The scenic, aged characteristic old building in this photo is highly misleading to potential guests. This place is not located in scenic grounds and pleasant location - as it appears here; it is located in a run down part of suburban Newcastle (Benwell) with ferrel kids not far away kicking balls at night and a row of cheap junk food-to-go outlets to feast on - and nothing else resembling a restaurant or dine in eatery, which is necessary if you arrive later in the evening starving realising there is no in-hotel restaurant either. The Indian receptionist was remiss when I checked in and insisted on taking a photo copy of my driving licence because, he explained, they'd had trouble with other guests involving the police. This filled me with dread about how well my car would be looked after at night and my room contents in my absence. I flatly refused to oblige because I saw no need for it in my case when I had already paid for the room online. I paid to stay in advance for two nights in a single en-suite room for £55. The room - although clean enough, was tiny and run down with heavy blue curtains that wouldn't open, an aged, cheap wardrobe and cheap coffee table. There was no desk, no TV with a signal that worked - rendering it useless. Even the wireless connection gave out no signal. Thankfully my phone had GPS to use with my laptop otherwise I would have had no entertainment at all. The bed, although clean, was lumpy and covered with a 'Brentford Nylons' duvet that felt slippery and clammy. The bathroom - again run down - had a decent sized sink and a good shower suite that worked well. Breakfast was a big miss: it was offered in an enormous room with big brown heavy unlaid out oblong tables and chairs. Food choices were limited and cheap quality: just instant coffee paper sachets to open to add hot water to. Bread products comprised packeted or pre-frozen damp squashed croissants that tasted inedible without being microwaved first to revive them from their stale unheated state. Bread slices was white (no brown choices at all) and no rolls. There was packet cereal if you wanted it but no fruit, just concentrated juice. There was a big TV to watch. The only good thing about this place was the price, the free parking and convenient public transport nearby into town (10 mins by bus). The price reflecting the quality but, frankly I have stayed in a lot better for a similar price. I would describe the NRs as a cheap hostel. Shame I had nothing better to say because the build exterior has such character and still has a lot of potential in the right hands.
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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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