On Friday 12th February Marc and I decided to stay over at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle for an evening to celebrate Valentine’s weekend. If you’ve not heard of Sandman Signature Hotel, its based right in the heart of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne city centre. It is right across the road from St James Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club and a mere walk away from Eldon Square (a shopping centre here in the Toon) and there are also lots of bars, restaurants and fun things to do nearby, literally the hotel is 5 minutes away from China Town and The Gate and a couple of extra minutes walk from the likes of the Centre Of Life, Theatre Royal and the famous Quayside. In terms of location, it ticks all of the boxes. So what is the building like? Well it’s housed in the former home of the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery and it is decorated beautifully. What I really loved about it was that the Sandman Signature Hotel really seems to take pride in being based in Newcastle and I found the wall art images of various landmarks placed on one of the walls in our room was a great touch.
We stayed at the hotel during a promotion which I believe was “The Exclusive Winter Warmer Offer” which included one nights accommodation, complementary 2pm checkout, full English breakfast for two and a bottle of bubbly. As many of you may know, Marc and I aren’t drinkers so we weren’t too fussed about the bottle but priced at £90 for the deal, we thought it was a good offer as some days the room alone can cost over £90, plus it was a one-off treat. The room we stayed in was a King room which included a kingsize bed (Although I do suspect this was actually smaller as our double at home seemed to be bigger, but I could well be wrong) Also in the room was a fridge, microwave, 32″ TV, desk/work area, iron, heating/aircon unit, bathroom, little seating area and of course a nice view. We were on the 8th floor and had an absolutely brilliant view of St James Park, which I think would be particularly appreciated by die-hard NUFC fans.
Now the room its self was beautiful, super clean and decorated beautifully. The bed was extremely comfortable and everything was in perfect working order. The only problem? Well the location of the actual room. We were in room 801 which was situated right across from the lifts and it seemed as though through the night we were woke up every couple of hours. This wasn’t because the lifts were noisy, it was because people kept arriving back, drunk from their nights out and they didn’t seem to have any sense of realisation that there were other people sleeping in the hotel. It also didn’t help that the people in the room next to us seemed to have their music on loudly and every so often we’d hear a random scream (yep, we were confused to, and no, they weren’t at it) At this point we really should have rung reception to complain but I think a combination of being half asleep and stubborn Brits who don’t like to complain kicked in and prevented us from doing so. Luckily the night did calm down in the end and when we did hit the land of nod without being woken up we did actually get a good sleep. I think the drunken guests were down to it being a Friday night which is understandable, although I never thought that Sandman Signature Hotel would be your hotel of choice if you’re spending your time in the Toon on the lash, I know if I was going out drinking and needed accommodation I’d opt for somewhere less upmarket and more affordable like Holiday Inn or Premier Inn, not a more luxury hotel like Sandman Signature but hey ho, each to their own.
Anyway, after our night we headed down for breakfast. I stupidly forgot to snap a picture but it was a tasty meal. It wasn’t anything particularly special but as far as breakfast goes, it wasn’t bad and it hit the spot. One thing I would like to mention is the Staff at the hotel. Each and every person we spoke to was friendly and extremely helpful. This is something I think should be the case with all hotels but unfortunately it isn’t as sometimes you get some right grumpy and stroppy individuals but not at Sandman, the staff are ALWAYS happy and willing to help, so they definitely get a big thumbs up from myself and Marc.
Would we stay at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle again? We would if we had a special event to attend or if it was one of our birthdays or another celebration however, I think next time we’ll be a bit more weary of the day we stay to ensure we sleep like babies. The hotel its self is lovely, the staff are wonderful and it has a great location, ideal if you’re someone who really wants to discover Newcastle. The only thing I will say is that it is a little bit pricey but do bear in mind that you are paying for quality and it is a great place to stay for a celebratory treat. Oh and do be sure to try the complimentary drinks machine in the lobby, the hot chocolate is lovely.
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Have you stayed at the Sandman Signature Hotel Newcastle? What did you think of it?