One day I had a email drop into my inbox asking me if I wanted to stay at hotel in Jesmond. If you’re not familiar with the Newcastle area, it’s just on the outskirts of town but it’s a lovely little suburb which is quite green with loads of independent shops and restaurants. It has a large student base and it kind of has an effortless, laid back kind of vibe. It’s a really great place to go to and I always think I should go there more. I’d never heard of the Rosebery Hotel so at first I kind of thought it might be a little bit weird staying in a hotel so close to home. I gave the hotel a google and the pictures alone were enough to sell me on it! I’ll warn you now, this post is very picture heavy!
My friend, Katie and I decided that we would make a girly day of it, including a little trip to the hairdressers as well. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were utterly gobsmacked. On the outside of the hotel as you drive past it, there is a bright pink bed frame and a matching bath filled with plants and fairy lights. We were greeted by Sarah, who gave us the keys to our rooms and showed us both of them before letting us decided who wanted which one. I got the pink room and Katie got the blue room. We put our bags in and got our cameras out almost instantly!
Sarah showed us around the hotel foyer. The was just so much to look at! The decor is very cute but has an classy feel to it at the same time. Your eyes never stop moving, noticing all the little nick nacks, from the beautiful crockery mirror made up from tea cups and saucers to the old piano with leaflets about where to go and what to do in the area.
We were lucky enough to be shown into a couple of the empty rooms as well. All of the rooms have the same sort of quirky but regal feel to them but each room has different furniture in them. Janet, the owner, told us that when she is decorating a room, she will either start with the wallpaper or the curtains as the inspiration and work from those. She was so interesting to talk to, every piece of furniture had a story! She’s a big believe in restoring and upcycling pieces to create something new and amazing. She told us that the beds were from french chateaus and she enlists the help of local crafts people to bring them back their former glory, which is the case for most of the furniture.
There are a range of rooms, including singles, doubles, twin and family room, so thereis plenty of choice and something to suit everyone’s needs. Each room contains it’s own little breakfasting area complete with cereals, fruit, pastries, tea and coffee making facilities.
The amenities in the room, as beautiful as they all are, are still very practical. As well as the beautiful breakfast bar area, there was a fridge stocked with water, orange juice and a jug full of milk. There was a television with freeview in every room as well as free wifi throughout the hotel. Perfect for us obsessed with social media and with a room as beautiful as this, who is not going to put a picture on instagram. It’s a stone throw away from bars and restaurants and the hotel staff are really great for recommendations and even proving menus for a few places.
The hotel itself is absolutely stunning but it was talking to Janet that really inspired me. As I’ve mentioned here on my blog before, my brother and I are looking to move out and after finding somewhere, we don’t really have a lot of money left over to buy furniture. My eyes really have been opened in terms of upcycling and repurposing furniture, you just need the vision to make something new.
If you need a hotel to stay at in the Newcastle area and are looking for something a little bit special or are just sick of the purpose built, standard chain hotels, definitely give The Rosebery a go. It’s beautiful, decently priced and it’ll give you a stay that you won’t forget.
Check out their website here. Would you stay in a hotel like this?