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About Glasgow

With its impressive list of new museums, galleries and cultural attractions, Glasgow is shaking off its reputation as an industrial powerhouse, and becoming known for its architecture and creative energy. It has a number of recognisable contemporary buildings — including the beloved Armadillo — but it also has a charming collection of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Some of these historic buildings have now been converted into hotels, and our pick of the best places to stay in Glasgow includes the old RAC building, an old church, Georgian and Victorian townhouses, and a Gothic mansion.

Glasgow is the UK’s fourth largest city so it's not surprising that there are so many impressive museums and galleries. It has a Concert Hall, a Gallery of Modern Art, a Museum of Architecture, the Burrell Collection, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum. The city is also known for its art school, and for the Arts and Crafts treasures created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow also has a number of theatres and live venues, and a huge shopping precinct. This whole area is crammed with great places to eat, drink and be merry.

If you’re travelling with kids, the best places to stay in Glasgow might be on the South Side of the Clyde River, close to the Glasgow Science Centre and many of Glasgow’s numerous green spaces, including Pollok Country Park. Families may also be drawn to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, in Hillhead, and The People’s Palace Museum on Glasgow Green close to Merchant City, which is where the big shopping and theatre precinct is. Our Gurus’ final recommendation is to check out the Barras, Glasgow's now legendary weekend flea market.

The Best Places to Stay in Glasgow

For a Special Occasion

  • Mar Hall is a Gothic mansion in Bishopton, which is a little outside of Glasgow. Now a 53 room hotel, this hotel has a wonderful country house hotel vibe, with grand sandstone exteriors, vast ceiling heights and huge windows, opulent decor and a spa with extensive treatment list. The best rooms come with four-poster beds and views over the peaceful gardens. Dining can be formal or informal and there's a world class golf course.

For a Glasgow City Break

  • Malmaison Glasgow has been very coolly converted from a former church. Its 72 rooms and suites are simple and elegant, the restaurant serves fusion grill dishes, while The Bar is the place for beer, bubbly or cocktails. Super central and close to nightlife and the main sights.
  • Dakota Deluxe is an 83 room hotel, in a city central spot, prized for its privacy. We like the brassiere restaurant and Jacks Bar — complete with a cigar terrace — and it's popular with the locals too. The decor is stylishly moody, with a palette of greys and great lighting.
  • The Hotel Indigo Glasgow is a contemporary, 94 room hotel, close to Glasgow’s Central Station. Expect bold patterns and great lighting, with a similar vibe in the restaurant downstairs. A very easy hotel to head out exploring from — most of Glasgow’s highlights are within walking distance.
  • The Village Hotel is a slick, adults only, choice on the river in central Glasgow. The stark black exterior contains 120 rooms and suites, which are contemporary, yet cosy. The hotel has an indoor pool, a gym, a spa, a restaurant and a Starbucks.

For Romantics

  • The Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is a 49 room hotel converted from a lovely Victorian townhouse. Rooms and suites are decorate with classic style, and contemporary bathrooms — think deep baths and high rain showers.
  • Located in Glasgow’s West End, Kimpton Blythswood Square is a spa hotel in a wonderfully central spot. Part of this hotel used to be the iconic RAC building, and the rooms here are more traditional, with more contemporary decor in the modern extension. We loved the monochrome and pillared entry hall, the heather-coloured highlights, the tweed accents, and the excellent breakfasts.

For Families

  • Abode, Glasgow has been converted from a grand Georgian building in a city-centre spot. Its 59 rooms and suites make the most of the hotel’s gorgeous original features, but with all the contemporary comforts, like sitting room space in some of the bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and an interesting art collection. Enviable rooms or suites can sleep up to four.

For Great Value

  • Grasshoppers is a 30 room hotel close to Glasgow’s Central Station, which is the perfect spot for seeing the city’s sights. Rooms are simply dressed in cheerful hues, and there’s a friendly kitchen restaurant with some communal facilities and communal dining too.
  • Glasgow’s CitizenM is a great example of the Dutch brand’s ‘lux for less’ approach, featuring classic modular rooms with their pod bathrooms with rain showers, huge beds, and all the technology, plus the 24hour bar and canteen serving Asian-inspired meals, snacks and nibbles. As with all the CitizenMs, there’s a large, and cool, lounge, perfect for hanging out. Very centrally located too.

