Whether you need to be close to the SECC for a conference, the SSE Hydro for a concert, or in the beating heart for clubbing, restaurant-going or consumer therapy, Glasgow has some cracking bargains – from the hip if sparse Hotel Z and family-friendly Tartan Lodge to the blink-and-you'll-miss them cheap nights at fabulous boutique Number 1. Here’s our guide to the best cheap hotels in Glasgow.
Glasgow’s best cheap hotels
Premier Inn Glasgow City Central
Modern rooms are spacious at this popular chain, five minutes from the Gallery of Modern Art and half a mile from Queen Street station. Prices start at around £50, and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast, family rooms and its proximity to the town centre will all help to keep your costs down. The on-site Thyme restaurant serves a decent international menu at lunch and dinner.
Close to the SECC and SSE Hydro Arena, the Campanile is a good value option offering free parking, modern rooms and an inclusive breakfast, all from around £45. The rooms at the top have views over Glasgow to the Campsie Fells but it’s worth noting the stairs are steep and there’s no elevator.
With prices starting from an incredible £39, and a location on Bath Street, PAH is a bargainous option for those who are looking for accommodation close to the centre. Rooms are small, basic and only cleaned every third day, but the upside is the Hypnos beds, power showers and free wifi. A simple breakfast of five items including a hot drink costs £7.
Part of the Crerar Hotels group, this modern three-star has rooms from around £50, plus its own restaurant and free parking. Located on Paisley Road West, it's also handy for the Ibrox Stadium. 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.
Right beside the Royal Concert Hall, this hotel is well-placed for Glasgow’s restaurants and theatres, as well as the bus station (opposite). This chain offers spacious and modern rooms with well-equipped bathrooms (featuring Grohe showers) from £89. The SECC is just over two miles away. Guests can enjoy big buffet breakfasts, as well as a full Scottish one, and some fine-dining at the popular Le Bonne Auberge on-site restaurant. Discounted parking is available across the road.
A handsome 19th century church, a six-minute drive from the city centre, has been converted into this classic/contemporary design combo hostel that’s good news for those looking for dorm accommodation from £24. Family rooms are available, as are en suite bathrooms, and there’s a fully fitted kitchen for cooking, and a lounge for socialising. Towels and padlocks are extra. On-site parking is available. Check prices
Part of the Ibis group, Etap is an institutional-looking operation positioned above a car park slightly out of the centre. But there’s no arguing with the price (from £30), free parking (natch), and free wifi. Rooms are functional, with whitewashed walls. It’s a 15-minute walk to the SECC and the complex includes a cinema, bowling and restaurants.
Z hotel is noted for its tiny but well-designed functional rooms, some without windows, and rock-bottom prices, here from around £46. The handsome Victorian building close to the centre houses an on-site cafe, and all the essentials are provided, including free toiletries, wifi, and even complimentary cheese and wine in the evenings. Things that night owls can do without – breakfast and sunlight – cost more.
Number 10 Hotel
Ten minutes from the city centre, this lovely boutique hotel situated on a tree-lined street overlooking Queen’s Park offers excellent accommodation, including an apartment with an outside terrace overlooking the garden. Contemporary design is combined with Victorian style in this four-star hotel, which also benefits from a great bar and a fine restaurant. Prices start around £80.
Victorian townhouses have been converted into this simple, elegant, if a little dated, accommodation. Spacious rooms, sleeping up to four people, cost from £40, come with en suites and benefit from those high ceilings. Though slightly away from the centre, it’s a 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.