Nothing beats the roar of the crowd and camaraderie of match day. Celtic Park – home to Celtic Football Club – is in Parkhead, east of Glasgow city centre. The area buzzes when Celtic are at home or when the Scottish international team are playing. The streets around the stadium have plenty of accommodation options in boutique guesthouses, B&Bs and swish hotels. Here’s our pick of the best, all bookable on Culture Trip.
A mile from Glasgow Green, this family-run guesthouse is a 25-minute walk from the city centre and just 20 minutes from the bars and restaurants of Merchant City. Double bedrooms all come with king-sized beds, so you can spread out, and large, Victorian windows look out at a leafy green park across the road. In the morning, a hearty Scottish breakfast is on offer, cooked by your hosts.
Built in handsome baronial style in 1896, Cathedral House is a Glasgow landmark. Each of the eight boutique rooms has individual character and style – some in dusky sunset pinks and purples, others in slate grey and mustard yellow. As the name suggests, the grandest rooms have views of Glasgow Cathedral in all its gothic splendour. Dinner is served Italian-style in Celentano’s restaurant, where the ravioli is handmade and the negronis pack a punch.
The serviced apartments in this grand Victorian building in Merchant City offer all the luxury of a five-star hotel with the convenience of self-catering – though the restaurants and bars in this renovated Glasgow quarter might tempt you away from the kitchenette. Studios, one- and two-bedroomed apartments can accommodate up to four, and come with generous living areas decked out with plush furnishings. In the morning, a buffet breakfast is served.
In the heart of Glasgow, the Jurys Inn offers contemporary hotel rooms with everything you need for a comfortable stay that’s close to all the action. Business travellers are particularly well catered for here, with work areas in every room and a full business centre. Settle in for a meal at the Grill Bar, where a fine whisky selection accompanies the Scottish steak on the menu. At breakfast, you’ll find a buffet serving continental and hot options.
The Fullarton Park has just six bedrooms, so you know the service is going to be special. Rooms cover every style of travel – a single, a double, two twins, and a big family room for those who want to stay close together. Meals are served in the light-filled conservatory. A light breakfast is included with every booking; you can upgrade to a full-cooked breakfast if you want something more substantial.
Like the capsule hotels of Japan, the citizenM in central Glasgow is like a glimpse of the future. Big, picture-frame windows let in the sleek city skyline view and ultra-modern beds with ample storage nooks guarantee that you’ll sleep soundly. Stylish lounges in the lobby offer communal working spaces and spots to chill out socially in front of bookcases and big-screen TVs. The rooms are packed with gadgets, and the canteen is open for snacks and coffee 24 hours a day.
Spanning the corner of Glasgow Central Train Station, this fabulous building harks back to the heyday of rail holidays. Inside, it’s all wood-panelled lounges, twinkling chandeliers and high ceilings, which combine to create a grand atmosphere. The Champagne Central bar is an opulent lounge, where afternoon tea comes with something bubbly beneath the gilded ceiling, and the Tempus Restaurant features a Victorian mural of the railways, which you can gaze at between courses of seasonal specials.
Sleek and contemporary, the Apex City of Glasgow Hotel rises up from the centre in all its glass-fronted splendour. The rooms, featuring big beds and floor-to-ceiling windows, come with expansive city views. Get a taste of Scotland in the restaurant, which serves local classics such as black pudding and haggis scotch eggs and Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak. The selection of local craft gin at the bar is particularly good, too.
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