Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Motel One Review | A Stylish, Budget Hotel in Central Newcastle

Motel One is a stylish hotel set on the cobbled streets of High Bridge, Newcastle. Opened in 2016, it's still a bit of a hidden gem I think. 

Motel One Review | A Stylish, Budget Hotel in Central Newcastle

The location, price, staff and design are all fantastic and I would highly recommend considering Motel One if you are looking for a hotel which is affordable, stylish and central. Rooms are available from just £69. 

Motel One Lobby Newcastle - exposed brickwork and chandelier

Motel One is probably the most central hotel in Newcastle - located on High Bridge just off Grey Street you are in the perfect position for shopping and the bars and attractions of Grey Street, The Gate, Eldon Square, Central Station and the Bigg Market.


The hotel is also very convenient for a night out, especially if you are visiting The Stand Comedy Club which is just next door. We have always stayed here for leisure but the hotel really lends itself to business travellers too with complimentary wifi throughout and a comfortable lobby which would make a nice place to meet for an informal business meeting. 

Motel One Newcastle bar and lobby area

Motel One Newcastle Bar and Lobby Area

The staff are super friendly and welcoming and cannot do enough for you. 

Motel One Newcastle Bar

The hotel bar is also a bit of a hidden gem. Open to both residents and non-residents, the bar staff are keen and friendly and happy to chat and offer advice or tell you a little more about specific drinks (is it just me that never knows what half the ingredients in a cocktail are?). Hot drinks are also available and there are some local beers available too. 

Local beers from the bar at Motel One Newcastle

Signature cocktails from the bar at Motel One Newcastle

If the sun is shining, they usually open the doors onto a wonderful little terrace which is a fantastic sun trap. 

Daiquiri Cocktail from Motel One Newcastle

Signature cocktail and a Whiskey Sour from Motel One Newcastle

The Dedrooms at Motel One

Although it mostly doesn't feel like it, Motel One classes itself as a budget hotel. Remember, stays are available from £69! Our standard room during our last stay was very compact but at the same time very functional.

The room packed more in than we would have expected from a budget hotel room - tea and coffee making facilities plus a hairdryer and toiletries for example. There was also room to squeeze in a small desk in the corner and the shower was spacious and very powerful. Plus there is the holy grail of hotel rooms - a plug socket next to either side of the bed! woohoo! Our bed was super comfy, the room was dark and we heard no noise through the evening. 

A Motel One Newcastle Double Bedroom

We even had a view over the rooftops of Newcastle - spot the Tyne Bridge and Sage in the distance. 

A view from our bedroom of Tyne Bridge and Sage at Motel One Newcastle

There were a few negatives to our room - no wardrobe space or drawers (just those external hangers you hang on rails) and the space issue. For me these can definitely be overlooked though and it's a compromise I'm happy to make when all things are considered.

Where to visit when you're staying at Motel One

Motel One is next door to The Stand Comedy club. We paid £5 for entry on 'free food Thursday' and it was definitely money well spent. We laughed the night away to four fantastic comedians and loved that it was just next door! Pleased to Meet You is two doors away and a nice place to head to for a cocktail or two, especially if you're a fan of Gin.

On Grey Street (right next to the hotel) you are spoilt for choice with some of my favourites including Las IguanasThe Fat HippoDat Bar, Lola Jeans and The Botanist all being within a 3 minute walk of the hotel. 

The Botanist signature cocktail, Newcastle
The Botanist

In the other direction you have the crazy night life of the Bigg Market, The Gate (home to bars, restaurants, casino and cinema) and the start of the 'diamond strip'. Again, all a few minutes walk.

For shopping I think Motel One is possibly the closest hotel to intu Eldon Square. The Grainger Market is right on your doorstep too as is the wonderful Central Arcade and Northumberland Street isn't far either. 

Breakfast at Motel One

Motel One offer a breakfast buffet for £9.95. We passed on this as we rarely pay for breakfast in a hotel unless it is in with the price - there are usually better deals to be had.

We walked past the buffet in the morning though and were impressed to see ingredients had been locally sourced from Newcastle's Grainger Market. Everything looked delicious so perhaps this would be an option if you were in a rush or didn't want to find somewhere else. There is a late check out of 12 noon at Motel One so you have plenty of time for a leisurely morning.

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Motel One Review | A Stylish, Budget Hotel in Central Newcastle

Motel One Review | A Stylish, Budget Hotel in Central Newcastle


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