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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Ranked #34 of 95 Hotels in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Great hotel for shoppers”
Reviewed November 2, 2005

I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel for my first three nights of four in Glasgow. The last night I stayed at the Malmaison, which offered a better weekend rate.
This hotel is ideally located for shoppers in the UK. The best shopping district outside of London, although Edinburgh has it's share.
The photos say it all. A contempory hotel with a nice staff. Clean and nicely sized room although it is a bit of a squeeze for one of the bed partners. Close to the wall.
Unusual room design. A slight flaw is the amount of light that goes from the bath to the bedroom at night. The Europeon Radissons are a cut above the American and Australian ones in my opinion.
I thought about using the pool, but was intimidated by the gym/exercise room look. I think hotel pools should have a romantic feel.
I got great staff advice about Rogano's restaurant and the Chinese restaurant named Ho Wong. Loved both of them. A bit pricey with the Euro-dollar rate being what it is but I would eat at both of them again. An interesting note is that Scots seem to dress a bit more casual than the Brits when they eat out.
Since I missed a tour bus trip (stood in the wrong location), I got good advice from the staff about how to catch the same tour the next day. That worked out better because of the weather.
Regarding Glasgow and Edinburgh. Bring your portable umbrella. The weather changes every half hour. I am not kidding. It is unbelievable and I have traveled many places in the world. Take a look at a map and note how far north these cites are located.
The hotel is located on the edge of a district being rebuilt. Any USA city dweller will feel OK, but some people from smaller towns might feel a bit uneasy. That is how it is in most Europeon cities. These Scottish metros are not big cities. On Sunday the Glasgow subway doesn't run the first train until 11 AM. Weird.
I am a bit of a hotel buff, who places his own reservations on the web and this place deserves it's rank in Glasgow.

  • Stayed August 2005
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, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, responded to this review, November 7, 2005
Thanks for your comments.

Interesting point about the bedroom configuration, they are by far our most popular room type but, in the interest of satisfying most tastes, we do have different room designs. It's best to check them out on the web-site and make your selection at the time of booking.


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Reviewed October 27, 2005

My business partner and I stayed at the Radisson on the 19th October. We were unable to park our car directly outside the hotel as there are double yellow lines and a bus lane. I drove around the hotel several times looking for a parking space, but to no avail. We ended up parked in a grotty NCP car park 5 minutes walk away, which is bad enough during the day, but particularly horrible after dark. The day shift reception staff were friendly and efficient, however, the night shift seemed happier hiding behind the screens at reception rather than maintaining a presence behind the reception desk. Twice we returned to the hotel after 9pm to find no one at the front desk, and other staff members seemingly unable or unwilling to come over and help us.

Our rooms were really nice - clean, modern and well equipped. Breakfast was good too, with fab bacon and eggs, and good strong coffee.

We travel to Glasgow frequently on business, and would probably have considered the Radisson as our regular base......if it wasn't for one major factor. The Radisson appears to be located right in the heart of the Red Light District in Glasgow. As soon as the local businesses and shops closed for the day (about 6pm), the street corners soon became the haunt of 'working girls' and their clients. One evening, we left the hotel to walk to Gamba, a seafood restaurant recommended to us by the reception staff (who said it was a short walk away). It was an incredibly uncomfortable and intimidating experience to walk past the women in the red light districts and the kerb crawlers who were approaching them. We were 2 women alone in the city, and we felt incredibly vulnerable being in the area around Argyle Street, Wellington Street and Oswald Street - the 3 streets that surround the hotel.

No matter how lovely our room was, or how great our breakfast, we wouldn't want to stay at the Radisson again because of the location. I'm stunned that no one seems to mention the red light district in any of the reviews here - did we all stay in the same place?

Thankfully, we are booked into another hotel for our next trip to Glasgow which is in a far superior and safer location.

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
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, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, responded to this review, November 7, 2005
Thanks for your feedback; very useful for us.

Sorry to hear you had trouble parking. For the benefit of other readers, the lay-by at the front of the hotel is there primarily for our arriving guests and we do offer a valet parking service from there - just let us have the keys and we'll take care of the rest.

