Do Not Stay Here. The only thing i can say that was good about this hotel was the exit door.
Seriously, I stay in quite a few hotels home and abroad and i never been to a hotel as bad.
The hotel reception staff were very nice, checking us and handing out the keys. I was staying with a party of runners for the great north run 2007 and we were not expecting a 5* hotel by any means, because the prices were very reasonable. Now i know why!!
The hotel smelt like an old folks hime ( no disrespect to any homes of this nature), but when there are no old folks resident, we began to worry.
It smelt musty and the decor was very dated and all fixtures and fittings appeared unkept.
Our room - When we got to our room, we had dirty carpets (wearing a light coloured pair of socks while settling in, they were black underneath within an hour).
The room smelt musty too and there was alot of damp appearance in the ceiling and high on the walls.
The bedding was clean though but the wardrobes were not. Having tissues in them, possibly from the previous residents or a fact that the cleaner has just not bothered.
The TV worked and so did the kettle which was a bonus considering the real run down state of this place.
Bathroom - The bathroom floor was lino of a sticky and tacky style which again was dirty and unkept having many rips around the toilet area and near the door.
The toilet seat was a wooden one and did not match the terrible decor. The seat was also cracked (god knows what germs were in there)??
There were chunks of plaster missing from the walls and the showers were butlins style from the 70's. Poor, luke warm at the best times and the power of a 2V battery.
The breakfast was quite good. Being a runner we needed alot of fibre n energy food in the morning at it was provided.
This is a lovely building being right next to the train station for commuting into Newcastle Centre, however with alot of money and regeneration it could be a lovely hotel.
Until that time, don't stay here as it is rated as a -1* in my book.
Bad Room, Bad smell and very very very run down.
Thanks for reading. If you got this far you are very brave!!!
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