I have been fortunate enough to have never had to sleep in a squat, but the Newcastle Room gave me a 2 night taster. The room did have two black sheeted beds with covers but that was where the luxury ended. Forget about a private toilet or shower - 3 toilets and 2 showers for about 20 others who didn't read Tripadvisor before booking. The shower was like a water cannon so soaked everything within range (towel, clothes) as no shower door. The continental breakfast was a loaf of white bread, a stale mini-croissant and some pre-packaged pan-au chocolat - I suspect our continental cousins would be disappointed.
They took a £20 deposit from each pair sharing a room in my 10 man party - fair enough. However when it came to returning the deposit, they wanted to give back as one lump sum once everyone had checked out. This a) makes no sense as we are 10 individual humans paired into rooms responsible for each room separately b) didn't work as some lads were checking out later and we wanted our £20 when we left the room intact, no damage etc. It seemed an attempt to get an extra £20 for each rooms but after a long, tedious discussion, they eventually, begrudgingly, gave our money back.
Now I am not precious, and do not require 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation to be satisfied and acknowledge that generally in life you get what you pay for. But this place is worse than any £5 a night hostel I have stayed in (incl S America and Asia). Just see the other reviews to get a flavour - it is sh1t. In summary, if your idea of a plush place to stay would be a prison cell as you live in a squat then this place will seem like a 1 or 2 star at best. My advice, save your money and sleep in a bus shelter.
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- Established in 2012, Newcastle Rooms is situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is a 19th-century church building with a modern furnishing offering short-term and long term accommodation. ... more less
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