Archive for January, 2014

  • Sleeperz Newcastle – Derelict Warehouse to Shining Success

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Two years ago this month, Sleeperz opened its second UK hotel in Newcastle – transforming a dilapidated warehouse into a modern, sleek glass fronted city centre hotel.

    The site once housed a parcel works, where mail was sorted before being sent via trains on the East Coast mainline, which runs behind the hotel and connects the capital cities of London and Edinburgh.

    The derelict site on which Sleeperz Newcastle is built

    Before Clash Architects and Metnor Construction went to work on Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    The area is a heritage conservation site and we worked closely with English Heritage and others to develop sensitively alongside places of special historic interest.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle: Innovation and Excellence

    Today, the hotel is a triumph of innovation and excellence in architecture – a sweeping curved structure that straddles two original historic railway arches and fits the snaking shape of Newcastle’s Westgate Road, close to St Nicholas’s Church and the castle keep from which Newcastle takes its name.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Award winning architecture and unrivalled location have made Sleeperz Newcastle a success

    It’s a great time to talk about the hotel because Sleeperz Newcastle has become one of the company’s greatest success stories in the short time it’s been open to the public.

    The Royal Institute of British Architects judged the hotel to be one of the best new buildings in Northern England and granted it a Hadrian Award for ‘architectural excellence’ in 2012.

    Travel website Laterooms.com users voted it one of the best family friendly hotels in the UK for its Simply the Guest Awards.

    Every year the hotel has been trading it has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, making it among the top 10% of hotels worldwide as reviewed by members of the travel review site.

    Standard double room Sleeperz Newcastle

    A double room with floor to ceiling windows in Sleeperz Newcastle

    Our guests also agree that our Newcastle hotel is one of the best places to take a city break in Newcastle or Gateshead, and the stats back up what we say.

    39,500 guests stayed with us in 2013 and enjoyed the culture, shopping, nightlife, history and heritage of Newcastle.

     

    Fun Facts about Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle:

    83 – the number of different nationalities have stayed in the hotel

    416 – The number of champagne corks popped by guests

    3652 – number of  free apples given out to guests

    29,481 – slices of bread toasted on the breakfast bar

    73,715 – number of pillow cases changed

    Reasons to visit Newcastle in 2014

    We hope that talking about our award winning hotel has inspired you to visit Newcastle for a short break, but, if you need more persuasion – here is our pick of top cultural events and festivals in 2014.

    Newcastle Restaurant Week – January 27th to February 2nd

    Try top class food in great restaurants with two courses from £10 at participating venues

    Chinese New Year – February 9 from 10am

    Not many people know that Newcastle has its own incredible Chinatown and Chinese community. Join the celebrations, from dragon processions to delicious dining on famous Stowell Street.

    AV Festival – International Festival of Art, Music and Film March 1-31

    Some of the best new and emerging artists gather to inspire audiences and interpret the theme of ‘Extraction’ and the raw materials which shape and create our world, from mining and global exploitation of workers to the battle for supremacy in the oil, gas and fossil fuel markets.

    Gateshead International Jazz Festival – April 4-6

    If you love Jazz, you’ll love the 10th anniversary of this popular festival celebrating an iconic musical genre at the inspirational acoustic music venue Sage Gateshead.

    EAT NewcastleGateshead  – 8-17 August

    A renowned festival celebrating adventures in food. Not your average food festival, previous years have seen diners eat in a suspended restaurant hanging from the Tyne Bridge, cakes sculpted in the form of the entire city of Newcastle and the chance to sample dishes from the length and breadth of the planet.

    BUPA Great North Run – September 7

    Quite simply, the world’s biggest half marathon and an incredible event for spectators and competitors alike.

    The Great North Run start line

    The biggest half marathon in the World – The Great North Run

    NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival – Throughout December

    A firm favourite and fixture in the city’s annual calendar of events, the festival includes the sensational ‘Enchanted Parks’ at Gateshead’s Saltwell Park and traditional Christmas Markets. Not to be missed!

    Newcastle Winter Festival

    Norse themed Winter Festival in Newcastle – credit www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com

    You can find out more about special offers at Sleeperz Newcastle or read other posts including our Geordie Glossary and 10 Things you must know about Newcastle at www.sleeperz.com