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Where to Stay in Newcastle - Boutique Hotels, Chain Hotels, and Guest Houses

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Newcastle Upon Tyne is a major destination for business travellers as well as vacationers. That means there are plenty of modern chain hotels in the city centre, around the airport, and south of the Tyne in regenerated Gateshead. Newly built no-frills hotels also abound. Within a couple of miles of central Newcastle, you'll find smaller hotels, guest houses, and bed-and-breakfasts in neighbourhoods like Jesmond.

Newcastle city centre


Staying in a hotel in Newcastle Upon Tyne's compact city centre means you're within easy reach of the airport and train station. Most of the city's key attractions, including the Castle, museums, and art galleries are on your doorstep. When it comes to shopping, dining, and entertainment, you're spoilt for choice in this part of town.


Central Newcastle is well supplied with chain hotels that cater primarily to business travellers and conventioneers. These also offer good deals for vacationers, especially at weekends. Many also have good leisure facilities such as gyms and pools. Also in the centre, you'll find modern, no-frills hotels that provide comfortable rooms at affordable prices.


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Newcastle Quayside


Along the banks of the River Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne's Quayside is one of the city's liveliest neighbourhoods. It's packed with bars and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. The city centre, with all its shops, nightlife, restaurants, and attractions, is just a few blocks away. Quayside has its own historic attractions, and from here you can cruise or cycle along the Tyne.


Newcastle Upon Tyne's Quayside is a lively, regenerated waterfront district. Like many such neighbourhoods, it has attracted boutique hotel companies. This is a good part of the city to look for stylish, romantic accommodation in a room with a view of the river and its iconic bridges.


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Newcastle Gateshead


Gateshead has its own identity. Opposite Newcastle Upon Tyne, on the south bank of the river, it's a regenerating waterfront neighbourhood. Two outstanding venues for performing and visual arts - the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and The Sage - set the tone in this part of town. The attractions of central Newcastle are a short walk from Gateshead by way of another local icon, the Millennium Bridge.


Most hotels in Gateshead are modern properties catering to business travellers, concert-goers, and exhibition visitors. Many of these hotels also offer facilities such as pools and health and beauty centres. You'll also find a sprinkling of smaller hotels in and around Gateshead.


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Less than 2 miles (or 10 minutes by metro) from the city centre, Jesmond is a lively residential neighbourhood. You'll find some of Newcastle Upon Tyne's better restaurants in this part of town, as well as lots of pubs and bars. For a breath of fresh air, green spaces such as Jesmond Dene are nearby.


If you're looking for accommodation in a small hotel or a cozy family-run guest house, the Jesmond area is ideal. You'll also find restaurants with rooms, and hotels with their own lively café-bars, on Osborne Road, the neighbourhood's main drag.


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South Shields and Sunderland


South of the mouth of the River Tyne, the residential neighbourhood of South Shields faces the North Sea. It's the childhood home of one of England's best-liked 20th-century authors, Catherine Cookson. You can find out more about her life and times by following the "Cookson Trail" around town. Other attractions here include a Roman fortress and a coastline of cliffs and bays that stretches south to Sunderland, at the mouth of the River Tees.


Most accommodation in the South Shields area is in family-run guest houses and B&Bs. You'll also find some small hotels in this part of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Further south, in Sunderland, there are more B&Bs and guest houses, plus a handful of larger chain hotels that offer leisure facilities such as spas, gyms, and swimming pools.


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