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“Positively Terrible” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Alba Lodge

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The Alba Lodge
Ranked #34 of 38 Glasgow B&B and Inns
Dundee, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Positively Terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Booked at short notice for a weekend break. The hotel was dark and unwelcoming. It took an age to book in at reception. Eventually got to our room which consisted of a double bed pushed up against the wall and a barely functional wardrobe. The bedding appeared to have seen better days and did not look all that clean.The bathroom was dirty so even without opening our suitcase we decided we couldn't spend another minute in there. We managed to book in another hotel ( The Ibis which was superb ). When we returned to the Alba to collect our bags and return the key we were offered a bigger room, but as far as we were concerned all that meant was a bigger disaster behind the door.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sally S
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Dundee, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Went to the Alba Lodge, not out of choice may i add and the service was terrible, the minute me and my friends stepped into the building we got judged and the man at reception spoke very little english. Upon our arrival we were told we could only pay in cash even tho the room had been previously booked on a card and to this day the preauthorisation is still held on the card used to book (£100 that is usually £39 a night). When calling the hotel the next day to explain that the money had been preauthorised on the card the receptionist spoke little english and refused to put me through to anybody else. Huge disappointment and i will definitely NOT be returning to this so called "accommodation"

Room Tip: Don't book here.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank chaseandstatus
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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

the hotel is small but clean and with a nice cozy feeling. we stayed for 3 nights in a room on the 2nd floor, which had a lovely window view to the garden, complementary tea station and tv. cooked english breakfast was nice. staff was very friendly. excellent price/quality relation!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AnaGomesPortugal
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Fort William, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Stayed in August 1 night, went in gave name, given key, sent upstairs, easy. Just inside the door small reception area, to the left of that you go down stairs to the breakfast lounge. Then upstairs to the rooms. I was on the top floor small single on suite, cheap pine bed, thin duvet one pillow wardrobe, t.v. tea and coffee adequate for what I needed. If I needed more I'm sure they would have given it to me. Breakfast 1 sausage,1 rasher bacon, 1 egg, 1 slice of toast and some beans and they did ask would you like more so don't be shy. Friendly, polite staff. I would use again but at a cheaper rate not £50. It is not worth that. Easy parking at Charing Cross beside the Premier Inn. £2.00 6pm till 8am at time of writing. [If you find it helpful tick the box please]. Thanks

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank foster1605
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

A single traveller I booked here for a week in May 2013 as have stayed there before. As last time the room was satisfactory with everything clean and OK. Cooked breakfast was very ample and staff always friendly. For a budget hotel would stay again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cpslsc
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Ellon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

Charged DOUBLE for a tiny room with a small double bed, jammed against the wall the night of the Bruce Springsteen concert. No coffee in room only tea. Cooked breakfast ok --- if small portions, but no side plates for toast. Had we not been ripped-off this would have been an OK experience for the money. We will never use the place again.

Room Tip: Book well in advance of concerts or special events to prevent being ripped-off by greedy landlords.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Christine M
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Additional Information about The Alba Lodge

Property: The Alba Lodge
Address: 232 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6TX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > City Centre
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Glasgow
Hotel Class:2 star — The Alba Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the heart of Glasgow Set within a traditional terraced townhouse in the centre of Glasgow, this cosy guesthouse provides an excellent base from which to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Just yards away from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired Glasgow School of Art, the Alba Lodge is well situated for shopping, sightseeing and the city's bustling nightlife, including theatre trips, evening dining and numerous bars and clubs. The Alba also offers excellent transport links to the SECC, Glasgow Airport, the West End and other parts of the city, making it the perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Glasgow City Centre is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping for clothes, shopping and nightlife. This is our guests' favourite part of Glasgow, according to independent reviews. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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