It was my first time in Scotland. Location is great. Extremely clean rooms, a bit on the small side but that did not matter. It is modern and nice. You can tell they spend money on the upkeep. One of the best looking rooms in terms of that. Housekeeping does an immaculate job and even will open the window to 'air' it out for the day. The hotel is close to Starbucks and all of the shopping places, restaurants, and attractions. It is very easy to get a cab or get a bus from there. If a room is available, you can check in early and the Front Desk staff is very friendly and helpful.
For example, I needed an extension cord to plug my laptop into the wall because the ONE outlet available was too close to the wooden desk and did not provide enough room for my converter plug. Even if I did not need the converter plug, it would have never worked thanks to my Mac plug design (boxy thing you are!). So, bring your extension cord or hope that the Front Desk has one to spare. Also, the OTHER outlet was occupied by a removable hairdryer that stunk--you need to constantly push down with your thumb to make it work. If you are a woman, bring your own hairdryer. The button thing was too annoying, made it difficult to handle.
I recommend this hotel but the internet stinks and it is expensive. Wi-fi should be free in the rooms but it is not. Instead, it is an unnecessary charge that you will have to make. There is free wi-fi in the lobby but that is not good if you have to make conference calls in the privacy of your room. I bought the internet for each day and I had a hard time doing conference calls via FaceTime/Skype/Yahoo Msgr, it kept freezing and/or the sound would not work--it was on the slow side and I paid for that (about 24 pounds for 4 days, which is outrageous in U.S. dollars). Overall, I would stay there again but the internet is a nagging problem. I tried to upload pictures to Facebook and it wouldn't work. That is how bad the internet is at the hotel. You would expect more for your money. It is 2013, come on!
There is a breakfast available that is 'buffet' style and it is pretty decent. It is not cheap though. Try to get there when it is busier so that the hot food is 'fresher'. I enjoyed the breakfast but I couldn't take advantage of it on the weekend because it doesn't start until 7:30AM (weekdays it is available beginning at 6:30AM), which is ridiculous. I planned a day trip to the Highlands and I left for it starving. There was no time to eat when you had to get on a bus half a mile or so away at 7:45AM. Also, I didn't see much of anything open that 'early' in the morning.
Pros: Location, cleanliness, helpful Front Desk staff, modern, great French restaurant (you might want to make a reservation or you can wait 45 mins even when it is half empty), there is a bar/lounge area, and breakfast when you can catch it. Also, complimentary instant coffee/tea and cookies (yum) provided in room with water kettle. Don't forget, comfy bed and lots of TV channels.
Cons: Crap expensive internet and rooms facing the movie theater/bus stop can be noisy, but on a Friday or Saturday it is very loud (and I live downtown and I like noise). Also, there are gross British beans served at a pricey breakfast that is generally good overall. The outlet situation is bad in the room. None in the bathroom except for a space reserved for some mens' shaver thing (??). The worst of all, no coffee/cappuccino served at the bar after dinner service is over--ridiculous. However, there is plenty of beer/wine available at late hours.
Overall, I would stay there again. It is a GREAT HOTEL. The internet was the biggest problem for me, especially if you want to video chat and/or upload pictures. The rest were just some nagging issues that can be overcome by being prepared ahead of time, aside from the crap internet which was ridiculously expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly refurbished Holiday Inn Glasgow City Centre Theatreland is ideally located in heart of the city's Theatreland district located in the heart of the city centre. The hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the many tourist attractions of central Scotland or enjoy the shopping in Glasgow which has some of the best selction of shops in Europe. The hotel benefits from a central location close to the M8 motorway and within walking distance of both Glasgow's rail and bus stations. All rooms have been completely refurbished in 2015. All rooms have modern individually controlled air con, 40 inch flat screen TV's with the full BT Sports package. The hotel has an award winning brasserie La Bonne Auberge that has been awarded an AA Rosette every year since 1997. ... more less
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