Our stay at the Village Hotel, Newcastle
The thing about Village Hotels is that they are always set on the outside of town. This is to accommodate the extra facilities such as the Swimming Pool and spa area, pub and restaurant. The village hotel Newcastle is no exception to this. Situated to the northeast of Newcastle it was handy for us traveling from the north.
We choose to stay here after being gifted a voucher for a 2-night break for Christmas and decided this would be a perfect weekend getaway. A few days before our arrival we got an email offering us to Name Our Price for an upgrade to our room from a standard to a Club room. After looking into it and realising we would have to pay £5 each per person per day for using the spa and swimming pool unless we were in a Club room, we decided to name £20 for the upgrade and we got it. We also opted for early check in and late check out at £5 each.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon about half 12 so went for a drink in the bar. Prices were hotel standard. £11.80 for a gin and tonic and a bottled cidre. The pub is a sports bar with massive tellys showing football all day. Whether it is current matches or reruns of matches. However, if that’s not your thing you can have a drink out in the lobby. The pub did do cocktails for £6 each. I tried the porn star martini and mojito both were very tasty! We also had a snack in here on a Saturday night, Nachos and Chips. It was typical pub grub tasty and just what we needed.
We checked in just after 1, although the check in was strange. Both my husband and I said it was strange but couldn’t quite put our finger on why it was strange. The receptionist just didn’t seem the most chatty and so we found ourselves asking really obvious questions about our stay. Things like whether we had dinner, what time breakfast was that are pretty standard receptionist chat. I dunno maybe it was just an off day?!
Is the Club Room Worth it?
We had upgraded to a Club room, this meant we had a bigger bed, a Super King. A bigger TV, with full Sky Access, upgraded toiletries, and a Tassimo machine. If you are wondering whether it is worth it I would say yes for £20 but I wouldn’t have paid the £40. We did enjoy the Sky TV and the massive telly to watch the Winter Olympics on, which by the way we are addicted to. The massive bed was, of course, brilliant, although we probs would have also been just as happy with the smaller one. I think the Tassimo machine is more of a gimmick, you were provided with 6 capsules – 2x Tea 2x Coffee and 2x Decaf coffee. There were no milk capsules or Hot Chocolate Capsules which I think would have made it much better as that is what makes the Tassimo drinks taste much better is the frothy milk. Instead, I had a brewed coffee with a carton of the UHT milk. Not quite as appetizing. Saying that there is a Starbucks on site, so they are maybe trying to encourage people to go there instead. Overall the room was good, spacious and quiet so we were happy with that.
We visited the Spa on a Friday afternoon. It was pretty busy with a lot of people who seemed to be on Spa Days using the facilities and lounging by the side of the pool. The changing rooms were large, clean and well equipped. The large swimming pool was split off into a slow, medium and fast lane. Which was good however there were kids swimming lessons happening in the slow lane. So we didn’t hang about in the pool too long as we weren’t up for swimming lanes but also we didn’t really enjoy the constant splashing in the face. I should say the pool was nice and warm which was nice. We spent some time in the Sauna and Steam Room before chilling for a little while by the pool. There are set times for children’s swimming so if kids annoy you, you can avoid them! We did mean to go back to the pool on Sunday morning but we got a little too addicted to the Curling.
Buca Di Beppo
Dinner on the first night was included in our meal. There is an onsite Italian restaurant, Buca Di Beppo where meals are served, although you can also dine in the pub. We were given a set menu with a choice of 2 courses and a glass of prosecco. I opted for Stuffed Mushrooms for starter and a Mushroom Risotto for mains. My husband opted for Tomato and Red Pepper Soup and a Burger for mains. Both starters were lovely, very tasty and beautifully presented. I didn’t enjoy my mains however the risotto had a bit too much truffle oil in it and so wasn’t too great. The waitress was super lovely and did offer to get something else which was nice. My husband enjoyed the burger and I did have a little bit of food envy. I opted to have a dessert (for £5 extra!) and went for the Creme Brulee, my husband having a Chocolate Fudge Cake. Both were so delicious and rounded off the meal superbly. Breakfast was typical buffet style. A selection of pastries, fruit salad, yogurt as well as a cooked breakfast. The food was good, plentiful and replenished regularly.
Saturday, we decided to go into Newcastle. The hotel is about a 15-minute walk to the Metro Station and then the Metro takes about 30 minutes to get into Newcastle. It’s just over £4 for a day ticket each. We opted for the Metro, which was fine but if your not up for walking, it’s about a twenty-minute drive into town I think and when I checked about £15 for an Uber. You also can order a taxi direct from your room so the taxi might be the easier option. I will write a separate post about our day out in Newcastle.
I think overall the Village Hotel was a good stay, I would return to other Village Hotels. They seem to have the good facilities and good transport links into nearby cities. If you look on their website there seems to be some great offers and deals. They are classier than a Travelodge and seem to have a lot more facilities so I would recommend a look at them if you are planning a city break. Just make sure there are good enough transport links into town.
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