citizenM

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Address: 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW, Scotland

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.7

Über cool and über modern, Glasgow's protégé budget pod-hotel is a vision of the future.

Like a new kid on the block, citizenM is the one you want to become best friends with. A new breed of concept hotel for international travellers and mobile citizens (hence the citizenM branding) it sits in the city centre like a gigantic black Rubix cube and is stocked to its eco-friendly rafters with all manner of mod-con bells and whistles. Opened in autumn 2010, its self-service check-in and check-out terminals, open plan canteen and free internet terminals are unique in the city. I love the free movies on demand!

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Comfiest hotel beds ever
  • Great value
  • Free movies
  • Not suitable for those seeking the personal touch
  • Noisy traffic on street
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