Had to stay at this hotel as was coming up for a family wedding and the rest of the party were booked in here. Arrived shortly after 2pm (official check in time) and had to wait between 10-15 minutes for anyone to appear at reception - despite ringing the bell 3 times. Not a great welcome after a 4 hour drive! And when someone did appear there was no apology for the wait, I was simply handed my room key and asked when I wanted breakfast.
And so up the (very creaky) stairs to my room. My parents were also staying at the same hotel and had received a welcome pack in their room, there was none in mine though. Although there was a coffee ringed menu for the restaurant downstairs (complete with tippex to highlight price changes).
The furnishing was basic (although some of the trim on the bottom of the dressing table drawers was broken), the bedlinen appeared to be clean, there was a television and hairdryer provided as well as tea and coffee making facilities (although the lead of the kettle was too short!!)
The bathroom was a reasonable size, with a shower over the bath. Mini toiletries were provided which was a nice touch, however when I ran a bath the top of the tap fall off revealing a very grubby underneath!
I managed to sleep well eventually, however the room was so hot initially it was very uncomfortable, there was also some form of generator outside my window which emitted a loud humming noise every few minutes.
Breakfast was great, probably the best part of my stay. Cooked breakfast was provided as well as a selection of cereals, fruit and pastries.
I was disappointed to note that the room obviously had not been cleaned very well after the last guests, proof was an empty wine bottle in my bedside cupboard!!
There was one member of staff who was lovely, she was very helpful and friendly and accommodated us in the bar after we got back from the wedding, but on the whole I found the staff to be slightly unfriendly. When I checked out I was not asked if things had been ok with my room, perhaps if I had been I would not be writing this review now!
For £69 a night I expect more from a hotel, unfortunately I can not say I would ever stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ryton Country House is set in Old Ryton Village just a short drive from Newcastle city centre and the very popular Metro Centre. Our old country house is situated in a stunning old village full of character and has great links to fantastic walks, cycle paths and many local attractions. Ryton Country House offers meals seven days a week serving from 18:00-21:00pm Monday through to Friday. Saturday Hours are from 12:00-21:00pm and Sunday roast available from 12:00-18:00pm. ... more less
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