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The city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne attracts business travellers, groups of friends, couples and families throughout the year. Known as the North-East's premier spot for shopping, a weekend here can be packed with retail therapy and pampering spa treatments or an opportunity to explore the city's rich, diverse culture. The range of hotels on offer is just as diverse, with three-star independent hotels and chain hotels in the heart of the city, as well as guesthouses in South Shields and inns in Gateshead.
Three-star hotels in Newcastle offer high-quality accommodation, with all of the amenities you'd expect, at an affordable nightly rate. You can expect to find amenities such as free WiFi and self-parking on offer at the majority of hotels, and depending on which hotel you choose, you may also find extra facilities such as laundry services, luggage storage and meeting rooms for business guest use.
Renowned as a shopping hotspot, the city has plenty of shopping malls, designer boutiques and thrift stores selling vintage clothes for you to discover. No trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne is complete without a visit to the Metro Centre in Gateshead, the largest shopping mall in Europe. Here you'll find a huge range of stores as well as family-friendly restaurants. Back in Newcastle city centre, most of the usual high street stores can be found on Northumberland Street, as well as a range of independent boutiques.
Eldon Square Shopping Centre is home to the city's department store, Fenwick, the largest independent department store outside London, as well as a huge Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. For vintage finds, head for Old George Yard, or scout for bargains at Grainger Market, an indoor Victorian market that has been recently restored.
Newcastle city centre is fairly compact, with many areas pedestrianised, which means walking really is the best way to see the city's many sights and attractions. Most hotels provide free self-parking, so if you're heading to an attraction that's further afield, you could always take the car. Public transport here is reliable though, with the Tyne and Wear metro system running regularly and an excellent local bus service reaching most areas of the city and surrounding areas. Chain and independent hotels in the city centre are generally within easy walking distance (or a short bus journey) of Newcastle Central train station, with connections available to most major cities. If you're flying here, Newcastle International Airport is just six miles to the north-west of the city, with a range of transfer options to the city centre including taxis, buses, and the metro system.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne's three-star hotels offer the best of both worlds; value for money and excellent amenities. Most city-centre hotels are perfectly positioned for exploring the city and making the most of your break, but there are more rural options available too for couples or families looking for a quieter break. Family-friendly amenities such as laundry services and cable/satellite TV in guest rooms ensure that the city continues to attract families with children of all ages.