Mutton dresssed as lamb
A very curious event on my arrival. I was given (and still have the card) the key card for room 318, to which I duly set off with my luggage. After trying and failing several times to unlock the door the current occupant opened it from within and I had the opportunity to explain why I was trying to with enter his room. I trudged back to reception and was given another room. That was a relief, I was hoping for one to myself.
You wouldn’t stay in the Copthorne for the wifi. I metered the wifi signal in my room at -70dB 5mbps, next to unusable for connecting to a corporate intranet. And that apparently is after the recent wifi upgrade. The Copthorne appears to take a dim view of degenerate behaviour such as using a tablet from mains whilst lying in bed. The two available power points I found were located in a position which provided an interesting choice. Use a tablet in bed or charge it, but not both. Ditto a phone.
If you are a light sleeper you might not choose the Copthorne for the quality of the sleep either. The hotel is located about a hundred metres east of the Redheugh Bridge which carries metro railway traffic across the Tyne. Happily there is a brief window between 23.43 and 05:13 when sleep is not interrupted by trains thundering across the bridge.
The Copthorne issues a £10/day beverage voucher and on check-in it is explained what it cannot be used for. This seems to consist of most things including breakfast and room service.
Comment from Hotel Management
26-Feb-2018 by Copthorne Hotel Newcastle, Hotel Management
Thank you for staying with us, we appreciate your feedback. Your constructive comments will be reviewed with our management team. Kind regards, Copthorne Hotel Newcastle