Glasgow is a buzzing, exciting city. If you are planning on spending time here during your vacation then these boutique hotels in Glasgow would be ideal. There are some fantastic options, and they aren't as expensive as you may think. Many of these are 5 star hotels in Glasgow, some have 4 stars but what makes them all so special is the attention to detail, the little extras, the comfort level and the quirky, unique touches.
To help you decide which hotel to go for I've included all the features of each in the list below along with a handy map so you can find the best boutique hotels in Glasgow, in the location you want. Hotels tend to be cheaper out with the middle of summer and during the week as opposed to the weekend if you have flexibility. The best luxury hotels in Glasgow tend to fill up quick too so I'd advise booking in advance, you can check up to date prices and book using the links at the foot of each hotel description.
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Situated right next to Grand Central Station this newly opened budget design hotel is themed in gorgeous turquoise, greys and browns. It is officially Scotland's largest hotel with 374 rooms. This hotel is ideal if you are planning some train trips during your trip to Scotland as the train station is the beginning of one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, Glasgow to Mallaig (and the ferry port to the Isle of Skye, the Small Isles and Canna) and Oban (and the ferry port to Barra, Tiree, Colonsay and North Uist). It is also connected to all of the major cities and towns across Scotland. The hotel itself even has a departures/arrival board in the stylish lobby! The open space reception, bar and breakfast area has thick rugs and big comfortable arm chairs, brass details and natural wood, all inspired by that breath-taking train journey. When it comes to the bedrooms they are equally impressive with a choice of pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton bedding. Flat screen tv's, a spa-like bathroom with rain showers and eco friendly bath products mean you are in for a truly luxurious stay, for a price that is surprisingly reasonable. This Motel One hotel is pet friendly, there are accessible rooms and one child under 6 is allowed to stay for free in your room, with a free breakfast. One child aged between 7-12 is also permitted to stay in the room if there is one adult. If there are two adults the child is free but breakfast will be charged. The 'Urban Organic' breakfast has hot and cold options with a healthy slant.
This is one of my favourite boutique hotels in Glasgow. If you like ultra modern hotels with slick styling and trendy technology this is exactly your kind of place. Situated on Renfrew Street it's within walking distance of many of Glasgow's main attractions and only two streets away from one of the main shopping streets, Sauchiehall Street. It's also only a 10 minute walk from Glasgow's Queen Street train station and an 8 minute walk to Grand Central station. Citizen M's signature bright red and dark grey colour scheme is evident throughout the hotel, from the lobby and cafe to the bedrooms and reception. Gorgeous designer pieces fill shelf spaces, cleverly created art work hang on the walls and contemporary chairs are dotted around the homely lounge. If you need to do some work while you are visiting you'll love the large expertly designed work spaces with free iMacs and wifi. The bedrooms may be on the small side but the creative layout more than makes up for it. Extra large king-sized beds, with the most comfortable luxurious bedding, take up the back of the room. A huge wall-to-wall window looks out over Glasgow and has a black out blind with can be controlled by the iPad on your bedside table. The gem of an iPad also controls the lighting in the room, with colourful lighting to suit your mood. Getting ready for a night out? Put on the party lighting, crank up the music on the TV (also from the iPad) and pour yourself a glass of bubbly. Ready for some romance? Put on the love lighting and put on one of the many free movies. The bathroom has a wonderful rain shower but be warned, this hotel is perfect for couples but not so much for friends, the shower walls are brushed glass, not completely see through but enough to know what's going on behind it. There is a 24hr bar with beer on tap and hot and cold snacks and meals. This hotel doesn't do extra beds, children's beds and the rooms are small but if you and your other half want an amazing hotel this is perfect.
On the opposite side of Sauchiehall Street is Dakota, one of three the company have in Scotland. This luxurious hotel is a little more subtle than the first two, understated elegance with a beautiful grey, white and black colour palette. Each rooms has the full Sky Movies and Sports package, a big comfortable double bed with high quality linen, an ensuite toilet with rain shower, tea, coffee and bottled water, a media hub with bluetooth and HDMI, slippers and free access to the nearby gym on Bothwell Street. The rooms are spacious and refined, the decor is stylish and thoughtful and I felt immediately relaxed when I stepped in. The restaurant is famous for its steaks and rightly so, they are simply cooked over hot coals and taste absolutely delicious, and that's just the start, the menu is extensive with dishes cooked using seasonal products. The breakfast comes with a continental buffet included and you can order hot dishes and enjoy it in the beautifully decorated dining room. At night, if you don't want to venture out there is a stunning bar, with an outdoor heated cigar terrace.
The Z Hotel
One of the most affordable boutique hotels in Glasgow this Z Hotel is situated near George Square, right in the city centre. For such a good price, this hotel has everything you need for a budget stay at the heart of the action. The building was once the Old Printworks and many of the details inside have been kept, such as the brick walls, and some of the machinery which has been renovated and put on display. There are 107 bedrooms, of varying sizes and prices from a very basic (but beautifully clean with everything you need) double with no window to a more luxurious queen room. Especially nice is the complimentary cheese and wine in the evening and the ample buffet breakfast in the morning.
