Sitting in a glorious spot on Gallowgate, Newcastle’s Sandman Signature hotel is the perfect base for exploring everything the city has to offer – whether that’s a trip to cheer on the Mags at St James’ Park, a merry mooch through the Christmas markets, or a foodie trail through the Toon.
Classy and contemporary with a touch of Geordie charm. A warm welcome awaits as you step through the doors. In fact, the warm, fuzzy feeling sets in before you even step food in the reception, with the glass-panelled fire greeting you from the street. Step inside and you’ll see smiling faces, quirky furnishings (the life-size horse lamp in a personal favourite), and nods to everything we love about Newcastle.
Location, location, location. Sitting at the top of the city, it’s a great spot for regular visitors who prefer to be away from the hubbub of the city centre; and equally as pleasant for visitors who want to get the best out of the city. A short stroll through Chinatown – where you’ll find plenty of cool places to eat, drink and enjoy – will bring you to Newcastle’s major shopping hotspots. The shops of intu Eldon Square and Northumberland Street are just on your doorstep, with the buzzy bars and restaurants of Grey Street, Grey’s Quarter and Old Eldon Square just moments away.
Other hotel highlight has to be the direct access to the Shark Club Gastro Bar. This Canadian-style sports bar is one of the coolest in the city. A relaxed space serving steaks, seafood, burgers, beers and more. It’s the place to be on matchday, and serves up plenty of delicious deals throughout the week, too.
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It’s a pretty luxe place to lay your head. Sandman’s king and corporate king rooms are plush pads kitted out with king and super king beds, all the mod-cons you’d expect from a high-rise NYC apartment, and plenty of kitchen kit to cover your backs. The linen is clean and crisp, the pillows are dreamy and the en-suite bedrooms are modern, with plenty of space for glamming up this party season!
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The Sandman’s site was originally home to the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery, so an adjoining sports joint, where you can say cheers with a beer or two, seems so very apt. A sports bar it is… and so much more. It’s at the heart of Newcastle’s live sports scene. Football fans swarm to Shark Club on matchdays, and it’s a great place to hangout with friends to catch a bit of live action – be it football, rugby, boxing or NFL. You name it – they’re screening it!
Whether you’re in for dinner and drinks as part of your getaway, or you’re just popping in for a bucket of beers and some wings with the gang, there’s something for everyone here – and you’ll find specials on the menu every day of the week. Mondays are all about mojitos (£4.50), Tuesdays are for pizza parties (£6.95), Wednesdays are for wings (39p each after 3pm), Thursdays are for burger thrills and Friday bring with it plenty of drinks and wings deals. The fun doesn’t stop there, weekends bring you 3 for 2 appetisers on Saturday and Sunday, as well as fantastic drinks deals throughout the weekend.
Shark Club’s cool Canadian ethos really makes this place tick. It’s a place you can pop to for a quick pint, a date night dinner, or a family feast while you catch the game on the big screen. It’s a winner in all respects, and it’s a great spot to start your weekend of festive fun in Newcastle this Christmas.
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We’ve got plenty to fill your diaries if you’re looking at a winter break in Newcastle. Keep North East traditions alive with a trip to the Fenwick Christmas Window – followed by a festive flick at Santa’s Rooftop Cinema. Enjoy a mince pie-munching, mulled wine-sipping moment at the Christmas Markets surrounding Grey’s Monument, and check in for a bit of sparkling, on-stage magic at the Theatre Royal‘s Beauty and the Beast family panto. If that’s not enough, you can catch a Christmas classic at Tyneside Cinema, check in for seasonal sounds at STACK, or tick off your festive gift lists at intu Eldon Square.