Hotels in the North East

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From city centre accommodation in Newcastle to countryside hotels still conveniently located for exploring Durham‘s medieval streets, our guide to hotels in the North East of England prioritises comfort, a friendly welcome and something that sets each recommendation apart. This might be the hot tub suites at the South Causey Inn, the Arts and Crafts interiors at Jesmond Dene House near Newcastle, or the three separate drinking and dining spaces in Sunderland’s Roker Hotel. Whether set within a bustling city centre, a former Victorian pleasure ground or right on the shore of the North Sea, these hotels each offer much to explore nearby; discover the must-see cultural attractions, restaurant and shops in our dedicated guides to Durham, Newcastle, and Sunderland to find out more, or read on to find your perfect accommodation.

Our top picks

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Crowne Plaza Newcastle, Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3SA - Visit now

Situated behind Newcastle’s central station, the Crowne Plaza quite accurately describes itself as a ‘luxurious’, with modern interiors that provide a stylish and comfortable stay within walking distance of Newcastle city centre.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Courtesy of Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 2EY - Visit now

With Victorian Arts and Crafts interiors and set within the surrounds of the Jesmond Dene pleasure park, this relatively small, independent hotel is only a short way outside of Newcastle city centre, and has been modernised tastefully over the years.

Jesmond Dene House
Courtesy of Jesmond Dene House

Motel One Newcastle

Motel One Newcastle, 15-25 High Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 1EW - Visit now

A modern, affordable hotel ideal for a comfortable night in Newcastle city centre, with decorative nods to the building’s industrial history as a former factory.

Motel One Newcastle
Courtesy of Motel One Newcastle

High Force Hotel

High Force Hotel, lston Rd, Forest-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH - Visit now

A former coaching inn, the High Force Hotel is an ideal rural retreat in County Durham, with individually designed rooms that are handily located for the Bowes Museum.

High Force Hotel
High Force Hotel

The Kingslodge Inn

The Kingslodge Inn, Waddington Street, Flass Vale, Durham, DH1 4BG - Visit now

Blending a picturesque setting with proximity to Durham’s city centre, the award-winning Kingslodge Inn is surrounded by the serene woodland of Flass Vale.

The Kingslodge Inn
Kingslodge Inn

South Causey Inn

South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0LS - Visit now

This independent luxury hotel in Durham boasts rustic dining within 100 acres of the Beamish Valley countryside. Rooms range from hot tub suites to accommodation in a converted double decker bus – with some more conventional double and twin bedrooms in between.

South Causey Inn

Roker Hotel

Roker Hotel, Roker Terrace, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 9ND - Visit now

Sunderland’s much-loved Roker Hotel is located right on the seafront, with a classic coastal exterior giving way to modern furnishings inside. There are also three separate drinking and dining spaces to visit here: the Let There Be Crumbs tearoom, Poetic License bar and Antico restaurant.

Roker Hotel
Roker Hotel

Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall, Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham, Sunderland, SR7 7AG - Visit now

This spa hotel on the Durham coast is housed within a Georgian country house and promises luxury accommodation – including the Ada Lovelace suite, named after the mathematician, writer and former resident of the hall.

Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield TS21 2EH, Sunderland, TS21 2EH - Visit now

The award-winning Hardwick Hall Hotel is set within Hardwick Country Park, which underwent a £4.1m transformation in 1999 and offers a beautiful backdrop for the over 50 luxury bedrooms available to guests.

Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall

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Hardwick Hall
Sunderland
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Hardwick Hall

In County Durham, just half an hour from Sunderland, is the beautiful old country hall now converted into a hotel: Hardwick Hall. This award-winning hotel is situated within Hardwick Country Park. The park was refurbished in 1999 at a cost of £4.1 million granted by the heritage lottery fund. This allowed the park to be restored, with many of the buildings, such as the temple of Minerva, restored to the beauty enjoyed in the 18th century.

Seaham Hall
Sunderland
Hotel
Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall is a hotel like no other. The hall itself is a Georgian Country House with its own rich history, boasting the Pride of Britain Hotel status; a body of fifty outstanding independent hotels nationwide, which are run by the most dedicated teams.

Roker Hotel
Sunderland
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Roker Hotel

The Roker Hotel offers wonderful views of Roker pier and beach, with easy access to Sunderland city centre via car or Metro. It is a fantastic choice for any visitor to the city. The hotel is well-established and popular in Sunderland and has a dedicated following amongst locals and visitors who return time and time again due to their positive experience.

South Causey Inn
Durham
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South Causey Inn

In the Beamish Valley, an area of incredible beauty, you will be able to find the amazing South Causey Inn. Easily described as a luxury experience, South Causey Inn is one of the best places to stay in County Durham.

The Kingslodge Inn
Durham
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The Kingslodge Inn

In the deceptively rural setting of the Flass Vale, but still near central Durham with its historic attractions, you can find The Kingslodge Inn – which blows away any unappealing associations with city centre hotels.

High Force Hotel
Durham
Hotel
High Force Hotel

Situated in beautiful Teesdale, High Force Hotel is in a picturesque spot surrounded by the beauty of County Durham’s rolling green hills and luscious scenery.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Newcastle
Hotel
Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Situated behind Central Station in the Stephenson Quarter, you will be able to find the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Stephenson Quarter is named for George and Robert Stephenson, the famous father and son inventors who built the Rocket Steam engine and designed many of Britain’s railways.

Jesmond Dene House
Newcastle
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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House can be found in the fantastic Victorian pleasure park of Jesmond Dene. The hotel itself is independent of any larger chains and so the quality of the experience that you have is down to the owners, staff and their expression of the North East of England’s hospitality.

Motel One Newcastle
Newcastle
Hotel
Motel One Newcastle

When it comes to central Newcastle, you cannot get more central than Motel One in the heart of the city centre. Motel One’s building has been refurbished into a modern affordable hotel with all that one would expect for a comfortable night in the city centre.

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