Newcastle, you stole my heart again! Give me a city I love, a camera and coffee and I’m a happy traveller! Add into the mix a gorgeous hotel and I’m practically ecstatic, which is why I had such an awesome time on my weekday escape to Newcastle with Roomzzz, the best kind of home from home.
Although being self employed definitely doesn’t mean working less hours, or being part time, it does mean that I have a little more flexibility when it comes to where and when I work, which meant I could up sticks and head off to Newcastle for 24 hours. One of the things that I loved about Roomzzz was the fact that they are apartments, not just hotel rooms, so they’re set up with living area space so you can set up a little office on the go, not to mention super fast wifi and plug sockets everywhere you need them.
Roomzzz Newcastle is housed in the most stunning listed building, which means beautiful features throughout, including the biggest range cooker I have ever seen in my room, all be it not a working one, still the quirkiest thing I’ve ever seen in a hotel! If you want to see a fun walk through of my room then head over to my brand new YouTube channel!
I stayed in the Liberty Suite, in the lower ground floor of Roomzzz it’s spacious yet homely all at the same time, with as many comfy areas as functional ones. Like this little nook, two arm chairs tucked into it and a light to read by, my idea of a hotel room must have.
Although it was only me staying, the room would have easily housed two people for more than a night. The kitchen has everything you could need, fridge/freezer, oven, hob, cutlery and crockery, not to mention tea and coffee (and if you’re staying a while dishwasher tablets too!)
Mum decided to join me for the day on Monday so once I had checked in we headed off for a mooch in the city, first stop, coffee & carbs at Olive & Bean, another fantastic twitter recommendation. A family owned indie right in the heart of the city with everything on the menu you could ever want, not to mention the most intense looking sweet treats *some of which came back to the apartment with me!*
After waving by to the mamma it was back to business, headed back to Roomzzz, grabbed myself a coffee from the lobby and got my ass into work mode, watched some Olympics and then indulged in the most epic shower ever with Noir White Company products…dreamy!
Once I was suitably clean and chilled out to the max it was time for some food, and next up on the twitter recommendation list was, The Herb Garden. Imagine my delight that it was literally 3 minute walk from Roomzzz, and it did not disappoint! Quirky interior, super friendly staff and my favourite Rose on the menu.
It was beyond tasty, so much on the menu that sounded awesome I really struggled to decide what to go for. Wine and olives helped me decide on a classic prosciutto, rocket and mozzarella pizza followed by another glass of wine and some serious people watching, thanks to the canteen style shared tables.
I was so impressed at how busy it was for a Monday night, from first dates to solo diners like me, big work groups and friends heading out to concerts. Nothing makes me happier than an indie clearly doing well!
After two glasses of wine I decided to head back to my apartment for an early night, or in other words movie watching in bed! Now I know most people struggle sleeping in a new bed, but for me it’s one of the best things when I stay away is the bed. No dog hogging the covers, always the comfiest pillows and the joy of a lie in and no house work…
After genuinely the most relaxed sleep I’ve had in a long time, thanks to the custom made mattresses Roomzzz specialise in, I was good to go for another day of exploring the city.
Roomzzz have great little breakfast bar areas in their properties where you can grab the paper, pastries and coffee to take back to your room, such a nice touch and one that meant I could spend a little longer enjoying the room before I checked out at 10am (although checkout isn’t until 11am and you can extend to 1pm if you need to!)
Once I had suitably flicked through the paper and scoffed the last of my pastry it was time to get up and get out!
First up was Pink Lane Coffee, mum and I had spotted it whilst out mooching the day before but it was packed out so I made it my mission to get there for my second breakfast, banana on toast, a flat white and an hour of emailing. Perfection!
I don’t think in all the times I’ve been to Newcastle I have ever met anyone who isn’t lovely, there’s something about the spirit of people in the North that just emits warmth and friendliness, it’s surely one of our greatest traits (that and the ability to not need to wear a coat even when it’s freezing!)
After breakfast came a little culture, and since the sun was shining it seemed the perfect opportunity to wander the streets of Newcastle, the city has hands down some of the most beautiful architecture, including but by no means limited to Greys Monument which practically touches the heavens…
After the monument comes the market, Grainger Market to be specific.
Built in 1835, the Grade I listed building houses traditional market stalls offering a wide range of gift ideas including handmade goods and bespoke designs through to local food produce. This popular traditional indoor market provides a great diversity of goods and a unique shopping experience.
At the time of its opening it was the largest in Europe, being described by the Evening Chronicle as being the most magnificent in the world. The market has survived fires and two world wars and many original features remain today including the weighhouse which is still at the heart of the market.
I was blown away by how busy the market was, rows and rows of independent businesses, from the traditional butchers, bakers and fruiterers through to jewellers, cake makers and even a bbq joint!
After stocking up on a whole host of treats from the market it was time for a little lunch, I had a hankering from Mexican and if the reviews were to be believed it was THE place to get a burrito in the city and who am I to argue with 100’s of reviews! Right at the junction of city centre and studentville was Zapisita!
The biggest and tastiest burrito I’ve had in the UK without a doubt, packed full of flavour and not just heaps of rice like most chain burrito joints specialise in. Never mind your run of the mill soft drinks, they have shelves full of Mexican drinks instead, including this sparkling Guava one which I have since hunted the internet for so I always have it on hand at home.
Housed over three floors, there’s loads of seating, great music and inspired interiors, if you’re in Newcastle and burritos are your jam, you have to visit.
The last coffee stop of my visit had to be to Flat Caps, although no longer in it’s original basement haunt, it still serves awesome coffee and atmosphere to match. In fact I was a little bummed the weather was so warm as what I really wanted to try was the hot chocolate that has been reported as being the best ever, guess it just means another visit sooner rather than later.
I was so sad to have to leave Newcastle and Roomzzz too, but I left feeling inspired to create my first ever YouTube video and gave me exactly the refresh and reboot that I needed. They say a change is as good as a rest, and I have to agree, although the only change I needed was location!
Huge thank you to Roomzzz for looking after me so well, I cannot wait to come back to stay later this year!
If you do book yourself a stay with Roomzzz don’t forget to share a little love on social media, using the hashtag #Roomzzz in your posts to be entered into a monthly draw with prizes like a free hotel stay or a meal for two!
*I was gifted my hotel stay at Roomzzz, however as always my review is 100% honest