Explore our pick of the best places to stay in Newcastle to suit every type of traveller.
Whether you’re in town to soak up the sun and surf the waves at Newcastle’s incredible beaches, want to immerse yourself in the local arts scene, or are ready to drink and dine your way around the former Steel City, there are ample hotels in Newcastle to choose from. Here you’ll find the perfect place to lay your head with this guide to Newcastle hotels, from luxury stays to family-friendly apartments.
1. QT Newcastle
Cool and quirky vibes are what sets QT Hotels apart and its Newcastle property is no different, balancing eccentricity and elegance superbly.
QT Newcastle is renowned for its boundary-pushing design.
The opening of QT Newcastle gave the city’s heritage-listed David Jones building a new lease on life (Deluxe King room image also featured at top), thanks to a colossal $700-million investment into the East End district and Hunter Street Mall. The interiors ooze playfulness, with striking colours and textural details, all hinging on the building’s glamourous century-old heritage.
The QT King room with balcony offers a luxurious stay.
Living large is the aim at QT, from the moment you are greeted by QT’s signature Director of Chaos – who fills the traditional role of a concierge, costumed in bold Romance Is Born-designed uniforms – to a nightcap at the rooftop bar, which stocks an impressive array of Japanese whiskeys and gins accompanied by views of Newcastle’s envious coastline.
Chill at the rooftop bar come sundown.
2. Crystalbrook Kingsley
After a staggering transformation, Newcastle’s former council administration building went from drab offices to the city’s first five-star hotel, under the helm of Crystalbrook Collection.
Find elegant and lavish interiors in Crystalbrook Kingsley.
Close to Newcastle Harbour and foodie-friendly Darby Street, the 1977-built circular Brutalist building is a contrast to what lies within: luxe interiors, fine food and wine, and attentive, warm service.
Gaze at scenic views from its rooftop restaurant.
The iconic building’s namesake restaurant, The Roundhouse, is perched on the hotel’s top floor, posing as a stylish dining destination and bar with far-stretching views of the buzzy city below.
Curl up on the couch with a cocktail in hand at Romberg’s.
The hotel’s 130 rooms boast views of the city, Newcastle’s Civic Park (where the epic Olive Tree Markets are held), or the bustling harbour, and have been thoughtfully designed in soft tones and premium furnishings.
The curtains open up to incredible views of the city.
At the heart of every Crystalbrook Collection hotel is a commitment to sustainability: think zero plastics, tech over paper, waste-free bathroom amenities and water stations on every floor to refill your bottles, meaning your feel-fancy stay is a feel-good one, too.
Drink up at Romberg’s.
3. Novotel Newcastle Beach
Ocean lovers will find solace in this East End hotel, an easy walk to Newcastle Beach, home to an epic surf break, glorious Art Deco ocean baths and a shallow tidal pool that is perfect for families.
Freshen up in the morning with a soak in the pool. (Image: Crave New Media)
The rooms exude a simple and clean design, and range from those with harbour views, a balcony to catch the ocean breeze or can sleep a family of four comfortably.
Dine on the balcony fronting the ocean at Novotel Newcastle Beach. (Image: Crave New Media)
While you’re within a stone’s throw of dining options, the hotel’s bistro is open for breakfast and seasonal dinner, and there’s a gym and pool for wellness beyond the beach.
There’s even a kids’ corner for your little ones. (Image: Crave New Media)
4. Holiday Inn Express
Ever muttered the words, “It’s just a place to sleep,” when scrolling through overpriced hotel options for short stays or business trips? Enter Holiday Inn Express in Newcastle West: a convenient and fuss-free stay, where you’ll find both affordability, cool design and comfort.
Seek solace at Holiday Inn Express.
All guest rooms are modern, light and airy, there’s a fitness centre, and a lobby lounge, where a complimentary buffet breakfast is provided to all guests, and lunch and dinner are also served. Or if you’ve clocked off cooking duties, take the easy 10-minute walk to Honeysuckle precinct, where you’ll find a plethora of harbourside drinking and dining options.
Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast.
5. Quest Newcastle West
When travelling as a family or if you’re planning to linger a little longer, kitchen and laundry facilities are not only convenient, but they are also non-negotiables. Quest Newcastle West comprises studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with a kitchenette or fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Winning!
Quest Newcastle West offers all the conveniences of home.
Beyond the checked boxes, this property in Newcastle West is full of heritage charm. Located within the 1876-built former Woods Castlemaine Brewery, it retains original fixtures such as restored wooden beams and windows, while the apartments are contemporary yet comfy. There’s also a barbecue area if you want to cook alfresco or you can dine out at some of the many local restaurants and charge the bill back to your room.
All rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen.
6. Rydges Newcastle
Located smack-bang in the middle of Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct – once former industrial wasteland now packed with places to eat and drink and a scenic foreshore to stroll – Rydges Newcastle flies the flag for location.
Find stylish harbour dining at Rydges Newcastle.
With spacious suites, some boasting balconies, an on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor play area, and a swimming pool and waterslide with views across to the harbour, it’s especially pleasing for travellers with kids.
Rydges Newcastle flies the flag for location.
Bikes are available for hire, so you can explore the foreshore on two wheels: follow the path around to Nobbys Lighthouse and beach or Newcastle Ocean Baths for a refreshing dip.
Stay in a suite with a balcony overlooking the harbour.
7. Ibis Newcastle
If you’re filtering your search from lowest to highest price, you’ll likely scroll to Ibis Newcastle. This affordable hotel is roughly a 10-minute walk to both Honeysuckle Foreshore and buzzy dining options of Hunter Street Mall.
If you want to go further afield, it’s also located near a light rail station. Rooms are simple with the bare essentials, but there’s a restaurant on-site serving a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a bar.
Head to Ibis Newcastle if you’re looking for an affordable place to stay.
8. Noah’s on the Beach
Wake up to the sight of a cerulean ocean sparkling under the morning sun at Noah’s on the Beach, the city’s only beachfront hotel, across from Newcastle Beach and its iconic art deco ocean baths.
While the hotel interiors are a little dated, the floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms that frame the Pacific Ocean well and truly make up for it. Aside from the ocean-view rooms, Noah’s on the Beach also has harbour-view rooms and city-view rooms, family rooms, and Noah’s Restaurant, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Beach bums will love this hotel, but it’s also close to the urban centre via light rail, and the six-kilometre Bathers Way walk that traces the coastline from Nobbys Lighthouse to neighbouring Merewether Beach.
9. Crown on Darby
Darby Street has long been a cultural hotspot for dining, drinking, shopping and art. Have it all within easy stride with a stay at Crown on Darby, located in the historic inner-city suburb of Cooks Hill.
Crown on Darby has rooms spacious enough for families.
Crown on Darby comprises studios and one- to four-bedroom apartments, meaning it’s perfect for longer stays or for families and groups travelling to Newcastle together. The rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with kitchenettes or kitchens; not that you’ll be needing those facilities with the excellent dining scene nearby.
Spend days browsing Newcastle’s art scene, paying tribute to Novocastrian designers and creatives, with a huge concentration of local boutiques and art galleries in the area.
Get a good night’s sleep before heading off to explore the city.