“ Address: 923 Sauchiehall Street / Glasgow / G3 7TQ / Scotland / Tel: 0141 330 1555 „
I recently booked a room at this hotel via Lastminute.com as I was looking for a decent but affordable hotel in the city centre. Although this hotel is indeed located a walkable distance from the Buchanan Street coach/bus station and from Queen Street train station (the mainline station for national rail travel), it isn't quite in the city centre; I'd say it's a good 15-20 minute walk. Nonetheless, I was sold on the fact it's a one-off, boutique hotel, and fancied a change from the tried and tested Park Inns, Malmaisons and Hiltons of this world. Well, that and the £55 a night price tag for a double room. This price does not include breakfast, though. The area itself isn't especially remarkable. It's just a Georgian looking residential area but a fairly busy road (Sauchiehall Street continues up into town via a lot of shops). The hotel stands out against this background with its upmarket, modern yet classy exterior. Apparently, it's on the site of the old Lorne hotel, which was in existence in the 1990s. Some of its old brickwork remains. Once inside, there's a lovely bar and well-recommended (by others, not me as I didn't get the chance to eat there) Indian restaurant (posh, modern fusion type food which looks delicious from the menu) and a minimalistic, modern reception area. Check-in was efficient and once handed the room key, I took the lift to the floor on which my room was located. The roof of the interior of the lift has a gorgeous pattern on it, by the way. The floors on my level were carpeted and upon reaching my room, I used the spare key card in the electricity slot to activate it. The room was small. It was fine for just one night but for a longer stay, I would have wanted something bigger. The ensuite bathroom was bigger and immaculately clean although there was a strong smell of damp which was really unpleasant. There were nice toiletries included and a nice selection of fluffy towels, as well as a selection of teas and coffees. The 32" television was easy to get working and provided great audio and picture quality. The only other downside to this room was the fact that the air conditioning couldn't be turned off, so went from being too hot to too cold with no happy medium!! I mentioned all of this on the feedback form provided in the room but am yet to hear anything back from the hotel so am not sure if these comments have been taken on board. Depsite these slight issues, I would stay again, and would recommend the hotel. I'd also try the food in the restaurant next time as the smells were delicious!!