110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 2EN
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Stag / hen parties, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness
Expert review of Marks Hotel
This hotel feels like walking into the neck of a kaleidoscope – and I love it. Beyond its black contemporary foyer, the lift whizzes guests into corridors of garish gold and scarlet blossom wallpapers. One part Wizard of Oz fantasy to two parts Wall Street professional, the Marks Hotel is an independently managed boutique hotel that is difficult to pigeonhole. Outside, the glass exterior is a classic architectural feature of Glasgow’s landscape, overhanging Bath Street like a gigantic hand-sculpted icicle, but inside the rooms offer minimalist luxury and silk soft furnishings. Its unique style may not appeal to everyone – “The walls are enough to induce a hangover,” the receptionist says – but it works for me.
Overlooking the commercial and nightlife hub of Bath Street, the hotel is a prime location for any number of day and night activities. During the day, men in suits hustle by; after dark, the ties come off and the hustle turns into a street waltz. All attractions are within a five to ten minute walk and the street is a hub for taxis and buses.
Rooms have purple carpets and feature walls (continuing the kitschy wallpaper theme), silk curtains, enhanced toiletries and the front-facing rooms have the coolest windows in the city. Inspired by a South African design, to reduce summer time glare, the ceiling-to-floor convex windows arch downwards and shed in more Scottish daylight than anywhere else in the galaxy. The top storey duplex suites have 30ft tall windows and are well worth the upgrade. Ideally, choose a room at the front of the hotel as the rear rooms lack both the Glasgow vista and are a little claustrophobic. The two-storey suites also have DVD players and a downstairs TV room.
There is a small stylish reception kitted out like a dark and alluring black box theatre and the elevator lobby is decorated in vintage motor racing prints personally selected by the owner.
The One Ten Bar and Grill at the front of the hotel has an extensive cocktail menu and a candle-lit drinks cabinet, which becomes the focus of many Glasgow late nights. Behind this, it boasts a 1950s Mad Men style restaurant – cooking locally-sourced grills and preparing salads – home to numerous private booths and a black and red sultry colour scheme. Paintings from local artist Mary T. are dotted about the booths and are also for sale.
Bespoke and friendly.
Self-conscious business travellers and jet-setting couples on budget. Hen and stag parties often book out the top floor suites. A disabled lift connects to the hotel directly from Bath Street.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
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- 110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 2EN
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
- Glasgow City Centre