Best B&Bs

  • 15 Glasgow is a stylish, 15 room B&B converted from a townhouse on a quiet city garden square. Our Gurus love it for the huge beds, decadent bathrooms, fireplaces, oak shutters, natural light, and clever mix of contemporary and traditional interiors. The location is convenient for a wide selection shops and restaurants in the city's trendy West End.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Glasgow Airport is about 15 minutes by car or taxi from the centre of town, or 15minutes on the Line 500 Shuttle. If you’re travelling via London, there’s a direct train, which leaves from London Euston, and takes about four and a half hours to reach Glasgow. If you fancy travelling overnight, consider the Caledonian Sleeper, which also travels out of Euston six times a week, and takes about seven and a half hours.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Scotland’s weather is known for being unpredictable, and whatever time of year you choose to visit Glasgow, it pays to be prepared, with wet weather gear on hand at all times. Glasgow is a city break destination, with real year-round appeal, but this far north the late spring and summer days offer lots of sunlight, so extra exploration time. We recommend May through September, but the most popular time to visit is during the summer months, when there’s lots of music and cultural events on in town. If you prefer it brisk and a bit wild consider planning your visit for autumn or winter, when the city, and its highlights, are quieter.

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Best Hotels in Glasgow

  • Grasshoppers Glasgow 30 rooms from £88

    Sights nearby  -  Ideally situated to access Glasgow's best sights including the Science Centre, Botanic Gardens and Modern Art Gallery
    Restaurant  -  Kitchen restaurant

    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. See More

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  • citizenM Glasgow Glasgow 198 rooms from £89

    Value chic  -  With rooms from as little as £69 per night, what's not to like?
    Restaurant  -  CanteenM offers a wide range from sandwiches to sushi, and is open 24hours a day.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of the city close to all attractions.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    The most northerly outpost of CitizenM's 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. See More

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  • Malmaison Glasgow Glasgow 72 rooms from £99

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel

    Chic converted church in the Centre of Glasgow. Large contemporary bedrooms. Bar, brasserie, gym. See More

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  • 15 Glasgow Glasgow 5 rooms from £99

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith

    Boutique B&B set in quiet garden square, Glasgow's West End. Fireplaces, oak shutters, whitewashed walls, lots of natural light. See More

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  • Dakota Deluxe Glasgow 83 rooms from £120

    Local exploring  -  Spend your days exploring all that Glasgow has to offer
    Great walks  -  Wander around the streets getting a feel for this vibrant city
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Celtic Park, Ibrox or the impressive Glasgow Cathedral
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Disabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Boasting a wonderfully central location, Dakota Glasgow offers swish designer accommodation and a brasserie style restaurant. Head off exploring the city before coming back to unwind in the Champagne Bar or on the cigar terrace. An upmarket choice for a city break. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo Glasgow Glasgow 94 rooms from £125

    City Style  -  A slick hotel located in the heart of Glasgow.
    Sights nearby  -  Stop by the awe inspiring Glasgow Cathedral.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A chic contemporary hotel set in an imposing Italianate Palazzo-style sandstone building. Smart rooms feature enormous windows, bold patterns and contemporary bathrooms. A lively bar and fine-dining restaurant are a welcome respite after a day spent exploring the city. See More

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  • Village Hotel Glasgow 120 rooms from £141

    City Style  -  An uber contemporary hotel in the heart of the city.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the riverside pathway.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Glasgow Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolParking

    A slick contemporary hotel on the river in central Glasgow. Smart rooms feature brightly coloured walls, modern bathrooms and crisp white linen. A bistro style restaurant serves a wide range of classic British fare. A Starbucks, well equipped gym and indoor pool make this a great city base. See More

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  • Abode, Glasgow Glasgow 59 rooms from £184

    City Style  -  Modern, revamped hotel in the middle of town
    Restaurant  -  Brasserie Abode is open till late and offers a tasty all day menu
    Sights nearby  -  The Glengoyne Whiskey Distillery
    Great walks  -  Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    RestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens Glasgow 49 rooms from £199

    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.
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Blythswood Square Glasgow 100 rooms from £205

    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 views
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • Mar Hall Glasgow (Bishopton) 53 rooms from £215

    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 pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    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. See More

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