I have just returned from an overnight stay at this hotel in Glasgow. I had never been before, so I was aware it may have been a challenge to find! The one way system is very difficult to get your head around, especially if you have never been to this city before. Luckily when we picked up our hire car, we were given a map of the city centre. We also had to use the google maps app on our iphones.
Anyway we were checking into the hotel late afternoon - just after 4 pm. I was aware there were limited parking spaces, but as we arrived at the hotel, there was a parking space right outside the main entrance.
We parked up and went inside to check in, and to also see the hotel had any spaces left. Unfortunately the hotel's parking was full, so we had to leave the car on the street. This was frustrating, as we had to continue to feed the meter until 6pm, then go back out at 8am on Saturday morning to start feeding the meter again.
Check in was very simple & straight forward, as I had paid in full when I booked the hotel online. I was given details for the breakfast, and also for the fitness centre (which we didn't get round to seeing.).
The reception area is bright and very modern, as was the bar & restaurant. There is also free internet access on some computers in the reception.
Our room was on the 4th floor, and the trip to our room was quote pleasant, although the lifts are very small - apparently they hold 8 people, but at one point there were 3 adults & one suitcase and it proved a little tight!
Once we got to our room, we were rather surprised by the décor. The carpet appeared unclean, and everything was pretty basic - however the bathroom was fantastic- the shower heads were such a luxury! It was slightly strange that the toilet was separate - and it was also very cramped!
The room was very basic, but considering we had paid £69 for 2 people to include breakfast, we weren't really surprised.
We went to breakfast the next day, and there was a very good range of cooked foods, along with cereals, breads, yoghurts etc - typical continental breakfast items.
Service was very friendly throughout our stay & I would recommend this hotel to friends on a budget.
I more than likely would stay again, as it was central to the shopping centre, bars and restaurants, but I would not be willing to pay the hotels own advertised price.
My husband and I stayed here earlier this month. The hotel is situated close to Charing Cross, on Pitt Street. It is right next to Bath Street, which is fast becoming THE place to go on a night out, due to the variety and quality of pubs and clubs, with Sauchiehall Street, a futher hotspot, only one extra street away.
About the Hotel
The Hotel's website proclaims it is an AA 3 star hotel, which facilities include meeting rooms, fitness suite, bar, restaurant and room service.
it has 139 rooms, 113 of which are non smoking. This surprised me actually as I was under the impression that all rooms HAD to be non smoking. It is great though they can cater for smokers too, without impeding on non-smokers.
They have 8 wheelchair accessible rooms and pets are also allowed.
To me, all of the above sounds as though they will cater for everyone. So do they?
Having only been the once, I can only give you my limited experience of it, but the service was so good I feel compelled to write about it.
Upon arrival late afternoon we were greeted by an extremely lovely receptionist, whose name regrettably I forget. Giving our names she instantly produced our check in card, asking we sign. We were informed we could open up a credit account if we wished, or we could pay cash for any room service/bar meals we had. We opted for the latter. She explained their services, asked if we needed help, then promptly gave us our key, directions to our room and hoped we would enjoy our stay.
On to the room. To be honest, it's nothing overly amazing. It's a hotel room, not a suite. We had a double bed, sofa, flat screen tv, kettle with tea & coffee, bathroom, separate toilet, wardrobe, iron, hairdryer. Basically everything we would need.
The bed, well my word it was comfortable! Divine is probably a better description.
And the bath! Well I had a bath and I only got out of it as I ended up being too hot. They also have kindly put speakers from the TV into the bathroom, so turn the radio/music channel on and off you go. Lighting is excellent too, you have the choice of bright lights, or a softer, calmer glow. It's nice to have the choice.
Internet access is available, although you are charged for broadband, we didn't use it though so I can't comment on speed/availability.
We ordered room service before heading out to the cinema. It's fairly expensive, as there is a £3 charge for 'tray service', however it was worth it. We only ordered sandwiches which came with chips and a side salad. The side salad gave us a giggle as it was a few strands of lettuce in a tiny pot! The sandwich was great though and the chip were excellent - skins on, handcut.
Great nights sleep was had and we called down in the morning to order room service breakfast - we were far too comfy to get dressed. The great thing about their breakfast is it is available until midday! Now I don't know if that applies during the week though.
Breakfast was beautiful, full cooked or continental. Coffee was delicious, choice of jams/marmalade. Fresh fruit salad actually looked fresh.
The other great thing is they call you just as they are on the way up with your room service.
Check out was like check in - efficient, slick, easy and friendly.
So in conclusion (since this is nearly an essay!) if you can forgive the view, or lack of and appreciate the city centre location, this place is really worthy of a stay. Somewhere we would definitely go back to.
And yes, we live in Glasgow lol, but sometimes it's nice for a change of scenery!
I stayed in this hotel about a year and a half ago for one night while on a night out on Sauchiehall street which is a very popular street full of pubs and clubs. The hotel is on Pitt street which is just behind Sauchiehall street short walk less than 5 mins at most , and right next to the main shopping areas. Its one of the nicest hotels not very luxurious or 5 star style but its very clean nice simple decor good size rooms with bathroom and sepreate shower room from toilet, tv, tea and coffee making facilites freindly helpful staff and small bar in the foyer which will stay open until the last cutomer has left, Lifts take you to your rooms. I paid just £60 for a double room for 2 people for one night the room had a double bed and a pull out sofa bed. I never sampled the breakfast to hungover. I would recommend this hotel reasonable prices and great for the price I paid would definitely stay here again and again will be back maybe for New Year if i can get a room hopeful to try the breakfast this time ( as you may notice from other reviews i have a thing about hotel breakfasts weird).
