Overlooking the verdant grasses and exotic greenhouse flora of the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the Grosvenor is on the junction of Byers and Great Western Roads, the busiest interchange in the West End. Hillhead subway station is a five-minute walk away and the Kelvingrove and Hunterian Museums and the University of Glasgow are on its doorstep.
Whilst the refurbished rooms face onto the back of the building, the older doubles and suites look directly onto Glasgow’s greenest space. Secondary glazing keeps the traffic noise to a minimum and the blue and yellow interior décor is in keeping and evokes a warm Scottish summer’s day. The rooms have no A/C. Outside, the corridors are lined with black and white images of West End architecture and River Kelvin.
A sociable terrace bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and a roaring fireplace in winter.
Eating and drinking
On street level, steak restaurant Bo’ Vine is designed like an Argentinian gaucho grill serving up 28-day hung beef creations. Above its 1960s leather booths, the walls are hung with Belted Galloways and Fresians painted by and manipulated by local artists and sculptors. Next door, I love the award-winning Bo’ Bar (Bo is Gaelic for cowshed), which offers cocktail-making master classes.
None. The West End is home to plenty of parks and museums though.
Aimed at the corporate traveller it is curt and professional. A cheery concierge service is available for seasoned travellers and families.
Who stays there
Business travellers and wedding guests.
There is a £5 per day car parking charge.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Award-winning cocktail bar
- Steak restaurant
- Parking costs extra