Stand-out Scottish personality, stylish rooms, single malts and soothing spas set a high standard at these singular stays.
Glasgow is the perfect city-break candidate, albeit one that comes with a serious neck-crick. You’ll find yourself beneath Victorian facades, gawping at statue-filled Georgian squares, craning up at Gothic buildings and paying tribute to the city’s architectural icon, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Increasingly, though, the city’s main draw card is its unparalleled hotels – many of which are design masterpieces in their own right. Here are our favourite boutique hotels in Glasgow.
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Forget the minimalist block-style exterior. You have to look past that aesthetic to see why this hotel has been crowned one of the city’s see-and-be-seen hot tickets. For starters, the rooms don’t skimp on perks – you can take a monsoon shower, grab a gym pass and scan through unlimited Sky sports and movies. The Dakota has a Midtown Manhattan vibe, particularly so at the Grill, with its exposed brickwork and coal-fired rib-eyes and filets. Afterwards, slip behind the grand velvet curtains and into the secret Champagne Room. Chin-chin, big yin, as they say in Scotland.
Named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s Château de Malmaison, meaning “the naughty house”, this landmark hotel is true to its name. It may be housed in a former Greek Episcopal church, but the designers have done their best to forget the devout former tenants. Throughout the interior, stunning architecture is mixed with contemporary nuances: pop art hangs in rooms; beer barrels are stacked left, right and centre; and exposed red piping snakes across the ceiling of the Chez Mal bar. Here, in the former crypt, the main event is devilish Black Angus filet, plus a bible of red wines. Praise be.
Believe us, this is Glasgow’s most daring, inventive hotel — but it comes at a price. It overlooks a square crowded with townhouses and offices near Charing Cross, but that belies its history, for this was once home to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, from where the fabled Monte Carlo Rally would start. It’s now part of the whip-smart IHG portfolio, but there’s still plenty to savour, from a grand piano in the lobby to sweeping staircases, Doric columns, bespoke art and the city’s most decadent spa. In-house restaurant Bo & Birdy has a stunning walk-around bar, while bikes are free to borrow.
The arrival of this Dutch-born pod-hotel kickstarted a revolution for budget travellers when it opened a decade ago. The low-price USP still remains, as do the canteen kitchen, pop-culture-friendly hangout zone and distilled millennial vibe. Identical rooms deliver on all sorts of comfort, from capsule power showers and in-room movies to mood lighting and push-button shutters. For its location, off non-stop Sauchiehall Street, it’s still the model hotel.
The former family home of liberalist Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Britain’s prime minister from 1905 to 1908, this heritage building is characterised by glories past. Start in the heritage lift, with decorative cast-iron gate, then whisk yourself into rooms with divine stained-glass windows and furnishings in the style of a gentlemen’s club. Below street level there’s a corker of a gastropub and – as this is a city that knows how to have a good time – there’s plenty more to be had along Bath Street. Try shabby-chic the Butterfly and the Pig.
For a five-star stay in the biggest city in Scotland, check into one of the best luxury hotels in Glasgow – bookable on Culture Trip. Or if you’re after a cosy stay, book one of the top B&Bs and guesthouses in the city. For more great places to stay in Glasgow, check out our guide on accommodation to book in Glasgow for the savvy traveller, bookable on Culture Trip.
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