The Vermont Hotel
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And so this is the end of our little 'Highland Fling'. In total we have driven over 1630 miles, travelled by car, bus, plane, train and boat, taken 6500 photos (between us), visited over 100 unique places, covering everything from castles to stately homes, a distillery to a lighthouse and everything in between. Our favourite part has definitely been travelling around in the Highlands and seeing some stunning landscapes, this has only ...
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 ...
... hours. Or, 2) We'd be fine. At this point I would like all parents, grandparents, and any other interested family members to look away (that's right Barney, I mean you, too!) - we actually ended up driving across through the sea as the tide was rising, the salty water splashing everywhere. We were the last to make the crossing. With that drama firmly behind us, we made our way to Bamburgh Castle. A castle owned and run by English Heritage. As National Trust members Jo and I felt ...
... Worm Pub. For those of you who are keeping tabs on our song titles, this title is a song, my mum used to sing it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BcZcOoP_v 2k. We had a great night out at the pub and Lesley's husband, Dave (who is 6'8") and Jen's husband Terry, came along. We had another great chinwag about the family. All to soon it was past midnight and, "time for bed" said Zebedee! Our first real late night of the holiday. Ka kite ...
... 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 The Vermont Hotel Newcastle upon Tyne
I decided to "give it a try" at the Vermont Hotel and found it interesting indeed. I was unsure if I should stay at the Vermont Hotel after reading the reviews, but having to go up to Newcastle for a business trip I decided to try it at least. Upon arrival I was met by a porter who was very keen to take my bags to the reception on my behalf?
Worth a try
After reading some of the reviews on this site, I was not looking forward to my stay. However, whilst not a fantastic hotel it is certainly of a good standard and very well situated for a night on the Quayside. Parking is not great but if you just dump your car and give them the keys they sort it out for you. I did not eat in the hotel so I can not comment on the food. All in all I would certainly use the hotel again.
Not a nice place to stay!!!
I am really trying to think of something nice to say about this hotel but I can't! Car Parking 1/10 Staff 2/10 Room -2/10 Dirty Windows -5/10 Noise from railway line (right outside of my room plus the fact that the windows are NOT double glazed -8/10
Overall this hotel is VERY overated! My first and last stay!
Wonderful Hotel - 24 & 25 October 2003
Was also nearly put off by other reviews posted!! Thankfully had a wonderful stay. The hotel is centrally located and accommodation was great. Hotel staff were very friendly and food superb.Would highly recommend to others.
The horror stories posted on this net almost forced me to cancel my booking at the last minute. However, as five reviews hardly seemed a representative sample of the thousands of visitors who pass through the hotel each year, I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. The reception area/lounge was not quite as impressive as I had hoped, but the room was excellent, and well equipped. I found the staff extremely friendly, particularly those in in the dining room, and the concierge, and would definitely stay here again. The breakfast was delicious. I felt most at home.
I was obliged to stay at this hotel whilst my company held business meetings there. On checking in, we had to wait for 10 minutes in the deserted reception whilst the receptionist held a long telephone conversation in a back room. I had previously arranged a smoking room but had been allocated a non smoker. The room was poky and had no view - certainly not worth anything like the £125 per night basic charge.
Myself and my family booked into the Vermont Hotel for a weekend stay, a family wedding which was also held at this hotel.Our room overlooked a very busy railway line, which we could just see from a very dirty window. We asked to be moved and was met by a very snobby receptionist who told us that we would have to pay extra for another room.The wedding reception meals served by this so called 4* hotel were served cold by a clumsy waiting staff. We checked out a day early and were charged a full weekend rate!We booked into the Malmaison Hotel instead and were met by a very friendly staff and a very clean room.My rating:-Vermont Hotel = 0 pointsMalmaison Hotel = 10 points
Very disappointed with the hotel in general. For a 5* star hotel it seemed more like a 3*. On the web site for a double room there are supposed to be bathrobes included. When contacting the hotel they said these are only available in the superior rooms. I suggested they amend their web page. Staff not exactly happy to help. Give it a miss.
We arrived to find they had no record of our booking, which I'd made by phone a few weeks beforehand. Stress levels a little up by this, but they did manage to find us a room (although I'd just heard the receptionist tell a caller that they were in fact full). So, we had a room for well over £100 - no sweat, at least we had the room.The room itself was very nice, although the windows were filthy. Slept very poorly due to combination of the heat in the room and the noise outside until the small hours.Breakfast we learned started at 0700hrs, but when we arrived at 0800hrs, there was only cereal and insipid leftovers from the "continental breakfast". Had to ask for coffee, and then waited until 0830hrs before cooked breakfast was made available. Too late for my wife and I, so we made do with a toast each and coffee.Checked out and was charged extra for "breakfast", which was very disappointing, but too tired and annoyed to argue.Made toilet stop in the concourse before departure - dirty, no hand towels, so dried hands on trousers. Not at all what I expect from a 4 star hotel, especially at the price. Wouldn't recommend it.
Health Club at the Vermont Hotel
On a recent business trip to the Vermont Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne. I was very dissappointed at the state of the advertised 'Health Club' a very small cramped room with no air conditioning, no pool, no sauna etc. It was advertised as a beauty room only for my wife to find that this room had no staff and contained a sun bed and thats it??? Overall the staff were friendly but service was poor.