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“Mixed feelings” 4 of 5 stars
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16-18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow G1 1PE, Scotland (City Centre)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 89 Hotels in Glasgow
Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Mixed feelings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

When you stay here you have to keep in mind that the main thing you're paying for is the fantastic location. Our room (no.3) was basic and clean(ish) - I did find a lot of stray hairs in the shower and on the toilet. The bathroom in general was not of a good standard in our opinion. But my main issue was that it was roasting even though the radiator wasn't on and our window only opened a crack so I slept badly for the 2 nights we were there.
The staff were all lovely, one lady really went out of her way to get me a hairdryer as I was expecting there to be one (take note).
My other vice was the parking. The entrance to the site was so narrow and difficult to approach from the busy main road that I ended up scraping all the side of my car on some scaffolding. I drive a ford focus, they're not that wide, so I can't see any bigger cars being able to get in easily unless the drivers are super confident.
All in all, I'm sorry to say we wouldn't return to stay the night and I wouldn't recommend the accommodation to anyone, but we would definately come back to drink and enjoy the atmosphere in the bar.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

We stayed at Babbity Bowster in May for a 30th birthday weekend. The moment we arrived we were greeted by friendly faces and helpful staff. The hotel is situated on a quiet street in the heart of Glasgow. The central location enables you to experience the most of what Glasgow has got to offer at a great price.

We had a couple of drinks before heading out to our 30th and thought the bar was relaxed and airy. Before leaving in the morning we enjoyed a tasty breakfast which was served with a smile and worth every penny.

You would be hard pushed to find a bed for the night in the heart of Merchant City for a better price! We'll be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

This is a wee gem hidden in Glasgow's Merchant City. The food is great, the rooms are perfect and the hospitality is second to none. The bar menu is really great for a tasty bite to eat and the restaurant offers fine dining at very reasonable prices. Super friendly staff ensure that you have a fantastic stay. I couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

I always stay here when on business. Relaxed atmosphere great food with traditional scottish fare ie Cullen Skink, Haggis and neeps etc. No TV in rooms ( a bonus). No piped music. Good selection of ales and whiskys. Breakfasts also to delight in. Will
continue to return. Close to restaurants in Merchant part of city.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

A few olde guys playing second fiddle to each other , not in tune with each other and a flautist/penny whistler making a racket too is not my idea of music indeed it was complete cr**. The food selection is basic too and if you just want a coffee thats fine but don't expect a cake or biscuit.
I went to the toilet .... it was stinking , sorry.
If you like a nice rteal ale you're in luck there are some to choose from.
Oh and don't be surprised if some cravat wearing cretin eyes you up and down and miraculously looking down his nose at you at the same time . if you have a cravat wear it , you'll fit right in !

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2008

The rooms are basic and a good price for Glasgow. The staff were friendly and helpful, but be warned, some North Americans experience problems with their credit cards so have cash handy to pay.

The location is excellent, as long as you don't mind being above a bar at night. The food was good and we loved Fraser (the guy with the eye patch), he completely made our day and even offerred to loan us an umbrella while it was raining.

OK, the shower could use new curtains and some mildew remover, but you could tell they had been cleaned. All in all, we enjoyed our stay and it was exactlyw hat we were looking for.

  • Liked — Fraser
  • Disliked — Grungy shower
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008

This real-ale pub is not usually listed as a hotel but it has several rooms on the top floor.
excellent location in the heart of glasgow and it even has limited free parking if you can negotiate around the tables in the beer garden!
there is a narrow staircase - no lift - to the small rooms.
We had to climb across the bed as there wasn't enough room to walk around it! However there was an en-suite bathroom, adequate enough.
Yes, the rooms are pokey, but not overpriced considering the great location and atmosphere.
this is a cosmopolitan, busy, but safe area, a short walk to many trendy bars and bistros that have mushroomed in the revitalised merchant city quarter.
Babbity's itself is a friendly bar serving good ales. Atmospheric and quirky.
The owners are a bit smug but not as bad as some. The bar closes around 11pm and guests are treated the same as other punters - drink up please, no lock-ins. However there is a night porter for those who return late.
Food is served but we ate elsewhere.
recommended for those who want a quick introduction to Glasgow cafe culture.
Safe for single ladies, but awkward stairs for disabled like me.

  • Liked — location and atmosphere
  • Disliked — cramped rooms, tired furnishings
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16-18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow G1 1PE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > City Centre , Merchant City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Glasgow
#31 Romantic Hotel in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A place to talk or quietly read a book - there has never been piped music.Enjoy a drink or food on the award winning floral sun-drenched patio (Frank Kerr is the gardener).Play French boules on our adjoining piste.Enjoy listening to live traditional musicians and singers on late Saturday afternoon until mid evening.Get a wee taste of Glaswegian hospitality.Michelin Pub Food, Good Pub Guide, Good Beer Guide, Routard, Fodor’s and Frommer’s. ... more   less 
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Babbity Bowster Glasgow, Scotland

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