ABode Hotel

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Address: 129 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2SZ, Scotland

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Culinary hotel supreme and former home to Glasgow’s only UK Prime Minister.

This idiosyncratic hotel is totally unique. Built in 1829 by Sir James Campbell, the building became the family home of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908 and the only person born and raised in Glasgow to run the country. The building later became the Department of Education office before being turned into a quirky culinary themed hotel. Housing two signature restaurants from Michelin star chef Michael Caines – one a Café and Grill, the other a five-star a la carte affair – I loved the food: be it from dawn to dusk, it was exceptional. Best of all, however, is the century-old heritage lift, complete with vintage iron-wrought gate, which dominates the hotel’s interior. For me, it feels like it comes straight out of a Sunset Boulevard motel.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

Located on Bath Street in a long strip of Georgian terrace buildings, ABode has a perfect location and rubs its colonnaded shoulders with Glasgow’s other architectural marvels, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Buchanan Street style mile and the King’s Theatre. Within easy walking distance of both Central and Queen Street Stations, Buchanan Bus Station and subway are also close by.

Bedrooms

Spacious and home to extra-bouncy Vi-Spring double beds, the 59 bedrooms are a perfect home away from home with petite en suite living room, digital TVs and personal DVD players (a selection of new films are kept at reception). Luxurious yet affordable, the third floor is the connoisseur’s choice. Try to make sure you get a back-facing room for views across Glasgow's southside.

Public areas

Definitely its coolest asset, the third floor mezzanine floor has been turned into an impromptu art gallery, showcasing local artists and emerging painters. Pictures are for sale and provide a great distraction when waiting for the hotel’s iconic lift.

Eating and drinking

If one man has come to signify the success of the ABode chain of hotels it’s Michael Caines (Michelin starred chef rather than cockney star of The Italian Job). The food is first class – as would be expected from an award-winning chef – and a number of promotions have been designed to tempt guests to eat in house rather than go elsewhere. I could eat here every night (but then I'd be the size of a bus).

Leisure facilities

None. But there is a funky waterfall cascading down the side of the central lift.

Service

Professional and attentive, the staff draw the line at fawning at your feet.

Who stays there

Arty types and those seeking to indulge in Michael Caines’ signature British-inspired menu.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Coolest lift in Glasgow - bar none!
  • Michael Caines' gourmet cuisine
  • In house art gallery
  • Some rooms are needing an upgrade
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