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Where to Stay in Glasgow?
Glasgow’s centre around Sauchiehall Street boasts an abundance of shops and hotels. It also has the architecturally important Glasgow School of Art and the fabulous Theatre Royal, a period building which plays host to touring big names as well as home-grown talent. There’s never a quiet moment in this beating heart of the city and you can stay in hotels of every stripe, easily findable in a straight forward gridded layout.
Just a few streets west is Merchant City, a classic example of Glasgow’s regeneration. Once an area of warehouses and fruit, veg and cheese markets, now Merchant City’s airy squares and wide streets are home to hundreds of restaurants and bars. On either side sit High Street Station and Central Station, making any hotel in this area easily accessible.
Over in the West End of Glasgow, the lovely Kelvingrove Park has the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum within its grounds as well as Glasgow University. On a sunny day the manicured lawns are packed with locals and tourists picnicking and eating ice creams. Just north of the university is the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, a must for Whistler fans (it has 60 of his paintings) and Charlies Rennie Macintosh students who can see the architect’s home with its original furnishings.
Glasgow Accommodation Options
Most international chains are represented in Glasgow from Ibis, Best Western and Novotel, to Hilton, Marriott and Crowne Plaza, but there is also a burgeoning number of boutique independent properties on offer. Glasgow’s vast range of accommodation choices means there are hotel deals to be found to suit every budget, from simple guesthouses and B&Bs to lavish celeb hangouts such as the West End’s Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens. There are plenty of moderately priced places to stay in this university-dominated area of town, too, particularly in Kensington Gate and near to the Byres Road and the Western Infirmary.
In the city centre/ Merchant City area, there are some super chic boutique hotels as well as range of two- and three star hotels. If you’re heading for Southside to see The Burrell Collection or the Pollok Country Park, there are some superb hotels in the vicinity such as the baronial Sherbrooke Castle Hotel.
Glasgow Hotel Recommendations?
The Brunswick Hotel in Merchant City, right in the heart of Glasgow, is a small independently-run hotel that has a three-bedroom super-modern apartment to boot, perfect for families who want some adult time after the kids have gone to bed.
Victorian townhouse The Belhaven is a smart city hotel within walking distance from the Byres Road, Woodlands Rd and Ashton Lane, all of which are heaving with great bars and restaurants including the celeb hang out The Ubiquitous Chip.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow just off central artery Argyll Street and close to the Clyde offers wonderful floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views out across the city and is a quick trot to all the shops around Sauchiehall and Buccleuch streets.
Transport in Glasgow
Glasgow International Airport is nine miles southwest of the city and from there you can take the Glasgow Citylink bus to Buchanan Street station. If you’re arriving at Glasgow Prestwick airport, 42 miles south of Glasgow, there’s a regular rail service into town that takes 45 minutes.
Glasgow’s public transport system is one of the most extensive in the UK, whisking you just about anywhere in the city by bus or subway. The subway radiates out of the centre and into a few inner suburbs and there are interchanges with outside trains at Buchanan Street, Queen Street and Patrick Station. Buses run out of Buchanan Street Bus Station and you can buy tickets for unlimited daily travel in all zones. There are taxi ranks at Queens Street and Glasgow Central stations and also at Buchanan Street Bus Station.
Once you’re in the city centre, it’s pretty easy to walk around as most large areas are pedestrianised. If you want to hire a car and drive around, think long and hard as the city has lots of rather unfathomable one-way systems.