Novotel Glasgow Centre
181 Pitt Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 4DT
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Nightlife, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing
Best for Families - Expert review of Novotel Glasgow Centre
Without a doubt this is the best family choice in the city. Pledging an unmitigated family friendly atmosphere, the Novotel offers free hotel stays for children under 16 inclusive of free breakfast. So, if one adult checks in, up to three accompanying children are also entitled to stay without charge, which I think is an unbeatable deal. Add to this a dedicated kids’ zone with X-Box games and Nintendo Wii and a spread out three-room bar showing live sports (and with free pool), it turns into a super friendly sanctuary for stressed out parents and agitated children. It’s also a great eco-conscious choice too. As an aside, the hotel manager is unwaveringly focused on community initiatives, green ventures and maximising the hotel’s waste management policies. Despite this, the hotel is a popular business choice for meetings, events and corporate travellers – a genuine all-rounder!
Located in a characterless street between Sauchiehall Street and Blythswood Square, the Novotel can easily be dismissed by the passing trade. After the 5pm commuters disappear, however, it becomes a peaceful backstreet in easy reach of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. For those seeking something more raucous, the tail end of Sauchiehall and Bath Streets become party central after 9pm on weekend nights.
Despite having only been open for 10 years, the Novotel Glasgow’s bedrooms have been refurbished three times. The 139 rooms are uniform in design but have a few unexpected French-chic highlights. Energy saving bulbs are mandatory, the flat-screen TVs are mounted on a swivel pole and the business desks are adjustable so guests can choose how they want to personalise their room. Rooms also have foldable couches for extra guests, honesty mini-bars, Fairtrade biscuits, rain showers and the coolest sinks I’ve ever seen at a hotel; they are a cross between a miniature infinity swimming pool and a massive egg cup, which makes sense in my head. Executive rooms also include a free mini-bar, free internet, espresso machine and free local phone calls.
A free iMac is available for use in the reception.
As the hotel works from one classic cuisine menu, meals, snacks and nibbles are served on a 24-hour basis from the restaurant, bar and directly to the hotel rooms: the philosophy is “you can eat wherever you want”. The ground floor Elements restaurant serves up a hot breakfast and has the added novelty of two TV dinner stations, where single diners can choose a stand-alone booth with a pull out TV to keep them company. The restaurant also carries a dedicated Kids' Menu, which is not as common in Glasgow as I would have thought.
The top floor of the hotel offers a gym with a classic rooftop view of the city. Designed as an unmanned gym, there are no free weights, but there is a popular steam room and sauna next door.
The eco-conscious and modern multi-lingual staff strike a great balance between French cool and Glaswegian charm.
Families, business travellers, city breakers – the works!
The underground car park carries a £5 charge for the day.
More information on Novotel Glasgow Centre:
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- 181 Pitt Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 4DT
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
- Glasgow City Centre