“ Address: Finnieston Quay / Glasgow / G3 8HN / Scotland „
I stayed at the City Inn Hotel in Glasgow in February 2009.
It was my first time in Glasgow and so I was not sure where to stay until I spotted this hotel via a search engine on the internet.
The hotel itself is a modern hotel with a chic and attractive style to it.
A great feature of all the rooms is that there is an apple mac computer on the desk. From this you can watch tv, listen to the radio and use the internet. There is no charge for this service. There is also a WIFI available and a DVD library.
Air conditioning is available in the rooms, which are reasonably sized, although not huge. The bathroom is very nice, although there was no bath in my room - only a glass shower. This was fine by me as I would rarely use a bath in a hotel anyway.
Downstairs there was a small but very nicely done out bar, and a restaurant.
I thought the food at the hotel was excellent. Breakfast was particuarly good - with a large choice of food available, such as fish, full english breakfast, yoghurts, fruit and cereal.
If you don't fancy eating at the hotel, there is an Indian Restaurant accross the road from the hotel - I did not try this but it came highly recommended by some of the staff.
I was fortunate to get a really good deal on a two night package for two people - which included breakfast, dinner on the first night, and champagne and hors d'oeuvres over the course of the weekend. All of this for about £160. I got this directly through the City Inn's own website - so I would advise you to keep your eyes peeled for similar deals.
The only minor downside to this hotel is that it is not in the centre of Glasgow. This means you will need to use transport to get there. This can be a bit of a pain if you are wanting to have a day or night out and want to keep the cost down. A taxi ride only takes 5 or 10 minutes to get to the centre of Glasgow, and this cost me about £7. I booked a taxi at the hotel reception with no problems. For die hard tourists you can also pick up a discount card at the reception for the City Tour bus which will stop off at the centre - I didn't do this however.
However, even though this hotel is not in the centre of Glasgow, it is in an excellent location for the SECC (5 mins away) and is right next to the Clyde and Squinty Bridge.
I would recommend that you request a river view. I did this upon arrival and it was no problem - we were then treated to a great view overlooking the river and the bridge. This looked even better at night time when everything was lit up.
Service wise, I was very happy with the staff at the hotel. Sometimes this could run a little slow, such as at breakfast time - however, when staff spoke to me they were all very well mannered, helpful and professional.
I took my own car to Glasgow and the hotel has a private car park less than a minutes walk from the hotel entrance - you will need to ask the reception for a code so that you can get out of the carpark. This changes daily although there is no charge for parking.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and I would go back on my next visit to Glasgow. I advise you to check out deals on the City Inn Website to see if you can get meals included at a good price.
Visit www.cityinn.com/glasgow/glasgow-hotels.htm for more information.