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Superb location 10 min from Newcastle metrocentre – 4 star – County Durham

Enrich your stay in the wonderful county of Tyne and Wear with a stay at this comfortable Top Secret Hotel. This quality 4 star property is in a superb location, 10 min from Newcastle metrocentre, and just moments away from the many attractions that Newcastle has to offer. Visitors will be staying in a convenient location, which will provide the perfect base from which the city can be explored. Newcastle offers an unparalleled mix of exciting nightlife, historic culture, and huge range of shopping stores so whether it is a busy city break or peaceful weekend you seek, you will not be disappointed. Rooms are well equipped with a modern range of services such as televisions and Wi-Fi for visitors’ entertainment. Additional facilities include en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities.

One of the most attractive qualities about this brilliant hotel is that it is steps away from the Metro Centre, one of Europe’s largest entertainment and leisure complexes. With over 340 shops occupying 2 million square feet, this centre is guaranteed to provide excitement for all whether it is a fun day out for the family or a serious shopping trip for two. The centre also features superb leisure facilities including a 12 screen Odeon cinema, and an IMAX screen. If you aren’t in the mood for a film, head over to the bowling alley to score some strikes.

The centre is home to giant department stores such as Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser. It also includes major fashion retailers such as H&M, Zara and French Connection. With such a huge range on display, shoppers will be spoilt for choice. However, if visitors would like a change of scenery, take a short trip to Newcastle city centre for an alternative shopping experience. Housed in buildings such as the Central Arcade, you will find a more unique range of boutique stores, so if high street fashion is not what you are after, you will surely find memorable items here.

Spend an evening out on the town and get a flavour for the stunning nightlife of Newcastle, which has a reputation for being home to some of the country’s finest bars and clubs. Of particular note should be Popolo, a modern and sophisticated lounge-style bar. This bar offers a very large selection of wines and beers and boasts over 60 cocktails (including 12 signature mojitos). If a relaxed drink is what you are searching for, look no further and enjoy a wonderful evening at Popolo.

Enjoy your time in Newcastle!

Northumbrian luxury hotel – set in 1000 acres! – 4 star – County Durham

This Northumbrian luxury hotel, set in 1000 acres of forests and woodland, is the perfect location for a relaxing getaway. This luxurious 4 star property is a sophisticated mansion that provides a personal playground for guests consisting of 1000 acres of stunning nature. Spend a wonderful break here and you won’t want to leave this peaceful environment. A warm staff will greet you and take you to your wondrously decorated room. All rooms are furnished impeccably, and include en-suites and a high-speed Internet connection. However, business guests are also very welcome. With a range of modern facilities such as conference rooms, a banqueting centre and audio-visual equipment, guests can conduct their work in a professional environment. The hotel boasts a 24-hour reception, ensuring that guests can enjoy themselves at their leisure.

With such a dazzling array of leisure activities, guests won’t want to leave the hotel to see any of the surrounding sites. A comprehensive spa club features an indoor pool and spa, jacuzzi and gym. Why not lose yourself in a world of relaxation and visit the beauty therapist who can offer a range of different health and beauty treatments. Spend some time enjoying the outdoors and take part in a spot of archery or clay pigeon shooting. Guests may prefer to head to the green and test their drive on the club’s golf course, featuring a putting green and driving range. A games room, quad bikes, a football pitch and much more ensure entertainment for all ages.

If visitors can bear to leave this beautiful residence, a visit to Alnwick Castle is highly recommended. Built in 1096, this breath-taking castle and stately home has a rich history that will delight all those who visit. The Castle can provide a great day out for the family, with adventure games such as Dragon’s Quest to excite the children. Alnwick Gardens are equally as impressive, and in addition to tranquil and exquisite scenery, come and see one of the world’s largest tree houses. Alnwick Castle has also played home to many fictional castles and building in popular films, such as Hogwarts School in the “Harry Potter” series.

For some delicious dining in the evening, take a trip to the Jolly Fisherman Pub, just a stone’s throw from the castle. Specialising in freshly caught and locally sourced seafood; this quaint pub offers a great range of dishes, in addition to a selection of real ales. Additionally, expect stunning coastal views during your meal to top off the night.


Luxury boutique hotel close to the city centre – 4 star – County Durham

Situated just a short drive away from the heart of Newcastle, this beautiful Top Secret Hotel offers modern rooms and a superb restaurant.

