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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.