I have to come clean here. I have stayed at Jesmond Dene a fair few times. I have eaten there many times. I think it is simply THE best hotel I have ever experienced. Perhaps I should just stop now and post! But it would be good to tell you more, even though really all you have to do is glance at other reviews on here to know this is amongst the best there is.
More specifics, then. We stayed there Fri 8th and Sat 9th June. Room 2, ground floor of the main house. Have previously done other rooms in the main building and a suite in the new house.
Gloriously furnished, comfortable, clean, beautiful panelled ceiling.The usual fab bathroom and warm floor (I'm going to sleep on the bathroom floor one night when I stay there instead of the bed!)
Its a bedroom, but with space to sit and relax - Close House, take note. Plenty of room for laptop and our own ipod speakers (though they provide these with the radio)
Currently the main house is exhibiting Norman Cornish artwork in the public rooms - a real delight. Period furnishings and features mean the place is subtle but sumptuous. Its a "posh" hotel. But you don't have to be posh - I certainly am not. I am always just "me" when I go there, and that is what makes it so wonderful. You don't have to try hard - because they DO and they make it so easy for you.
Our meal on the Friday night was sublime - as usual. Brilliant service, a taster of the ice cream flavour we had not had before and a lovely young French waiter who came back to tell me all about the French cheese he had forgotten the name of...I had already said it was enough that he liked it!
Breakfast at JD is a small glory. And on the Sat it kind of drifted into reading the papers in the sun, which turned into a late lunch - hey, we had nothing better to do. I doubt there IS much better to do, to be honest.
Sat evening and night we were out, but returned late for a drink and a lovely chat in the bar with our server. He recommended a Wylam real ale for my partner and shared an enthusiasm for Lindisfarne, (the band, rather than the place!) I guess the hotel can pick and chose from the best of local staff - in our experience they don't make mistakes. Staff are without exception superbly drilled, nothing is too much trouble, they are friendly and warm - just sheer quality.
Leaving on the Saturday was tough - it always is!
I was comforted by the fact that I was due to return for a meal on the following Wednesday - June 12th. I had bought my parents a voucher for a meal and overnight stay at Christmas but Dad had been seriously ill and they had been unable to use it until then - my Mum's Birthday.
I explained Dad's health issues on booking - nothing was too much trouble. Free room upgrade. We all had a lovely meal and Mum was suitably spoilt! Thank you for the personalised petits fours! (My dad joked next time he comes for a meal he will just have the "all the free stuff"!)
I came home, they stayed on, and had a lovely night. A real treat for them - and I appreciate so much that they now know they CAN stay in a hotel, despite dad's health. Jesmond Dene made it so easy for them.
I have stayed in some top class hotels that have been all style and no substance.
By that I mean they dazzle the guest but forget the basics. Forget the primary importance of quality facilities where real thought is given to what the guest needs. Forget that dedicated, committed staff who are happy to give their all go a million miles to making an unforgettable experience.
Jesmond Dene does not forget this. It has never forgotten this in my many visits.
I forget it.....I just expect that from beginning to end it will be a classy and comfortable time.
Guess what? It is.
Can't wait to go back. As usual.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A grand house with contemporary style, a leafy setting near the heart of the city. Jesmond Dene House is neither a townhouse nor a country house hotel. It's simply 40 well-designed bedrooms and suites in a richly historic building offering understated luxury and rather good food. Overlooking the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, the privately owned hotel guarantees peace, escapism and a refreshing change. Newcastle's city centre, however, is only a five-minute drive. The hotel recently received 4 red stars and the AA Hotel of the Year 2008-2009. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jesmond Dene House Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Jesmond Dene Hotel
- Hotel Jesmond Dene