As a guide line, I review hotels on a like for like basis, i.e. I don't grade a 2 star on 5 star expectations. That said, the Alexander Thomson was a tricky one. It's a good budget hotel but the rating will very much depend on whether your room is in the re-furbished wing or not. I went with my two sisters; they had a twin room in the re-furbished wing, mine was in the old. My room was OK. Good sized, comfortable double bed and huge, albeit sparsely furnished, bathroom. It was clean and fairly quiet as it was at the back of the hotel. However, the hot and cold water supplies to the mixer tap were the wrong way round which was a bit of a shock during my first shower. The windows would not close properly (uvpc double glazed) and appeared to have a faulty mechanism. Decor was a bit slapdash in that an attempt at painting and tiling had been made but it wouldn't get an A in a test. My sisters' twin room was very much nicer. Lovely double shower, nicely decorated with nice furnishings and new carpet. That said, both rooms had tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, decent hairdryer and free WiFi. Towels were clean each day although a bit small. They would probably give it a 4 rating.
The public areas of the hotel were pleasant. A small but impressive reception area with grand staircase leading to the first floor where the breakfast room, bar and lounge were. These rooms are magnificent and, if tables were laid for silver service, you could easily think you were in a much higher graded hotel. The lounge is particularly comfortable and relaxing. The breakfast (included) is good Scottish fare with cereals, variety of cooked food: eggs, beans, hash browns, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, Scottish pancakes and sausages. The fried eggs always came well done but you can ask for scrambled. In addition, there were juices, tea and coffee, croissants, toasty and small muffins. There was tinned fruit and yoghurt but I really missed having fresh fruit. A quick visit to the nearby supermarket fixed this.
The location of this hotel is its real claim to fame being just a few minutes walk west of Glasgow Central. Trains from Euston take 4hr 20 so a no brainer really for getting there. This location also puts it within walking distance of many of the main attractions although I should say that we are good walkers and quite happy to do a mile or so. Public transport is good if you don't fancy the walk.
Staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful and I would stay there again now that I know which rooms to ask for. It's very good value.
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