In Celtic, Glasgow means “a dear green place” and that it is, although a bit less green since its naming. With a proud history as a shipbuilding, trade, and financial center, contemporary Glasgow is sleek and modern and its Manhattan-style town planning affords many sweeping vistas of the city’s impressive Victorian buildings, as well as the architectual gems from the medieval to the present day. But its the Art Nouveau ‘Glasgow Style’ for which the city has become famous, and no one should miss the work of one of Glasgow’s most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
This cosmopolitan city of neighborhoods offers visitors a wide range of attractions to include: fine art galleries and museums, opera, sporting events, excellent boutique shopping (second only to London in the UK), and, of course, lively entertainment in the many clubs, pubs, bars, and cafes found throughout the city.
Glasgow is a relatively large, sprawling city, so we have focused our hotel recommendations to areas where public transportation or walking will allow visitors to experience the city hassle-free.
5-Star – Luxury Hotels
Hotel du Vin
One of Glasgow’s premier boutique hotel destinations, the luxurious Hotel du Vin is located in the cosmopolitan West End. Rooms have opulent furnishings, including Egyptian linens, bathrobes, CD/DVD player, minibar, fresh tea, coffee, milk and over sized toiletries. The on-site bistro is a popular spot, with its fine meal and wine education events.
1 Devonshire Gardens
0141 339 2001
Where else can you spend the night in the grandeur of a former church? This super-central and fabulously chic hotel is housed in a former Episcopal sanctuary. Rooms are sumptuously themed and include the love suite (think champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, candles) and the Big Yin (which features a tartan roll top bath.)
278 West George Street
0141 572 1000
With a two night minimum stay, these luxury apartments offer tons of amenities and features for the discerning traveler. All units are centrally located but on quiet side streets in traditional townhouses. Housekeeping is included, as well as free internet, TV, sitting lounge, storage cupboard and a fully functional kitchen.
20-30 Woodside Place
0845 226 0232
The Alona Hotel
Off the beaten path and situated just off the Strathcylde Loch, the Alona is a Glaswegian gem, easily accessed from the city center but surrounded by greenery in the Strathclyde Country Park; a picnic area and garden are available on-site to be explored. Rooms are furnished to a high standard including, TV and ironing board. Parking available if required.
0169 833 3888
The Abode Glasgow
The Abode is situated in the heart of Glasgow, giving visitors easy access to all the attractions and nightlife. Oozing with Edwardian charm, the building has a wonderful blend of the historic and the trendy. Rooms come furnished with Vi-spring beds, monsoon showers, luxury toiletries, DVD player, and TV.
129 Bath St
0141 221 6789
Just steps away from George Square and the nearby galleries and museums, the Carlton George is near all of the action. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant boasts excellent views, and rooms feature king size beds, WiFi internet, table with executive chair, and complimentary minibar.
44 West George Street
0141 353 6373
Glaswegian hospitality and budget luxury are on the menu at Smith’s in central Glasgow. This family-run hotel is set in a traditional Victorian townhouse in the West End; the staff are quick to offer assistance and recommendations to travellers, either before or after their complimentary Scottish breakfast served daily. Both shared and ensuite rooms are available; guests have frequently noted the high standard of cleanliness.
963 Sauchiehall Street
0141 339 7674
The Lomond is the perfect place for travellers looking for a longer stay in Glasgow at rock-bottom rates. The setting, a lovely Victorian townhouse, is charming and rooms include period features, including the beautiful spiral staircase. Rooms include TV and a complimentary breakfast.
6 Buckingham Terrace
0141 339 2339
Charing Cross Guest House
The Charing Cross is a lovely hostel-style accommodation near the River Clyde in central Glasgow. Prices are very budget friendly, with options including shared or ensuite bathrooms. Rooms have coffee/tea making facilities, WiFi internet, and full breakfast included. There is also a laundry facility on site.
310 Renfrew Street
0141 332 2503