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.