A NORTH-EAST hotel has reopened 74 extra ‘apartments’ after a major multi-million pound refurbishment – and it is quite different to what you might expect.
After almost two years worth of work, Roomzzz has reopened its only North-East aparthotel and we got the chance to have a look around.
Located near Newcastle Central Railway Station, the venue has been attracting guests in the city since 2012.
But after expanding its existing Friar House, a new seven-storey annexe has been created with scores of impressive apartments.
Take a look here:
The hotel previously had 14 studio apartments and now has a total of 88 apartments Picture: JIM SCOTT
It reopened to its first guests last week and is expected to attract hundreds of customers in the next few weeks Picture: JIM SCOTT
It also features a 24 hour shop for essentials that can be cooked in each of the apartment’s kitchen areas Picture: JIM SCOTT
Every apartment has been given its own kitchen, where visitors can cook and prepare their own meals Picture: JIM SCOTT
The ‘Dezign’ apartment, which overlooks the River Tyne is one of the largest apartments in the complex Picture: JIM SCOTT
The aparthotel offers its visitors free breakfast kits, coffee and Wi-Fi Picture: JIM SCOTT
Much like a hotel, the rooms and communual areas are cleaned once a day Picture: JIM SCOTT
The aparthotel has a mix of room types, this is the slightly smaller ‘Smart Studio’ apartment Picture: JIM SCOTT
A total of 20 part-time and full-time staff are employed, with new roles created following the revamp Picture: JIM SCOTT
Artist Katie Edwards was commissioned to produce these artworks resembling Newcastle landmarks Picture: JIM SCOTT
The ‘Neo’ apartment, which is designed for short stay guests Picture: JIM SCOTT
The neareast Roomzzz-branded venue is in York, roughly an hour away from Newcastle Picture: JIM SCOTT
The Friary, where the hotel was originally based, has 14 studio apartments Picture: JIM SCOTT
This is the Liberty Suite, which appears much more spacious and high-end Picture: JIM SCOTT
Guests can expect to pay considerably more for the priviledge of being in the Liberty Suite Picture: JIM SCOTT
‘The investment has been well spent’
Naveen Ahmed, chief executive, said: “Roomzzz Newcastle has always been a popular property with leisure and business guests alike.
“The investment has been well spent and the expansion and improvement are incredible.
“We are pleased to say that despite the pandemic, business for Roomzzz, both here in Newcastle and across the UK is growing and showing positive signs of a decent recovery.
“The popularity of aparthotels is increasing as they are a perfect choice for guests in a safety-conscious world, due to the fact they are self-contained, with their own kitchen amenities.”