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Babbity Bowster

#34 of 91 Hotels in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
16-18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow G1 1PE, Scotland
Babbity Bowster
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mission Viejo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 2 nights while in Glasgow and were in a prime location. This is in a very old area of the city and is in walking distance to most of the best attractions. We toured the city with some family that live in Glasgow and we were able to walk everywhere. The food is really good and... More 

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newcastle040710
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We only dined here on a friends's recommendation. The staff were extremely welcoming and the service was very good. Good choice of drinks available .The food however wasn't quite what we expected. This was a bit of a let down. A crowd of musicians arrived during the time we were there and whilst this could have been entertaining we felt... More 

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29 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Four of us each chose different main courses and each of us thought they were totally delicious. The deserts also were scrumptious. The red wine we chose was too cold to serve so we were offered a round of drinks on the house while we waited for it to warm up. How's that for service!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went to Glasgow with a friend in December and came across this gem of a place. I chose this hotel because it's small & independent and it looked rustic and homely. Got really good service, the food is really good, and we got a free night because we did a really small favour for the hotel. Would definitely go back.

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Warragul, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This centrally-located restaurant has a downstairs section with live music and an upstairs part which is light and airy. The service is fantastic, the food is Scottish - and delicious - and there's a non-noisy atmosphere in which to enjoy both. I can't wait to go again!

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New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My husband, son and I stayed here in September. The rooms were simple and clean, and the staff very friendly. We had lunch in their pub and heard local musicians playing together on a Wednesday evening. Later we watched European football with the staff and other patrons in the pub. Be aware that shampoo and soap are not provided, but... More 

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Long Island, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a wonderful place to use as a home base to visit Glasgow. Fraser and Margaret are onsite owners who care about their people. The patrons are friendly and authentic Glaswegians who appreciate the authentic music of Scotland and a great pub. The upstairs restaurant was amazing. What American ever had ox cheeks? but...trust me this was amazing....as were the... More 

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Glasgow
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have frequented Babbity Bowster as a pub for a number of years. It's a well known Glasgow pub/restaurant in the Merchant City in Glasgow. It's probably best known for the folk music sessions which spontaneously erupt late on Saturday afternoon and last into the evening. These aren't planned concerts, but just a number of amateur musicians who get together... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very friendly place to stay - also very patient when we came back after a few drinks at a family christening! The rooms are clean and had a lot of hanging space. A shelf would have been handy rather than one really high or using the bottom of the wardrobe. I hate myself saying this but the rooms really do... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This could be what some other reviewers claim but it needs a wee kick up the bum. It needs some love lavished on it and the rooms are primitive. It felt so run down. The staff were helpful but didnt feel like an establishment that the owners spent much time at.

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