This is a great hotel to stay in when attending concerts and events at the SECC/Hydro.
The reception staff are friendly and chatty, and check in was fast and efficient even though the hotel was at full occupancy.
Rooms are a decent size and fairly modern with Apple TV's. They are kept spotlessly clean. The bathroom is small with just a shower, no bath, but they are clean and modern.
We have dined at the hotel before and had a lovely meal, however this time we chose to eat at the Yen restaurant in the Rotunda building directly accross the road. Wherever you choose to dine be sure to make reservations as everywhere is really busy on event nights.
When we returned to the hotel after our show, the bar was busy but service was good. I heard the next morning that they were serving soup and sandwiches at night. This should have been better advertised as we would likely have ordered something. Missing out on sales :-)
Breakfast in the morning was a bit chaotic as it seemed like the whole hotel turned up at once. However they take your name and room number and seat you in order of arrival. Whilst waiting for a table they provided orange juice and pastries which was a good idea. So they are managing things, it just appears chaotic when you first go down. The actual food is fine and there is a good selection.
My only main criticism is that since Hilton took over they are now charging £5 for parking. I have stayed here several times over the years since it was City Inn and then Mint Hotel, and neither charged for parking. Seems a bit mean to charge your guests for parking when they have paid for the room already. This may be to discourage non-residents from parking, but if so then charge them and give your residents a free ticket.
I have just booked another stay for my next show, so that says it all really :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our award-winning hotel, situated on Glasgow’s River Clyde, is just minutes away from the SEC Campus and SSE Hydro. In the heart of Finnieston, we’re perfectly located for exploring all that Glasgow has to offer including shopping, museums, botanic gardens and eclectic nightlife. After a busy day, relax in your contemporary guest room and look out across the riverbank through floor-to-ceiling windows. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi or unwind in front of the 42-inch TV. Enjoy casual dining at the newly refurbished Recess, our relaxed bar & restaurant which offers seasonal cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Dine indoors or al fresco on the outdoor River terrace, complete with spectacular views of the river and beyond. For those travelling on business, our hotel is within easy reach of the business district. Our flexible meeting rooms are perfect for conferences, meetings or private dinners. Local and national rail networks are within 5 minutes and Glasgow International Airport is only a 15-minute drive away. Keep up your fitness regime during your stay, our high-tech Precor gym is available free of charge, 24-hours a day. Guests can enjoy on-site car parking (fees apply) and bus service picking up from the front of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Glasgow
- Glasgow City Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre Scotland