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The 9 best hotels in Glasgow

Making the best of the city’s unique architecture, and serving the tastiest Scottish cuisine, Glasgow’s hotels don’t disappoint

Written by
Time Out editors
&
Charlie Allenby
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Glasgow’s hotels are a little bit special. Along with the usual options of bright and shiny modern chains, you’ll also discover some truly unique places on the map - like the self-catering apartments in a former bank or a room to put your head down in a converted Victorian mansion. The best part is that they’re all conveniently placed near the city’s bars, restaurants art galleries and theatres. You’re sure to find something that suits your tastes and, while we’re at it, some are worth visiting even if just for a glass of bubbly or a wholesome, hearty meal. We love the champagne bar at Grand Central and Barry Duff’s bistro at One Devonshire Gardens Hotel du Vin. Enjoy!

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CitizenM offers up an affordable way to stay in the heart of Glasgow without having to compromise on comfort or facilities. Located on the corner of Hope Street and a stone's throw from Buchanan Street bus station, it goes big on crisp, clean modernism, and has everything you could want from a city centre hotel – free WiFi, self-service check-in, and a 24-hour self-service canteen – which isn't as dystopian as it sounds. Bookable meeting rooms make it ideal for off-site work trips, while guests have access to discounted parking on Cambridge Street.

Locations don't get much better than this. A ten-minute walk from Glasgow's three main train stations, this four-star Jamaica Street hotel is perfect for a weekend in the city, and is handily located if you're off to the SEC Centre. The simple, comfortable rooms here feature white linen sheets and spacious bathrooms, all with a bath and complimentary toiletries. The buffet breakfast is, in true Scots fashion, a generous one and includes gluten-free products. Two restaurants also serve an international menu. 

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The Doubletree, found just behind Sauchiehall Street, has a series of large, contemporary rooms with a muted decor. Into your extras? The hotel has an on-site fitness centre and spa, plus a sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath, and an indoor pool that’s well lit. There’s also a spacious lobby, a restaurant run by award-winning chef Stewart Goldie, and the Cask bar.

Hotel du Vin
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This subtly converted boutique hotel is based in a Victorian terrace in Glasgow’s trendy West End. Its rooms retain much of their original features and charm – although no two are the same and each has been designed and decorated entirely uniquely. They are all home to a deep bath – perfect for sinking into after a long day on your feet – while modern bathrooms help contribute to the sense of charm. The oak-panelled bistro is a real winner, presided over by Executive Chef Barry Duff, who creates Scottish-influenced cuisine. There is also, as you’d expect, a sommelier able to guide you through the wine list – no mean feat in a cellar containing 300 bottles. Pets are welcome and there’s free wi-fi too.

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Looking for more of a home away from home in Glasgow than the sometimes stuffy option of a hotel? Numbers 1 to 19 of Albion Street house studio- to two-bed apartments in a carefully renovated nineteenth-century bank. Each apartment has its own kitchenette, and rooms are spacious, light and airy. Argyle Street's shops are just a short walk away, while the Gallery of Modern Art is just ten minutes away on foot. The block also houses a fitness centre, which is free for guests.

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This four-star hotel, found right in the centre of Glasgow, is an old-school classic where original features have been skilfully combined with contemporary design in stylish, airy rooms. The staircase in the lobby is a grandiose wonder, and leads up to Champage Centre, where a marbled floor, 23-metre chandelier and views over the Glasgow Central’s concourse make for an extra-special night out. Hey, it's not called Grand for nothing.

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Glasgow lies between the 55th and 56th parallel, so it's only right that it is home to some of its own Scandi chic. The rooms at this swish four-star hotel are modern with a cool, while downstairs is home to a fun bar and lounge area that's ideal for informal meetings and casual dining. Opt for the upgrade, and enjoy city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, with additional perks like bathrobes and Elemis toiletries.

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This build has quite an auspicious past: it was once the city’s power station. Rooms here are bright, spacious, and have a complimentary minibar. The wide hotel has high ceilings and a distinctive redbrick identity. On-site amenities include a fitness centre and 24-hour lounge. An excellent table service breakfast is cooked to order, and there’s Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse bar and grill attached.

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The Glasgow edition of the wildly successfuly Z hotel chain repeats the tried-and-tested formula of small and minimalist rooms, with glass-walled wetrooms and free toiletries and wi-fi. There’s a fun, metropolitian vibe to the place (guests at Z Hotels are described as ‘urbanites’ rather than tourists) and – rather excitingly – there is complimentary cheese and wine in the evenings. The idea here is that you pay for every last thing you want – from continental breakfast to even a window.

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