Dining in Hawthorns
I was very impressed to hear how keen the management team were to keep things local. Hawthorns will open from 10am and serve high-end, locally sourced food (my favourites Turnbulls of Alnwick were mentioned). The Crowne Plaza will break down traditional barriers to hotel dining with clean, clutter free tables (yeah) that are designed to give you space and allow the staff to engage and design your dining experience around you. Whether you want a sandwich and an (ouseburn) coffee for one whilst you catch up with emails or a table for six where you can debrief your team after a day of meetings, Hawthorns has been cleverly designed to be able to adapt around your needs.
This stunning atrium is the centre piece of the hotel
The Gin Bar
With a design-your-own martini menu with over 3000 combinations, local ales and spirits and plans for live music over the weekend, The Gin Bar hopes to serve premium drinks with personal service. We were told that cocktails will be priced around £6.50-£7 which is not at all expensive for a city centre hotel bar.
Mineral House Spa, Pool and Gymnasium
The spa and pool at Crowne Plaza will really set a benchmark in Newcastle. Located in the basement of the hotel, the pool area is dark and cozy and I think it will be a gorgeous place to relax and unwind in the heart of the city. Facilities include a 10 metre pool, steam room, luxury spa pool, three treatment rooms, a state of the art gym and personal training.
Crowne Plaza Video
Today was a first for me - I don't think I've ever made a video whilst walking around a building site and half-finished hotel (and I'm not sure I will get the chance to ever do this again). I do think this video gives you a real flavour for the hotel and what to expect - look out for the stunning atrium.
Thanks to Crowne Plaza for our behind the scenes tour. It was a lovely taste of exciting things to come and I can't wait to return soon and see your progress. If you'd like to know more or follow the hotel's progress, you can like Crowne Plaza Newcastle on facebook.