From an old warehouse on the quayside, Malmaison Newcastle looks over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and along the Tyne. Its 122 bedrooms and suites are spread across the hotel’s nine storeys, which include an entire floor given over to a shipbuilding theme. A brace of private dining rooms close to the main bar and brasserie offer kitchen views. The Chateau Lounge is made for relaxed receptions and, when you’re ready to get down to business, Mal 1 and its little sister Mal 2 have flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi and lots of daylight. Once school’s out, bookers can opt to give everyone some time in the spa. The nearest train station is 10 minutes away.