Cathedral House Hotel
28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Scotland, G4 0XA
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Sporty types, Art, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History
Expert review of Cathedral House Hotel
Apparently, this listed heritage hotel has its very own ghost. Though this may or may not have something to do with the nearby Gothic Necropolis, this vintage hotel is full of ye olde Glasgow veterans who have no doubt had a few spirits themselves. Independently owned and managed, I love the building’s unique history. Built in 1896 in a Baronial style and framed with Georgian turrets, the building was once owned by the nearby St Mungo’s Cathedral before being used as a halfway house for female prisoners and convicts. Full of local character and creaking floorboards, it is also one of the few hotels in the city to be based in the stunning Cathedral Quarter, the oldest part of the city. And as for the ghost? Local night porter Johnny knows all the stories. In my opinion, there really aren’t enough hotels like this in Glasgow.
Diagonally across from St Mungo’s Cathedral, the Cathedral House Hotel’s location is both a blessing and a curse. Ideally situated for the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (permanent home of the world famous painting Christ of St John of The Cross by Salvador Dali), University of Strathclyde and Royal Infirmary Hospital, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from George Square and the inner city attractions. Despite offering peace and solitude, it would require a short taxi ride with heavy luggage from Central and Queen Street train stations.
Up the building’s original winding marble staircase, four doubles and three twins showcase a cosy fusion of boutique fittings and funky furniture. A mismatched mix of four poster beds, feature walls, gold leaf mirrors, vintage wardrobes and walnut chests lie behind the floor to ceiling drapes, which tickle the wooden floor. All rooms are en suite and some even have the bathrooms built directly into the turrets. Rooms 7 and 4 are the ones I’d choose. Needless to say, the views of the surrounding area are worth the dizzying walk.
Apart from the restaurant and sociable bars there are no public areas. Off street parking is available.
On the second floor, breakfast is served in a stunning, well lit restaurant. Featuring vintage furnishings, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh style windows, an inlaid fireplace and two gigantic Grecian urns, every seat is guaranteed a panoramic view of the Cathedral. Downstairs, the Cathedral House Hotel’s bar is not your average polished hotel bar. A local’s boozer in its own right, it is the best Glaswegian public bar in the vicinity so is regularly packed with working class characters, tall tale story tellers and new found friends. Breakfast is included in the rate – delivered to your table by an old fashioned dumb waiter.
The new management team are eager to impress. Plenty of local character too.
Visiting professors and doctors (for the proximity to nearby institutions), overseas visitors in search of Glasgow history and maybe even a ghost or two.
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- 28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Scotland, G4 0XA
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- Cathedral views, Local pub
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