Staying in Scotland’s Second City – From Top Hotels to Glasgow Apartments

As the most populous city in Scotland and the 3rd most populous in the UK, Glasgow is a thriving metropolis which attracted nearly 3 million trips last year – almost double the number recorded in 1995, according to Glasgow City Council. The city boasts a wide range of attractions including world class museums, art galleries and inspiring architecture. But if you’re planning a trip to this friendly, vibrant city, what kind of accommodation can you expect to find?

The answer really depends on your budget – or who’s paying! Places to stay can range from luxurious 5 star hotels to more affordable Glasgow apartments, to shoe-string hostels. Examples of all of these can be found in good locations across the city centre.

For those fortunate enough to afford an extra special treat, a five-star hotel such as the Blythswood Square, located conveniently near Charing Cross Station is sure to tick all the boxes. Another luxurious option might be one of the two Hiltons, or perhaps the exclusive boutique hotel – Hotel du Vin in One Devonshire Place.

Visitors who are seeking something a little more modest also have a superb range to choose from, be it a mid-range hotel chain such Premier Inns, Holiday Inns or Travelodge or a more unique hotel in the centre of Glasgow. Apartments of all kinds can also be rented for various lengths of time, such as those offered by Principal Apartments, The Spires or Arc Corporate Housing. As you would expect, all of these offer good value and are particularly suited to business users looking for somewhere central with good facilities.

And for those looking to economise further there is also a wonderful range of extra-affordable accommodation in Glasgow. Apartments, or tenement-style buildings, have in some instances been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation or hostels. These might be a little draughty with their high Victorian ceilings, but they can place you close to the buzzing city centre – sometimes for as little as 15 pounds a night if we’re talking hostels.

Once you’ve settled in to your chosen accommodation, Glasgow has a great deal to enjoy. Even if you’re on a fleeting business trip, it’s worth finding time to explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, or the impressive buildings of Glasgow University. If you have extra time, the St Enoch Centre and Sauchiehall Street offer superb shopping opportunities. It’s also worth squeezing in a walk along the Clyde, where so many famous liners and warships have been constructed. One of the Royal Navy’s newest ships can also be seen half-built towards the west end of the city.

For those lucky enough to have extra time, you might want to discover the famous Glasgow School of Art designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (located on Sauchiehall Street). Those in need of a little peace and quiet can enjoy one of the city’s 90-plus parks and formal gardens, one of the most impressive of which is pretty Kelvingrove Park.

Whatever your reason for visiting Glasgow, it’s definitely worth planning which places you want to see as well as booking suitable, well-located accommodation, whether you go for the extra comfort of a plush hotel, the privacy of Glasgow apartments – or a modest bunk-bed in the west-end.