Watching the wonderful former Rock of Ages musical actress Zoe Birkett in Bodyguard brought me back to Newcastle. As I headed on to London the day after the show, I opted for a hotel stay with good traffic connections to Newcastle Airport (NCL). The Hilton Group option felt rather ideal, as the Hampton by Hilton Newcastle is located directly opposite of the main train and metro station and thus features a direct connection to the airport.
Hampton by Hilton Newcastle – Location
The hotel is located at the Southern edge of the city center of Newcastle. The theater, in which I attended the show, was some five minute walking distance. I could see St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle Untied, from my hotel room. Other key attractions are in close proximity as well. The area around the hotel features a couple of bars and restaurants. The same block also hosts a basic supermarket. Other travel needs are available in the train station.
The excellent location is especially underlined by the great public transport connections. The hotel is truly what I call a rail station hotel, being located right opposite of Newcastle station. In front of the station building, there is the staircase to the Metro, bringing you to Gateshead, Sunderland and the airport. Last, but not least, there are bus connections and the station’s taxi stand is located in front of the hotel as well.
Hampton by Hilton Newcastle – Room
I reserved a standard Queen Room for the semi-flex (i.e. five day cancellation period) price of 83.05 GBP. The stay was in August 2023, Friday to Saturday. Breakfast is always included. The hotel upgraded me to a top floor Queen Room with Sofabed. This upgrade was a rather mixed experience for me as the sofabed requires the table on one side of the bed being removed. The room was overall fine, it did not feel too large, though. The room had some maintenance issues. For example, the light at the work desk did not work. I also had larger workdesks in previous Hampton stays in Europe, but regarding I just wanted to have a night there and head to London the day after the show, it was absolutely fine.
The bathroom worked out well, too. Overall, the room felt clean, there were the typical Hampton dispensers on the wall (even though the colors of some products felt unfamiliar to me).
Hampton by Hilton Newcastle – Breakfast
Unfortunately, the breakfast was the negative part of my stay. Just because I did not have any. Due to the hotel’s location, I expected that they offer breakfast 07:00 or 07:30 latest on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, breakfast times were 7:00 to 10:00 on weekdays and 8:00 to 11:00 during my stay. As my flight left at Newcastle Airport (NCL) at 10:00 (some 25 min by Metro), I just could not make it. I felt that the times, especially for Saturdays, are surprisingly late, regarding the location of the hotel. I typically would not downgrade a hotel for breakfast times, as but as they are that late and not stated on the website, I feel it is just too late for a hotel located opposite of the main rail station.
Bad luck, as the breakfast area, as you see in the pictures, is really nice.
Hampton by Hilton Newcastle – Service
The check-in was very friendly. The guy felt happy that I am a Hilton Honors Diamond member (and told it to me several times), as he does not need to take a deposit from my credit cards and other things which made his life easier. Unfortunately, he forgot to either give me bonus points or handing me a snack as a welcome. Overall, the staff was nice, even though I felt only limited attention in regards of criticism. The WiFi was surprisingly weak. Interestingly, the upload speed (5Mbit) was much faster and more reasonable as their download capacity.
On reception level, there is also a nice gym. The area also features the hotel bar and is nice to hang out.
Hampton by Hilton Newcastle – My View
The Hampton by Hilton Newcastle has a lot of potential. There are better Hamptons out there in Europe, but the location is great, the staff is nice and overall friendly. However, the WiFi, maintenance and the breakfast times lead to rather unpleasing stay for me. I likely simply hit their weak spots. That’s life… That’s the nature of any review.
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