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  • Football fan’s guide to Newcastle


    St James’ Park is a cathedral of football dominating Newcastle’s city skyline.

    The fortunes of Newcastle United F.C are the city’s heartbeat and so Sleeperz has compiled a simple 10-step guide for football fans visiting the Toon.

    1. Buy a ticket for the match, with 52,000 seats at St James’ Park there’s plenty of room for home, away and neutral fans.
    2. Stop off at the statue of Jackie Milburn, one of Newcastle’s most famous centre forwards, on St James’ Boulevard and doth your cap to ‘Wor Jackie’
    3. Pick up a copy of ‘The Mag’or ‘True Faith,’ at a newsagents, two of NUFC’s best read fanzines
    4. ‘Larn the craic’ from the locals by having a pint at The Strawberry, the closest pub to St James’ Park.
    5. Buy the famous Black and White shirt at the NUFC club shop at the stadium
    6. Check out the team news with a pre-match pint at The Shark Bar, an American style sports bar with wall to wall plasma screens showing non-stop sport
    7. Take a guided tour of St James’ Park and have lunch in a box overlooking the pitch
    8. Get some mates together and train with NUFC Legends and coaches at one of the club’s ultimate experience days
    9. Go for a post match debrief in The Bodega Pub on Westgate Road, near China Town and Stowell Street
    10. Pick up some football memorabilia or historic programmes at ‘The Back Page Bookshop’ at 56 St Andrews Street

  • Where next?

    OK, so Cardiff and Newcastle are firmly on the Sleeperz map of Britain – so where next?

    We’re working on plans for the next Sleeperz hotels which could be in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool or Glasgow.

    All we can say is: “Watch this space!”

  • Tweet dreams

    Sleeperz is loving Twitter!

    We’re finding social media fab for telling the world about the charms and attractions of Cardiff and Newcastle – and we love our online conversations with guests, room-seekers and business buddies.

    Recently, we’ve helped two students – @Mindhitchhike – plan a UK-wide hitchhike for charity by retweeting their call for assistance, we’ve encouraged people to tweet recommendations for Newcastle eating out spots via #TopScran and we tweeted a welcome message to all those attending the Sage Gateshead’s LibDem conference @LibDemConf – not that we’re political, of course!

    It’s been lovely to talk about visiting pop stars on twitter – the fans love it. Check out @flo_tweet and @RizzleKicks, for example. And do follow us on twitter @SleeperzHotels.

  • Sport city

    Staff at Sleeperz have loved their first few weeks running a hotel in Newcastle – and the city is certainly living up to its reputation as a top destination for sport.

    With miles of outstanding coastline, watersports are incredibly popular; it’s a delight to be able to point Sleeperz guests in the direction of Tynemouth for surfing and windsurfing we know they won’t be disappointed.

    Other marvellous events hosted in the city include the BUPA Great North Run, celebrating its 32nd year on September 16, 2012.

    Athletics at Gateshead International Stadium will be more topical than ever this year with the UK hosting the Olympics, Newcastle United continue to make waves in soccer’s top flight with stars such as hotshot Demba Ba and the Newcastle Falcons host Premiership rugby at Kingston Park.

    Not a bad line-up, eh?

  • Coffee call


    The Sleeperz lounge bars in Cardiff and Newcastle are fast becoming an important ingredient in the coffee culture of the two great cities.

    Our coffee shop Rewards Card is new and popular – not surprising when you hear that your first, fifth and ninth brews are free. Our free wi-fi has been a massive hit, especially with business people who pop in to do deals and discuss the day’s enterprise agenda.

    Shoppers have been popping in for a nice break as they enjoy the retail hotspots and young mums and dads with kids in tow say they love our relaxed atmosphere and the easy-going nature of our staff.

    Our proximity to venues such as Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and The Sage Gateshead has attracted a good number of cappuccino-loving culture vultures.

    The yummy muffins and pasties help.

  • Who’s coming

    Cardiff has a proud history of cultural excellence – and it’s in the spotlight again thanks to some exciting new projects.

    The city is now home to a huge new BBC TV production facility which is home to flagship dramas such as Doctor Who and Casualty.

    Sleeperz visitors wandering around the rather lovely Cardiff Bay where the studios are located have already reported bumping into a celebrity or two.

    Indeed, Sleeperz Cardiff is no stranger to Time Lords and so forth … memories are still fresh of the hotel being the backdrop for a photoshoot with Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

    With new tourist attraction The Doctor Who Experience heading to the Bay from London’s Olympia this year, there are sure to be plenty of die-hard Who fans making their way to the Welsh capital.

