Next to the iconic Herald newspaper building – and by proxy seconds away from Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Bus Station – it couldn’t be more central. The Pavilion Theatre is across the road.
Gadgets and gizmos make the 198 pod bedrooms a geek’s paradise. Mood lighting, stretched windows, electronic shutters, rainbow coloured capsule power showers, super king-size beds, Frette linens and free WiFi are just for starters. Everything is operated by digital console and an alarm clock can even be set to sound like an elephant’s trumpet. Though every room is identical and modular, I’d pick one away from the Renfrew Street traffic.
Very relaxing and well thought out. The spacious lounges and internet terminals have designer furniture from Vitra and some of the chairs look like sculptures but feel like a favourite armchair. Designed to be a home away from home, Hella Jongerious, Verner Panton and Jasper Morrison have all left their design touch, making the lounge area feel like a cross between a laidback Amsterdam apartment and vogue art gallery. Pop culture and coffee table books line the bookshelves.
Eating and drinking
canteenM’s 24-hour self-service enormous steel fridges stock salads, sushis and Asian noodles. The in-house cocktail bar serves up draft beers, weirdly named mojitos and martinis and is a great late night drinking venue.
None. citizenM says that charging for internet makes as much sense as a giraffe on a tricycle so expect plenty of free Apple Mac terminals in the lounge and free WiFi.
The international staff are called ambassadors and are trained to be brand advocates rather than hotel cleaners. Expect witty banter rather than staid service.
Who stays there
Technology-savvy travellers and flashpackers who like to be in control.
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Comfiest hotel beds ever
- Great value
- Free movies
- Not suitable for those seeking the personal touch
- Noisy traffic on street