Rooms, at this luxury boutique hotel close to the city centre, are furnished with plenty of modern comforts, including a luxurious en-suite bathroom to help you unwind in style. You can also sit back and relax with a drink from the mini-bar, whilst watching your flat screen LCD television. There is also a superb radio, DVD player, and high speed Internet for all your entertainment needs. Rooms also come equipped with a spacious work desk if you are visiting on business, as well as ironing equipment and a trouser press if you need to be looking your best. The property also has conference and boardrooms should you wish to host a meeting here, and provide presentation facilities including state of the art audio and visual equipment.

Home to one of the most well-supported football clubs in the world, in the city centre of Newcastle you can find the home of Newcastle United, at St. James’ Park. The sixth largest stadium in the United Kingdom, the ground sees up to 52,000 fans assemble here to see the team play every season. The ground was also used for the London 2012 Olympic football tournament, and will host a selection of matches for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The ground is available for fans of the club or sport in general to tour, and include a visit to the changing rooms, the manager’s dugout, the media suite and superb conference facilities. The tours are extremely well priced, costing just £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for children – the experience will last long in the memory.

Dining out in Newcastle is a wonderful experience and with such a wide range of restaurants you might have trouble choosing where to go. Fans of Thai food must be pointed in the direction of The Old Siam, where staff pride themselves on the authenticity of the dishes served and the overall quality of the dining experience. Offering an amazing range of traditional Thai dishes, diners can enjoy a variety of starters, curries, stir fry, noodle, and fish dishes – feel your taste buds come to life with the fantastic spices that infuse each dish. There is also a superb wine list to choose the perfect accompaniment to your meal, and the restaurant is also open for lunch and offer a takeaway option if you want to enjoy your meal from the comfort of your room.


Luxurious Northumbrian hotel with pool – 4 star – County Durham

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings at this luxurious Northumbrian hotel with pool. With excellent leisure facilities including a relaxing spa, the property is only 30 minutes away from the buzzing city of Newcastle. Rooms are beautifully decorated and are fitted with fabulous furnishings to make you feel right at home as soon as you arrive. Your luxurious en-suite bathroom is fitted with a variety of complimentary amenities, and guests can also request a bathrobe so you can really relax in style after having a nice hot bath. For your entertainment there is a superb television and high speed Internet access, and guests are also welcome to use the excellent room service option.

The property has a number of fantastic leisure facilities, including a stunning Health Club and Spa. Here you can enjoy a range of beauty treatments, get rid of any aches and pains with a soothing massage, or top up your tan on the fantastic sun beds. There is also a tranquil indoor swimming pool, a relaxing sauna, a steam room and bubbling Jacuzzi. Guests who wish to make the most of the stunning grounds here can enjoy a round of golf, rent bicycles or dabble in a game of croquet. However you prefer to relax, you’ll find plenty to do here.

Just a short journey away from your hotel is the vibrant city of Newcastle. There are plenty of exciting and fun things to do here, and if you would like to enjoy some top quality comedy then why not spend an evening at The Stand Comedy Club? As well as showcasing some brilliant comedic talents (past acts have included John Bishop) – The Stand also serve excellent bistro food at terrific value for money. Despite only opening in 2011, The Stand Bistro is widely regarded as being one of the best places to eat in the city centre, serving top quality dishes including a divine fig apple and date tagine, a superb 10oz sirloin steak, and a stunning American peanut pie. Visitors during the week can enjoy two courses for just £15, or 3 for £18.

Closer to your accommodation you can find Cragside House and Gardens, a beautiful country estate situated within several acres of parkland to provide amazing views of the Northumberland countryside. Visitors are welcome to explore the state, with various information boards around the property providing interesting historical stories of the house are well worth reading. A great day out for all the family, there is a fantastic tearoom that is not be missed.


Sumptuous & stylish boutique hotel in Newcastle – 4 star – County Durham

Situated close to the beautiful River Tyne and Newcastle’s quayside, this sumptuous & stylish boutique hotel in Newcastle provides a great location to explore this wonderful city.

Rooms are beautifully furnished, providing a range of modern comforts to help you relax after a day of exploring some of the fantastic attractions the city has to offer. Enjoy a relaxing hot bath in your fabulous en-suite bathroom, before slipping into your cosy bathrobe and kick back on your comfortable bed. You can even watch a film on your flat screen LCD television that comes with a DVD player, and enjoy a drink from the mini-bar. Rooms are also equipped with high-speed Internet access, air conditioning, hot drink facilities, and a map of the city to help you decide where to explore.

