We spent three nights (four days) at The Premier Inn Millenium Bridge in September. We were visiting friends and family on Tyneside. We booked the hotel, online at advance rate, on their no cancellation/refund basis, so we got the room at a reduced rate. .
The hotel is situated at the east end of City Road, close to the quayside and city centre but in a slightly quieter location. Being in a quieter location yet near to everything was important to us. We were not disappointed. The hotel is set back from the quayside, but some rooms including our own have views of the river and bridges. For those wanting accommodation directly on the quayside, there are a variety of hotels including another Premier Inn, situated on the waterside)
Another important factor was the availability of a hotel car park. Many city centre hotels offer car parking nearby, we like our car to be close to the hotel and in a hotel car park. This hotel has a large car park, partially covered, partially uncovered. The fact that it is a free car park was a bonus. We've found many city hotels make car parking charges. I am a blue badge holder and we parked in the disabled car parking bays immediately outside the hotel door.
Entering the hotel door, there is a small lobby with seating and a leaflet stand stocked with local information guides, then a door allowing access directly from the inside of the hotel to the rear covered car park. There is a staircase and a lift to take guests to the first floor where Reception, the restaurant, the bar and some bedrooms are housed.
The Reception area is cosy, clean tidy with comfortable seating. The staff welcomed us, the check in process went smoothly , we got the key card for our room and took the lift to our room which was on the second floor in the middle of the corridor.
Our room, at the front of the hotel had views of the River and the Tyne Bridge, It was spotless,( in fact gleaming clean.) and comfortable.
We ate the full breakfast each morning at £8.50 each. All three breakfasts were delicious and varied. The staff helpful and pleasant. Breakfast is eaten in their restaurant which is reasonably spacious . We used the bar to have a drink when arriving back at the hotel in the evening. The bar area on the first floor, has a happy relaxed, cosy atmosphere.
The hotel has its Thyme Restaurant which serves evening meals. The restaurant leads off from the bar area on the first floor. As we were visiting friends we ate out in the Evenings, however whilst in the hotel bar we overhead comments from several guests on how enjoyable their meal had been.
During our stay we came into contact with Reception Staff, Managerial Staff, Housekeepers, cleaners, bar and restaurant staff. All were just great, helpful and friendly. It was never too much trouble when we asked for extra tea and coffee for the room.
We stayed at the hotel during the week when it is used mainly by business people During our stay, the hotel was quiet and relaxing. However . Newcastle is a known for its stag and hen party weekends so I cannot say it would always be quiet at a weekend. A tip if staying at a weekend would be to ask for a top floor room at the end of the corridor, away from lifts.
Newcastle Quayside with its many attractions, is just a short walk away, however, because of the fact the road to it was busy, the route involved either passing some derelict buildings or walking down steep steps we took the quaylink bus (Q1/Q2) from outside the hotel. which involved a few minutes bus journey. Newcastle upon Tyne offers free car parking in its city car parks after 5pm, there is also an excellent taxi service. The hotel is just minutes away from Newcastle Central Station and not far from Newcastle Airport.
We would return to this hotel.