The Hotel du Vin is a pleasant hotel in a surprisingly pleasant city. We enjoyed both our visit to Glasgow and our stay at the Hotel du Vin.
The Hotel du Vin is located in Glasgow’s West End, a leafy, almost suburban area of the city that is a 15-minute walk from the City Center. It’s a bit out of the way, but that’s okay given some of the areas of the City Center that aren’t as nice as the Hotel du Vin’s neighborhood. The hotel’s location also likely contributed to the clientele in the hotel: less touristy and more upscale than at other locations we noticed.
The staff at the Hotel du Vin is friendly, but they lack the polished professionalism of the finest hotels: their casual style sometimes meant they missed service issues that finer hotels would recognize as a matter of course. There is no dedicated concierge, so the same person who takes your bags or hails a cab for you might also be the one recommending where to go for dinner. That’s fine if you don’t need more than the basics in terms of advice or assistance. If you’re looking for a full-service concierge, you may be disappointed.
The hotel is a connected series of Georgian row houses. It’s very pretty, and the interiors are comfortable and cozy with overstuffed furniture and beautiful stained glass windows on the landings going up to the upper floors in each townhouse.
The rooms are nice - we had a deluxe king - and feature lovely bathrooms and comfortable furniture that you might have in your own home. The overall effect is comfortable, but it’s not particularly luxurious (we found ourselves wishing we could rearrange the furniture and replace a few pieces). Our four-poster bed looked nice but it had one of the most uncomfortable mattresses we’ve ever had in a hotel - particularly one of this stature - it was hard and felt as though we were sleeping on the box spring. Ugh.
The restaurant at the Hotel du Vin is worth its star billing: we had one of the most delicious meals of our trip there and enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine recommended by the sommelier. The bar adjacent to the restaurant is also nice, but some of the drinks were better than others. Service was very good, in the bar and in the restaurant.
After touring multiple neighborhoods in Glasgow (and seeing a few other hotels), we determined that the Hotel du Vin was the best bet for us in the city. We’re glad we stayed there, but we recognize the hotel’s limitations as well (e.g. hard beds, more casual service than some may expect).
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