Glasgow’s best cheap hotels
The rooms at this popular chain are modern and spacious. Glasgow’s city-centre branch of Premier Inn is located just five minutes from the Gallery of Modern Art, and half a mile from Queen Street station. Prices cover an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast; the on-site Thyme restaurant delivers a perfectly fine international menu at lunch and dinner. Its handy location will keep your travel costs down. A good no-surprises option.
Not far from the SEC exhibition centre and SSE Hydro Arena, the Campanile is a good-value option offering free parking, modern rooms and an inclusive breakfast. If you get a room at the top, you’ll enjoy views over Glasgow all the way to the Campsie Fells – but the view comes with a price: the stairs here are steep and there’s no elevator.
With a top location on Bath Street, Point A is a bargainous option for visitors to Glasgow who are looking for budget accommodation close to the city centre. Rooms are small, basic and only cleaned every third day, but the upside is the super-comfortable Hypnos beds, power showers and free wi-fi. A simple breakfast of five items including a hot drink costs £7.
This modern-looking three-star hotel – part of the Crerar Hotels group – has excellently priced rooms, and is to be found on Paisley Road West, making it handing for the Ibrox Stadium. GoGlasgow has an on-site restaurant and free parking. Inspired by the location, the decor uses a cool grey palette to reflect the industrial surroundings. Egyptian cotton sheets and sleek en suites are standard, and the hotel has disabled-friendly guestrooms and parking.
Glasgow’s Holiday Inn is located right beside the Royal Concert Hall, making it well-placed for the city’s restaurants and theatres. The bus station is opposite, too: handy for those coming in by National Express. It offers relatively large and modern rooms with well-equipped bathrooms that feature Grohe showers. The SECC is a couple of miles away. Guests can enjoy big buffet breakfasts, as well as a full Scottish (always welcome), and fine-dining at the popular Le Bonne Auberge on-site restaurant. You’ll find reduced-cost parking just across the road.
This hostel resides in a handsome, nineteenth-century former church that’s just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Glasgow. It’s now a fun, classic/contemporary design combo hostel with lots of affordable dorm accomodation. There are also family rooms available, as well as rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, you’ll find a fully fitted kitchen for cooking, and a lounge where you can get to know the other guests. Towels and padlocks cost a little extra; on-site parking is available.
Part of the Ibis group, this slightly institutional-looking operation is positioned above a car park slightly out of the town centre. But there’s no arguing with the cheap-as-chips prices, free parking and free wi-fi. Rooms are functional, with whitewashed walls. It’s a 15-minute walk to the SECC and the Springfield Quay complex it’s part of includes a cinema, bowling and restaurants.
This spot is notable for its small but cleverly designed, highly functional rooms. Some don’t have windows, but what they all have are rock-bottom prices. The pretty Victorian building is close to the city centre, and houses an on-site café. All essentials are provided: free toiletries, wi-fi and even complimentary cheese and wine in the evenings. Things that night owls can do without – breakfast and sunlight – cost more.
Appropriately for its name, this lovely four-star boutique hotel is just ten minutes’ from the city centre, on a charming tree-lined street overlooking Queen’s Park. It delivers excellent accomodation that includes an apartment with an outdoors terrace that overlooks the garden. The interior is an interesting blend of Victorian and contemporary style, and features a fantastic bar and a fine restaurant.
Victorian townhouses have been converted into this simple and elegant, if slightly dated, accommodation. Spacious rooms sleep up to four people, come with en suites and benefit from those high ceilings. Although it’s slightly away from the centre, it’s a just short walk from Kelvinbridge underground, the Botanic Gardens and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. Guests can also enjoy a free Scottish breakfast, garden and outdoor terrace.
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