Glasgow has a great choice of city centre hotels that offer you everything from comfortable and affordable in ideal locations, to 5* luxury in divine settings. Here’s a quick look at 8 city centre hotels, with advice on why you should and shouldn't stay there...
Featured in an earlier post about hotels opening in Glasgow in 2010, we’ve already shared our excitement for this hotel. The grand building, dating back to 1823 has been lovingly restored to true 5* proportions.
The bedrooms have been designed beautifully to acknowledge the decadence of the building’s era and Glasgow’s stylish cosmopolitan vibe. Highlights include a luxury penthouse with private lift, terrace and hot tub with stunning views over Glasgow. The Rally Bar, once a starting point for the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally, has been restored to it’s former glory and is a great quirky space for private dining or business meetings.
The hotel rests in the business district, moments from trendy bars and restaurants on the city’s Bath Street and close to some if the best shopping streets in the UK.
STAY HERE IF: You want shiny new 5* luxury in a venue that is proud of it’s rich heritage and iconic building, which is easily accessible and close to the city’s highlights.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: You intend to have an in-house gala dinner for 80+ guests. The ballroom is magnificent, however it’s just not big enough for larger groups.
Set in a tree-lined terrace in the fashionable West End of Glasgow, Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel this is renowned throughout Scotland. The hotel occupies an entire terrace of town houses with oak-panelled walls, sweeping staircases and stained glass windows. House five is a stunning venue for exclusive events with its own entrance and terraced garden.
The restaurant has recently been awarded 3AA rosettes. Guests can visit the wine cellar with an incredible selection of 600 bins, or the whisky snug with over 300 on display. With capacity for 78 diners, the popular oak-panelled Bistro is an atmospheric dining room. The Glenlivet and Ardbeg rooms can be opened up as one private room accommodating 70, banquet style.
STAY HERE IF: You want a luxury ‘home from home’ and to experience ‘townhouse living’ in a timeless environment.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: You are looking for a lively atmosphere and a cosmopolitan feeling.
Situated close to the River Clyde’s revived walkways, the Radisson SAS Hotel has a stylish, award winning exterior, and internal décor to match.
The hotel includes two diverse restaurants, three bars, seventeen meeting rooms and a large leisure club. Internationally acclaimed chef, Sir Peter Blake, and restaurateur, Roy Ackerman offer you traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. The ‘One plate Scottish Plate’ is a delicious way to savour the delights of Scotland! There are 15 meeting rooms catering for small groups up to 800.
STAY HERE IF: You want to stay in 5* surroundings that are modern, clean, contemporary and in the heart of the city.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: You want cosy or traditional luxury.
Overlooking the River Clyde, the Crown Plaza boasts its very own pontoon giving it a unique and beautiful location.
With 16 meeting rooms accommodating a maximum of 800 delegates, plus a direct link to the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre), the Crown Plaza is the number one choice for exhibition / conference accommodation in Glasgow.
The hotel also offers a choice of restaurants, 24hr room service and is fully equipped with wireless internet across the hotel.
STAY HERE IF: You want to stay close to a conference / exhibition in the SECC.
DONT'T STAY HERE IF: You want to be within walking distance of the city’s restaurants, bars and clubs.
Abode Glasgow is centrally located in the very heart of the vibrant city, nestled beside the business district and only minutes away from the renowned shopping of Buchanan Street. The hotel reflects Glasgow's own modern renaissance, combining stunning traditional architecture with exciting contemporary design.
Private dining facilities are available for up to 60 in the chic and world-renowned ‘Michael Caines’ kitchen who serve delicious food from Scottish produce.
STAY HERE IF: You're looking for a boutique hotel with a city centre location and exquisite onsite dining.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: You're looking for edgy modern living for a large group.
This boutique hotel imaginatively fuses the elegance of the blonde sandstone Victorian building with a discreet, sharp-edged design which perfectly complements the vibrancy of the stylish city. The hotel’s contemporary, “East-meets-West” design encapsulates the dualism of rejuvenation and cosmopolitan living, featuring calm, Zen-like spaces complimented with sleek, sophisticated areas.
Saint Jude’s Hotel provides its business guests with “state of the art” facilities across two “purpose built” conference rooms, which can be aligned, combined and amalgamated to encompass a capacity of up to 80 people.
St Jude’s strives to provide mouth-watering organic cuisine served in stylish luxurious backdrops. The signature restaurant “Mama San” can be entirely privatised upon request and is a meeting ground for aestheticism, gastronomy and excellence. Mama San features authentic Asian cuisine, using organic ingredients, from three separate kitchens
STAY HERE IF: You are in search of relaxation, high-class, cosmopolitan living and a deluxe business environment.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: If you want 'to get away from it all’. The hotels' location on trendy Bath Street is close to some of the city’s fashionable restaurants, bars and clubs.
Jurys Inn Glasgow is ideally located in Glasgow’s city centre, overlooking the River Clyde. The area offers easy access to business districts, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries.
The Arches Restaurant is a relaxed informal restaurant serving international cuisine at reasonable prices. Your guests can chill out with a whisky or glass of wine in The Inn Pub, which is perfect for a quick lunch or a drink. They also serve great bar food, so your group can grab a quick bite to eat, before heading out on the town!
Il Barista Coffee Bar is the new "All Day" Coffee Bar and is the perfect place for an informal meeting or a snack, serving speciality coffees and freshly baked pastries straight from the oven.
STAY HERE IF: You're looking for a comfy 3* hotel that is great for quick city stops, especially when you’re doing business in town.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: If you’re looking for extras like leisure facilities or large meeting rooms.
City Inn Glasgow hotel is situated on the riverside at Finnieston Quay, ideally located for the SECC and the city centre. It combines a passion for modern design and innovation with contemporary living.
The hotel boasts a stylish lounge bar, award-winning modern European cuisine in City Cafe and a stylish riverside terrace for relaxed alfresco dining. The hotel design embraces light and space, style and comfort to create a sleek alternative to traditional, large hotels. It's no wonder they ‘steal hearts and win awards’, as the media recently quoted!A reception can be held for up to 60 or have private dining for up to 24.
The chef at of the Scottish restaurant within the hotel, ‘Wild Bergamot’ stamped his very individual mark upon it and achieved popularity and success, including 'The List's Restaurant of the Year’ in 2006. He came to the hotel from Paul Heathcotes, while it enjoyed a two-star Michelin rating.
STAY HERE IF: You want a relaxed and informal stay in a stylish city-chic hotel or for small business meetings in a light and airy space.
DON'T STAY HERE IF: You want private dining for a large group.
Coming up next week…..
Next week we’ll take a journey out of the city to the surrounding countryside to find 6 great locations where you can feel a million miles from the city in the beauty of Scotland’s landscape, yet when you want the buzz of the stylish city back, it’s a stone’s throw away.
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