The Radisson Hotels are always a good option when it comes to finding affordable hotels with style and this Radisson Red hotel next to the SSE Hydro has the same quirky details and high standards as the company's hotels all over the world. Black, red and grey are used as the main colours throughout the hotel with stunning Glasgow themed art work everywhere you turn. The 174 rooms are modern and minimalist with superb wallpaper designed by legendary Glasgow comic artist Frank Quitely, best known for his work on the Batman and Superman comics. Large widescreen TV's, free wifi, USB sockets and mini fridges are in all rooms along with luxurious bedding and classy en suite bathrooms. The OUIBar and KTCHN serves up a delicious breakfast buffet and casual dining for lunch. The Red Sky Cocktail Bar is Glasgow's first and only rooftop bar and serves up amazing cocktails in the evening.
Situated just 200 yards from George Square the brightly coloured Ibis Styles is a good affordable boutique hotel in Glasgow. Decorated in a palette of green, yellow and pink with funky artwork depicting some of Glasgow's famous landmarks, this hotel is fun and cheerful. You can play pool, retro games or stick on the juke box in the lobby and sit back and relax in the comfortable seating areas. The quirky art work continues in the bedrooms where you'll find large and cosy beds with good quality bedding, a practical toilet with everything you need and flat screen Tv and free wifi. A free continental breakfast is provided with fruit, pastries, cereals, yoghurt, toast, tea and coffee. The on site restaurant serves lunch and dinner and the staff are brilliant at cheering customers up with free doughnuts on Donut Day, free crepes on pancake day and a free roll on square sausage and a bottle if Irn Bru during a recent storm.
This Apex hotel is newly opened and is the latest addition to the Apex brand, with thriving hotels already in Edinburgh, Dundee and Bath. This hotel is on Bath Street, near George Square and is easy to spot, with the silver framed windows jutting out from the top of the building overlooking the street. The hotel is sleek and modern with minimalist grey and white and subtle touches of colour. These hotels are simple, elegant and relaxing. The rooms range from the well-equipped standard rooms to the stunning duplex suites. Each room is Scandi in style and has a king sized bed, a desk and chair, a wall mounted TV with sky sports and movies, ample plug sockets and free WiFi. There is also complimentary snacks, a mini fridge, still and sparkling water, tea and coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. The bathrooms have walk-in showers and luxury Elemis toiletries, and you'll always find a little rubber Apex duck somewhere in your room. The superior rooms come with bathrobes and slippers, sofa and table and a lot more space. The family rooms come with a double sofa bed and the duplex suite stretches over two floors with a large living area with corner sofa downstairs and stunning views. The restaurant, named The Lounge, serves up an impressive menu, whether its a hot or cold breakfast, afternoon tea, light bites or a proper evening meal. There is a great children's menu and in-room dining too.
Moxy Glasgow, 210 High Street, G40QW
The Moxy is a trendy hotel in the Merchant District, 600 metres from Glasgow Cathedral. The illuminated pink Moxy sign on the roof of the building and the bright red columns from the roof to the floor means you won't miss it. Moxy is a brand by Marriot and is playful, colourful and seriously stylish. You are greeted by a cocktail as you check in at the bar, the lounge area is brilliant for relaxing in, there is a pool table, table football and a large TV to watch the footie, there are snacks and drinks available 24 hours a day and plenty of comfy sofas to unwind on. The decor is fun and lively and cleverly designed. The bedrooms are compact but the way they have been designed means you still have everything you need, including a 42 inch TV with screen casting, movie channels and cable channels, a desk and comfortable leather chair, USB sockets, free WiFi and an iron and hairdryer. The bathrooms have walk in showers and good quality bath products. A continental breakfast is available and there is a breakfast bar and day bar serving meals and snacks.
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This beautiful AA accredited Georgian hotel has been around since 1823 and has recently been renovated to a spectacular standard. It's just a short walk from Sauchiehall Street so right in the heart of the city and as far as boutique hotels in Glasgow go this one is one of the best. The lobby is elegant and classy, much like the rest of the hotel. There are vintage bicycles available for guests so you can explore the city and a hosted social hour every evening. The colour scheme is mainly grey, white and black, with pops of colour and some intriguing art work. There is a luxury spa with nine treatment rooms, 2 relaxation rooms and a thermal suite with many luxurious spa treatment on offer. Hotel guests have free access to the Thermal Experience during certain times so it's perfect if you want to relax after a day shopping or exploring. The 113 bedrooms are stylish and minimalist with original features like marble fireplaces and wood panelling and there is everything you need such as flat screen TVs, free WiFi, table and chairs, mini fridge with complimentary snacks and some of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in. The marble bathrooms have separate showers and baths and luxury toiletries. There are two places to eat and drink, The Salon and Bo and Birdy, both of which are equally as glamorous. The Salon was recently called 'one of the best bars in the world' and serves a huge range of drinks, cocktails which are raved about and a delicious afternoon tea. The Bo and Birdy is run by Scotland's first female 5-star hotel executive chef Gillian Matthews and serves a full menu of modern dishes using local produce.
Just off Blythswood Square this hotel was once a Greek Orthodox church and keeps some of the features, along with some quirky and unique touches. As the hotel itself says, it's anything but orthodox and I think this is one of the best hotels in Glasgow. The 72 bedrooms are brilliantly designed and super comfortable. There are flat screen TVs, a desk, kettle, 24 hour room service and free WiFi and the bathrooms come equipped with a superb power shower and good quality toiletries. The vibrant Chez Mal serves a range of menus, from a comfort menu to an all-day menu, as well as an impressive range of drinks and an extensive breakfast menu, all served under the glittering domed ceilings. The Chez Mal bar has mixologists creating masterpiece cocktails and the bar is decorated with colourful lights and pop art making it an exciting evening if that is what you are after.
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