Crowne Plaza Glasgow

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Address: Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT, Scotland

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

Glasgow’s premier riverside hotel mixes shipbuilding history with corporate modernity.

Ships ahoy! Docked on the banks of the River Clyde like a four-star cruise liner, the Crowne Plaza is very much in tune with its surroundings and maritime history. For a start, the atrium reception is designed with the city’s shipbuilding heritage in mind: a feature wall mural dominates the scene depicting tall ships, dock workers and ship captains with exaggerated sideburns; the Quartermaster Bar sits underneath a yacht sail marquee, and the One restaurant is flanked by metallic roof supports reminiscent of Titanic ship funnels. In truth, I think they look more like gigantic cheese graters. Despite that, this is a venue hotel of the highest order.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Built on reclaimed land across the river from the Glasgow Science Centre and new hub for the BBC and STV, the Crowne Plaza has a perfect mix of city centre ambience and away-from-it-all charm. With direct access to the city’s ever popular SECC (Scotland’s flagship conference, concert and exhibition venue) and the SECC low-level train station seconds away, the hotel is a five-minute train ride to the city centre or West End. Boasting its very own pontoon, it is one of Glasgow’s few hotels that can cater to an arrival by yacht or river taxi.

Bedrooms

Have you ever seen a seaplane land on a river runaway in the middle of a city? Well it’s possible at the Crowne Plaza. Not only does every room have a guaranteed river view across the Clyde and the south bank’s new media quarter, but the seaplane lands right outside the hotel’s front door. Opened for the Garden Festival in 1988, the Crowne Plaza’s identikit rooms have undergone a £6 million refurbishment. The top two floors are given over to Club rooms, which have bathrobes, upgraded toiletries and access to the complimentary canapés and cocktails of the Club Lounge. Although most people love the glass lift that whizzes guests up to the 15 floors, I am terrible with heights (yes, I am a big baby) and would choose the interior alternative. I love the riverside views though. The 15 corner suites are the best value for money.

Public areas

A wall-mounted illuminated clock dominates the reception area and there are plenty of comfy chairs, tables and coves to stretch out, read a newspaper or work on a laptop in. In particular, the conservatory, fitted out with 30-metre floor-to-ceiling windows is a great spot to bask in winter sunshine and watch the world go by. With regular activities in the interconnected SECC, it’s easy to go for a wander through the exhibitions and shows and feel like you’ve never left the hotel. WiFi is also readily available.

Eating and drinking

The One restaurant serves a mix of contemporary Scottish cuisine – haggis, scallops and venison are popular choices with the visiting corporate brigade – and the neighbouring Quarterdeck bar is a great spot for an after-dinner drink or post-concert dram. Breakfast is included in most rates.

Leisure facilities

The hotel has a small on-site gym, swimming pool, health club, spa treatment room and gift shop. Next door, Glasgow’s famous Armadillo concert hall and the SECC both provide first class entertainment perfect for late nights and memorable concerts. Over the years I’ve seen everyone from 1960s heavyweights Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson to Britpop kings Blur and Super Furry Animals. The hotel also has an impressive banqueting facility for large-scale events.

Service

Friendly and clean, Scotland’s flagship Crowne Plaza maintains professional standards across the ‘port-and-starboard’ (Ahem).

Who stays there

Exhibition and conference delegates, concert goers and dedicated music fans.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Great river views
  • Exhibitions and concerts next door
  • Swimming pool
  • Walk from city centre
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