Diagonally across from St Mungo’s Cathedral, the Cathedral House Hotel’s location is both a blessing and a curse. Ideally situated for the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (permanent home of the world famous painting Christ of St John of The Cross by Salvador Dali), University of Strathclyde and Royal Infirmary Hospital, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from George Square and the inner city attractions. Despite offering peace and solitude, it would require a short taxi ride with heavy luggage from Central and Queen Street train stations.
Up the building’s original winding marble staircase, four doubles and three twins showcase a cosy fusion of boutique fittings and funky furniture. A mismatched mix of four poster beds, feature walls, gold leaf mirrors, vintage wardrobes and walnut chests lie behind the floor to ceiling drapes, which tickle the wooden floor. All rooms are en suite and some even have the bathrooms built directly into the turrets. Rooms 7 and 4 are the ones I’d choose. Needless to say, the views of the surrounding area are worth the dizzying walk.
Apart from the restaurant and sociable bars there are no public areas. Off street parking is available.
Eating and drinking
On the second floor, breakfast is served in a stunning, well lit restaurant. Featuring vintage furnishings, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh style windows, an inlaid fireplace and two gigantic Grecian urns, every seat is guaranteed a panoramic view of the Cathedral. Downstairs, the Cathedral House Hotel’s bar is not your average polished hotel bar. A local’s boozer in its own right, it is the best Glaswegian public bar in the vicinity so is regularly packed with working class characters, tall tale story tellers and new found friends. Breakfast is included in the rate – delivered to your table by an old fashioned dumb waiter.
The new management team are eager to impress. Plenty of local character too.
Who stays there
Visiting professors and doctors (for the proximity to nearby institutions), overseas visitors in search of Glasgow history and maybe even a ghost or two.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Full of local character
- Spirits - in bottles and dressed in white sheets
- No disabled access