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Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

Entering the Marriott at Gosforth Park, I saw that it had been opened in 1966 and something walked across my grave: I had stayed in the Swallow Gateshead (formerly the Five Bridges Hotel, also opened in that year) and the experience was such that I should rather gnaw off one of my own legs rather than repeat it. However, I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

The Reception staff were pleasant, efficient and friendly. They were also very knowledgeable, answering my many questions with ease and enthusiasm.

My room was spacious, airy, well airconditioned, spotlessly clean and smelled fresh. The TV worked, the shower had a good flow and the bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever enjoyed. Tea and coffee were in good supply and the kettle was clean and efficient. There was also an ice bucket, tongs and a corkscrew. Better yet, there was a free ice machine along the corridor.

The working accommodation was spacious and liberal amounts of tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits were laid on throughout the working day.

The food in the restaurant was excellent. Breakfast was plentiful and varied and catered to all tastes. On Saturday evening colleagues dined in a conference suite. The starters were not to some colleagues' tastes; however, a quick word with the remarkably efficient Supervisor and alternatives were laid on; she is an impressive lady and her flexibility and can-do attitude deserve merit.

For those not wanting to make a quick getaway on Sunday (and many rued their decision to do so), a truly delicious lunch was laid on.

The fitness suite is small-ish, but well equipped and the pool was a godsend on a very hot weekend.

So, what's not to like?

Well, the bar prices are expensive; almost five quid for a lager in the Chaps cafe bar is too steep. I waited for my barman to change into a mask and produce a pistol when he asked for the money, but I was disappointed. The food in Chaps promises much, but is ultimately underwhelming; this is one area the hotel should look at, especially as there is a very good pub across the roundabout offering beer, wine and food of equivalent quality at half the price.

Another gripe is having to pay for wi-fi access; in this day and age is it really necessary?

These minor hassles aside, the Marriott Gosforth Park is a delightful place to stay, partly because of its location, partly because of its facilities, but overwhelmingly because of its staff.

Enjoy.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

I have stayed here a few times on business and it is a reliable, consistent hotel where the staff are always very friendly and provide great service. The hotel has all the amenities you would expect of a Marriott with a decent (but not brilliant) gym, pool, sauna etc. The hotel doesn't look great from the outside looking a little like an office block from the 70's but the interior is modern and plush. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the beds are especially comfortable.

The downside of the hotel for me is the restaurant. With no restaurants within walking distance the hotel restaurant is always busy but this seems to cause long delays and I waited about 45 mins for my starter. I was also annoyed at finding the price of my beer was over £5 a pint which seems extortionate even by hotel standards.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 23, 2010

excellent hotel-totally up to the dependable and reliable Marriott standards. All the staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. The person who impressed us most however was a member of staff in the dining room who, we were told, has been in this industry for 43 years. I don't know why he stays at the Marriott when he could make a fortune training others in the UK hospitality industry how it's done! Well done Marriott on selecting and training such good people who generate a feeling of loyalt6y in their customers.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

I stayed at this hotel for 1 night and it was lovely. The rooms are very nice with a big LCD tv and dressing table. A cooked breakfast was included in the cost, we paid £3 to get it brought to our room, well worth it!

Overall this hotel is really nice and I would stay again, only downside was the cost of drinks.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

I have stayed here several times and have always enjoyed great service from the helpful and friendly staff. The most recent stay, we chose to spend it here with the rest of my family to celebrate our parents golden wedding anniversary. On Fridays they have a dinner and dance evening, on that particular night it was a rat pack night, which was brilliant, he dedicated a song to them, which was a nice touch. In the restaurant the food was exceptional, the best I have had at the hotel,don't know if the chef is differant on a Friday to a Saturday, but the food was definitely better. The hotel had printed a congratulations message on the menu and gave them complimentary champagne, which made the night extra special. The maitre'd gave the right amount of service and the waiting staff were excellent. The hotel is a big hotel, with boutique hotel service, friendly and professional, it usually has a function going on, in one of the many funtion rooms. The pool is a good size and the steam,sauna and gym areas are clean and modern. I have stayed in all the room types, there is'nt much differance in the executive rooms, but you can go into the executive lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks. The hotel has a woodland walk which is a bonus if you wanted a run or brisk walk. The breakfast was the usual hotel fare, but you could order from the menu, one of us ordered porridge which had a price of £4, but there was no extra charge. All in all a lovely weekend was enjoyed by all, at a good price of £109 per room with 4 course dinner, entertainment and breakfast.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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