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!
Glasgow's best hotels
Located on the corner of Hope Street, and conveniently close to Buchanan Street bus station, Citizen M delivers on crisp, clean modernism. Make the most of free wi-fi, check in using the computerised self-service facilities and dine at CantineM at all hours. It’s a great choice if you’re in town for work reasons, a fact that hasn’t passed the hotel itself by. There are bookable meeting rooms seating up to 18 available on site and discounted parking at Cambridge Street.
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.