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OK, as suggested below, here is a new thread to cover Newcastle Hotels, of which there is a lot to talk about.

I'm guessing the hotels that do have threads will be significant developments so probably warrant their own. But perhaps a general Newcastle Hotels thread could be created, where past, current and future hotels could be discussed?
There are specific project threads for those new hotels currently proposed, and while that will doubtless continue to be what happens on here when a specific hotel project reaches the 'proposal' stage, I see no reason why future plans cannot be discussed in general on here, along with the present and the past. Hence the thread title of "Hotels of the past, the present and future plans"

Also, while most hotels are/will be, in Newcastle, we can also include those from Gateshead/North Tyneside, etc (the "Newcastle Metro Area", in fact!).
 

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Here are the posts, from the Downing Plaza Project thread, that led to the creation of this "general HOTELS thread" . . .

I've just looked at the Downing Press release regarding Downing Plaza construction start and it states at the bottom:

Quote: "Future phases of Downing Plaza will include an additional 100,000 sq ft of offices, two hotels - a 183-bed hotel and 102-bed suite hotel - a 462-bed student village and extensive retail space, across six steel and glass-clad buildings designed by acclaimed architects Ian Simpson".

So the sale of the Downing planned hotel site, must be a very recent thing if true.
johnnypd, the hotel site is up for sale!!! google is a wonderful tool
^^ I haven't found anything on google relating to Downing selling any of their development. The only news relating to Downing Plaza and a hotel is that of the sale of the Brewery HQ to the hotel group opening the Sandman Signature.
I think Ruth must be mistaken or misunderstood the Brewery HQ was sold to Sandman hotels after planning to knock the building down and build on it themselves- the 50 odd floor tower was metioned- obviously a large proportion of the tower would have been apartments and the recession seen this plan thrown in the bin. The building was hence sold to the canadian hotel group.

Bed occupancy in Newcastle is one of the highest in the UK- and it would be mad for Downing not to build the 4 star hotel there- operators would jump on the chance to be on that site- right next to St James's park and right next to the new up coming office sector of the city means occupancy would be high all week. With Crown Plaza being built on Stephenson Quarter, already a hilton, copthorne and Malmaison- a Radisson hotel or even a Novotel would be my bet.
I think your right about Ruth being mistaken/misunderstood.

Anyway while browsing for information I came across some saying Downing were in 'advanced' talks for Novotel to operate the 4 star hotel and Adagio City Aparthotel to operate the serviced apartments. This was news to me.
Well if it was Novotel- some of them are really nice and they seem to be expanding quickly- the new one in Liverpool looks really smart. Still think we miss that Radisson hotel thought.

Totally off on a tangent- but does anyone know what is happening with Irving/ Irvine house (it think that is the name) that has permission for a hotel beween the Lit and Phil and Tokyo pub on Westgate Road- and for that matter is Sleeperz going ahead? If those two would happen the street would be just finished off nicely.
Sleeperz still has expansion plans listed on their website but I haven't heard anymore. I really like the look of it though. I'm guessing the plans might be on hold for a short while due to the recession.

There is already a Novotel in Newcastle. However it is serving the Airport mainly, so one in the city centre would be a good choice. I agree about the Radisson, they recently opened a Radisson SAS in Durham.

I feel the city really could do with a Radisson and also a Ramada hotel.

Do we not have a thread for hotels?
Not sure if I could stomach a ramada. Perhaps a marriott, or even better a residence inn. Hotels based around appartments, with kitchens and living areas are popular these days. I think the hotel du vin may be a similar concept.
I think there was talk not long ago of Marriott looking at the city centre. They already have 2 here though, one at Gosforth and one at the MetroCentre. Is that what the Staybridge suites are? I'm guessing thats what they mean by the serviced apartments part of the hotel.
time will tell
So would a source... (Not Google- Already done a search and as I've said there's no such results; just all about the Brewery HQ).
The new 'Newcastle Airport hotel' was originally going to open under the 'Ramada' chain before the developers went bust ... Hilton have now stepped in and will eventually open it under their 'Doubletree' brand.
So far, I think all the hotels have their own individual 'Project threads'.

That doesn't mean to say we shouldn't have a "Newcastle Hotels" general thread, if we want one?
Would it be easier to just roll them all up into one thread, or would that be a bit too "general" an approach?
I'm guessing the hotels that do have threads will be significant developments so probably warrant their own.

But perhaps a general Newcastle Hotels thread could be created, where past, current and future hotels could be discussed?
 

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The Newcastle "Centre Hotel" . . .







Newcastle Centre Hotel, deck level entrance, in 1977 . .



