Where to stay in Newcastle – Our hotel guide

Find out the best places to stay in Newcastle with our complete hotels guide! Newcastle is one of the cheapest major cities in the UK for a long weekend getaway and it’s full of cool things to do. Historic buildings, a beautiful Quayside of bridges along the River Tyne and its vibrant nightlife are just some of the things that people come here to see. Having lived in the city for most of our lives, we’ve assembled a list of exactly where to stay in Newcastle. It covers hotel options for all budgets, both in the city centre and just outside.

What area should I stay in Newcastle upon Tyne?

Compared to other big UK cities, Newcastle’s centre is fairly compact and you can walk almost everywhere in the centre on foot. For a first time visit with plenty of sightseeing and nightlife, we recommend staying in the city centre near the train station. From here you’ll have a short walk to all the major attractions. For a more picturesque and leisurely place to stay in Newcastle, look no further than the Quayside area of town. You’ll feel at home with beautiful views of the bridges on the River Tyne.

Alternatively, If you’re on a budget or prefer to stay outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, more residential areas such as Jesmond, Gosforth or Gateshead will be right up your street.

We’ve included the best Newcastle hotel options for all 3 types of stay below.

The best hotels in Newcastle City Centre

If you’re looking where to stay in Newcastle and want to be within a short walk of most attractions, bars and restaurants, the area around Central Station is ideal. In addition, the historic Grey Street is only a 5-minute walk away and you have the shops and restaurants of Intu Eldon Square a further 5-minutes away. 18th century buildings set the scene as you wander the old cobbled streets. Wherever you stay in Newcastle city centre, you don’t need to worry about location. Everything is within a short walk.

Luxury:

Hotel Indigo Newcastle

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Hotel Indigo is the best place to stay in Newcastle if you want everything in the city to be right on your doorstep. The hotel is a touch of class, offering a trendy cocktail bar, brightly coloured room décor that’s inspired by architecture of the city and some luxurious balcony suites that overlook the Newcastle skyline. Enjoy a glass of champagne in your room with a view before heading out to explore the sights. Retire back to Hotel Indigo for a comfortable night’s sleep. A top-rated 4-star hotel that has been a hit since it opened in 2012.

Moderate:

Staybridge Suites

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Not strictly inside Newcastle City Centre but only an 8-minute walk from the heart of Grey Street, the Staybridge Suites are located in the student area of town. A welcoming reception desk greets you before you’re assigned a spacious apartment, complete with a kitchen area. This hotel is excellent if you’re travelling in groups and want an affordable but excellent place to stay near the city centre. Save money by cooking a few meals yourself and relax in the comfort of an apartment, providing a lot more space than the typical hotel room.

Roomzzz Newcastle

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Roomzzz Newcastle is an aparthotel with spacious rooms and kitchen facilities. Being located just behind the train station gives you easy access on check in and departure and you’re on the doorstep of the nightlife scene of Diamond Strip and Central Station. Roomzzz is one of the best places to stay in Newcastle for nightlife seekers, groups and couples that want an affordable and spacious room. A good all-rounder accommodation option for any visitor to Newcastle.

Budget:

Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre (The Gate)

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Everyone recognises the Premier Inn brand of hotels. You’ll find them in every city, with some being better than others. The Newcastle (The Gate) Premier Inn has particularly excellent reviews. It’s on the doorstep of The Gate entertainment complex and is just down the road from Intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre. You’ll likely be out all day and evening exploring the sights and then on an evening for Newcastle’s amazing nightlife. If you just want to be somewhere affordable and central with a comfortable room, this hotel is ideal.

The best hotels on the Newcastle – Gateshead Quayside

The Quayside is our personal favourite for the best place to stay in Newcastle. You have the stunning scenery of the bridges, galleries and architecture of the River Tyne, alongside lots of bars and restaurants. A walk into the city centre will take you between 10 and 20 minutes (or 5 minutes by taxi), depending on where your hotel is located.

Luxury:

Hotel du Vin

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Hotel Du Vin is our favourite hotel in Newcastle. Not only does it have a scenic location overlooking the River Tyne, its cosy, rooms are large and it has a touch of luxury. The only downside is that it’s a good 20-minute walk to the city centre, so you might need to catch a cab. We recommend Hotel Du Vin as a place to stay in Newcastle for couples wanting a romantic city break. Spend plenty of time enjoying the boutique facilities and roll-top bath in the room. Its on-site brasserie restaurant is a great place for dinner if you fancy a night in.

Malmaison Newcastle

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Situated directly on the river front on the Newcastle side of the Quayside, the Malmaison is a quaint boutique hotel that couldn’t be better located for long walks past the bridges of the quays. Enjoy a cocktail in the Malmaison bar that overlooks the river or cosy up in its dimly-lit rooms. The hotel is particularly suited to couples; however, spa weekends with friends and family getaways are also a good fit here. It’s one of the best places to stay in Newcastle if you want scenic views and a touch of class.

