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The 10 best hotels in Glasgow that are pure dead brilliant

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
Rhys Thomas
Chiara Wilkinson
Jennifer Banful

Vibrant, historical, and home to real Scottish humour, Glasgow is a special city with an equally special set of spaces to stay. 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, for instance. Ideal spots for enjoying the city 24 hours a day, and without being completely bank-breaking. Enjoy – you deserve it! 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines

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A stone’s throw away from the hustle-and-bustle of Buchanan Street, this stunning Georgian townhouse is ideally situated for you to make the most of Glasgow. As soon as you step through the doorway, you’ll feel the quality like a slap in the face. Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, the dazzling, chandelier-lit foyer is highly finished with art deco-style marble floors and doric columns. The 113 guest rooms are spotless and sleek, with modern, simple furnishings, and all of the facilities you might need – including a yoga mat. Breakfast and dinner is served in iasg, with a focus on Scottish seafood, and there’s an award-winning spa, too.

The mood? Modern-lux. 
Location perks? Bang in the centre with top amenities including, an on-site restaurant, bar and spa. 
Budget range? Spenny indeed. 


Citizen M

2. Citizen M

CitizenM is a prime example of a hotel that has it all: affordable prices, fantastic location, and uncompromising comfort and facilities. Located on the corner of Hope Street, which is a small walk from Buchanan Street bus station, this quirky looking spot is a crisp, clean and modern looking gaff. Inside, you'll find 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. 4am munchies? Sorted! Bookable meeting rooms also make it ideal for working from hotel. There's discounted parking too, see, everything! 

The mood? Sleek and modern. 
Location perks? 10 minutes to Buchanan Galleries shopping centre. 
Budget range? An affordable three-night stay. 

Leonardo Hotel

3. Leonardo Hotel

Locations don't get much better than this. You're a mere ten-minute walk from Glasgow's three main train stations. So should you be getting here from train, bed is seconds away (also, if you oversleep the alarm, you won't have to run too far for the train). This Jamaica Street hotel is perfect for a weekend in the city, and is handily located if you're off to the SEC Centre for gigs and the rest too. The rooms are simple but nice and airy, with white linen sheets and spacious bathrooms, all with a bath and complimentary toiletries (like all good hotels should!). The buffet breakfast is, in true Scots fashion, a generous one that'll truly let you fill yer boots, there's also a contemporary restaurant onsite with a continental menu. Happy days. 

The mood? Swanky and modern. 
Location perks? A short distance from the Royal Concert Hall Gallery of Modern Art.
Budget range? Mid-range. 

Doubletree by Hilton (Glasgow Central)

4. Doubletree by Hilton (Glasgow Central)

The Doubletree is tucked nicely behind Sauchiehall Street, offering a retreat just off the bustling Glaswegian roads right by Glasgow Central. Inside rooms are large and contemporary with a muted (and wonderfully calming) decor. Into your extras? 'course you are! The hotel has an on-site fitness centre and spa which includes a sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath. There's also an indoor pool that’s well-lit. Ideal if you want to break a sweat (either by hitting the gym or just relaxing in the sauna). The restaurant is run by award-winning chef Stewart Goldie, which means you don't even have to go outside for quality food. And for a wee tipple, there's the 'Cask bar'.

The mood? Sleek and polished. 
Location perks? Next door to the city's main shopping district. 
Budget range? On the pricier end. 

Hotel du Vin
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This nice little spot is based inside a Victorian terrace in Glasgow’s trendy West End and used to be a bit more of a luxe boutique type affair. The rooms retain much of that original charm. What's fun is that every room has its own unique decoration and vibe, so if you stay here time and time again you might well be able to see which of the many rooms you like the design of the msot. One thing they all have though is a lovely deep bath – perfect for sinking into after a long day on your feet. The oak-panelled bistro is run by Executive Chef Barry Duff, who creates Scottish-influenced cuisine that's good enough to attract not just those staying at the hotel (always, always a good sign). There is also, as you’d expect, a sommelier on hand who will happily guide you through the wine list – no mean feat in a cellar containing 300 bottles (that's different types, not just the total number of bottles!). Pets are welcome too, so don't leave that hecking good boi behind, and there’s free wi-fi so you can turn your out-of-office on with ease. 