I stayed at this hotel in december 2006 .
The hotel has a very palin look at the outer but inside is very elgant.
the staff at the reception was very helpfull at the check in and they explained to us where every thing is , I wanted a smoking room and they made sure I stayed at the top floor and had a smoking room.
the rooms where great it had a king size bed, jacizzui style bathroom, sofa, very long desk , plasma tv with film channels, iron, phone, cupboard .
Hotel facilitys where great a sauna , steam room , gym on the top floor.
the food was great at the restaurant and in the mornings they provided buffet style breakfast and lunch was sandwiches , the diner consited of samon dish, steak and many other dishes. The food was cooked great and well presented, but the restaurant staff was very un helpfull and most of the time ignored us or took 1 hour to bring a meal or they brought the wrong meal. But we managed to speak to a sensible staff who looked after us during our stay with a smile
The bar has any alcoholic drinks you like and you can drink till 0200hrs , it has two plazma screen to watch footbal or films , very nice seating area and staff very friendly.
during our stay we felt safe and at home in this hotel and the rates where £150 per night with out food.
Its 5 minutes walk to glasgow town centre .
My husband and I stayed here for one night whilst we enjoyed a days outing in Glasgow.
The Novotel was easy to find, situated as it is at 181 Pitt Street, which is within walking distance of Sachiehall Street. Unfortunately, we were driving and driving in Glasgow is a challenge to be met only a few times your life. We were trapped in a one-way system with diversions in operation which didnt really help with our quest to get to Pitt Street. On the sixth go round, we threw caution to the wind and did a quick U-turn when the street running across the end of Pitt Street (Scott Street) was quiet and nipped in.
Parking: We had hoped to park our car in the hotels parking area (self-parking) but unfortunately they have limited spaces. We were lucky enough to find a space right at the front of the hotel and were told we could park there because it was after 6pm on a Saturday and as next day was a Sunday we knew we wouldnt get a parking ticket provided we were up and away around 9am. We were a little nervous about leaving our car in such a prominent position on a Saturday night but Glasgows Police Headquarters are a stones throw away, so we reckoned we were as well protected as we could hope to be. We have a naff too, which always helps!
Reception: It was a busy Saturday evening when we signed in (we had booked via the internet beforehand). We werent kept waiting very long and we found the reception staff to be friendly and efficient. As we were going straight out to the theatre, we asked about breakfast for Sunday morning and were given clear and helpful instructions.
Room: We took one of the many lifts to our room on the fourth floor (the hotel has seven floors). Our air-conditioned room was nicely decorated in restful shades of cream and yellow. It wasnt a huge room, but big enough for an overnights stay for two people. Despite being a busy Saturday night, we werent disturbed by noise either inside or outside the hotel, so the insulation must be good.
Other room facilities:
Dial-up Internet access (pricey go find an internet café if you are watching the pennies);
Coffee/Tea making facilities: in these cost-cutting days, only an initial small supply is given. We always take extra tea bags when we travel, and were wise enough to find a shop in Glasgow prior to our booking in where we bought a litre of milk (stored in a sink full of cold water overnight because there are no refrigeration facilities in the rooms)
Storage: An adequately sized open-wardrobe with enough hangers for the two of us although, had we been spending a few nights there, wed have had to resort to leaving most of our stuff in our suitcases. Drawers at the side of the wardrobe unit we adequate for shirts and underwear.
Vanity: Good-sized dressing-table area although cluttered with menus, What to do in Glasgowand t.v. guides etc. Lighting was a little dull for the dressing-table area. Hairdryer provided
TV: Cable/Satellite t.v. provided.
Sleeping arrangements: Comfy bed (have never come across an uncomfortable hotel bed yet!). Could have done with another couple of pillows. No doubt would have been able to get some if wed asked, but we only really discovered we needed more pillows once wed settled down for the night and as we were on the fourth floor, we decided not to bother. Advice: Check the bedding out before you get read for bed nobody wants to go down to reception in their pyjamas. No doubt we could have rung room service but we aint the Rockerfellas.
Bathroom: The bathroom was very attractive but with bathtub and shower. There was a swish-looking vanity unit with sink and mirror. The toilet was a separate room very cramped! You wouldnt need to be on the large side or youd find it quite claustrophobic.
Restaurant: Because we booked in on the bed and breakfast tariff (internet search provided a good deal of £80 for two of us), we sampled the restaurant at breakfast time and were pleasantly surprised with the cooked breakfast (husband) and continental fayre for myself. A buffet area groaned with cereals, fruit, fruit juices and breads plus a couple of large toasters.
The Sunday papers were handily provided in the dining area. If we hadnt had a five-hour drive home ahead of us, we could quite happily have spent longer over breakfast plus the car was still sitting outside in the restricted parking zone.
To sum up: The Novotel is ideally placed for those just passing through (Central railway station is 3 kilometres away and the airport is 12 kilometres away). If you are driving, be advised to phone reception first to check on parking facilities/availability. If it is a particularly busy time of year you might have a big problem, particularly if you are disabled in any way and cannot walk too far. Best option would be to park in a secure parking area and take a taxi to the hotels door.
Although we only sampled the restaurant, the hotel also offers sauna and fitness equipment (the rather sumptuous fitness suite was glimpsed at the reception area); bar/lounge; business services with fax machine; Safe-deposit box at front desk (the desk is manned 24 hours); porter/bellhop; express check-out; currency exchange available; laundry service; wheelchair accessible.
All in all an excellent choice, good value and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend the Novotel in Glasgow.