I've just spent two nights at this Marriott, it's in a dated building with hideous early 70s architecture but once inside it is stylish and well maintained. The staff are very helpful; the first room we were allocated on the third floor overlooked the kitchen and was akin to being accommodated above a KFC, the room smelled like a Deep Fat Fryer and we asked to move. The receptionist was really helpful and within no time we were moved to room 411 at the rear of the hotel, which was quiet, well away from the kitchens and had a better view. The big disappointment was the bed, or to be more precise the mattress, it was really poor quality, far too springy and gave no back support; they must have purchased it from the bed store equivalent of Poundland. I tried to ask the (Eastern European) maid if all the rooms had the same type of mattress but she misunderstood and just said that all the beds were doubles or singles! As we were only staying for two nights and had already been moved, we did not make a big deal about it. That aside the room was well appointed and the hotel had good facilities. The hot and cold breakfast buffet had a wide choice from full English to continental with cold meats, fresh fruit, pastries, etc and four choices of juice. The sausages and bacon were really good but the Black Pudding was very dry. The chef also prepares fresh omelettes to order and their poached eggs were cooked perfectly. Luckily we were on a B&B rate; otherwise the breakfast costs £15.95 per person, which is a bit much. We went for a walk through the grounds to the rear of the hotel, which were lightly wooded and were pleasantly surprised to see four deer within 50 metres of the hotel, the woodland path then leads to wide open fields. The hotel is in a fairly isolated location with only a petrol station and a McDonalds nearby; it is a good 15 minutes to Newcastle though Gosforth is obviously much closer and has a good selection of bars and some decent eateries. We attended a charity function on the Saturday night; our reason for staying in the hotel and the staff again were very helpful and friendly. If I return for the function next year I would probably stay in the hotel again but would check the mattress quality before accepting the room.