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Hotel Kelvingrove (Glasgow)

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Address: 944 Sauchiehall Street / Glasgow / Lanarkshire G3 7TH / Scotland / Tel: 0141 339 5011

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      17.04.2010 12:21
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      cosyu friendly family ron guesthouse in Glasgow's west End

      Once upon a time ago before the Internet choosing a hotel was a stab in the dark. One would choose it based on the name, the location and maybe word of mouth and personal recommendation. Now we head straight for the travel review sites to see what others experienced at particular hotels. I certainly did so when booking a hotel in Glasgow recently. I normally stay with friends when I am in Glasgow but this time I was visiting with my boyfriend so we decided to treat ourselves to a stay in a hotel for a night. We selected the Kelvingrove Hotel, a three star family run bed and breakfast in Glasgow;s West End, due to its reasonable price, location and ranking in a market leading travel website's list of hotels where it ranked sixth. First impressions count. The hotel's website is user friendly and had nice touches such as a welcome video showcasing the hotel and a news and special offers with things happening in Glasgow and also any hotel news! It just gives the personal touch. There was a form to enquire about booking but I did not use this instead I telephoned them I found the booking process easy, friendly but professional with the gentleman on reception Sandy answering any queries I had. A confirmation was emailed straight away. We paid £80 for a double room on a Friday night, which seemed average for the area. I suspect if staying on a weekday tithe room would be about £10 cheaper. The Kelvingrove Hotel is located at the bottom end of Sauchiehll Street where it joins Argyle Street and Dumbarton Road on a stretch of road predominantly occupied by small hotels, guest houses and B and Bs (and one very local pub that it looked like it would have Rab C Nesbitt and cronies propping up the bar). I can see the hotel being fully booked around the beginning of term and graduation with doting parents, as the hotel is about five minutes walk from Glasgow University alongside the Transport Museum, Kelvingtove park, Museum and Art Gallery (hence the name). Its also within easy walking distance of Byres Road and Great Western Road for a selection of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. Its easy enough to get to on public transport. Several different buses stop outside and its only a ten minute walk from Kelvinhall underground station. The first thing I noticed when arriving at the hotel was the pretty window boxes that adorned th front windows of the hotel. The owners certainly take pride in the appearance of their hotel. There are plenty of plants dotted around the hotel with fairy lights twinkling in their branches. All of this gave us a great first first impression., as did Sandy the affable receptionist who also took our booking. You should clone this man and place him in all hotels and hospitality establishments. . He was friendly and welcoming asking us about our journey without being too nosy. He was very approachable if we had any queries such as a particular bus route to use to get to another part of the city to visit friends. The hotel has 22 rooms and most of them seemed to be downstairs in the basement but don't let that put you off. Our room was at the back looking onto the garden and was very quiet. Despite being on a main street on a Friday night we heard no noise at all. The room was a reasonable size and was fairly neutrally but tastefully decorated with cream walls and a cream bedspread highlighted by chocolate scatter cushions and headboard. There were some stylish Japanese black prints above the bed which were a nice change from country gardens or other floral prints. The chairs by the dressing table, were black, minimalist, modern and sleek. It was nice not being in a fussy chintzy room. There were also nice little homely touches such as a vase of flowers on the window sill. The room was bright enough with lamps both on the bedside tables and above the bed. Exploring the room all he little things you would expect from this standard of B and B were there. There was a kettle, cups and various sachets of tea and coffee, which we left untouched. In the drawer there was a small hairdryer that did the job. There was enough hanging space in he wardrobe but this did not matter too much , as we were only there the one night. One thing that we did use that I don't normally was the television. This was fairly small an on a bracket in the corner of th room. It did have a number of free view channels which was good n the reception was fair enough. Our room was warm and comfortable enough and a good sleep was had by both of us. If I were to criticise one thing about the room it would be the size of the en suite bathroom (or should that be shower room). It was rather tiny with a mini sink jostling next to the toilet and shower. It was very clean and nicely decorated in sparkling blue tiles. There were four nice fluffy towels on other, some pretty plain bland tablets of soap that did the job but were not exciting and some nicer sea kelp shampoo. The shower was good with plentiful hot water and a decent pressure. The Kelvingrove is only a B and b rather than a fully fledged hotel so facilities are sparse. There''s no restaurant but that was not a problem due to its location nor a bar. The hotel does have free wi fi and a computer with Internet for guests to use but again we did not us this. I am a sucker for hotel breakfasts and we were up pretty bright and early looking forward to a good tuck in. A choice of cereal or porridge was available for starters. I had a nice bowl of creamy, not too sweet hot tasty porridge. Afterwords there was a choice of continental or Scottish cooked breakfast. It was not a full one as there was no haggis on the meat eaters plate. Being veggie I had mine without the meat (there were no veggie sausages but i did get an extra tomato and egg . There was tattie scones which I adore although my English boyfriend was not so enamorued. The breakfast was well cooked but they forgot to ask us for a preference of eggs. I do like fried eggs but quite fancied scrambled ones that morning. The one thing that was a bit annoying was the over attentive lady of the house. Every five minutes she would come asking in her posh Kelvinside accent if we wanted more tea, juice or toast or just to enquire if everything was all right. I do like attention to detail and a couple of times this is nice but after that it just becomes a bit intrusive and over the top. I did like the Kelvingrove Hotel (or should that be B and B). it was clean, well maintained, comfortable and Sandy was a wee gem www.kelvingrove-hotel.co.uk 944 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 7TH 0141 339 5011

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