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Built right on the River Tyne, Newcastle was once the capital of the UK's shipbuilding industry - and a mining powerhouse. But despite the collapse of both of these industries in the 20th Century, Newcastle today is a thriving, buzzy city, with a reputation for having the best nightlife in the UK. Our pick of the best places to stay in Newcastle are all well located for the highlights, whether you're here for the bars and restaurants, or a more culture-focussed break.
The regeneration of the quayside area into the Baltic Arts Centre, Norman Foster's Sage Gateshead Music Centre, smart offices and eateries, and the construction of the Millennium Bridge, has brought a cosmopolitan feel to town. But if you're looking for historic Newcastle you can still find it in the centre of town, around the Grainger's Market area.
Just out of town you can also see traces of Hadrian's Wall. Or if the seaside is more your thing, the coast is only a few miles to the East and easily accessible both by road and public transport.
The city offers a wide range of accommodation and our pick of the best places to stay in Newcastle focusses on the hotels which offer the best in terms of service and attention to detail.
For a city break
- Malmaison is right beside the Millennium Bridge and one of the best places to stay in Newcastle if you're here for a short break. A hip establishment created from what was once the head office of the Co-op, bedrooms are dark and seductive and the bar and restaurant are open till the early hours.
- Newcastle's Hotel du Vin is also right on the edge of the action, in a red brick building tastefully converted into a 42 bedroom boutique hotel. Book a suite and you'll get an enormous space reminiscent of a warehouse loft. A ten minute waterside walk will have you in the heart of the nightlife action.
For a special occasion
- The Hotel Guru favourite is Jesmond Dene House, a grand property with a country house hotel look about it from the outside and full contemporary styling on the inside. Add to this a restaurant serving award winning 3 AA Rosette cuisine and you have the perfect city bolthole.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Newcastle, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our recommendations in Northumberland or County Durham.
Best Hotels in Newcastle
Malmaison Newcastle 122 rooms from $150Newcastle
A trendy converted warehouse on the Quayside with views of the Tyne River, the Millennium Bridge and the Sage Gateshead. Luxurious purples create a lavish feel with the help of dim lighting and sparkly chandeliers. A stylish spot with decadent brasserie, laid back cocktail bar and underground spa.City Style - Stylish, modern hotel with excellent central locationGreat walks - Walk along the nearby Tyne RiverLocal markets - Tyne Market at the weekendsSpa
Jesmond Dene House Hotel 40 rooms from $152Newcastle
A country-house hotel in a city. A quiet, leafy spot, this historic building is full of intriguing corners, grand original features and luxuriously contemporary rooms. The cooking is smart, the atmosphere relaxed and there’s a lovely garden and terrace. An excellent choice.Total relaxation - Unwind in country estate style with impeccable service, fine dining, roaring fires and long walks through lush parklands.Foodies - The 3 AA Rosette restaurant serves up locally sourced, seasonal cusine to the highest standard.Great walks - Walk through the Jesmond Dene Park, a wooded ravine criss-crossed with paths and dotted with rustic bridges.Sights nearby - Close to city centre attractions including the The Sage Gateshead and Newcastle Arena.Recommended by - Tablet, Good Hotel Guide
Hotel du Vin Newcastle 42 rooms from $185Newcastle (City Road)
A boutique hotel with spacious guest rooms, modern interiors and views of the nearby quayside. Set slightly outside the lively city centre, the hotel has a number of meeting rooms and good event spaces. A great spot for business events or a weekend break in this exciting city.City Style - Stylish accommodation in the heart of this vibrant cityLocal exploring - Central location - get about town with easeLocal markets - Visit Tynemouth Market nearbyGreat walks - Walk along the Tyne RiverRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide