Where To Stay Or Dine

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Finding where to stay or dine in Glasgow

This useful  Glasgow heat map helps you decide where to book accommodation in Glasgow.  It shows where accommodation is located relative to your preferred activities of either nightlife, shopping, eateries or sightseeing attractions.  It is one of the links that may lead to our site receiving some financial support should you use it to make a booking.

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Starting below are my thoughts on a selection of those options.


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Hotels in Glasgow

The hotels in Glasgow Scotland provide for a wide range of types of stays. From business people attending conferences staying in larger hotels, to leisure travellers wanting the homely atmosphere of a B&B or boutique hotel, or the additional comforts of a stay in a luxury hotel. The locations are spread around the city, so you will easily find one that suits your style and is convenient for your preferred sights or tours.

Listed below are two dozen suggestions for your stay, listed by type and location. While there are other very good options not (yet) listed here, all of the ones listed below are good in their categories. I have tried to highlight the areas in which some may shine more brightly than others.

For properties associated with loyalty/rewards programs, I have shown the points required per night for a rewards stay in a standard room.  

Note that Marriott uses peak/off-peak pricing, while Hilton Honors and IHG Rewards have dynamic pricing (meaning the points required changes with demand). So the actual number of points required should be verified at the time of booking.

5 Star Hotels in Glasgow Central

Abode

Set in a 19th century townhouse, this hotel is very centrally located. On Bath St, midway between Queen Street and Charing Cross rail stations and towards the northern edge of the city, it is close to theatres, shopping, galleries and is convenient for any type of city stay. The rooms are larger than average and their decor balances well both traditional and contemporary, warm and welcoming, Not the bland sameness of some larger chains here. The in house bar is well-stocked and the brasserie has a reasonably-priced menu (try the grilled sea bream in a shellfish broth - yum!) and wine list. My choice for couples amongst its peers.


ABode Glasgow - spacious room with attractive decor

One of the spacious rooms at the ABode Glasgow.
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Kimpton Blythswood Square

Directly overlooking Blythswood Square, this landmark building was once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, giving the space a rich history. Its heritage exterior presents an imposing facade on the outside.

Inside, the spacious and quirky contemporary interior and award-winning wellness spa have all the modern comforts in which to unwind after a long day sightseeing.

Thinking of redeeming IHG Rewards? You will need (from) 45,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 225 per night (based on our valuation of USD 5 per thousand). 

Gorgeous lobby of of the Kimpton, Blythswood Square Glasgow

Gorgeous lobby of of the Kimpton, Blythswood Square

Blytheswood Square hotel - a deluxe toom in a hotel of gtrat character.

Relax in one of the deluxe rooms of the Kimpton Blythswood Square .
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Glasgow Central - Boutique Accommodation / Apartments / Self-catered

Premier Suites Plus, George Square

Very centrally located on Queen Street almost opposite the Gallery of Modern Art.  Some apartments have living areas with a lovely aspect overlooking George Square, while for others (including the ones I have stayed in) they face west onto Queen Street. The latter ones have a long wall of large windows - loads of natural light - and on higher levels look onto rooftops and beyond. The rooms (while not as "grand" as some other venues) are light, bright and spacious and everything you need for self-catering is no further than the other side of George Square.

For morning croissants and the best coffee nearby, I  go to Costa on Royal Exchange Square to the right of the Gallery of Modern Art – you can be there and back, freshly-made coffees in hand, in less than 10 minutes.

My overall favourite for a city stay, for suites with a spacious light feel and very central location, unless seeking more traditional character, or "grandeur" of other options.


Premier Suites Plus, George Square offers spacious,airy accommodation in a very central Glasgow location.

Some Premier Suites Plus rooms face George Square, while others face Queen Street (or this one - both).  All have a nice open, airy feeling.
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The Mews Luxury Apartment

An apartment with 3 double bedrooms, located on the prestigious and beautifully Victorian Park Circus, it is centrally located mid-way between the City and the West End's Byre's Road, making it an easy walk to Kelvingrove Park, Finnieston eateries and the Stand comedy club.

