We were invited along this week to take a sneaky peek at Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is situated behind Central Station in the regenerated Stephenson Quarter. Since the Boiler Shop Steamer event started, and with the recent relocation of Northumbria Police to a renovated building not far from Sachin’s, the area is barely recognisable.
Work is still continuing on the multi-million pound development of the hotel, which boasts 251 rooms. The view from the 7th Floor Club Lounge will offer another fabulous vista of the Tyne for those lucky enough to visit.
As the hotel isn’t finished yet, we were treated to a Builders’ Lunch in the Boiler Shop Steamer. Our first port of call was to find out more about The Gin Bar. I’ve never tried a Martini (I know!) so had to give one a go. I wasn’t a fan of the olive which graced it, but that’s my pernickety nature. It was great to hear that local producers like Ouseburn Coffee and Jack Cain’s Gin are going to be used as standard by the hotel, which demonstrates a real commitment to supporting the area by this multinational chain.
We had a brown bag lunch which contained cute sandwiches, a delicious brownie and crisps. We ate this while discussing the hotel. Mr. Canny had to have his photo taken wearing the building site get-up and, I’m sure you’ll agree, he looks very fetching!
Hearing about their in-hotel spa, Mineral House, was amazing. We’re very excited to try this out. It will boast a swimming pool, gym and treatment rooms. Newcastle has been crying out for something like this for a long time, and based on the location I’m contemplating a gym membership when it opens.
We got suited and booted for safety purposes and were given a guided tour around the site. The ladies were given fetching pink boots to wear, and the gloves had a particular smell that will stay with you for the rest of the day! Amanda McBride, the hotel’s Sales Director, showed us around the building and pointed out the various function and conference rooms that will be available. The Locomotive Room, which has views over to Central Station and the spire of St. Mary’s Cathedral, sounds like it will be a great Christmas Party venue.
Having heard a lot about Hawthorns, their restaurant, on Twitter I was intrigued to see how the dining room was taking shape. As you can see from the picture below, there’s still some work to be done on making it comfortable! The outside area, which will also feature a terrace, is set to be landscaped. I’m sure by this time next year we’ll be all clamouring to get a seat and a drink in the sun here.Their Head Chef has a International culinary CV, and has worked in many top hotels. We were assured that while he isn’t local, he had a real commitment to ensuring Hawthorns reflects our region. The menu, we’re led to believe, will feature some classics from the area. As well as Ouseburn Coffee, we heard Matfen lamb will be served, alongside other seasonal local produce. I can’t wait to review the restaurant!
The wow factor when the hotel is completed will be a chandelier hanging in the atria area. It cost £100,000 alone, and will drop from the ceiling of the building down to the 1st floor. I’m imagining the Instagram photos now!
We were shown round the bedrooms, which are Superior as a minimum. Executive rooms all feature a balcony, which will have great views of Newcastle. These are still to be finished, but are furnished in tones that are meant to reflect the Industrial heritage of the city. We saw the mood boards, and the dominant colours are greys and blues.
Unfortunately we were unable to take any more photos, but I think there’ll be a huge surprise for us all once it officially opens. The event was very much about introducing the venue to people in the area and discussing promoting the Toon as a big destination for conferences and weekend breaks in the future. I, for one, fully endorse this. And I’m first in the queue for Mineral House and Hawthorns!
Thanks for reading,