Arrived tired on train from London, met by welcoming, friendly staff, in nicely appointed hotel in the old village of Whickham, near Newcastle. No record of reservation, or payment, on the hotel books (although Expedia had sent me an email confirming payment before we left Canada). Still have this to sort out, could be Expedia error. To compensate, the staff only charged me the discounted rate on the Expedia confirmation, and in addition upgraded us to deluxe room (instead of standard double). Quiet, good location, not convenient for central Newcastle but convenient for us to visit my family in Whickham.
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