Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow
301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 8DL
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow
In true Scandinavian style, the Radisson is a stylish yet subtle mistress, with more quirks than normally found in rival international hotel brands. While art prints of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Mick’n’Keith caught my eye in the lobby, it’s the building’s spacious atrium of aircraft-hangar proportions that is its most arresting feature. Previous winner of the Scottish Business Hotel of the Year 2008 and numerous design awards when it first opened in 2003, it remains a style icon. As I have never seen it elsewhere, I’m a big fan of its gigantic calculator shaped elevator buttons.
Sited on the busy Argyll Street and Hope Street interchange, the Radisson is the most centrally located hotel in the city. Towering on the edge of the International Financial Services District (IFSD) and directly facing the city’s transport nucleus Central Station, it’s hard to fault its position. Convenient for easy access to the West End and a 10-minute walk to the lively Merchant City, makes it perfect for late nights out. The Glasgow airport bus stops nearly right outside the front door.
The 250 bedrooms predominantly come in three styles: City, Modern and Nordic depending on the mood you are in. Wooden flooring, natural wood furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows dominate throughout and several rooms come straight from the pages of an IKEA catalogue. Angular beds give the rooms an asymmetric character and the design is self conscious but smart. Business class rooms include free movies, newspapers and an espresso machine. All rooms come well stocked with exclusive Anne Semonin toiletries.
The hotel’s loft-style apartment on the sixth floor is the largest in Glasgow and includes a private dining room, kitchen, walk-in showers and expansive views over the glass arches of nearby Central Station and the tenements of Scotland Street across the river.
There is plenty of room to chill out including a free to use computer station, lofty reception hall, Atrium bar and a pool hall enclave. As the games were free, I could have spent hours there. Free WiFi too.
The Radisson boasts the award-winning two deck wraparound Collage Bar, the 24-hour Atrium bar and the A to Z themed Collage restaurant, which serves breakfast and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is cooked to order - I recommend the eggs Benedict - and it has a distinct Scottish twist; think smoked salmon and steam kippers from Fife.
A bicep-busting large LA Fitness gym is beneath the hotel and access and classes are free of charge for all guests. It also houses a steam room, Jacuzzi and 15-metre swimming pool.
Professional with a distinct Scottish accent. The breakfast team are particularly good.
Business travellers congregate over coffee and café lattes mid-week while at the weekends the hotel caters more for Corona-quaffing couples and the leisure market.
A car valet service costs £19.
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- 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 8DL
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Penthouse apartment
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Glasgow City Centre