With a fabulously diverse population, Newcastle has an excellent and diverse range of places to dine at. Aneesa’s Buffet Restaurant at The Quayside serves an amazing collection of traditional Indian dishes, with freshly prepared meals and a buffet that is regularly refreshed to give you the ultimate dining experience. All of the classic Indian dishes are available, as well as a few in-house specialities including Chicken Tikka pizza. The venue is well laid out to provide diners with plenty of space to enjoy the buffet, as well as plenty of seating space to make sure that all customers are accommodated for. The staff are very knowledgeable about the food being served and are more than happy to give their own personal recommendations, and there is also a terrific bar with a variety of drinks including authentic Lassi.

Renowned for it’s fantastic nightlife, Newcastle has plenty to offer when it comes to exciting places to drink and dance. The Bodega on Westgate Road has a great range of guest and local ales, as well as providing some more common imported beers. The venue itself has beautiful stained glass domes, and provides plenty of seating and standing space that results in a brilliant atmosphere most evenings. There are also a number of large television screens spread out across the area, which leads to the place becoming very popular when the football is on – but tables can be reserved so that you don’t miss out on the best view for the match. The staff are very friendly and help to add to the character of this fantastic pub.

Have a fantastic time during your stay in County Durham!

3 star – Secret Hotel in Boldon – 3 star – County Durham

This superb Top Secret Hotel, ‘3 star – Secret Hotel in Boldon – 3 star – County Durham’, provides guests with excellent value for money close to one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Rooms are designed in a contemporary style, with accessible and family-sized rooms available for those who are staying with young children. The property also has an excellent room service option, as well as parking for all guests to use free of charge. Those who are visiting on business are welcome to reserve the spacious meeting rooms. The friendly staff at reception also offer a car rental service too, ideal for those who wish to get around the city on their own accord.

The Quayside is one of Newcastle’s most iconic attractions, with stunning views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge that crosses the River Tyne. There are also a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes to check out, allowing you to enjoy a delicious meal accompanied with spectacular views. Quay Ingredient is a quaint and homely coffee house underneath the Tyne Bridge. Here you can enjoy a wonderful cooked breakfast, including cinnamon pancakes for under £3 or a full English for just £6.95. There is also an excellent selection of teas, coffees and soft drinks if you fancy a quick break whilst exploring the city. Quayside is also a great location for those wanting a romantic drink in the evening, there is a terrific range of bars to explore along the river front, each with their own distinct feel and atmosphere. On Sundays there is a fantastic market at Quayside, selling a great range of local produce as well as some great little souvenirs to take home.

Newcastle is home to some fantastic cultural and historical attractions, including St. Nicholas Cathedral. With a fabulous interior including beautiful stained glass windows, marble carvings and a 14th century font, visitors are welcome to take pictures of this spectacular building in the city centre. There is also a lot of information on the history of the cathedral to read about, as well as the tombs, monuments and statues to marvel at as well. The cathedral also has a small café that provides homemade food and refreshing drinks. Be sure to take time and absorb the atmosphere of this wonderful building, it really is a treasure in the city centre and a great place to take time to reflect.

We hope you have a wonderful time in County Durham at this wonderful Top Secret Hotel!

Chic and trendy, great views of Durham Cathedral! – 4 star – County Durham

Situated in a stunning location offering great views of Durham Cathedral, this chic and trendy Top Secret Hotel is the perfect destination to enjoy a delightful stay in Durham. This wonderful 4 star property boasts a range of services that can cater for your trip regardless of the nature. A city steeped in fascinating history and magical scenery, you will surely be delighted by the attractions that the city has to offer. In addition to a staff famous for their hospitality, this hotel has an array of services that will ensure that you have a relaxing stay. Not only do rooms come equipped with a television, air conditioning and free internet access, but en suites with private bathtubs for guests to unwind in after an active day. For those who can’t bear to leave their work behind, rooms also feature spacious work desks and safety deposit boxes with laptop capacity.