Ideal for families (especially with teenagers) or small groups, it is in a quieter area about 2 miles from George Square, yet still very close to the action.



Malmaison 

This funky hotel is centrally located midway between the M8 and George Square. Housed in what was once a Greek Orthodox church, its interior is, as they say "anything but orthodox". The colours are more alive than subdued, creating a pleasant vibe. Rooms are well appointed and have a luxury feel. It offers meeting rooms and caters for events (although smaller ones than the larger hotels. The brasserie styled restaurant serves traditional Scottish fare.

My pick of the boutique hotels.  Both Malmaison and Hotel du Vin give older buildings a new life as boutique hotels with brasseries. The results are a functional modernisation, yet enable the architecture to be preserved, and maintained for new generations to appreciate. I really like the architecture around Glasgow and appreciate how this City preserves its heritage, rather than development being able to make it seemingly insignificant.


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15 Glasgow

A B&B set overlooking a quiet garden square, it features fireplaces and lots of natural light. Closer to town than the Alamo, they are a 10-minute walk along the edge of parkland apart from each other. Rooms are very nicely fitted out. The lower level rooms have a rear aspect, while levels 2 upwards overlook the residents' gardens opposite the front entrance. All have large ensuite bathrooms.


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Alamo Guest House

An upmarket B&B set in a Victorian townhouse adjacent to Kelvingrove Park, overlooking tennis courts and bowling greens towards Kelvingrove Museum.. It is at most a 15-minute walk to Finnieston restaurants, Mitchell library, the University of Glasgow and the SEC Hydro. Rooms have lovely fittings and decor, with modern upmarket bathrooms.


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Larger Hotels

Hilton Glasgow

Located at the western end of the city centre, near the M8 (easy access to the airport). For business travellers, this offers secretarial type services, conference facilities and has an executive lounge. Nice city views from some rooms and Two Fat ladies at the Buttery is just the other side of the M8. Central Station is a 10-minute walk away and further on to George Square is another 5 minutes. The restaurants of Finnieston and the SECC are about 20 minutes away by foot. Rooms are pleasant and typical of a business-oriented hotel. Close to Charing Cross rail station.

Thinking of redeeming Hilton Honors? You will need (from) 24,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 144 per night (based on our valuation of USD 6 per thousand). For ideas on how to best use your points for a booking, check out our guide for how to best redeem Hilton Honors points.



Park Inn by Radisson (38,000 Radisson Rewards p/n

This 3-star hotel is centrally located midway between the theatres to the north, Central Station and the financial district to the south, the M8 to the west and George Square / Queen St station to the east. Everything in the city seems no more than a 5 - 10 minute walk away. Rooms are of two sizes (standard and superior), comfortable and clean. A fitness centre is in-house, as are meeting rooms, but no large conference facilities. A pleasant buffet breakfast. Overall, a little tired, but in a great location.

You'll need 38,000 Radisson Rewards per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 152 per night (based on our valuation of USD 4 per thousand).


Radisson Blu (44,000 Radisson Rewards p/n

More upmarket and with a different vibe to its cousin the Radisson Red, this modern hotel is ideally located on Argyle Rd, near Central Station. Rooms are all of similar size, but with varying levels of fit-out and decor.

Conference facilities are available and guests have access to a neighbouring fitness centre.

For an awards night here, you'll need 44,000 Radisson Rewards. Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 176 per night (based on our valuation of USD 4 per thousand).



Dakota Glasgow

Not as close to the M8 as the Hilton Glasgow or Marriott Glasgow, the hotel is still located towards the western/business part of the city centre. Rooms are business-like in style, yet more welcoming than its peers. Windows are almost floor-to-ceiling, providing a lot of natural light. Guests have access to a neighbouring fitness centre. The in-house grill specialises in delicious steak, but there is a dedicated vegetarian menu too.  


Glasgow Marriott (Marriott Category 4)

In a similar location to the Hilton Glasgow, slightly closer to the Clyde. The hotel features a leisure club with an indoor pool, gym and sauna. Packages are offered for tea and dual spa treatments, which are nice for a couple. The rooms are (to my taste) nicer than those of the Hilton, but similarly business-like in style. It also has a selection of "family rooms". Easy access to the M8 motorway and close to Charing Cross rail station. Conference facilities are also good.

I have used and can highly recommend the spa facilities (good for recovery from jet-lag), followed by a dip in the indoor pool afterwards.

For an awards night here during standard pricing, Marriott Bonvoy members will need 25,000 points. Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 176 per night (based on our valuation of USD 8 per thousand).  For other ideas, check out our guide for how to best redeem Bonvoy points.


Millennium Hotel Glasgow (MyMillennium)

This hotel is located in the middle of Glasgow, overlooking George Square. Housed in a Georgian building this is the perfect location for a city stay. Rooms are all of similar size, but with varying levels of fit-out and decor. Compared to other hotels, the rooms are a little more compact - this may not be important to everyone (after all you shouldn't be spending too much time in your room).

Its brasserie is a nice modern restaurant, serving good Scottish fare.

For ideas on how to best use your points for a booking, check out our guide for ideas on how to best redeem MyMillennium points.




CitizenM

Located towards the northern end of the city, near the concert hall and theatres. This is a modern, funky vibrant hotel, close to the action, but without the peak-hour bustle near the train stations. Rooms can be on the smaller side, but are very comfortable and make good use of technology. Dining is in CanteenM, which is casual, friendly and reasonably priced. Meeting rooms are available and offer good AV facilities.

Modern, good value, funky and will put a smile on your face.

Oh, and if your'e needing a quick fix of sport, the Walkabout Bar (Australian bar showing live sport) is only a block away...


Glasgow West End Hotels

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor

It is hard to imagine a better location in the West End. This hotel overlooks the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and is just across Byres Road from the Òran Mór. Accessible rooms are available and feature full height ceilings and tall, arched windows. Room decor is smart and contemporary. Not as bland as some of the more business-oriented options in the centre of town. The inhouse Bo'vine Meat and Wine restaurant is a great steakhouse with an intimate ambiance enhanced by the booth settings. The terrace is a more relaxed bistro in a light-filled setting that overlooks the Botanic Gardens.

If looking outside for good coffee and breakfasts nearby, try Papercup on Great Western Road. Alternatively, a more health-focussed option is Roots, Fruits & Flowers, a health-food shop with a café.

Thinking of redeeming Hilton Honors for your stay? You will need (from) 24,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 144 per night (based on our valuation of USD 6 per thousand). For other ideas, check out our guide for how to best redeem Hilton Honors points.

Hotel du Vin Glasgow

Housed in a Victorian terrace and located near the corner of Hyndland and Great Western Roads, this stately hotel has an olde world charm with highlights of colour. Rooms are luxurious, with Egyptian linen and bathrooms with deep baths for a long relaxing soak. There are no lifts, so accessibility will require some planning (eg request a ground floor room).

The bistro is formally decorated with oak panels and chandeliers and the menu has a french orientation. Priced at a slight premium, it nevertheless represents value for a special occasion stay in Glasgow's West End.

To earn your morning caffeine fix, from Hotel du Vin, a walk down Hyndland Road will take you to two cafés favoured by locals. The Jelly Hill Cafe Bar is on Hyndland Road, while the Hyndland Fox is around the corner in Clarence Street.



Hotels near the SEC Centre

Crowne Plaza

This upmarket business hotel is right next to the SECC, making it ideally located for both large conferences and also concert-goers. Rooms are comfortable and the decor is modern yet unobtrusive and of a good quality. The Mariner Bar and Lounge is a relaxed area with enormous windows, overlooking the River Clyde - perfect for light meals or pre-concert drinks.

The bars and restaurants of Finnieston are a brief taxi ride away.

Folk with special needs (vision, hearing or mobility) are specifically catered for, but the number of rooms is limited, so book early.

Thinking of redeeming IHG Rewards? You will need (from) 30,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 150 per night (based on our valuation of USD 5 per thousand).



Radisson Red

Near Squinty Bridge and the SSE Hydro, but set back from the River Clyde lies this modern funky hotel. Rooms are larger than average and walls are decorated with stencils, rather than being plain. Technology is used well throughout the hotel. Family stays are catered for by connecting rooms. The OUIBar & KTCHN provides lighter meals in a modern, urban cafe setting and the bars and restaurants of Finnieston are a brief taxi ride away (the Hilton's Terrace is a block away).

My choice in this location, unless you have special needs, in which case Crowne Plaza would be my choice.

For an awards night here, you'll need 44,000 Radisson Rewards. Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 176 per night (based on our valuation of USD 4 per thousand).



Hilton Garden Inn

Overlooking the River Clyde, near Squinty Bridge and the SSE Hydro, lies this business-oriented hotel. Some rooms are little compact, however others have river views. There are specific accessible rooms available.

The restaurants and lounge have a more vibrant decor than the rooms. The menu is nice and not over-priced. There is an outdoor terrace overlooking the river for the warmer months, where the Ploughman's Board and Mixed Olives would be perfect with your preferred white wine.

To redeem Hilton Honors for your stay, you will need (from) 26,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 156 per night (based on our valuation of USD 6 per thousand). For other ideas, check out our guide for how to best redeem Hilton Honors points.



Southside Accommodation

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel (4*)

This upscale, boutique hotel occupies an elevated red sandstone 19th century mansion with landscaped gardens in the leafy suburb of Pollokshields West. The decor is modern with clean lines and traditional highlights. Smaller conference facilities are available. Rooms are larger than average and comfortable. Nearby Dunbreck rail station is 5 minutes away. Trains run regularly, taking you into Central Station in approx 10 minutes. While this is a quiet location, a 10 minute bus trip along nearby Nithsdale Rd takes you to the bars and restaurants of Strathbungo. Ideal if you seek a convenient but quiet location away from the city centre and West End.


Number 10 Hotel (4*)

This hotel has a vey traditional feel, from the blonde sandstone facade of the Victorian building to the larger than average size rooms with high ceilings and luxurious fittings. Rooms overlook either Queens park to the front or the hotel's gardens to the rear. Dining is very good, modern in style, yet still set within the traditional decor. Ideal for a summer stay, to make the most of the gardens (and sunny rooms). and nearby Queens Park.

Strathbungo and Queens Park rail station (12 minutes to Central Station) are both a 10 minute walk away. Hampden Park is even closer but in the opposite direction.

Reasonably priced, so good value.



Best Hotels near Glasgow AIrport

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Located at the airport, this larger hotel is a short distance (a 4 minute walk) from the main terminal, has a business centre and smaller conference facilities. Rooms are compact, but comfortable and nicely furnished.

Connecting rooms, ideal for families, are available. Food in the bistro is nice and includes a full Scottish cooked breakfast for a hearty start to your day. Coffee served is sourced from Starbucks.

Thinking of redeeming IHG Rewards? You will need (from) 25,000 points per night.  Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 125 per night (based on our valuation of USD 5 per thousand).


Holiday Inn Express

A smaller and more casual hotel, this is located slightly further away from the main terminal than its sibling (a 7 minute walk as it is on the other side of the carpark). Family rooms are available.

For this one you will also need (from) 25,000 points per night for an awards stay. Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 125 per night (based on our valuation of USD 5 per thousand).


Courtyard by Marriott (Marriott Category 2) 

Well known as a business-oriented chain Marriott offers an attractive package. The hotel is located further from the main terminal, on the other side of the M8 motorway. The rooms are a good size. Decor is pleasant and unobtrusive. There is an in-house fitness centre.

Accessibility provided at the hotel for folk with impaired mobility seems better than that offered by the Holiday Inns. However the hotel does not provide a shuttle service from the airport terminal - instead you'll face an approx £7 fare by taxi .

If you are age 62 or over, Marriott offers a seniors discount of 15% which makes stays very good value.

My preferred choice at Glasgow Airport. The price saving compared to the Holiday Inns generally more than compensates for the taxi fare to get here.

For an awards night here during standard pricing, Marriott Bonvoy members will need 12,500 points. Use your points if the cash price is more than USD 100 per night (based on our valuation of USD 8 per thousand). 

For ideas on how to best use your points for a booking, check out our guide for how to best redeem Bonvoy points.




Where to Eat in Glasgow

From outstanding seafood and shellfish to unbeatable game and beef, Glasgow’s location on Scotland’s West Coast offers an abundant
source of some of the best local produce in the world.

Glasgow boasts a deep-rooted Indian and Pakistani food heritage (not to mention the huge influence of Italian settlers in the city), so Glasgow has a food scene as international as many major European capitals. The emergence of hip foodie neighbourhoods such as Finnieston in the west of the city and Strathbungo in the south, alongside an excellent vegan scene (the city was voted PETA’s most vegan-friendly city in 2013 and consistently remains in the top 3 vegan-friendly cities of the UK), have also helped to transform the city’s dining credentials in recent years. I have expanded my selection a little, to include vegetarian and others that cater to dietary constraints, rather than just Glasgow's vegan restaurants.

Many of the city's eateries offer you the opportunity to explore the distinct flavour of Scotland through traditional dishes, regional specialities and local produce, such as haggis, shortbread, whisky and Cullen skink (a hearty soup made with smoked fish).

Just thinking of them has made me hungry.

Listed below is my "baker's dozen" catering to differing types of dining. But there are many very good options not (yet) listed here.

For another perspective on Glasgow's fabulous eateries, you can also read notquitenigella's 24 hour tour.

Upmarket / Special Occasion

Gamba (City Centre/near theatres)

This has perhaps the most "formal dining" style of these restaurants. It takes local seafood and cooks it to perfection, with an international influence. Service is impeccable, if more formal than most other venues and the decor is warm and welcoming. The swanky basement location makes for a more intimate feeling at night. Among other awards, it won 2015 Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year. Prices higher than average, but in line with the level of service, food and decor. For me a special occasion venue.

I still recall my entree of scallops. When it arrived, they were so large I thought they were someone else's order of panna cotta ! Delicate and flavoursome they were truly memorable.

Cail Bruich (West End)

A relaxed and welcoming decor belies the refined dishes produced using locally sourced produce, Cail Bruich offers a fixed price menu providing a true taste of Scottish fare - game, seafood and farm-fresh vegetables. The decor is light, contemporary and stylish. A top choice in the West End - located on Great Western Road.

Hotel Du Vin Bistro (West End)

Located at 1 Devonshire Gardens (near the corner of Great Western Rd and Hyndland Road), this is the fine dining room within a stately hotel that occupies a stunning Victorian terrace townhouse.

There are french-inspired Prix Fixe menus for either 2 or 3 courses that are good value, as well as a la carte.

It offers a dedicated vegan and vegetarian a la carte menus and a vegetarian tasting menu.

All using the best of Scottish produce that where possible, is also organic.

Cheeses are sourced from nearby George Mewes Cheese, located on Byres Road. (which I can vouch, is definitely a trap for cheese lovers).

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery (City/West End)

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery is the most recent version of this Glasgow institution and in style is more upscale. Scottish food, with an emphasis on seafood and shellfish (although meat-eaters aren't left out). Carpets and warm, old-school decor reinforce the difference from the more "floorboards and wooden chairs" style of the City version. In common though is excellent, friendly service and for seafood lovers, the dishes are to die for. Try to save some room for the Grand Dessert - a tasting plate of their best.

There is a specific vegan/vegetarian menu for diners, with numerous gluten-free options available too.

Located on Argyle Road, near the Anderston Rail station, which is only one stop from the station servicing the SEC. You could also walk here from the Mitchell Library then head back to Central Station along Argyle Road.