  • Shopaholics guide to Newcastle

    With the Gateshead Metrocentre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping complex, and the high end boutiques of fashion-conscious suburb Jesmond, Newcastle is shopping heaven.

    Toon Top-10 for shop-a-holics…

    1. Gateshead’s Metrocentre has over 330 stores selling everything from high-end fashion to homeware. Includes the Metrocentre Qube entertainment complex and Odeon Imax Cinema.
    2. The magic of Fenwick’s – The Fenwick’s department store was founded in Newcastle in 1882 and is the flagship store of eight nationwide. Sensational food court and top fashion labels, make sure you get an iconic green bag.
    3. The Quayside Market – Sundays. If you like a browse and a haggle, you’ll love the vibrant market on Sunday mornings on Newcastle’s iconic quayside, 9.30am to 4pm.
    4. Visit the world’s smallest Marks & Spencer’s at the Grainger Market which dates back to 1830. A classic Victorian covered market containing the original M&S Penny Bazaar.
    5. Eldon Square shopping centre boasts 140 stores in the heart of the city centre, including a new Apple Store, Hollister and a four storey Debenham’s.
    6. Alive after Five is a new initiative which sees shops, restaurants and cafes staying open until 8pm on weeknights and 7pm on Saturdays in Newcastle.
    7. Discover North East designer Jules B at his swanky Jesmond boutique
    8. Tynemouth Chocolatier Gareth James has a Newcastle store at 12 Front Street, hmmm delicious!
    9. Take the Tyne and Wear Metro to Tynemouth, a coastal town home to the Green Ginger Arcade, a converted Church housing 17 independent shops selling everything from cupcakes to antiques.
    10. Traditional country outfitter Barbour hails from South Shields and has its outlet store at Jarrow – a short ride from Newcastle on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

  • Sleeperz set for Newcastle opening

    Another addition to the Sleeperz family is now very close to opening as work moves on a pace to complete the brand new Sleeperz Newcastle, which is set to welcome guests from January 2012.

    The 98-room hotel is similarly positioned to Sleeperz Cardiff occupying another prime city centre location, next to the Central Railway Station and perfectly placed to offer compact, lifestyle accommodation for both the business and leisure traveller to the capital of the North-East.

    Perfect for that pre-Christmas shopping break – Newcastle boasts not only the UK’s largest city centre shopping complex but also the Metrocentre, which holds the title of the largest indoor shopping and leisure complex in the whole of Europe – the city offers a great mix of commerce, culture, and a vibrant social scene. It is also just minutes from the coast if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and take a trip out for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

    Check out Sleeperz Newcastle’s special opening rates and you can enjoy it all for yourself!

  • Take the scenic route…

    With its central position in the heart of the Welsh capital, Sleeperz is perfectly positioned to allow you to take in the beauty of the surrounding Welsh countryside and enjoy some relaxing time by the seaside.

    Take a break from the city’s fabulous shopping and venture out to the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan – possibly for a visit to St Fagans National History Museum or one of the area’s impressive castles. Situated in the heart of the Vale, Cowbridge – with its quaint high street and numerous eateries – is just half an hour away.

    The glorious Gower coastline of Swansea is less than an hour in the other direction with miles of sandy beaches and stunning sea views that stretch for miles and for a breath of mountain air, head for the Brecon Beacons National Park – miles and miles of impressive mountain ranges with plenty of places for a picnic stop or to stretch the legs.

    The beautiful waterfalls of Ystrafellte are also definitely worth a visit.

    The hotel team will of course be happy to assist you with any information you need to plan your trip.

  • Make Sleeperz your sporting choice

    Cardiff City may not quite have done it this year but with neighbouring Swansea just a short trip down the M4, if your team is set to play against Wales’ only Premiership side next season, why not make Sleeperz your choice and combine a sporting occasion with a stop over in the capital city?

    With easy access to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium – a direct train service to Swansea from the perfectly situated Cardiff Central Station (directly adjacent to the hotel) – and just 45 minutes by car, you could sample all the Welsh capital has to offer – fantastic shopping, great restaurants and the beautiful Bay area – while on your visit to Wales.

    Sleeperz is the first choice for any Millennium Stadium event (less than 5 minutes walking distance) so just around the corner from the rugby World Cup warm up action that will be taking place in August.

    The hotel is also within a mile of the SWALEC Stadium if cricket is your sport of choice so we’ve got it all covered!

    Check out Sleeperz winning rates and book early to avoid disappointment.