Visitors to the lovely city of Durham will undoubtedly be familiar with its stunning architecture and should ensure that Durham Cathedral is one of their first stops. Standing proud atop the River Wear, the Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Durham. The Cathedral was founded in 1093 and is recognised as the epitome of Norman architecture. Designated as a UNESO World Heritage Site, visitors should wander the grounds and take in the unforgettable sites surrounding the Cathedral. The vaults and libraries of the Cathedral are filled with educational treasures that those wanting to immerse themselves in the history of the city must see. Amongst these are old relics of St. Cuthbert, and copies of the Magna Carta.

Just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, visitors will find Durham Castle. Separating the Castle and Cathedral, you can enjoy some peace and tranquillity on Palace Green, a quaint green area which makes the ideal picnicking spot for visitors. Durham Castle, a Norman castle originally built in the 11th century, is a Grade 1 listed building. Since 1840, it has been partly occupied by University College, Durham. Unrivalled in its design and wonder, visitors should take a stroll around the grounds and bask in the gorgeous scenery that they find themselves in.

Not only is Durham known for its unique buildings, but also its charming pubs and bars. Come and enjoy a pint of real, local ale at one of the city’s magical pubs. Of particular note should be the The Dun Cow and The Shakespeare Tavern. The former is host to an extensive selection of real ales, and also stages fun, folk nights regularly on weekdays. The latter is housed in a 12th century property, and is a regular haunt for university students and lecturers alike. Whether it’s a fun evening for the family or a romantic drink, the pub scene in the city will satisfy all.


Modern & contemporary hotel in the city centre – 4 star – County Durham

A fantastic location right in the heart of the city makes this Top Secret Hotel your perfect choice for a trip to Newcastle. This boutique and trendy 4 star property is equipped with all mod-cons to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. A city known for both its rich history and prominent nightlife, visitors will find an array of things to do whether they are looking to let their hair down with a few drinks or immerse themselves in culture. Enjoy the on-site fitness centre, or head to your room and relax in front of the TV. Rooms contain kitchenettes including a microwave oven, toaster, and kettle meaning that guests can unwind with breakfast in bed. Other services include a high speed Internet connection, radio, and daily housekeeping. This modern & contemporary hotel in the city centre benefits from friendly staff who will do their utmost to make sure that guests are comfortable, whether it is providing you with an iPhone adapter or exchanging foreign currency. Other great services on offer include dry cleaning and 24-hour security.

Head quayside where you can stroll along the River Tyne taking in the scenery. A must see for visitors is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. This iconic tilt bridge is celebrated for its wondrous design and has been recognised by numerous design bodies in awards. Dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, the bridge made an appearance on the back of a one-pound coin. No trip to the city would be complete without some photos in front of this stunning architectural feat. A brand as recognised as the city’s Newcastle Brown Ale, is the city’s football club. Sports fans will marvel at St. James’ Park, the home ground of Newcastle United F.C. The stadium is the fourth largest in the country with a capacity of 52,000. The city has a strong sporting tradition, and it would be worth taking a trip to a game to hear the stadium roar.

However, shopaholics should not be disappointed. The city boasts a massive range of shopping centres, galleries and stores to entice even the most difficult of shoppers into purchasing some stunning pieces. Northumberland Street, located in the centre of the city, is renowned as the “Oxford Street of the North.” Boasting well-known stores such as Marks & Spencer and H&M, in addition to smaller, more boutique shops, this street promises endless fun for shoppers.

No trip to the city would be complete without getting a taste for its unrivalled nightlife. Many in the country travel far just to experience the famous nightlife, so make sure that you head out in the evening to avoid disappointment. At Biggs market expect great prices and a large selection of popular bars. A regular haunt for stag parties, you can expect to find many fancy dressed partygoers out in this area. For more intimacy, take a walk to quayside where you can find many quaint bars and pubs. Of particular note is The Crown Posada, one of the cities oldest bars. A large selection of real ales and classic tunes delivered through a gramophone will ensure an enjoyable evening.


Great deal in a historic country haven – 4 star – County Durham

Make the most of your stay in beautiful Durham with a stay at this wonderful Top Secret Hotel. This luxurious Top Secret Hotel is the perfect place to treat the family or a loved one, and provides all of the services necessary for an enjoyable stay. All rooms are equipped with televisions, and include their own private bathrooms. Visitors should make the most of the spa facilities housed by the hotel. The ideal base from which to explore the city of Durham, unwind after a long day out in the swimming pool or sauna. Allow yourself to get lost in relaxation by trying one of the many beauty treatments in the health club. Wander the hotel gardens and delight in the tranquil scenery. The hotel’s restaurant and bar also provides visitors with a convenient place to spend an evening. This property also provides professional services such as conference rooms and audio/visual equipment, and a comfortable location from which to conduct business or hold conferences. Be sure to enjoy Durham with this great deal in a historic country haven!

