Newcastle Hotel Named UK’s Most Female Friendly

One of Newcastle’s leading hotels has been named the UK’s most female friendly.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle- Stephenson Quarter has been announced as the winner of the SOLO Awards.

UK business travel management company, Redfern launched the awards earlier this year in a bid to find and promote the hotels which prioritise the needs of women business travellers.

More than 100 hotels were nominated with eight eventually being shortlisted. Those shortlisted were then secretly visited by judges to decide the winner.

The Crowne Plaza was chosen based on its commitment for safety, with 24/7 concierge and thorough CCTV. The Crowne Plaza staff were also highly praised for their personable, friendly approach.

Kate Wimpeney, Chief Operating Officer at Redfern, said: “It’s no longer acceptable to just offer a comfortable stay. Following the nominations, it is clearly apparent that the hotels women really value offer a combination of the highest standards in both comfort and safety.

“The Crowne Plaza was ultimately selected as our winner as the staff and facilities went above and beyond to meet the needs and safety of women business travellers. Congratulations to all involved.”

Ellen Deboeck, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Newcastle – Stephenson Quarter, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by Redfern as the most female friendly hotel in the UK. Whilst our hotel is memorable for its striking design and fantastic facilities, we are proud that it is our level of service and friendliness that makes us standout.”

Other shortlisted hotels included; Hilton Leeds, Mercure Manchester, Novotel Birmingham City Centre, Park Regis Birmingham, Travelodge Hull city centre, North Lakes Hotel Penrith and Doubletree by Hilton Tower Hill.

Redfern was acquired by international CTM Group in December 2016.

Picture captions: 

Top picture (L to R): Hotel Manager Ellen Deboek, Redfern’s Supplier Relations & Communications Manager Sophie Hesp and Hotel Owner Pamela Clouston. 

Bottom pictures: Interior shots of the Crowne Plaza Newcastle-Stephenson Quarter 

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Redfern (part of the CTM group) is the UK’s smartest travel management company providing straightforward business travel to a wide range of public and private sector clients. The multi-award winning Bradford company is the nominated supplier of UK travel management to the UK Government following a landmark contract win. Redfern handles a transaction every three seconds helping clients book simply, save money and travel soundly.

Redfern books more than 12,000 rail tickets a day for more than 500 customers. It handles a transaction every three seconds and is the nominated supplier of UK travel management to the UK and Scottish governments.

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