The Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle is beautifully boutique and perfectly positioned for taking advantage of all this wonderful city has to offer ahead of Christmas.
Reception is full of twinkling lights and luxurious furnishings – decadent sofas and chairs in pretty mis-matched vibrant colours, statement lights and tropical plant vibes make this a perfect spot for people watching with the hustle and bustle of Grey Street right outside the window. Check in is swift and simple and the staff couldn’t be more helpful!
Bedrooms meanwhile are oh-so-cosy, accentuated by the dusky grey and bright purple colour palate. Beds are mega comfy with fluffy pillows and a fur throw, and bathrooms are spacious with a powerful rainfall shower over the tub.
One of the Grey Street Hotel’s major plus points is its location. With restaurants, bars and the Theatre Royal all a stone’s throw away, you’re also just a few minutes walk away from Intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre. And for the festive period, the pretty Christmas markets are currently occupying the whole space around Greys Monument – grab a mulled wine, while you take it all in!
We were lucky enough to visit the Grey Street Hotel just as Newcastle’s hottest new restaurant and bar Leila Lily’s had opened – which happens to be ever so conveniently situated right next door!
With an insta-worthy back drop and an inventive menu, plates at Leila Lily’s are pretty and theatrical with innovative dishes like black pudding macarons which sit in a bowl of chocolate granola with a truffle infusion. The absolute must have though, was a slow cooked braised beef choux bun with potato, hidden in a cloud of pecorino cream and dowsed with a tea pot of Huntsman’s tea slash gravy. Simply divine – its worth a visit to Newcastle just to try this dish alone! The bar area is cool and lively with a well heeled crowd – well worth a drink in here after dinner if you’re not up for sampling the other many delights of the city centre.
By morning, the Grey Street Hotel has direct access to Leila Lily’s where a substantial breakfast is served up including everything from cold juices to croissants, cereal and fruit, along with a separate cooked breakfast menu. Choose from a full English or vegan option, indulge in decadent eggs Benedict or royale, or try the famous Savoy classic – the Arnold Bennett omelette with smoked haddock, creme fraiche and parmesan.
Whether you’re looking to shop, dance, drink or take in the sights, Newcastle is a vibrant, bustling, cosmopolitan city which if you haven’t visited for a few years, will really impress. To experience everything it has to offer without compromising on comfort, style, price or location, the Grey Street Hotel should be your number one choice.
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