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Hilton Gateshead, Newcastle
From business travellers to families to Great North Runners, the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead caters to a diverse crowd, many of whom are repeat guests. It's not the standard-issue decor which entices them back, but rather the genuinely warm and helpful staff, the accessible rooms and public spaces, and the convenient location. And of course - the view. Half the rooms and all the public spaces take full advantage of the hotel's prime spot, perched on a hill just high enough to give uninterrupted views along the River Tyne. You can start your day watching the lilac sunrise sky behind the Tyne Bridge from a jacuzzi, and end it in the bar, the city lights twinkling behind you through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Your expert reviewer
Being slightly removed from the hustle and bustle, but still well connected, Hilton Gateshead is a great base for exploring both sides of the river.
The hotel sits on the banks of the River Tyne, a short taxi ride away from Newcastle city centre and all its shops, bars and restaurants.
By car: the hotel is 5 hours 20 mins from London, 2 hours 45 mins from Manchester and 2 hours 30 mins from Edinburgh. Paid private parking is available on-site.
By train: London Kings Cross to Newcastle takes around 3 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Hilton is perfect for business travellers, and well-suited to families. It's also ideal if you're going to an event at the Sage. The view really steals the show here, taking in the Tyne and Millennium bridges, the Sage, and Newcastle's city skyline.
Service & Facilities
The Executive Lounge is a great perk, especially if you need to work, with floor-to-ceiling windows and generous drinks and snacks. A flat £35 charge applies if you're bringing a furry friend, no matter how long your stay.
- Coffee shop
- Indoor pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room service
Executive rooms (some of which have a balcony) will give you the best views, plus access to the Executive Lounge. The truly special views of the River Tyne are well worth paying a little bit extra for, especially to get a balcony in the warmer months.
Double Guest, Queen Deluxe With River Tyne View, Queen With Double Sofa Bed, Double Double Bedded Room, King One Bedroom Suite, King Executive Plus, Queen Executive, Queen Executive With Balcony, Twin Executive, Queen Executive Accessible
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Crabtree and Evelyn products, TV, blackout curtains, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The staff are very helpful when it comes to allergies - they'll even cook your hot breakfast separately - and dietary preferences. Save room for the classic, comforting desserts - think sticky toffee pudding or chocolate brownie with ice cream.
Windows on the Tyne Restaurant: modern European cuisine. Open Mon-Fri for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and breakfast and dinner at weekends.
Windows on the Tyne Bar: cocktails, sandwiches, snacks. Open daily 11am-late.
Rooms available from £103.23 per night
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