Little On Price And Big On Amenities

Issue 55

The Village Hotel offers a high-quality, highly affordable alternative to city centre accommodation for those looking to explore Newcastle and beyond.

From its prime site on Cobalt Business Park the hotel offers deluxe accommodation and as its name “Village” may suggest, also offers plenty to do with an in-house Starbucks, 25 metre swimming pool, 24 hour gym, spa and a “Pub & Grill” sports bar. Despite frequently using the hotel for business meetings, I had never actually stayed so I rocked up with my son Jack to set the story straight. A lovely friendly vibe underpins the hotel and we were warmly welcome on arrival before checking out our room.

This was a supremely stylish space decked out in a funky colour palette of blue, orange and chrome. In addition to the room’s premium bedding, free wifi and a flat screen TV, the marble-laden bathroom comprised a smart rain shower with one of the biggest shower heads we’d ever seen! Perfect then for a quick blast before changing into our evening clobber.

But what are two lads to do when left to their own devices on a bleak mid-week evening? Well, the answer here is simple. The newly refurbished Pub & Grill welcomes residents and non-guests alike offering great value comfort food and a selection of the good stuff on task. Big screen sport is another top priority so we slumped down in front of the TV for an informal dinner watching a double header of Champions League football.

This is hotel fayre at its very best and we kicked off with the calamari and shrimp basket along with the BBQ chicken wings which were shared out between father and son.

For main course, there’s a tasty mix of flatbread pizzas, club sandwiches, classic burgers and wholemeal wraps. There’s even a health conscious “500 club” – a selection of nutritionally balanced dishes of 500 calories or less. Let’s not forget that the Village Hotel boasts one of the largest gym membership followings in the area.

Following up, yours truly chose the pepperoni hot pizza, clearly freshly hand-rolled into a long rectangular shape and presented on a sharing plank. Sharing here was not an option though as young Jack was already wading into the streak frites with real gusto! Now talk about a chip off the old block.

Totally replete, we swerved desserts though did linger for a while over an excellent bottle of Malbec whilst watching the post-match interviews. The following morning, we rose early and headed for the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness centre. The Village Gym experience is endorsed by the likes of Sir Mo Farah and Joe Root so naturally this former swashbuckling number four batsman slotted in well!

The spacious suite features all the latest cardio and resistance equipment and even a spa area complete with swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool. With a fair few calories in the credit column, we looked forward to a good cooked working breakfast, served in the Pub & Grill which had been transformed for breakfast time.

Heading for home, we both agreed that our debut stay at the Village Hotel had been long overdue. Following a recent refurbishment, this hotel is a real class act and offers much for the business and leisure traveller.

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