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Most people know Glasgow as an industrial powerhouse, however, it also displays beautiful Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture and has been joined by some amazing modern structures - including the 'Armadillo' - some of our Guru's choices for the best places to stay in Glasgow are also some of Glasgow's most beautiful buildings.
Over the last few decades this city has been injected with all sorts of creative energy and the Glasgow of today is buzzy, vibrant, arty - and even edgy.The live music scene is one of the UK's best, the art scene is well respected and there are galleries everywhere and the riverfront is just a great place to 'be'.
Did you know that Glasgow is the third largest city in the UK? Armed with that fact it becomes easy to see why there are so many comparisons with London. Glasgow is supposed to have the best shopping outside of London, and its industrial role means it's also wealthy, and thus the architecture is beautiful. Glasgow was at its richest during the 19th and 20th Centuries and this is when some of the most spectacular, and ornate, constructions went up - this was also the home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a leading proponent of the art nouveau style. Strolling around the city you're bound to see something worth appreciating, but there are plenty of walking guides.
Glasgow's wealth can also be attributed to the city's generous numbers of galleries and museums per capita. There are museums to all sorts, but some of the best known are the Burrell Collection, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum.
Glasgow is a great place to visit for football fans where food and drink, and fun and music can be found all over the city, just follow your ears. The best places to stay in Glasgow will encourage you to explore every nook and cranny but definitely try and check out the Barras, Glasgow's now legendary weekend flea market, for tat and more.
Glasgow City Break
- Blythswood Square, once the home to the famous Automobile Club, has traditional exterior, not echoed inside. Instead here you'll find up to the minute contemporary interiors plus a top notch spa.
- 15 Glasgow is a boutique B&B in a quiet garden square. Come here for huge beds, decadent bathrooms and a clever mix of contemporary and traditional interiors. Great location a stone's throw from a wide selection shops and restaurants in the city's trendy West End.
The Best Places to Stay in Glasgow for Great Value
- The Arthouse Michael Caine's most northerly Abode property, offers good value without compromising on style. Expect the standard huge beds, cashmere throws, high end toiletries and of course a superb restaurant.
- Malmaison Glasgow has been chicly converted from a church right in the centre of Glasgow and has a laid-back style and plenty of Malmaison style charm. The bedrooms are individually designed and the restaurant are bars serve French and British fare. Rooms start from £99 per night.
Treat Yourself to Glasgow
- Mar Hall is a bit out of town, but this gorgeous Gothic mansion, set in 400 acres, is a very attractive alternative to staying in the city. The luxurious decor, excellent restaurant and seductive Aveda spa make this a wonderful place to escape to.
Best Hotels in Glasgow
citizenM Glasgow 198 rooms from $90Glasgow
The most northerly outpost of CitizenMs luxe for less brand. Simple rooms with huge beds and fab rain showers, plus a 24hour bar and canteen, and huge lounge area. A great central location plus trendy interiors and high-tech gadgetry, make this the perfect choice for a fun filled city break.Value chic - With rooms from as little as £69 per night, what's not to like?Sights nearby - Situated in the heart of the city close to all attractions.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Grasshoppers 30 rooms from $98Glasgow
A budget-friendly hotel located near Glasgow's Central Station. 30 rooms decorated in a serene, clean Scandinavian style. A laid back kitchen restaurant serves up local produce. A great crash pad from which to enjoy this bustling city.Sights nearby - Ideally situated to access Glasgow's best sights including the Science Centre, Botanic Gardens and Modern Art Gallery
Finglen Country House 2 rooms from $143Glasgow (Clachan of Campsie)
Hidden away at the foot of the Campsie Hills comes this intimate countryside B&B. The tastefully appointed rooms look out onto the beautiful garden and mountains beyond. Perfectly situated for exploring the vast natural beauty of central Scotland.Great walks - Great walking opportunities in the beautiful Campsie Hills.Sights nearby - Visit nearby Stirling Castle (15 miles).Full of characterSecluded setting - For escaping.
Cameron House 132 rooms from $214Glasgow
On the shores of Loch Lomond, this baronial country house is a secluded getaway not to be missed. The sumptuous guest bedrooms have been decorated in a contemporary style with a distinct Scottish feel. Fantastic facilities and beautiful scenic views.Spa breaks - One of Glasgow's most renowned spas - utter indulgenceTotal relaxation - Golf and spa - something for everyoneSailing - Loch Lomond Sailing ClubSwimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor poolRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
Abode, Glasgow 59 rooms from $240Glasgow
A lovely Georgian townhouse that has been recently decorated to combine modern luxuries with with gorgeous period features. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel offers private dining, a conference suite and comfortable bedrooms. Tweed furnishings, large windows and high airy ceilings.City Style - Modern, revamped hotel in the middle of townSights nearby - The Glengoyne Whiskey DistilleryGreat walks - Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens 49 rooms from $259Glasgow
A luxury boutique hotel in a great location. Individually designed bedrooms with bold dark fabrics and modern bathrooms, some with freestanding baths. Whiskey is offered on arrival. The restaurant offers modern Scottish cuisine and has an extensive wine list. A stylish option.Foodies - The oak-paneled bistro is one of Scotlands finest, serving spectacular cuisine crafted from locally sourced fresh produce.City Style - Luxury accommodation in one of the best addresses in Glasgow, with superb stained glass windows and opulent style.Sights nearby - This central location, is just minutes from most of Glasgow's museums, galleries and her Cathedral.Great walks - Just around the corner is the Glasgow Botanical Gardens, perfect for an afternoon stroll.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Blythswood Square 100 rooms from $267Glasgow
A luxury 5 star spa hotel in Glasgow's West End. Its landmark heritage creates an imposing facade. The contemporary interiors and wellness spa have all the modern comforts. The glorious penthouses and many private rooms are ideal for corporate or social entertaining. A chic choice.City Style - An elegant 5 star hotel in a great location, with red velvet alcoves and fringed lamp shades nodding to the square's shady past!Spa breaks - Indulge yourself at in the award-winning basement spa with mud chamber, sauna and extensive treatments.Suites - Also penthouses with private lift, terrace, bar, dining room, rooftop viewsSwimming Pool - Indoor poolRecommended by - Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
Mar Hall 53 rooms from $280Glasgow (Bishopton)
An imposing mansion with epic surrounding views. Grand bedrooms with large sash windows and four poster beds. A world class golf course is attached. A spa with an extensive therapy list and beauty treatments for those wishing to relax. Formal and informal dining options. An ideal rural escape.Total relaxation - The spa and indoor pool provide easy relaxation and the surroundings are perfectly tranquil.Great walks - Plenty of walking on the 240-acre wooded estate of the Earls of Mar, especially along the banks of the River Clyde.Swimming Pool - Large indoor poolDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Crossbasket Castle 9 rooms from $333Glasgow (High Blantyre)
A stunning 17th-century castle, lovingly renovated into a luxury hotel. Well proportioned rooms and suites feature large sash windows, floral motifs and antique furniture. An elegant restaurant run by the legendary Albert and Michel Roux Jr and plenty of country pursuits. A spoiling rural retreat.Weddings - A stunning backdrop to a wedding, with a large ballroom and conveniently close to Glasgow too.Country Escape - Live in splendour at this spectacular castle. The perfect place to get away from it all.Great walks - Take a scenic walk through the Falls of Clyde and find pretty forests, waterfalls and plenty of wildlife to spot.Fishing - Fish for Brown Trout on the hotel's section of River Calder. Salmon fishing is also available nearby.Recommended by - Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels