Top 14 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Newcastle

Standing on the beautiful River Tyne, Newcastle is an industrial city famous for its stunning landscapes, Victorian buildings, vibrant nightlife, unique regional ‘Geordie’ dialect, compelling history, and gorgeous bridges. I loved this fun, emotional powerhouse of a city, and I think you will, too. 

What was once a shipbuilding hub has now become one of Western Europe’s top tourist destinations, with theatres, museums, markets, and breweries galore. 

Among Newcastle’s many unique attractions is its eclectic hospitality scene comprising of boutique Victorian inns, award-winning hotels, and snug lodges. Here are the top cool and unusual hotels in Newcastle, England (in no particular order)...

Our Top 3 Best Cool and Unusual Hotels
Malmaison Newcastle l Global Grasshopper – travel inspiration for the road less travelled
Best For Partying
Malmaison Newcastle
Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond l Global Grasshopper – travel inspiration for the road less travelled
Best For Trendy Design
Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond
Sandman Signature Newcastle l Global Grasshopper – travel inspiration for the road less travelled
Best For Instagrammable Views
Sandman Signature Newcastle

Best For Partying

Malmaison Newcastle

Malmaison Newcastle - an industrial-chic, hip and upscale boutique hotel perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Zs


Immerse yourself in the sparkling waters of River Tyne from your room’s balcony at Malmaison Newcastle. Perched on the edge of the city center, the 4-star hotel promises guests a comfy stay in stylish rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, power showers, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

In the very center of the hotel is a brasserie offering contemporary British and French dishes. Next to the restaurant is a vibrant cocktail bar serving hand-selected craft beers and intuitive cocktails. 

There’s also a state-of-the-art spa, an exercise room, and two meeting rooms. 


Room balconies with beautiful views

Modern rooms with luxurious amenities

A vibrant locale perfect for partying

European cuisine with craft cocktails


The food can be pricey

Some rooms are a little dark

The check-in can be slow

Best For Trendy Design

Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond

Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond - Part of the Cairn Collection - a quirky-chic, trendy and funky hotel home to one of the city's most lively bars

If you’re looking for a hip place to stay with easy access to the city center, Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond may be a perfect choice for you. Set in a brick townhouse on a residential street fringed with trees, the funky hotel is a 2-minute drive from the Jesmond metro station. 

Elegant rooms come equipped with flat-panel TVs, coffee machines, and plush bedding. Upgraded rooms offer larger TVs and additional space. 

Continental breakfast is provided for free to all guests. The hotel also boasts a contemporary bar, a lively lounge, and an Asian restaurant. 


Trendy and quirky ambiance

Asian restaurant and a vibrant bar

Elegant rooms with modern amenities

Close to the station


No air conditioning is available

Some rooms are a little compact

Best For Instagrammable Views

Sandman Signature Newcastle

Sandman Signature Newcastle - a vibrant, sleek and Instagrammable hotel within walking distance of iconic local popular attractions

Based in the former offices of Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, Sandman Signature Newcastle sits across the street from St. James’ Park football stadium, with the Tyne Bridge accessible within a 2-minute drive. 

Guests are quartered in refined rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded units come with kitchenettes, private balconies, bunk beds, and sofa beds. 

The sleek hotel is also home to a rooftop fitness center, two meeting rooms, and a sports bar offering a diverse food menu, video games, and pool tables. 


Walking distance to popular attractions

Sports bar for entertainment

Housed in historic brewery offices

A rooftop fitness centre with city views


The parking space is limited

No air conditioning is available

Some noise from outside

Best For Millennials and Gen Zs

Innside by Melia Newcastle

Innside by Melia Newcastle - a new, modern and urban lifestyle hotel perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs to explore and experience all that the city has to offer

Housed in a contemporary brick-and-glass building opposite River Tyne, Innside by Melia Newcastle is all about the comfort and convenience of its guests. 

Sophisticated rooms with minimalist decor and floor-to-ceiling windows are fitted with mini-fridges, coffee and tea makers, safety deposit boxes, and flat-screen TVs. Select rooms come with sofa beds, river views, and balconies. Suites, on the other hand, offer separate living areas and game consoles. 

Guests can treat their buds to amazing Italian dishes at the onsite restaurant, enjoy creative cocktails at the sophisticated lounge, or indulge in spectacular views of River Tye from the communal terrace. 


Terrace with stunning river views

On-site Italian restaurant and cocktail lounge

Modern style with extensive amenities


The parking is limited

The food may be pricey

It may get busy during events

Best For Midrange Accommodations

Motel One Newcastle

Funky hotel in Newcastle

Nestled among restaurants and bars on a cobbled street in the High Bridge Quarter, Motel One Newcastle is a 4-minute and 18-minute walk from Monument metro station and Tyne Bridge, respectively. 

The fashionable hotel provides accommodation in modern rooms with flat-panel TVs, coffee machines, and rainfall showers. 

The onsite bar/lounge offers a breakfast buffet in an industrial-chic setting. 


Centrally located near the city center


industrial-chic design

Embraces the vibrant nightlife

Facilities for disabled guests


The parking is a bit far

The drinks can be pricey

The TV channels are limited

Best For Funky Vibes

Hotel Indigo Newcastle, an IHG Hotel

Hotel Indigo Newcastle, an IHG Hotel


Enhancing the beauty of the historic Grainger Town neighborhood, Hotel Indigo Newcastle stands less than a mile from the Theater Royal. Every room at this 4-star boutique hotel is designed with your needs in mind. 

Premium bedding, flat-screen TVs, work desks, mini-fridges, and coffee machines are some of the many conveniences offered in guest rooms. 

Onsite facilities include a regional restaurant with live music, a vibrant cocktail bar, an exercise room, and a business room. 


Exquisite dining at The Grainger Restaurant

Funky and unique decor

Premium rooms with extensive amenities

Proximity to popular landmarks


The parking costs extra

The vibe might not suit all

Best For Spa and Wellness

Grey Street Hotel

Grey Street Hotel - a contemporary, elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of the city

Gregorian charm blends with contemporary design to welcome guests at Grey Street Hotel in the heart of downtown. The 4-star hotel is set in a Grade II listed building with 49 individually decorated rooms having large sash windows, high ceilings, and many original features. 

Standard rooms are fitted with flat-panel TVs, DVD players, and coffee machines. Split-level suites, on the other hand, come with iPod docks, sitting areas, and designer toiletries. 

Complementing the hotel’s luxurious accommodations are the award-winning Rosette restaurant, floral bar, and beauty salon. 


Individually decorated unique rooms

Fusion of Gregorian and Modern style

On-site restaurant with international cuisine

Rejuvenating spa for relaxation


There is no elevator in the hotel

Some noise from outside

Best For Longer Stays

County Hotel Newcastle

County Hotel Newcastle - one of Newcastle's first hotels, providing guests with a historic, lavish and elegant stay

Relive the Victorian era at this historic hotel located opposite the Newcastle train station. Dating from 1874, County Hotel Newcastle combines historic grandeur with modern elegance. 

Sumptuous design, fine textiles, and high-end amenities come together in spacious rooms at the 4-star hotel. Flat-panel TVs, work desks, soft-headboard beds, and coffee machines are featured in all rooms. Suites also offer separate living areas and city views. 

A luxurious bar with floor-to-ceiling windows serves classic British cocktails. An eclectic international fare is offered at this onsite restaurant. 


Luxurious rooms and apartments with modern amenities

Opposite to Newcastle train station

Dates back to the Victorian Era

Opulent dining at The Hudson


No air conditioning is available

The parking is limited

Best For On-site Dining

Hotel Du Vin Newcastle

Hotel Du Vin Newcastle - a charming, pet-friendly and classic hotel surrounded by an array of shops and restaurants

Hotel du Vin Newcastle beckons vacationers with its enviable location, exquisite Edwardian architecture, and stylishly appointed rooms.

As you step into your room, you’ll discover an interesting mix of sumptuous style and traditional vibe. Egyptian linens, powerful drench showers, deep baths, and plasma TVs are some of the many amenities guests here can luxuriate in. Suites come with streamlined layouts and floor-to-ceiling windows offering bridge views. 

The heart and soul of the hotel is its French-style restaurant, offering a romantic and relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 


Exquisite Edwardian charm and elegance

Breathtaking views of River Tyne

French-style restaurant with a romantic setting

Pet friendly


The food can be pricey

Possible noise due to the location

Best For Luxury Stay

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House - an upscale, award-winning and historic hotel where guests can enjoy a country-style setting close to the city

An enriching holiday experience awaits you at this independent luxury hotel nestled in a grand stone Arts and Crafts estate located two miles from Newcastle University. 

With its gorgeous surroundings, excellent service, and warm ambiance, Jesmond Dene House is easily one of the best hotels in Newcastle. 

All 42 rooms feature unique decors and top-end amenities, including heated bathroom floors, designer toiletries, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-panel TVs, stocked minibars, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have private gardens or terraces. 

An onsite restaurant with a seasonally changing A la Carte menu is accessible to all guests staying here, as is the bar and lounge area where tea and light meals are served. 


