It’s hard to get more central. A short walk to Central and Queen Street Stations, the hotel is within easy reach of Glasgow’s multitude of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. The Buchanan Street style mile struts like a peacock five minutes away and my favourite gig venue by miles, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, is just around the corner.
The 72 minimalist bedrooms are decorated in hues of grey and black and are equipped with the latest mod-cons including DVD players, plasma TVs, dry mini-bars, a filter coffee maker and exclusive toiletries by Arran Aromatics. The French windows look out onto the city’s busy West George Street and rooftops. The two-storey duplex is perfect for romance. Godfather of the UK comedy scene, Billy Connolly, even has a deluxe master suite named after him. The affectionately-named Big Yin suite is decked out with a tartan four poster bed, über-cool illuminated roll top bath and enough gilded mirrors to make even the most poised arrival self-conscious.
A small lobby area is crisscrossed with an eye-catching purple and white carpet. Two popular function rooms also serve the business end of the market. It’s a bit cramped though.
Eating and drinking
Down a Rapunzel-like staircase, the on-site Champagne bar and Malmaison French brasserie are perfect for after-work business drinks and nibbles. Its home grown and local menu showcases Scottish contemporary cuisine. Two private dining rooms can also be rented out from £75 at the back of its vaulted basement.
Friendly and efficient. Staff tread a fine line between being courteous and laidback without being overbearing or sacrilegious.
Who stays there
Sociable, trendy couples, and corporate travellers looking to feel at home in their pin stripe suits and cufflinks
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Perfect location
- Funky, fashionable and free willed
- Some bedrooms deserve a reboot to justify high prices