“ City: Glasgow / Address: Congress Road / County: Great Britain / Geographic coordinates: latitude: 55.85941, longitude: -4.28918 / Postal code: G3 8QT / Airport Code: GLA „
I have stayed in this hotel before it changed its name - it was previously known as the Millenium hotel and has now changed hands. The interior doesn't appear to have changed much and therefore I assume the overnight experience is relatively unchanged and therefore overall good. Although I haven't stayed overnight at the Crowne Plaza since its name change, we recently visited there after a show at the Armadillo. We booked a table for food at the bar which is in the centre of the reception area, great for people watching! There are a variety of seating options from soft booth style seating, to bar stools and tables, and just outwith the direct bar area are some soft sofas where you can enjoy a drink but can't eat!
The food menu offered an excellent selection at fairly reasonable prices. We ordered a club sandwich with french fries, and a cheeseburger with french fries and a bottle of white house wine. The total for this was £21 which wasn't incredibly expensive given that it is within a hotel bar! The portions were generous and the food was delicious, served hot and within a reasonable time given that the bar was busy.
The staff were friendly and made conversation despite the fact that the bar was packed with people from the show nearby! Definately worth a visit, even if just to pop in for a drink while you wait on a lift home from a show!
When I had stayed at the hotel before they changed their name, the rooms were of a decent size, although we paid for a junior suite and it wasn't much more than a slightly larger than standard room. The breakfast was a buffet style with a good selection of hot and cold foods. I note from their literature on my visit that they still offer the same style of breakfast service.
They often do good overnight rates for the weekends, ideal for those wishing to visit Glasgow. Its location is pleasant and great for those visiting the SECC. There is a covered walkway access to the train station where a frequent service would take any visitors into the city centre in less than 8 minutes.
Overall a good base for those wishing to stay, but equally great just to pop in for food and drinks! A nice place to meet friends away from the hustle and bustle of the city!
I stay at the Crown Plaza Glasgow on a regular basis - at last twice a month for a couple of nights at a time, so I thought I would share my experiences.
The hotel is situated beside the SECC, this means that it is only 15minutes from Glasgow airport (£19 in a taxi usually), 5minutes from the train station and 5minutes from the city centre. It has a covered walkway connecting to the SECC so is perfect fir concerts etc. It also has a lovely view of the river out the front. It also has a panoramic lift offering fantastic views over the river and the city - right up to the 16th floor!
A little known fact about the hotel is that it is part of the Holiday Inn group. This means that if you are a Holiday Inn priority rewards card holder you can collect points for each stay, you receive points for the room and for any food/drink charged to your room while you are there. This means that there are two ways of checking in. Standard check in at a desk to your left when you enter the hotel, or the priority check in desk further round to the left. Both are staffed by the same core team. Priority check in will give you a greater chance of getting upgraded free of charge to an executive room on the 15th floor with access to the free bar. I have always found check in to be very easy and quick.
The hotel itself has 16 floors including the covered walkway to the SECC, small gym, swimming pool, small shop, beauty salon and a cocktail bar and restaurant. I have used the gym a few times and although small it does have most equipment though can get busy. The pool is small but always clean and tidy. I have also used the beauty salon several times and the staff are lovely and the prices are fairly standard but watch out for special offers, they do one treatment on offer each month, Feb was a full body hot stones massage half price! Summer months have wax/fake tan combo's at great prices.
The rooms are all pretty spacious with individual air-con units in each room, mini-bar, hair-dryer, tea making facilities, television and wireless connection. Basic toiletries are supplied in each room with extras in the executive rooms (such as toothbrush and toothpaste). Room have always been cleaned to a good standard and beds made everyday (with maybe too many pillows!). There is also a trouser press in most rooms.
The food in the hotel can vary; I usually eat out in the evening as I have found room service to be quiet slow, although the restaurant and bar serve great food. The breakfasts are fantastic! Full range of fruit available, yogurts, bread and pastries, cereals, cheeses and of course a full fry. I have always found the staff to be very accommodating, offering me napkins to take food away when I am rushed or making fresh poached eggs to be a little healthier.
All in all a fantastic hotel in a great location. Watch out for special offers on their website to reduce the price from its usual £99 pr room per night.
****Crowne Plaza Glasgow ****
On a recent trip to Glasgow i decided to stay at the Crowne Plaza because i had heard good things about it and i wanted something near the SECC.
When i got there i didn't really feel like walking as it was raining so i got a taxi from the train station which cost approximately £6.If you were walking from the station,walk down suchiehall street until you get to the bridge over the motorway and turn left where you will see quite a few hotels including premier inn and marriot.
The building is quite nice,as are a few of the others in the area. It is a glass high rise building.
The reception area was smaller than i expected. As you walk in the building the reception desk is not the first one you come to,it is around the corner. This was a little confusing as they did not have any signs telling you what was what.
I didn't have much interaction with staff as i know my way round Glasgow but whenever we passed a member of staff they said hi. I liked how the staff can speak quite a few languages including Czech , English , French , German , Italian , Polish , Portuguese and Spanish. This is one of the reasons i would recommend this hotel to tourists. The staff member at reception checked us in quickly.
All the rooms have recently been re decorated and contain a mini-bar,ensuite bathroom,plasma tv and tea/coffee facilities. They are also all non smoking. The beds were comfortable and all had plenty of pillows etc. I particularly liked the shower in this hotel as it was quite powerful and since it was also a bath we didn't have to worry about getting the floor wet.
This hotel does have a health club which contains an indoor pool,sauna,steam room,whirlpool and exercise equipment. I didn't use any of the machines because they are located right in front of the health club checking in desk and i thought it would be off putting to use them. I did however use the rest of the facilities. The pool area is quite small but i thought this gave it a cosy feel. I think it is open to the public so it might get busy at peak times. Since i was there in the middle of the day this was not a problem.
These included a cash machine(it is one of those ones that charge),beauty salon,concierge services,Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Foreign Currency Exchange, Gift Shop, Ice Machine, Newsstand, Porter/Bellman and Room Service.The only one i took advantage off was room service and i have to say they were great!!.There was quite a large selection of food and it was delivered quite quickly.Nice and hot!!!The prices werent that cheap but average for room service.
The hotel does have cocktail lounge and restaurant but i didn't use these so cant say if they are good or not.
Cheapest price starts from £99 a night up to £249 including breakfast and dinner.
Check in is from 2pm and check out is 12pm.
There are loads of places to eat nearby as well as plenty of museums and shops.
The address is
Crowne Plaza Hotel
GLASGOW, G3 8QT
This is the one of the nicest hotels i have stayed in so i would recommend this to everyone.
Location: minutes from Glasgow Science Centre, within close proximity of Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour and Kinning Park / Number and type of rooms: 282 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Satellite programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature hair dryers and bathrobes. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail / Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities: DonÆt miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare / Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge / Business, Other Amenities: business center, audiovisual equipment, and a technology helpdesk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.