Vegan, Vegetarian or other dietary constraints

Picnic (Merchant City)

Located on Ingram St, this plant-based vegan cafe offers delicious light meals of salads, soups, wraps and curries, as well as coffee and cakes. A handy location to take-away or sit down (reservations recommended though) while walking around on a city tour.

The Hug & Pint (West End)

This funky music and dedicated vegan venue offers Asian-inspired dishes, together with vegan-friendly craft beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks. The menu changes daily and has an emphasis on shared plates.

Located on Great Western Rd, within walking distance of St George's Cross underground station. The Stand Comedy Club is about a 10 minute walk further along Great Western Road, near the next station (Kelvinbridge), so you could have a meal here followed by a show

Mono (City Centre)

This cafe, bar and live music venue offers vegan meals and local beer in a relaxed setting offering live music, art exhibitions and book readings. It also has its own in-house record (vinyl) store.

Located towards the eastern end of the city centre, not quite as far as High St.

Red Onion (City Centre)

The award-winning Red Onion is has gained a reputation for excellent casual, gourmet dining. While not solely vegan/vegetarian, alongside the a la carte there are many flavoursome options on the vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free menus.

Bistro or Cafe Style

Two Fat Ladies in the City (City Centre)

The original Two Fat Ladies restaurant (named after the Bingo call for "88") started was located at 88 Dumbarton Road in the West End. This small establishment rapidly garnered a reputation for well-prepared sea food and shellfish - and value for money. So they expanded into a second restaurant at 118a Blythswood Street, not far from Sauchiehall Street, the heart of the many clubs, theatres and cinemas (and caters for them with a pre and post-theatre menu).

The original has now been replaced by a move to the Buttery, located on Argyle Street which is larger and more upmarket than the original two.

The Chandon Belles (City/West End)

The Chandon Belles is part of the same group and is located in the basement of the Buttery (see above). It too offers a high quality, seafood experience, but in a casual, bistro setting compared to the main restaurant upstairs.

Baloo (Queen St - City Centre)

Enter a bright, airy but intimate space, with two long picture windows. The design has that bold post-modern industrial look with red-brick walls, grey concrete pillars and huge ceiling fans. By day it is a relaxing café-diner serving breakfast, snacks, lunches and children's menu (soups, salads, pasta, rice, bagels).

By night the ambience remains casual while the menu switches to a quality 3-course dinner menu featuring contemporary Scottish cuisine tossed with a touch of creative flair - Try Breaded Haggis balls with cabbage and whisky cream sauce for startrers and either Angelhair pasta with garlic prawns and Roquefort cheese sauce or braised shank of Scottish lamb with roast vegetables and cheese baked potatoes for a more substantial main.

The Glad Cafe (Southside)

The Glad Cafe is a not-for-profit, licensed cafe and live performance venue located in Shawlands. It serves good coffee, scrumptious cakes (including gluten-free) and vegan/vegetarian meals throughout the day. The evening service is provided by the team from the Hug and Pint of the West End.

Located across from the western corner of Queens' Park, so you can walk off any over-indulgence on lunchtime desserts !

Crabshakk (Finnieston)

A compact restaurant located on Argyle Street, specialising in crustaceans. Beautiful seafood, simply prepared and moderately priced. Try the (only real crabmeat) crabcakes. Desserts and meat options are a little limited, but frankly they are not what you come here for.

The Finnieston (Finnieston)

Seafood and gin feature at this restaurant that emphasises Scottish catch-of-the day freshness for meals, then becomes more of an upmarket bar later in the evening. An easy walk from Kelvingrove Museum, the beer garden at the rear of the Finnieston can make for a very attractive pit-stop afterwards.

Ox & Finch (Finnieston)

The rustic wood and brick interior makes for a relaxed, cosy feel, and the flavours evoke both Scotland and the Mediterranean.

Diners are encouraged to order smaller plates to share, making for a sociable dining experience. It also gives you a chance to experience more of their excellent yet affordable dishes that have won a Bib Gourmand.