The staff at Clifton couldn't be more helpful.
Clifton house have recently taken on another property a few doors down the road. I was in this new one rather than the main hotel. I was in a single room. For a one or two night stay, the room is fine but is a bit small if you're hoping to stay a few days. Perfectly comfortable, just lacking in space.
The location is great, with a huge range of eating places within a hundred yards.
I was surprised how quiet the main road outside was. I guess there's no through traffic.
South Shields itself is a weird combination of grim shopping centre and industrial area to the west and a lovely seaside resort in the east. The seaside bit reminds me of Scarborough in many respects.