I'm not certain exactly when this was opened, I think it was 1976. As can be seen, the plans published in 'City News' are dated January 1974 (see below).



Since being a 'Centre Hotel', it has gone through a lot of owners and names and owners, with the Centre Hotel's short, but varied, history being . . .

1970s - Centre Hotel
1980s - Crest Hotel
1980s - Forte Crest (when first bought out by forte)
1990s - Forte Posthouse
1990s - Holiday Inn
2000s - Premier Inn

I think that's it, SIX names . . have I missed any?

I'm surprised though, when I first thought about it (although the building hasn't been there very long, I know) I just thought it had been known by more different names than that!

I suppose that is quite a few names really, for a relatively recently built hotel.




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Premier Inn are the present owners, forte posthouse were also owners in the past.
So, the Centre Hotel's short, but varied, history is now emerging . .

1970s - Centre Hotel
1980s - Crest Hotel
1980s - Forte Crest (when first bought out by forte)
1990s - Forte Posthouse
1990s - Holiday Inn
2000s - Premier Inn

I think that's it, SIX names . . have I missed any?

I'm surprised though, when I first thought about it (although the building hasn't been there very long, I know) I just thought it had been known by more different names than that!

I suppose thats quite a few names really, for a relatively recently built hotel.


 

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Newcastle Hotel outshines London rivals to win place on top list
Jan 21 2010 The Journal



A HOTEL in Newcastle has been named one of the best in the UK.

The Staybridge Suites on Buxton Road, Newcastle, is at number 21 in the list of 25 hotels voted for by travellers for annual awards organised by TripAdvisor.

No London establishment made it onto the list.

The top British hotel according to European travellers was Rudding Park near Harrogate, Yorkshire, with travellers praising its “faultless service“. It was also sixth in the best luxury hotels of the world list.

Second was the Manor Coach House in Worcester, which was also second on Europe’s best bargain list.

Third in the top 25 UK list was Boskerris Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall, with Can-y-Bae in Llandudno, North Wales, fourth. TripAdvisor’s European marketing vice-president Alison Copus said: “With the Olympics just two years away it’s worrying not to see a single London hotel in the top 25 UK list.

“Come 2012 all eyes will be on our capital city and London hotels are clearly going to have to raise their game to make sure they provide world-class accommodation.”

The top 10 UK hotels as voted for by world travellers were: Rudding Park, Harrogate, Yorkshire; The Manor Coach House, Worcester; Boskerris Hotel, St Ives Can-y-Bae, Llandudno, North Wales; Charterhouse Hotel, Torquay; Silverdale, Seaford, East Sussex; Castlebank Hotel, Conwy, Wales; Avalon Beach Hotel, Bournemouth; Dunkery Beacon Hotel, Exmoor, Somerset; Trelaske Hotel, Looe, Cornwall.


NB - The above photo was inserted by me, and taken by hollow man



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This is great news when you consider that almost all the other hotels in the top 25 are in small towns and villages. There's nothing from leeds, manchester, liverpool, london, glasgow, edinburgh or birmingham for example.

Here are some of the users' photos from tripadvisor:









It also just goes to show how popular appartment hotels are at the moment. Why would you want to stay in a regular hotel room, when you could stay in somehere like this for the same price?
 

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I see the Holiday Inn Express, which was rebranded Express by Holiday Inn, has been re-re-branded back to the Holiday Inn Express. :lol:
 

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Ha, I wonder if they've paid some marketing consultants an absolute fortune for that! Maybe the same marketing consultants that "rebranded" my place of work for a vast sum of money, only for them to do nothing but slightly change the shade of green used, to apparently make it look more modern! And I do mean only very slightly!
 

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Nobody is going to say 'I'm staying at the express by holiday inn'. It's a ridiculous name. Courtyard "by" marriott is another.
 

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Am I the only one who doesn't particularly like that building? It's like IKEA have started selling flat pack hotels. I don't see much difference between it and the council estate next door, in fact the council estate looks like it's been made of longer lasting more durable materials.
 

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Am I the only one who doesn't particularly like that building? It's like IKEA have started selling flat pack hotels. I don't see much difference between it and the council estate next door, in fact the council estate looks like it's been made of longer lasting more durable materials.
No, I'm not too keen on it either, though I must admit the bottom bit where the entrance is fairly good.
 

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Am I the only one who doesn't particularly like that building? It's like IKEA have started selling flat pack hotels. I don't see much difference between it and the council estate next door, in fact the council estate looks like it's been made of longer lasting more durable materials.
i'm with you on this one. don't like it one bit, though it is nice that it is so highly rated by its customers.
 
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