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expert-rated hotels in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

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“How do you know when you're staying in Glasgow? When you call the hotel desk and say ‘I've gotta leak in my sink’ and the response is ‘go ahead’.” Or so the old joke goes. But while Glasgow has relied on an abundance of budget chain hotels over the past few decades to keep its guests clean, cosy and comfortable, times have changed beyond all expectations. Glasgow now has as many hip, designer hotels and boutique love nests as any other trendy European hot spot and it is very keen to parade its style icon status. From five star aristocratic townhouses in the West End to über cool pod hotels in Glasgow’s Theatreland, hotel interiors have been redecorated to incorporate all manner of 21st Century bells and whistles including air conditioned wine cellars, private dining booths, mood lighting, electronic wizardry and free Wifi. Meanwhile, shortbread-tin hotels, common in the City Centre and around Sauchiehall Street, offer a more traditional welcome for the more nostalgic, seasoned traveller. And if you’re on a budget, Glasgow has a burgeoning hostel scene to rival Edinburgh’s mass of cheap rooms and value dorms.

Things to consider before booking

  • As a reliable host to numerous exhibitions, conferences and large scale events, hotels in Glasgow can fill up at the most unexpected times. Glasgow isn’t London or Paris and a run of popular concerts or conferences can lead to a surge in hotel bookings. Make sure you book well in advance.
  • Glasgow is easily navigable by foot or by short train rides, so location isn’t as important as it can be in other sprawling European metropolises. The majority of sights, attractions, restaurants, bars and shops can be reached after a 15-minute stroll or 10-minute train ride, so choose your hotel or guesthouse for its personality rather than its position. The three main areas to consider are the city centre, the Merchant City and the West End.
  • Prices dramatically vary during mid-week and busy periods. Popular local holidays include the Glasgow Fair weekend, Bank Holiday weekends and every August the city absorbs the overflow during the Edinburgh Fringe and international festivals when the capital’s hotels get booked out. See more about important festivals and seasonal changes on my When to go to Glasgow page.
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I've been writing about Glasgow for years and I have stayed in, eaten at or drunk in nearly all of the city’s best guest houses and hotels. With nearly 100 hotels of different standards, shapes and sizes I have been highly selective in my recommendations and I have only included the ones that I’d be happy to stay in myself or would recommend as suitable for my dear old gran. The hotels, b&bs and hostels here suit every budget and – in nearly all cases – each one offers something out of the ordinary. From high thrills to low frills, they will all make you more than welcome!

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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