Housed in a historic estate

Elegant and unique decor

Luxurious rooms with extensive amenities

Delectable dining at The Fern


Some rooms require stairs

Some rooms are compact

Best For Great Location

Royal Station Hotel

Royal Station Hotel- Part of the Cairn Collection - a stunning, spacious and fancy hotel providing guests with the luxury of an indoor pool, fitness center and spa facilities

Yet another Victorian-inspired hotel with a modern touch, Royal Station Hotel flawlessly combines simplicity with style. 

Airy rooms offer all basic amenities, including wireless Internet and satellite TVs. Advanced amenities like mini-fridges are available in suites. 

Other facilities include an onsite restaurant, a gym, an indoor pool, a steam room, and a meeting/event space. Guests are also served a full English or continental breakfast for a fee. 


Victorian-inspired design and ambiance

Indoor pool and spa for relaxation

Located in Newcastle's heart

Modern facilities and luxurious dining


The breakfast is extra

Limited room service

Possible noise due to the location

Best For Unique Design

Otterburn Castle

Otterburn Castle - a grand, fancy and historic hotel situated on 32-acres of beautifully prepared grounds

Set in an 11th-century castle on an estate stretching across 32 acres, Otterburn Castle guarantees a lavish stay with amenities galore. 

Guests lodge in bright rooms with traditional decor and upscale amenities, including coffee machines, 4-poster beds, sitting areas, and fireplaces. Some quarters offer limited complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Freebies include cooked breakfast and parking. There’s a refined restaurant with an oak-paneled interior and a bar with outdoor seating. A terraced garden and a lake are also accessible to guests. 


Set on stunningly landscaped grounds

Housed in an 11th-century castle

Luxurious rooms with modern amenities

Elegant restaurant with complimentary breakfast


The Wi-Fi costs extra

Not city based

Best For Families

The Keelman and Big Lamp Brewery

The Keelman and Big Lamp Brewery - a spacious, classic and rustic hotel ideal for those who love outdoor activities

Witness rural beauty while enjoying all modern comforts at this rustic-chic inn located on the grounds of The Keelman Pub and Big Lamp Brewery. 

Spacious lodges feature traditional decor, exuding a homey ambiance. Guests can choose between a double room and a triple room. The former comes with a large double bed, while the latter has a single bed and a double bed. 

The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Full English/Irish, A la carte, and continental options. 


Rustic charm with modern comforts

Nestled in Newcastle's rural beauty

Features a children's playground

Variety of rooms available


A quiet location may not suit everyone

Upscale amenities are limited

Best For Great Breakfast

Hemples Lodge

Hemples Lodge - a lavish, petite and newly renovated B&B where guests can enjoy a pre-ordered freshly made breakfast in their room

An intricate blend of luxury, comfort, and style defines this high-end bed-and-breakfast located eight miles from the city center. 

The newly converted east wing features a double bedroom with a 50-inch smart TV, a lounge/dining area with another smart TV and games console, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. 

The fully refurbished west wing, on the other hand, offers wonderfully upholstered sofas, Bluetooth speakers, a 48-inch curved smart TV, and an Xbox One in the lounge area. The bedroom has an extra-large double bed with an award-winning orthopedic mattress, and the bathroom is fitted with a sunken bath, a power shower, and underfloor heating. 


Lavish newly renovated rooms

Serves fresh breakfast in the rooms

Premium amenities and facilities


A bit far from the city centre

The dining options are limited

Top 14 Coolest Hotels In Newcastle

In the table below, we have compared the top 14 cool and unusual hotels in Newcastle. You can sort them based on factors such as price per night, distance from attractions, and restaurants nearby:

Hotel NameLocationPrice Range (per night)Fitness FacilitiesDistance to Attractions Nearby Restaurants
Malmaison Newcastle104 Quayside$163-$351No1.42
Cairn Hotel Newcastle Jesmond97-103 Osborne Rd$89-$234No2.02
Sandman Signature NewcastleGallowgate,Newcastle$111-$282No0.91
Innside by Melia NewcastleBridge Court, Close$163-$507Yes1.63
Motel One Newcastle15-25 High Bridge$117-$130No0.92
Hotel Indigo Newcastle, an IHG Hotel2/8 Fenkle St$125-$293No1.22
Grey Street Hotel2-12 Grey St$175-$281No1.31
County Hotel NewcastleNeville St$111-$468No1.12
Hotel Du Vin NewcastleAllan House, City Rd$173-$504No2.03
Jesmond Dene HouseJesmond Dene Rd$162-$362No2.73
Royal Station HotelNeville St, Newcastle$229-$459Yes1.63
Otterburn CastleOtterburn Tower Hotel$187-$331No1.02
The Keelman and Big Lamp BreweryGrange Rd, Newburn$72-$115No7.03
Hemples LodgeHemples Lodge, Prestwick Rd$173-$186No11.01