Sited on the busy Argyll Street and Hope Street interchange, the Radisson is the most centrally located hotel in the city. Towering on the edge of the International Financial Services District (IFSD) and directly facing the city’s transport nucleus Central Station, it’s hard to fault its position. Convenient for easy access to the West End and a 10-minute walk to the lively Merchant City, makes it perfect for late nights out. The Glasgow airport bus stops nearly right outside the front door.
The 250 bedrooms predominantly come in three styles: City, Modern and Nordic depending on the mood you are in. Wooden flooring, natural wood furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows dominate throughout and several rooms come straight from the pages of an IKEA catalogue. Angular beds give the rooms an asymmetric character and the design is self conscious but smart. Business class rooms include free movies, newspapers and an espresso machine. All rooms come well stocked with exclusive Anne Semonin toiletries.
The hotel’s loft-style apartment on the sixth floor is the largest in Glasgow and includes a private dining room, kitchen, walk-in showers and expansive views over the glass arches of nearby Central Station and the tenements of Scotland Street across the river.
There is plenty of room to chill out including a free to use computer station, lofty reception hall, Atrium bar and a pool hall enclave. As the games were free, I could have spent hours there. Free WiFi too.
Eating and drinking
The Radisson boasts the award-winning two deck wraparound Collage Bar, the 24-hour Atrium bar and the A to Z themed Collage restaurant, which serves breakfast and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is cooked to order - I recommend the eggs Benedict - and it has a distinct Scottish twist; think smoked salmon and steam kippers from Fife.
A bicep-busting large LA Fitness gym is beneath the hotel and access and classes are free of charge for all guests. It also houses a steam room, Jacuzzi and 15-metre swimming pool.
Professional with a distinct Scottish accent. The breakfast team are particularly good.
Who stays there
Business travellers congregate over coffee and café lattes mid-week while at the weekends the hotel caters more for Corona-quaffing couples and the leisure market.
A car valet service costs £19.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Two funky bars
- Unbeatable location
- Free pool!
- Located on one of the busiest bus interchanges in the city
- The City rooms are outclassed by the Nordic ones