Glasgow's best hotels
A modern hotel that sits on the corner of Hope Street, with simple, stylish, airy rooms. There’s free wi-fi, plus a computerised self-check-in services along with appliances accessed via an iPaid – which all gives Citizen M a rather futuristic feel. CantineM, a contemporary space with bright Vitra furnishings is great for 24/7 eating and drinking, and SocietyM offers meeting spaces for up to 18 people and a screening room. It’s a five-minute walk from Buchanan Street bus station and there’s a hotel discount for parking at Cambridge Street, just two minutes’ walk away.
Located on Jamaica Street, a ten-minute walk from each of Glasgow’s three main train stations, this four-star spot is super-handy for the town centre as well as the SECC – the conference centre is just three minutes away on the train. The simply, 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.
The recently refurbished Doubletree, found just behind Sauchiehall Street, has a series of large, contemporary with a muted decor. There’s an on-site fitness centre, spa, plus a sauna, steamroom and whirlpool bath, and an indoor pool that’s well lit. There’s also a spacious lobby and the Cask bar.
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 each is designed and decorated entirely uniquely. Deep baths and 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.
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. It’s a short walk to Argyle Street for shopping, and only ten minutes’ walk from two main rail stations and the Gallery of Modern Art. The block also houses a fitness centre, which is free for guests.
This four-star hotel, found right in the centre of Glasgow, is an old-school classic benefitting from a £20-million refurbishment where original features were 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-pecial night out.
The rooms at this swish four-star hotel are modern with a cool, slightly Scandi-ish feel. If you’re happy paying for an upgrade, you can enjoy city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, with additional perks like bathrobes and Elemis toiletries. A fun bar and lounge area ia is ideal for informal meetings and casual dining.
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 wider hotels has high ceilings and a distinctive redbrick idenity. 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.
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.
Glasgow’s best restaurants
With a culinary heritage as good as Glasgow, it's easy to see why those of a gastronomic bent tend to make a beeline for these here parts. But it's not all about swanky destination dining that'll cost you an arm and a leg.