When I leave a review here I like to look back at what other guests have experienced. As you will see the general consensus is 'Very Good' or 'Excellent' and I can't disagree with that. For those that gave poor reviews I can only say DO YOUR RESEARCH. The main complaints seem to be about the noise, lack of parking, the size and/or facilities in the room, difficulty finding it & the shady entrance. The first two are really quite easy to answer - this is a city centre hotel sandwiched between a main railway station and a busy road so it won't be quiet and on-site or local parking is unlikely. Having said that we were not disturbed by any undue noise on the 2 nights we stayed and we would not have dreamed of bringing the car. The rooms are very clearly described and, while minimal, are perfectly adequate for most. After all a good bed, an excellent shower and a good strong, reliable wi-fi signal are really all anyone needs. I'm not sure how anyone could miss the huge sign outside the hotel (look up?) but have to agree that the first impression of the entrance is disappointing.There are some niggles also about the rooms being too hot or too cold - our room was cool & comfortable and had both a fan & a heater so I can't see that being a problem. The price - in my opinion and in comparison with what else was on offer this was excellent value. Finally it is clear that the owner, the manager & the staff really care and want this hotel to be special - many early complaints are now dealt with.
Where the Grasshopper Hotel wins, over and above the great location and good rooms, is the whole experience. From the initial booking, where we had a small issue that was promptly resolved, it was clear that Grasshopper is trying to do something a little bit different. The cup cakes and fresh milk & coffee delivered to the room on arrival have been mentioned severally before - the meal deal is great too. A warm friendly dining room with a small but excellent menu and short but very good wine list only covers the facts - what I found really encouraging was the friendliness & the standing invitation not to dine alone (which could be ignored of course). The review by HanLH, who was there when we were, sums up the impact on a lone traveller of having a friendly welcome and others also joined in the convivial chat with the owner.
My only regret is that during my working years (I am recently retired) there wasn't anywhere like Grasshopper. Which is a little ironic - battered by many dreadful hotel experiences me & my friend and former work colleague Hugh once dreamed up the ideal place to stay if forced to do so on business. Largely it came down to 'somewhere nice to sleep' and 'something nice to eat' Grasshopper does both of those and wraps it in a warm & friendly atmosphere.
Will I stay again - certainly, would I recommend it - definitely. Hotels like Grasshopper, while I can see they would not appeal to everybody (no hotel can), should be encouraged for putting the customer at the heart of the operation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grasshoppers Hotel at Glasgow Central Station - a luxury penthouse hotel with 29 individual bedrooms offering style, comfort and service at affordable prices in Glasgow City Centre. A hotel for individuals where each stylish bedroom has free Wi-Fi, 32" HD televisions together with its own SKY HD PLUS BOX with sky sports and movies. Enjoy Grasshopper treats with tea, coffee and cakes upon arrival. Relax and enjoy yourself at Grasshoppers, a home when you are away from home. At Grasshoppers Glasgow you'll find a penthouse floor of 29 individual bedrooms with a blend of traditional and contemporary features that include sliding sash windows, wood panelled walls, handmade wallpapers, Caledonian Oak floors and furniture that has been exclusively designed and made for Grasshoppers by specialist joiners. Our stylish, comfortable bedrooms enjoy plenty of natural light with great views across Europe's largest glazed roof over Central Station or towards the Merchant City, including Mackintosh's renowned Lighthouse Building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow Scotland