I was flat hunting in Glasgow and needed a place to stay - unfortunately there was a Celtics game in town and most (cheap) hotels were booked up for the night, so I got this off laterooms at a fairly decent price. I was planning on staying for 2 nights.
Location was ok, not too far from the centre, about 10-15 min. by bus.
The outside of the hotel didn't look like much, it's heyday seems to have been in the 70s.. The reception seemed ok at first, but then I noticed all the loose cupboard doors and worn out details. It took them 20 min. to deal with each and every customer whether they were checking in or out and even though there were 3-4 people in the reception area, they were all running around like headless chickens not knowing what to do. 3 different people asked me for my name and tried to find the relevant paperwork. The key for the room I had been booked to was missing so it took them about 10 min. to find another single room for me.
I was ok with that, I work at a hotel myself and know how these things work but it was just really amusing and I figured it was just a fluke or a busy day.
I finally got my room key, paid and went - it was quite impossible to find my room, it was on the 2nd floor and at one point the signs pointing to room numbers disappeared and I had no idea whether I missed it or if I was just lost.
Found it in the end and the room itself was not too bad - It had all the basics: a hair dryer, TV, trouser press, even and iron + ironing board in the cupboard, coffee/tea tray, phone etc. It was a bit chilly in the room at one point. the bed was quite comfortable but it was on wheels so every time I sat on it with my back to the wall, it rolled away.. then I discovered that there was absolutely NO wi-fi in the whole hotel - contrary to what was said on laterooms (wi-fi in rooms + lounges) and when I called reception, all they said was 'we don't have wi-fi', not offering any other alternatives - for a hotel that size at this day and age you'd expect wi-fi at least in the lounges or somewhere..
this pissed me off royally and I decided not to stay there for a second night, because I just could not feel comfortable. Not many TV-channels, no Sky sports as said on laterooms.
In the morning I tried to take a shower, took at least 20 minutes for the water to get warm (not hot, just warm) and there were spouts of hotter water while I showered, but they were infrequent and far apart.. also, I think housekeeping tried to get in the room at around 9 (bit before that) but I was in the bathroom with the door bolted - that's a bit early for an occupied room, at least wait until 10, or even after breakfast (which finished at 9)!
I didn't go down for breakfast simply because I was not hungry, so cannot comment on that, but it was complementary which is always a good thing.
got out of there as soon as I could, it took the reception 10 min. to deal with me leaving early, none of them knowing what to do in that situation.
all in all, it wasn't the most pleasant stay and the comfy bed did not make up for the fact that they had no wi-fi, no proper TV and it was £45 for a single room, when I could get a better price at a nicer hotel at the heart of the city for half of that.
would possibly suit stag/hen parties or people who need a place to crash w/o any expectations - NOT good for business customers!
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- Also Known As:
- Swallow Glasgow Hotel Glasgow
- Glasgow Swallow Hotel
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