I'm sorry to hear you experienced the worst of Glasgow's nightlife. This is something the city council are working very hard to eliminate but, until then, it is something you could come across nearby any hotel in the city centre. That being said, our front desk team should have been more sensitive to your requirements and this was a bit of a learning exercise for us.
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Reviewed October 17, 2005

This was our second stay at the Radisson in Glasgow, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. The hotel is modern and stylish but with the friendliness and service you would expect to find in a much smaller hotel. Without exception, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and dealt with every request efficiently and with a smile.

The only thing which disturbed us this stay was the loud music from the floor below (we were on floor 3, I am assuming there is a function suite below) and then in the early hours, what seemed to be the noise of furniture being moved. It was not excessive, but on future visits, I will request a room on a higher floor as we did not have this problem when we stayed on floor 4.

The twin beds pushed together in what is supposed to be a 'double' room is also weird, and slightly uncomfortable. Provide double matresses and duvets Radisson!!
I don't want to appear negative, and these were really minor things.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in a modern, stylish, friendly, relaxed hotel, so close to the shops, it's easy to pop back, unload those bags, grab a glass of vino and start shopping again!

P.S. The lovely doorman, Kenneth in his chic black kilt is a total star!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2005

Very good service from the moment you check in to the moment you leave.
Staff are courteous and helpful.
Good room service menu with prompt delivery.
Free use of Fitness First and classes are a bonus!!
Definately worth going back to.

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 17, 2005

Just returned from 2 night stay at the Radisson, my husband and I were well impressed. Hotel staff very efficient and friendly and there's always something nice about "newish" hotels, the modern decor, the little extras like underfloor heating in the bathroom and the room layout unusual but really effective.

Located within 2-3 mins walking distance of the main shopping area and also some of the great not to be missed sights of Glasow like City Chambers and the "Lighthouse" where we climbed to the top to catch a view of the rooftops of Glasgow.

Breakfast was really good, mainly buffet style hot and cold with some interesting looking scottish delicacies, haggis for breakfast!! additional special hot orders were available i.e. poached eggs, kippers etc at no extra charge. The cold buffet was great huge selection of freshly prepared fruit, yoghurts, nuts etc for the health concious & then if you've room danish pastries etc.

We ate in the Collage restaurant on Saturday evening and again the food was really good, the best steak we've eaten for ages and they were really busy which is a good sign.

One last but not least thing to mention the leisure centre which guests can use free is definitely worth a visit. Proper sized pool, not a plunge pool like some hotels, sauna, hot tub and a very well equipped gym, its big, 12 treadmills alone.

Overall a good time had by all and definitely one we will be repeating.

  • Stayed October 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2005

We recently spent the night at the Radisson and were very impressed with the hotel. It is stunning visually both inside and out (think its been nominated for a Scottish design award). It is also very centrally situated

The staff were friendly and helpful and the room very modern and well kept. Our only critisism was that the bed was a bit too soft for our liking.

Overall a good choice for a short break.

  • Stayed September 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2005

Having read the last review we had second thoughts about booking this hotel but decided to go ahead and judge for ourselves. As it was a special weekend we booked a business class room it was perfect very clean with special little touches, our breakfast was lovely and everything was spotless the guy who replaced the hot food trays was very efficient and special requests for food was not a problem. I do agree with the last review that the aera is not great but we overlooked this as it was so close to where we wanted to be. We are glad we stayed in the Radisson and yes we will go back.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Address: 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > Anderston , City Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Glasgow
#16 Luxury Hotel in Glasgow
#17 Romantic Hotel in Glasgow
#18 Family Hotel in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow 5*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trendy and sophisticated, Radisson Blu Glasgow is located in the heart of the culture-rich city. Shopping and popular attractions such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro are all nearby. Each of the 238 elegant bedrooms and suites come with bathrobe and slippers, top-end toiletries and a mini bar. Enjoy the delectable and creative fare of Collage Restaurant offering a unique twist on the British Brassiere, then stop by the two on-site bars for perfectly poured cocktails, wine and beer. When you're not out exploring rejuvenate in the fitness and wellness facilities which include a swimming pool. The exceptional meeting facilities are some of the best in the city, boasting 15 meeting rooms hosting up to 800 people. ... more   less 
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