Rebecca is an experienced travel writer, specialising in Japan and the UK. Born and raised in the West Country, she's also spent time living in London, Cambridge and Kyoto, and is now based in Newcastle. She loves promoting independent and inclusive businesses, and sustainable off-the-beaten-track travel.
Grey Street Hotel, Newcastle
The Grey Street Hotel makes an ideal base for a weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne. Housed in an elegant Georgian building, it gives you easy access to the city centre's many attractions. Just a few minutes' walk away you'll find the Theatre Royal and independent cinemas, covered shopping arcades and bustling markets, museums and historic buildings. Though some of Newcastle's best cafés, restaurants and bars are right on your doorstep, you can also dine in at Leila Lily's, as well as enjoying a pampering treatment at the on-site City Retreat Spa. Rooms are light and often spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. The hotel's staff are welcoming, friendly and bursting with local recommendations.
Your expert reviewer
Grey Street itself is lined with elegant Neoclassical buildings (including the hotel), and has plenty to explore.
The hotel is in the city centre, surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
By car: Newcastle is 5 hours 20 mins from London and 3 hours from Manchester. Public parking is available a short distance away.
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 hotel is best suited to adults looking for a comfortable base for exploring the city centre's cultural, dining and nightlife options. The building itself is stunning, especially when the warm stone is lit by the setting sun.
Service & Facilities
The ten percent discount at the spa is a great perk for hotel guests.
- Garden area
- Free Wi-Fi
All rooms are dog friendly; a bed, bowl and treats are provided for an extra charge.
The five split-level suites (which also have a mini-fridge) are all a marked step up from the Standard and Deluxe rooms. Feature walls in most rooms show images of Grey Street's iconic buildings, with their graceful Neoclassical lines.
Standard, Deluxe, Junior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Arran Aromatics toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, safe, newspaper, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The breakfast menu has a good balance of classics - Full English, pastries - and more unusual options - chia seed pudding, French toast. The charcoal oven means there are plenty of deliciously smoky dishes on the menu - try the jacket potato cooked over coals.
Leila Lily's: AA Rosette, modern European cuisine, steaks, vegan options, afternoon tea. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £15.50.
Rooms available from £63.75 per night
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