The names of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are iconic in relation to the city. Visitors should be sure to travel to these attractions so that they can bask in the wonder of these two architectural feats. Sitting proudly atop the River Wear, the Cathedral is an unwavering representation of the epitome of Norman architecture. Founded in 1093, this magical building is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and will satisfy all visitors whether they seek to surround themselves with culture or just to marvel at the sights. A peaceful stroll away, visitors will find Durham Castle. Also of Norman design, this castle was built in the 11th century. This Grade 1 listed building, and its surrounding grounds, provides a charming environment for all visitors to stroll around.

Continue your picturesque tour of the area with a short trip to the Yorkshire Dales. This park can be accessed by car or public transport. An area with unrivalled beauty, visitors will be stunned by the serenity they find themselves in. One of 15 British National Parks, and created in 1954, this park offers an abundance of sights and activities for visitors, whether it is an adrenaline rush or peaceful environment they seek. The park can be explored both by car and on foot. The scent of moorland and vision of limestone promise a memorable day out for all those who visit.

In the evening, why not head back into Durham and sample the nightlife. Oldfields is a highly recommendable restaurant. Known for its traditional and delicious British food, the head chef rears the restaurant’s own beef and prides himself on using locally sourced, natural ingredients. Stroll over to the Woodman for a lively end to the evening. With a large selection of local, real ales, visitors will be spoilt for choice but be warned, the diverse range of drinks include some particularly strong and potent pints!


Fab new hotel located on Quayside – 3 star – County Durham

Experience some of the many attractions that Newcastle has to offer with a stay at this fab new hotel located on Quayside. Situated in a convenient location not far from the lively heart of the city, this 3 star property offers everything you may want for a memorable and enjoyable stay. Famous for icons such as Newcastle Brown Ale, one of the country’s best nightlives, and the roaring St. James’ Park, a diverse range of attractions will ensure a brilliant trip for all. In addition to a friendly and accommodating staff, the hotel offers visitors features such as 24-hour security and reception, dry cleaning and Wi-Fi. Rooms are well equipped and boast Air conditioning, flat screen LCD televisions and high-speed Internet connections. However, this hotel doesn’t only cater to those seeking accommodation. With modern features such as conference and meeting rooms, and audio/visual equipment, the property provides a professional location to manage business.

A city known for its energy and unrivalled range of shopping and entertainment venues, visitors should not forget that the city is certainly not lacking in culture and history. Culture seekers should ensure that they do not miss out. Of particular note should be the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, this tilt bridge is celebrated for its aesthetic wonder. Spanning the River Tyne, this award winning piece of architecture is a must see. A pleasant stroll away is Grainger Town, in which visitors will find Grey’s monument. This 130 feet column is a Grade 1 listed monument, dating back to 1838. Dedicated to Charles Grey for his role in drafting the Great Reform act of 1832, visitors should ascend the spiral staircase to a viewing platform high above the square, a popular spot to people watch. Lucky visitors will be treated to unique tunes from the many buskers who play here.

Visitors who are more interested in doing some serious shopping will not be disappointed either. Newcastle is known for its array of stores and shopping centres, ranging from high street to boutique. Northumberland street houses many of the recognised brands visitors will expect such as Marks and Spencer and Next. Those looking for more unique items should head to one of the many independent stores in the area. Of note is Ophelia Boutique, specialising in women’s luxury items such as exquisite cashmere clothing. Here visitors are likely to find exclusive items making the trip that little bit more memorable.

No trip to Newcastle would be complete without sampling the pulsing and upbeat nightlife that the city boasts. There are numerous areas to find pubs and bars in the city, each with their own atmosphere. At Central Station, visitors will find popular bars such as O’Neills and Revolution, where you can expect good prices and well-known drinks. Quayside hosts an array of bars with gorgeous views of the riverside. Many more alternative bars can be found here, for example, The Crown Posada is a trendy brewery offering local, real ales, unusual architecture, and vintage songs played on a gramophone.

Enjoy the delights of Newcastle!