinking about our next adventure to Scotland. Edinburgh and the North of England have been very interesting and provided the cultural and historical elements to our trip. All that remains now is to thank you all for reading and commenting on our blogs and to Len for providing the taxi service between Taunton and Bristol and of course a very large pile of washing! Until the next adventure... ...
Another lovely day for walking, though sadly today the route and scenery were less spectacular than the weather. The start of the day was promising with a two mile walk out if Byrness alongside a "babbling brook". Very pretty with the added bonus of us seeing three Dippers together, feeding in the stream. However after that we turned into Kielder Forest and the next six miles were a LJGT ...
... our tyre tracks from earlier and headed off for the village and castle of Warkworth. Having passed through it twice already that day and seen how pretty it was we decided we wanted to call in. The castle is simply a ruin and looked after by English Heritage and as we arrived they were leaving, so a couple of quick photos through the portcullis and we drove a little further into the village and photographed the old bridge over the river Coquet which was very quaint. And then it was ...
Today was all about Sunderland and my cousins there. For those that don't know, my mum was from Sunderland. She had a brother and two elder sisters. This meant quite a few cousins. We normally went down to Sunderland every year, and some of them would come up to stay with us too. It has been many many (too many) years since I have seen them, my fault for which I am sorry. I got in touch with my cousin Dorothy via FB and asked if she would ...
... another brilliant one, thank you Scott!) Tonight we have had dinner, discussed the plan for tomorrow, and walked to the beach where we saw the lido (sea-water swimming pool) which has clearly seen better days. All in all a slightly less active day than we've been used to recently, but we put a lot of miles on the clock. Tomorrow we plan to use the laminated information cards that Scott's Dad provided to visit the Priory and Collingwood's statue.... Until Next ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Station Hotel Newcastle upon Tyne
Absolutely shocking. I stayed here on new years eve 2003 and it was down to our usual hotel , the holiday inn on new bridge street being fully booked, what i walked into was a room like an ice box , heating turned off , heated towel rail broken , no mini bar , no sky sports , a gaping hole in the wall that faced outside that let in draughts , a celing that had more cracks than an Amsterdam brothel. The staff were also inept and really unfriendly and should either consider a career change or maybe have their management put them through training. Their attitude upon check in was shocking until they seen the credit card clear. Poor Poor Poor
Staff service very poor!!!
A very nice hotel from first impression. The room we stayed in was ok, but could have been better. The bedding looked in need of a change. The hotel had good qualities, however the service provided by staff was not so good. It seemed there was only one person there who knew what they were doing, and really cared about our stay. . On my visit prior i satyed at the copthorne hotel and compared to that, this hotel was well off the mark.
I have stayed at this hotel twice, the second time because there was other choice. Whilst breakfast was acceptable the other facilities are sub standard to say the least. The foyer, stairs and corridors are dirty, and both rooms I have stayed in are also dirty. One of the rooms had all windows nailed up, incapable of being opened to let in fresh air. thankfully I wasn't there this summer. 0n using the bathroom on the last visit I was horrified to find a used durex behind the bathroom door, so much for the attention to cleaning by the housekeeping staff. On complaining I was given a twenty five pound reduction from my bill as a form of compensation but having been subjected to this incident I am certain I will never want to stay at this hotel again. The majority of the staff are lacking in motivation and the reception staff certainly need re-training in how to deal with customers. A dreadful place obviously lacking strong and focused management. By the way cleanliness costs little.
Could do a lot worse
I read the previous reviews and was fearing the worst when I checked into this hotel. I must say that you should take as you find and I found the staff very helpful, the room I stayed in was basic, but no problem. Best aspect : Breakfast, very nice Worse aspect : TV channels, No Sky movies or Sky sports
Dirty, Grubby Shocking
I expected a top class hotel from the information on the web site and the prices charged. what we got was a dirty, filthy place. The bathroom was disgusting and the general decor filthy, avoid this place at all cost.
I stayed in this hotel on my very first visit to Newcastle and was bitterly dissapointed! The staff looked angry and were extremley unhelpful. It was very obvious they were watching the clock for their escape home! This surprised me as Geordie's are renowned for their friendliness and great fun! The rooms were cold and damp, with shabby decoration. Our room was also very small, unfortunatley the price we paid was not! The place looked as though it had never been cleaned. One good feature I did find in this hotel was the leisure facilities which were attached to the train station. After this trip I went home dissapointed with Newcastle as a city. I have since returned 3 times and discovered its a great place with loads to do and see but unfortunatley if you don't book into the right hotel with the right staff you can be left with a very bad experience!
The service and the room were terrible. At reception they ignored us and then indicated that they had lost my reservation -- the e-mails regarding which I had with me. Whilst they found a room, the night manager seemed to make a point of tracking me down while we were trying to go out for a social. Upon being confronted, upon the glorious staircase, I tried to keep my cool as he tried to prove the hotel had been correct -- so much for the customer always being right. I did speak to the day manager who offered, but did not follow up with restitution, and my subsequent letter went unanswered.
This hotel has a feeling of former elegance. The best bit is the stairway which is broad and sweeping. There are HUGE chandeliers to light you down. The rooms are very adequate and clean but ours didn't seem to have such a thing as a colour scheme. Beware Room 437 where the TV comes on at precisely 7 am even though you didn't time it to do so or anything. The reception staff didn't believe us. Very nice leisure facility. The button to work the jacuzzi is not obvious. I believe it is on the wall. Do ask attendant, since many people don't find the button (like me). Very varied breakfast. Just about anything you could think of. Coffee not great.
Not impressed by Royal Station Hotel
Substandard housekeeping (grubby, smoky room, worn sheets, chilly) In need of refurbishment Breakfast OK though. Public rooms fine, bedroom corridors very scruffy.
Royal Treatment at the Royal Station!
Great value for money, Service second to none. Great location.
I will be stopping here again on my next visit to Newcastle