Of all the ways that I could spend a Sunday evening, a night at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel has to be one of the best.
Situated on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, this hotel has everything you could want for a night away whether you’re hitting the shops and clubs in the city centre, watching Newcastle United play football (albeit badly- I wouldn’t get your hopes up) or heading into the toon on business.
This is a hotel where contemporary styling meets traditional hospitality and personalised service, delicious cocktails are accompanied by even tastier food and a great nights sleep is coupled with amazing views over the Tyne.
Check at 3pm was efficient, friendly and more thorough than other Newcastle hotels I’ve stayed in. A complimentary bottle of water for signing up to the Hilton Honours Programme later, and I was making my way up to our King Executive Room Plus, room 247.
Not only do the Executive rooms offer private check-in and out, they are also fabulous because you get complimentary access to the Hilton’s exclusive Executive Lounge which serves continental breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day, all on the house. Looking out over the river, it offers a spectacular view regardless of what time of day you pull up a pew.
Not too dissimilar from what could be seen looking out of the floor to ceiling Executive Lounge windows, was the amazing view from the bedroom, which enabled me to take in many of the areas most popular sites out over the river and across to the city; the Sage Gateshead, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and the buzzing Quayside Market on a Sunday, to name but a few.
The room was very spacious and had everything I could have wanted from an overnight stay. When I travel, I look for space, light and mirrors as I usually stay away from home for an event or a special occasion in which I need to have enough space to be able to get ready whereas when if I’m travelling for work a room thats spacious with a separate working area is preferable for me. This room more than caters for both scenarios.
As I walked through the door there was ample wardrobe space with an ironing board, iron and trouser press stored inside ready for use, along with a sizeable safe which was perfect for storing valuables in. While the hotel was perfectly safe, I do like it when a safe is provided complimentary as I often travel with some of my favourite accessories that I want to keep secure!
A wide, full length mirror was next to the wardrobe ensuring that you can always see exactly what you look like before heading out to that all important meeting or dinner date. Don’t you just hate it when hotels don’t have full length mirrors?
The spacious bathroom with Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, soft and fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers offered everything I could need, including a separate shower and bath which I always prefer to the over the bath style showers.
The main body of the room was the real selling point for this accommodation with its wall to wall windows offering that incredible view. I could spend so much time looking out over the city; Newcastle always has a buzz about it day and night but despite being so close to bridge, I had a very peaceful nights sleep and didn’t hear a peep from any traffic.
The room benefited from a generous work station where the complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and office amenities such as the phone system were house. An ergonomic chair made sitting at the desk to work comfortable and there was plenty of drawers for storage of paperwork or other clothing, should your stay be longer than ours.
I was really impressed with the office area because it was located behind the bed so once I had finished working, I was able to sit on the huge kingsize bed or chaise lounge to watch the TV with on-demand movies or take in the view without having the distraction of looking at paperwork. This is so important if you’re staying away from home on business because it’s hard to maintain a work/life balance and feeling of switching off.
Of course, the facilities at the Hilton are plentiful that you need not spend much time in your room if you don’t want to. For the fitness fanatics, there’s a gym to keep you in shape and for those who love a swim, there’s a pool with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, all of which are included in the overnight room rate. The pool was a little too popular with children during my stay so unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to enjoy the facilities before I checked out the next day.
After settling into the room, it was time for me to head downstairs to the Windows on the Tyne Bar to enjoy some cocktails with the other bloggers who were staying at the hotel.
The drinks menu at the Hilton is extensive with a great range of the most popular cocktails. I tried out a Strawberry Daiquiri which has to be one of the best I’ve had before we had some cocktail sharing platters between us which included a delicious Cosmopolitan, Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri, Mojito and Pina Colada.
Next, it was time to head up to the Executive Lounge where we enjoyed a couple of glasses of bubbles while looking out at the night sky over the Tyne; the perfect way to wind down after a long day. It was here that we were able to look over the menu for the hotel’s Windows on the Tyne restaurant; very aptly named might I add.
I wore my gorgeous Yours Clothing Navy Cold Shoulder Crinkle Bardot Top for the occasion paired with white jeggings. You may have spotted the look over on my Instagram.
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The great thing about this restaurant is that they offer additional menus for dietary requirements; gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. I am dairy-free and cannot tell you how greatly I appreciated this.
I only discovered that I had a cows milk intolerance back in February and I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it is to eat out at restaurants; from very limited food choices to staff not understanding the importance of your requirements, I can tell you that it was a breath of fresh air to be able to go to the Hilton and enjoy a three course meal, chosen from a completely dairy-free menu, safe in the knowledge that the waitress and chef knew the importance of food intolerances.
I’d certainly go back to the Windows on the Tyne restaurant to enjoy a meal out again; I’d love to take my bestie as I know that she’d really enjoy the food and its great for me to be able to feel included with plenty of options to choose from.
I picked the duck egg and asparagus wrapped in parma ham starter, followed by the fillet steak and king prawns (cooked in olive oil and garlic rather than the butter from the main menu) which was served with hand cut chips, button mushrooms and a tomato compote, followed by the sorbet. Although by the time I reached dessert, I was fit to burst.
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The food was expertly cooked to perfection and I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. I’d highly recommend the steak in particular if you should dine here; it is not one to be missed!
My appreciation must be awarded to the chef but also to Shannon who served our food. She’s a real credit to the hotel, was very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us.
With exceptionally full tummies, we headed up to our own rooms after dinner and I enjoyed a long bath until I’d wrinkled like a prune!
I decided that breakfast in my room was the best way to thoroughly appreciate the stay and the incredible views from the room. After filling in the card and hanging it on the door, I retired for the night and enjoyed a comfortable nights sleep once I’d got used to the rather firm mattress.
The blackout curtains ensured that no light from the city was able to peak into the room and I didn’t hear a single sound from the corridor outside or from the road at the front of the hotel; for a city centre hotel, it is exceptionally quiet which is brilliant news as it enables you to do all of the working, shopping and partying you want but it gives you the opportunity to get the peaceful nights sleep that you need too.
Breakfast arrived bang on time the next morning and let me tell you, it was a feast! I enjoyed a cooked breakfast and then I had melon while my friend enjoyed pastries; everything was piping hot and well cooked that should have been and every item that we had ticked on the list arrived.
Breakfast was immaculately presented and with a little welcome card that made a lovely personal touch. This level of service is something that you don’t usually receive in larger hotels so to see the Hilton doing this impressed me.
I also liked how the room service breakfast was brought up on its own fold away table which mean that I could sit on the chaise to eat. It was certainly a breakfast of champions and rounded our stay off perfectly before a quick check out and a short walk down to the secure hotel car park.
After staying at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those looking for hotels in the North East. It is by far one of the best hotels that I’ve stayed in in the area and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
I love that throughout my stay, the Hilton used a text message service to keep in touch with me to make sure that everything was ok with my room, the facilities and my experience. Every member of staff that we encountered was polite, courteous and knowledgeable which really makes a hotel stand out to me.
If you’d like to stay in one of the top hotels in Newcastle, then you’ll find a room at the Hilton on a one night Bed and Breakfast basis priced from £109, based on two people sharing a Hilton Guest Room. You can even get it cheaper if you book online which I’d always recommend anyway!
You’ll find the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Bottle Bank, NE8 2AR and you can give them a call on 0191 490 9700 for enquiries.
Fancy trying the experience for yourself? Book online here.