Seconds from Glasgow’s style mile Buchanan Street and the nightlife hub of the Merchant City, the Carlton George has the best of both worlds. Buchanan Street subway and Queen Street Station are both 100 metres away. The excellent Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is also a block past nearby George Square.
Furnished in signature red and white tartan linens, curtains and carpets, the 64 rooms are identical in style, with the executive and club rooms giving more breathing space and desk room. The shortbread-tin theme continues with red and black tiles in the en suite bathrooms. Star of the show is the complimentary in-room oak-panelled drinks cabinet. Decanters filled with single malt whisky and sherry, and crystal glasses peek out from behind the glass. I would opt for one of the three rooms with a balcony. When the weather is right, the John Doyle MacKinlay Suite basks in sunshine and natural light.
Limited to the top floor restaurant and armchairs in the reception.
Eating and drinking
On the top floor, Windows restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner with a sweeping view across Glasgow’s City Chambers and iconic spires and steeples. In the basement, Waxy O’Connors is one of Glasgow’s best Irish pubs competing for local’s attention with seven mazy underground bars.
Award-winning staff (as recognised by the Scottish Hotel Awards).
Who stays there
Tourists seeking home comforts and a traditional Scottish welcome.
Discounted parking rates are available for hotel guests at the nearby Buchanan Galleries.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Complimentary mini-bar spirits
- Lack of internet access