Guest post written by Catherine Trueman
I stayed at the boutique GreyStreetHotel on a recent trip to Newcastle. Planning to celebrate my birthday, catch up with friends and dabble in a little shopping, this city centre hotel was just the job! Located just a five minute walk from the central station, close to Newcastle’s best watering holes and my beloved ‘Fenwick’ department store; the hotel fulfilled all my short break criteria .
Arriving on a Thursday evening, I was kindly greeted at the hotel reception and was directed to my first floor room. The chic bedroom was finished to a 4*-worthy standard with luxury touches including complementary toiletries and award winning Hypno bed. For those new to the area, the Newcastle-Gateshead city guidebook laid out in the room offered a nice touch. Free Wi-Fi access was immediate when I entered the building and a bit parched after my train journey, I soon got stuck into the range of drinks options. As expected from a Grade II listed building which stands alongside ‘Grey Street’s’ prime bus route, there was a little noise available from inside the bedroom. For those light sleepers I would suggest asking the availability of one of the higher floor rooms.
The hotel is directly connected to ‘The Living Room’ restaurant, offering a contemporary bar and dining experience. Although I didn’t make use of the full breakfast service on offer in ‘The Living Room’, I’m sure it would have been an enjoyable meal just like the rest of my experience. Providing an impressive menu within the historical building, the restaurant has gained a reputation in Newcastle for being an all-round top notch venue. Partial to a classic Mojito, I have heard positive reports about their 2-4-1 cocktail menu. For my next girly outing in the city I may even make use of the hotel’s ‘cocktail school’ – the masterclass sounds great fun and is only £22.50 per person so it’s not a bad price either!
After a few hours of celebrations with friends, the Hypno beds and fluffy pillows made for the ultimate restful night’s sleep. Checking out of the room just before 11am, I was able to leave my luggage safely by reception and enjoy a day shopping on Northumberland Street. Overall, I found the hotel facilities excellent, and the staff were very friendly and courteous– typically Geordie! I would recommend to those hoping for a little added luxury to their short break in Newcastle, perfect for romantic escapes and for those wishing to be at the heart of the action.