I have looked at this hotel a few times when booking rooms in the past, but never tried it. It seems to get mixed reviews, but here is my take on it. My wife and I were out for a late evening in nearby Sauchiehall Street and so we needed a crash pad. The hotel is down Bath Street (right next door to the Shanghai Shuffle Chinese Karaoke Restaurant), is handy for lots of pubs, restaurants, very close to the Kings theatre and just one street away from the action on Sauchiehall Street.
When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly guy on reception, who knew who we where without me even saying (must have been a quiet day for check-ins). Free Wi-Fi was also offered, although I didn’t use this. Anyway, we got a room at the back of the hotel (room 20), which he said was quieter at night. The layout of this hotel is very strange, since to get to your room from reception, you go down stairs, through the dining area and then up stairs the other side. I guess it could be a bit confusing if you’ve had one too many Sherries! Another thing that may be a problem is that the outer door of the hotel is locked and you don’t get a key, so that you rely on reception staff always being present to let you in. This was never an issue for us, since staff where always there, but I guess it could be occasionally (they must have to go to the toilet?!?).
Our room was clean, of a reasonable size and better than a lot of other budget hotels we have been in. None of the rooms in this hotel have baths, but all are en-suite with a power shower. The fittings in the bathroom looked pretty new and quite trendy, but some small omissions let it down, such as no where to put your toiletries (no table or shelf) and toothbrushes in our room. The bed was comfortable but overall the lighting (ceiling down lighters and a couple of angle poise lamps at each side of the bed) in the bedroom wasn’t great. On the positives the room had a kettle and complementary tea/coffee, a TV with a DVD built in.
It was a fairly warm night so we opened the window, which are modern UPVC types. The view from the window isn’t great (being at the back), with the land outside unloved with weeds and rubbish and the across was the back of Kama Sutra restaurant. We did have to close the window during the night, since it got a bit noisy (seemed to be a group of guys talking and bottles being dumped), however shutting the window did a good job of bringing back the peace. Overall we slept pretty well.
In the morning, breakfast in the dining area had 4 types of Kellogg’s breakfast cereals out, some fruit, Muesli, along with yogurt and fruit juice (apple and orange) and a tea coffee machine. A girl came out shortly after I arrived and she asked if I’d like anything from the breakfast menu. I went for the “Full Cooked Breakfast” and toast, which the only strange item on the menu is Turkey Rashers rather than real bacon. Anyway it arrived very fast and it was all very nice including the Turkey Rashers.
Checkout was painless and in fact any dealing with the hotel staff where pleasant. Overall it’s more like staying in a good B&B than a hotel, but this isn’t really a negative, because it was clean and we had nothing but positive dealings with the staff and we would use again when looking for a budget priced hotel in Glasgow.
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