Newcastle in Style
Newcastle has long been one of the UK's prime party cities, but for those who want to paint the town red and then retreat to surroundings that are a little more sophisticated, the new Hotel du Vin should fit the bill. One of several autumn 2008 openings due from the small but stylishly formed chain, this one opens its doors on 13 October and is set by the quayside in the former offices of the Tyne & Wear Shipping company. Along with 42 bedrooms and suites, facilities will include a bistro, bar and champagne lounge.
Doubles start from £99 (0845 365 4438; www.hotelduvin.com)