Best hotels in Newcastle 2022: Spa breaks and city center views

The capital of northeast England, Newcastle is world famous for its brown ale (ask for “a bottle of dog” if you want to make friends), bridges over the River Tyne (there are seven of them), and is the friendliest city in the country – just ask any local.

There are plenty of reasons to visit, too. St James’ Park, the football ground of Newcastle United, is slap bang in the city centre, and you can hear the roar of 50,000 fans bouncing around the city on any given match day. Newcastle is also the gateway to Hadrian’s Wall and the beaches of Northumberland, a certified Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty. And of course, its nightlife is legendary (although sometimes not for all the right reasons).

Whether you’re after a city center crash pad close to the bars, a chic townhouse stay on the quayside close to the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art or a countryside hotel just outside of the town centre, Newcastle has got you covered. Just make sure you can find you way back to it at the end of the night…

The best hotels in Newcastle are:

Neighborhood: Quayside

The Ark Royal Executive Suite at Malmaison


A boxy townhouse facing the sleek white curve of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Malmaison has been one of the most stylish stays in the city for a while now. Inside, Art Deco chandeliers and houndstooth carpets decorate the lobby. Watching boats glide past on the River Tyne from the brasserie restaurant before hitting the subterranean spa means you don’t even need to leave. If you do opt to, location-wise, you’re just a 10-minute walk from Newcastle city centre, and across the bridge, the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, which has hosted the Turner Prize.

Price: Doubles from £89

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Neighborhood: Jesmond

The two AA rosette restaurant at Jesmond Dene House

(Alexandria Dawn Taylor)

You could be in a remote woodland at this elegant Victorian manor house hotel, but instead you’re just a six-minute taxi from the town center in Jesmond Dene, a valley packed with fir trees, with the River Ouse Burn babbling past. It used to be the residence of the mayor of Newcastle in the 1800s, but these days you’ll find a wholesome country pile with sink-in beds and fuss-free service. Locals go out of their way for Jesmond Dene’s AA-rosette-rated restaurant, with refined northern classics like Yorkshire pork belly and North Sea cod sure to warm your cockles. Rooms in the old house have sloped ceilings, oak paneling and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, though you’ll want to make time for walking in the Dene outside with its crumbling water mill, or heading over up to Jesmond’s well-heeled bar scene come evening.

Price: Doubles from £108

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Neighborhood: Grainger Town

A Superior Corner Room with Balcony at Hotel Indigo

(Hotel Indigo)

Hotel Indigo was a game changer when it launched in Newcastle in 2014, bringing with it the region’s first Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. It’s also one of the few boutique hotels in the city, and although not much of a looker from the outside (it used to be an old office block), rooms are packed full of character with yellow brick bathroom tiles, jewel-coloured throws, mini fridges stocked with complimentary snacks – plus a succulent dinky on bedside tables. Some rooms have terraces with pinstripe deck chairs and there’s also a ground floor terrace where you can bag a £20 bottle of prosecco on Fridays when the northeast weather is at its best.

Price: Doubles from £79

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Neighborhood: Quayside

A Large Castle Suite at The Vermont Hotel

(The Vermont Hotel)

Sitting like a symmetrical tiered wedding cake at the top of the quayside, right next to the medieval Castle Keep (that gives Newcastle its name), the Vermont is a grande dame of a hotel. You’re equidistant from the buzz of the city and the river here, and the hotel is built on the steep slope down to the quayside, right next to a dramatic sandstone railway arch. If you’re in town with a group, the hotel also has 11 stylish serviced apartments over the road. Rooms are cozy with quilted headboards and tartan carpets in washed-out golds. Have a night in at the Maven restaurant, which serves everything from seafood tempura to Vietnamese shaking beef.

Price: Doubles from £68, room only

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Neighborhood: Grainger Town

A Junior Suite at Gray Street Hotel

(Grey Street Hotel)

Geordies are very proud of the fact that Gray Street often tops “the most beautiful street in the UK” lists. This tiny Georgian boutique hotel in a converted bank sits at the bottom of the street’s curve of sandstone townhouses with Grey’s monument proudly at the top, marking the city centre. The architecture is a focal point of the monochrome rooms, too, with Newcastle’s monuments immortalized in cameos on statement wallpaper. Gray Street makes the ideal crash pad – you’re on the doorstep of some of the best spots to eat in town, and the hotel has no restaurant, so even more excuse to get out and about.

Price: Doubles from £64

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Neighborhood: Ouseburn Valley

Tub time for two in a Large Open Plan Suite at Hotel du Vin

(Hotel du Vin)

The polished Hotel du Vin, on the edge of the city center in the creative Ouseburn Valley, is the smooth-talking Don Draper of Newcastle hotels and just a 10-minute walk along the quayside. In a burnished redbrick warehouse with spacious rooms decorated in chocolatey oak paneling, roll-top baths and wrinkled leather armchairs, it’s ideal for couples who want to stay slightly outside of the action. As the name suggests, the hotel takes its food and drink very seriously, so stay in for a meal at the French brasserie. If you’re keen to explore, make a beeline for twin pubs The Tyne Bar and The Free Trade for a pint with the best views in town.

Price: Doubles from £92

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Neighborhood: Quayside

The Hilton’s middle fourth or fifth floors offer ample opportunities for bridge-watching (H


Though purists will argue that it’s technically on the Gateshead side, this hotel has the best views of the emerald-ironwork of the Tyne Bridge, shown off to full advantage through floor-to-ceiling lobby windows. Ask for a bedroom on the middle fourth or fifth floors for peak bridge-watching. There’s also a large swimming pool and spa. You’re just steps from the swing bridge at quayside level and there’s a buzz about nearby shipping container bar complex By the River Brew Co – make sure you have at least one meal at Trakol, where all dishes are cooked on an open fire.

Price: Doubles from £77

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Neighbourhood: Tynemouth

A Sea View Deluxe room

(The Grand)

If you’re visiting the windswept beaches of Northumberland, staying in the pretty seaside town of Tynemouth – located just a 20-minute metro ride east from Newcastle – makes sense. The Victorian Grand Hotel harks back to the town’s beachside glamour, sitting on a cliff at the top of Longsands beach, where surfers slice ice-cold waves. Inside, the hotel lives up to its name, with a sweeping central staircase and traditional rooms, some of which come with four-poster beds. Make sure you grab a lunch of kippers and smoky potatoes at Riley’s Fish Shack, which has had critics raving.

Price: Doubles from £199

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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