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Pocket Guide: Blue Carpet Blue Carpet Hotels

Visitors to Newcastle-upon-Tyne can't fail to notice The Blue Carpet, a public art installation outside Laing Art Gallery in the city centre. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and completed in 2001 at a cost of £1.4m, the installation features blue glass which has been crushed and mixed with resin that covers the square, giving the appearance of a 'carpet.' Culture vultures coming to Newcastle for its contemporary art won't be disappointed, with a variety of close-by hotels to choose from, including chain hotels and independent establishments.

Enjoy a Romantic Break in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

If you're here with a loved one then you'll find plenty of accommodation to choose from, including spa and independent hotels, some with their own restaurant, bar and fitness facilities. The city centre is compact, so you can see the sights on foot, but self-parking (on offer at most hotels) is a definite benefit if you're not planning on travelling light. Business guests are catered for too, so whether you're attending meetings in Newcastle-upon-Tyne or simply looking to fit some work around your weekend break, you'll find business centres and meeting rooms available at larger chain hotels.

Hotels for Foodies in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Foodies are well-catered for in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and if you choose a larger independent or chain hotel, you'll often find they have their own restaurant and room service on offer. For those who prefer to go out to eat, you'll be spoilt for choice. From fine dining establishments to 13th-century priory restaurants serving medieval themed cuisine, you'll find all this and more in the city centre. If gastropubs are more your thing, there are plenty of cosy traditional pubs serving locally brewed real ale, and home-cooked food.

Comfortable Accommodation at Affordable Prices

The range of accommodation on offer in Newcastle-upon-Tyne includes plenty of affordable hotels and guesthouses with excellent amenities. With The Blue Carpet and a range of art galleries and museums within easy walking distance, you can take advantage of hotel amenities such as free WiFi and laundry services, perfect for families travelling with younger children. Most hotels also serve a cooked breakfast, complimentary in some hotels and for a small additional charge in others.