Tucked behind Sauchiehall Street and the city centre’s Royal Concert Hall, the Holiday Inn has a bounty of attractions on its doorstep including the Pavilion Theatre and Theatre Royal. Buchanan Bus Station is also 100 metres away, as is Cineworld, the city centre’s flagship cinema multiplex.
Having undergone a £1.5 million refit, the 80 standard rooms are small but functional and have LCD TVs, retro-fitted A/C, mirrored wardrobes and tiny bathrooms. Its eight feature rooms are a distinct improvement and have alcove window seats decked out in green and lime cushions – perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon. Pick of the bunch, however, are the three top floor suites Renoir, Monet and Degas, which feel like you’ve walked straight into the pages of a Jane Austen novel. Located in a renovated attic, they include vintage fittings, glass drinks cabinets (including complimentary brandy), potpourri pots and luxurious bedspreads. I can easily imagine Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy cavorting under the covers.
The small reception opens out into the La Bonne Auberge restaurant, where breakfast and drinks are served. Public phones are also available in the lobby.
Eating and drinking
Decorated with numerous art deco prints from the Moulin Rouge and Parisian World Expo, La Bonne Auberge, the Holiday Inn’s French bistro and brasserie, is its trump card. Concealed behind original brick work and wrought iron lattices, the restaurant is one of the oldest names in the city and would sit perfectly in Paris’ Montmartre or Pigalle. Rather unexpectedly, it also houses some of Scottish sculptor George Wylie’s finest work – including an archaic gramophone and a flying Frenchman on Le Tour Eiffel. A two-course pre-theatre menu is available from £14.95.
Around the clock service with a slightly Scottish-Polish accent, this franchise is one of the Holiday Inn’s best rated hotels in Europe.
Who stays there
Popular with concert goers and shopaholics, the property predominantly caters to the leisure market. Apparently, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa stays over when she’s in town.
Free WiFi is available and discounted parking is on offer directly across the road.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Super central location
- La Bonne Auberge restaurant
- Small standard rooms