The mood? Luxuriously antique. 
Location perks? Situated on a pleasant tree-lined street close to the Botanic Gardens and the centre. 
Budget range? High-end. 

Fraser Suites

6. Fraser Suites

Inside numbers 1 to 19 of Albion Street, moments away from Argyle Street's shops, you'll find what feels like (and technically is) a carefully renovated nineteenth-century bank full of two-bedroom apartments and studios, complete with their own kitchenettes. If you want a place that's a little more home away from home and less temporary feeling than a hotel, this is the one for you. There's a fitness centre which is free to use also,  and shops aside, the Gallery of Modern Art among many of the city's other top attractions are just a small stroll away. 

The mood? Ambient-lux. 
Location perks? Down the road from the 
Gallery of Modern Art and George Square.
Budget range? Moderately-priced. 

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Central locations don't get any better than this. Gordon Street, G1 postcode. Beautiful. The name basically sums it all up: The Grand Central. We've covered the latter, so grand? Well, here you have all the old-time glamour skilfully combined with contemporary design and modern features. The staircase in the lobby is a grandiose wonder, proper ball gown dress trailing from top to bottomv vibes. It also just so happens to lead up to the  Champage Centre, where a marbled floor and 23-metre chandelier provide wonderful views, and Glasgow Central’s concourse is seen through the windows. Hey, it's not called Grand for nothing.

The mood? Stylish and elegant.  
Location perks? Walking distance to Argyll Arcade and Princes Square. 
Budget range? Cheap and cheerful. 

Apex City

8. Apex City

Glasgow lies between the 55th and 56th parallel, as all them Geographers out there will know. So it's only right that it is home to some of its own Scandi-influenced chic. It's a four-star place to stay, too. The rooms at this swish (but Scandi as we said, not Swiss) hotel are modern with and genuinely leave us with no choice but to use the word 'cool'. Downstairs, you'll find a bar and lounge area ideal for informal meetings and casual dining, along with a refined spot for a drink or two. Opt for the upgrade, and you'll be given city views through floor-to-ceiling windows, with additional perks like bathrobes and Elemis toiletries. Should you decide you actually want to leave the room, you'll find the Theaters, shops, and the SECC are but a short walk away, as are both Glasgow Central Station and Queen Street Railway Station. Ideal. 

The mood? Time to indulge. 
Location perks? Situated on Bath Street where you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, shops and theatres. 
Budget range? A spiffing good deal. 

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Here's a spot with a rather auspicious past – it was once the city’s power station. Rooms here are (without a hint of irony) bright and spacious, and they have a complimentary minibar.  Nice! 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, so really you won't need to brace the Scottish outdoors. If you do though, you'll notice that Hotel Indigo is a 10-minute walk from the Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Science Center and Glasgow Cathedral are both a brief walk away too. 

The mood? Cosy and opulent. 
Location perks? You'll be in the Business District and a 10-minute stroll from the Gallery of Modern Art. 
Budget range? Bargain prices. 

Z Hotel

10. Z Hotel

The Z hotel group are wildly successful, and it's all because of their tried-and-tested formula: Small, minimalist, well-designed rooms, glass-walled wetrooms, free toiletries and wi-fi. Simply, what more do you need when you're taking a trip to a city like Glasgow? There’s a fun, metropolitian vibe to the place (guests at Z Hotels are described as ‘urbanites’ rather than tourists, but you can keep that to yourself if you prefer) and (no doubt a contributing factor to the success) complimentary cheese and wine can be found in the dining area every evening, yup! Continental breakfast is served in The Z Café every morning, and including fresh croissants, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit salad along with bacon rolls. Other dishes are available throughout the day. You'll be able to make the most of the city too as you're right in the heart of things. 

The mood? Polished and clean.
Location perks? Next to George Square and Queen Street.
Budget range? Budget-friendly.

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