If you read my post on what I’ve been up to this year then you’ll already be aware that in early May my boyfriend Pete and I stayed overnight in Newcastle to celebrate his birthday. We looked at quite a few places to stay online but in the end, we settled on Staybridge Suites Newcastle. Unlike a standard hotel Staybridge Suites offers, you guessed it, suites. From studio suites to one-bedroom suites. I believe all suites come with complimentary wifi and hot buffet breakfast and each suite claims to be bigger than a standard hotel bedroom.
Each suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen which makes the hotel ideal for long stay visits. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, business centre plus they even allow pets which is handy for those travelling with four-legged friends. There is even a 24/7 convenience store cutely named The Pantry which I think is both handy and utterly adorable. The hotel also offers complimentary food and drinks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as a chance to get together and socialise which is super ideal for those having a longer extended stay at Staybridge Suites Newcastle.
A good location
I and my fella opted to stay here on a Friday evening. We booked a Studio Suite which I believe was around the £69 mark. We were super excited to arrive, especially after a day walking around Newcastle when it was rather hot. Check in was at 3pm but by the time we got there, it was around 4.30pm. Now although Staybridge Suites Newcastle is on the Quayside, it isn’t on the Quayside if you know what I mean. The hotel is kind of situated in the middle of residential housing away from the hustle and bustle of the lively Quayside but it is still within walking distance. The area its self isn’t bad. It was quiet enough, it’s just that the modern hotel kind of stuck out like a sore thumb.
Realistically the location is ideal though. It’s a five-minute drive from the A167(M), a fifteen-minute drive from Newcastle Airport plus Gateshead centre is a mere ten-minute drive across the Tyne. The hotel also isn’t too far from Central Station either. If you’re in a car you won’t have an issue with the location but if you are on foot like myself and Peter were, it was a bit of a trek to get to from the Quayside and it was all uphill. By the time we reached the hotel we were roasting and absolutely knackered. We just wanted to get into our room and chill.
A good start, a hiccup and then a lovely evening
When we got into the hotel we were checked in my a super friendly guy who made sure we had everything we needed and even offered us complimentary teacakes which I thought was a really lovely touch. Anyway, armed with our room key, wifi code and bags we headed up to our room. All we wanted to do was lie down and chill but when we got there things weren’t quite right.
The curtains were closed. There was an ironing board erected in the middle of the room. Then we discovered a dirty coffee cup, shower gel all over the shower, towels on the floor, an unmade bed, various drinks items left in the kitchen and rubbish in the bins. It was obvious, the room had not been cleaned from the last guest. At this point, all we wanted to do was lie down but Peter was not a happy bunny and marched back down to reception whilst I waited with our heavy bags.
Soon enough my fella returned with a manager who was utterly lovely. She couldn’t have apologised enough and was going to investigate what had gone on with housekeeping. For the mistake, we got upgraded to a beautiful one bedroom suite and we were given a complimentary bottle of Rosé. Our new room was spotless and very tastefully decorated. We had a full kitchen, a lovely little sitting area, a cosy bedroom complete with a super comfortable king size bed and a bathroom which included a bath. Which I took full advantage of. The whole suite was gorgeous and we could not fault it.
A fab romantic place to stay
During our stay, we planned on walking down to the Quayside to have food on the evening, however, when my anxiety got the better of me we decided to stay in and order food instead because you can order pretty much anything to the hotel. Deliveroo, Just-Eat, a local takeaway, you name it. So that is what we did. After must indecisiveness we opted for Chinese food, cuddled up together and did what we do best, we made each other laugh our heads off. It was super lovely and super romantic even though to many looking in it sounds like a pretty simple standard evening. I guess that is the thing when you are in love, it’s not about what you do, it is about the company and spending quality time together with someone who makes you genuinely happy just by being themselves. The cosy atmosphere definitely made our night super enjoyable and we certainly got a great nights sleep that evening too.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try out the complimentary breakfast as me being the lazy bones that I am missed it but I can hand on heart say that we loved our stay at Staybridge Suites Newcastle. Minus the little hiccup at the start, our stay was incredible. All the staff were super lovely and were willing to go above and beyond. Our suite was gorgeous and I think we will definitely be back in the future.
Have you stayed at Staybridge Suites Newcastle? What did you think of the hotel?