Moderate / Budget:

Ramada Encore by Wyndham

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If you want to experience the beauty of the Quayside area but are looking for a more affordable hotel, the Ramada Encore by Wyndham couldn’t be a better choice. Decorated nicely throughout and a popular choice for business travel, this hotel is located south of the river in Gateshead, just behind the Sage Concert Hall. You can catch a taxi across the Tyne Bridge to be in Newcastle City Centre within 5 minutes, or take a leisurely 5-minute walk down to the Quays. Cross the Millennium Bridge and you’re in the heart of the Quayside nightlife, museum and restaurant scene.

ACCOMMODATION just outside of Newcastle city centre

If you’re looking where to stay in Newcastle and are on a budget or want somewhere a little different away from the city centre, the following hotels are our top choices. Each option is within a short drive of the city and will show you a different side to Newcastle.

Luxury:

Jesmond Dene House

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Jesmond Dene House is a grand boutique hotel in its own grounds; surrounded by a lake, trees and flower beds. This nature escape is only an 8-minute drive to Newcastle City Centre and is a welcome retreat away from the busy city. You’ll feel like you’re in the countryside! Wander the gardens of Jesmond Dene, enjoy an afternoon tea or snuggle up in a large room with standalone bath. Jesmond Dene House is luxurious throughout and a great place to stay in Newcastle for couples on a romantic getaway.

Moderate / Budget:

Newcastle Jesmond Hotel

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Having stayed at the Jesmond Hotel many times, it strikes us as the perfect place to stay in Newcastle if you want affordability within close proximity to town. Rooms are basic but well maintained and it’s a popular place for group visits. You’re well situated for the excellent bars of Jesmond’s Osbourne road and can catch a taxi to Newcastle city centre in less than 10 minutes. A small hotel with charm, situated in the student nightlife hub of Jesmond.

Sure Hotel by Best Western

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Sure Hotel by West Western is on the outskirts of the city centre heading towards the trendy residential area of Gosforth. Jump in a taxi or local bus and you can reach the city centre in only 5-minutes. In addition to its very affordable price, Sure Hotel is top-rated for its comfortable rooms and adjoining Indian restaurant and bar. A popular place to stay for business travellers frequenting the city and those on a city break that want good value for money.

FAQ’s

What’s the best place to stay in Newcastle for nightlife?

Stay in Jesmond at the Jesmond Hotel to sample the nightlife of Osbourne Road and then catch a cab to the city for more dancing until 3am. If you just want to be in the centre of Newcastle city nightlife, any hotel near Central Station is ideal. Check out Roomzzz Newcastle.

What’s the best place to stay in Newcastle for groups?

We recommend renting a private apartment such as those at the Staybridge Suites. They’re affordable, spacious and can accommodate groups.

What’s the best place to stay in Newcastle for couples?

The most romantic place to stay in the city is Hotel Du Vin in our opinion. This quaint boutique hotel has an outdoor fire pit, luxurious and spacious rooms and views of the River Tyne. Other Options include Hotel Indigo and Malmaison.

What’s the best place to stay in Newcastle for sightseeing?

As Newcastle is so compact, you can walk practically anywhere on foot. Anywhere you stay in the city centre or Quayside is a good choice for sightseeing. Aim to stay near Newcastle Central Station for central access to everything. Hotel Indigo, Premier Inn (The Gate) and Malmaison are all excellent options.

Is Newcastle a cheap place to visit?

The Geordie heart of the North-East is well known for being an affordable place to live and visit. Some bars offer drinks for less than £2 per pint and hotels are some of the cheapest in any big UK city centre. Take advantage of cheap Newcastle hotels and stay somewhere extra special.

Our top tips for Booking your accommodation

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  • Saturday is the most expensive day for hotels. Travel outside of the weekend for cheaper prices.
  • Book well in advance for the best prices for your stay. Check out our hotel booking guide here for tips and tricks.
  • If you’re driving into Newcastle, consider a hotel with free or low-cost parking. Some hotels in the city centre don’t have accessible parking. Therefore, you may be best staying at a hotel on the Quayside where parking is cheaper and more readily available.
  • If you’re visiting Newcastle as a group, consider booking a private apartment. Airbnb is an excellent option.
  • Book a hotel within a short walk of Newcastle Central Station if arriving by train. It’ll save you carrying your luggage around town and you can store it at the hotel on your final day.
  • Check if your hotel has a complimentary breakfast and favour a hotel that does.
  • If you’re visiting Newcastle for a special occasion such as an anniversary or Stag/Hen party, email reception and let them know. They may make your stay extra special!
  • Taxi’s and Uber are very affordable in Newcastle. Download the Blueline (our recommended local taxi company) or Uber app and get around without having to worry about the cost.

The above is inspiration for where to stay in Newcastle based on our own opinions and TripAdvisor reviews. There are some excellent places to stay and a luxury hotel will cost you a lot less than other city centres. The good thing about Newcastle hotels is that many are easily accessible from wherever you are in the city so you can always pop to your room for a rest before checking out the bars and restaurants. You’ll need your energy for the amazing nightlife!

For ideas on the best things to do in Newcastle, check out our activities guide here.


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