Purpose built beside the city’s Clyde Arch (aka the ‘Squinty bridge’), river taxis patrol the Clyde in summer and the Glasgow SECC, the country’s largest exhibition and conference centre, and its respective train station are a five-minute walk down the river. It’s also easily the best place in town for a riverside drink or meal in the city.
As every single room is uniform, the choice is taken out of your hands. The 164 standard minimal doubles have full length wardrobes, dry and wet mini-bars, power showers and mist-free mirrors and – as the first hotel group to work with Apple – has a show-stopping iMac Entertainment system complete with DVD/CD player/fully operational computer, Skype and free internet. I’d reserve a room with a river facing view. Smoking rooms are also available. Breakfast is included and is cooked fresh to order.
The large attractive open air terrace makes up for the small reception area.
Eating and drinking
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the hotel's biggest asset. The on-site AA Rosette award-winning Scottish restaurant City Café is one of Glasgow’s best undiscovered gems and 80 per cent of its ingredients are locally sourced. Heavy on the seafood – pan-fried Gigha halibut, crab salad and potted salmon – the menu changes frequently.
There is a complimentary gym across the road.
Polite, professional and very style-conscious.
Who stays there
Conference goers and exhibitors visiting the nearby SECC exhibition centre.
Parking is free.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Award winning food
- Riverside location
- A 20-minute walk to main attractions