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“Simple City Centre Cosiness”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rab Ha's Hotel

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Rab Ha's Hotel
Ranked #83 of 96 Hotels in Glasgow
Dunoon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Simple City Centre Cosiness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

My partner and I had an absolutely lovely stay here at Rab Ha's. We were visiting Glasgow for a 2 night break, and the location was brilliant. The Concert Halls are literally around the corner, and there are more bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. So first things first: when staying here - be realistic! It's not a quiet country retreat. It's a wee city centre hotel, above a bar. Yes, on both nights we were a little disturbed by noises from the street, and our stay crossed Thursday and Friday night - not the terrors of Saturday! So I couldn't, in all honesty, recommend Rab Ha's for a peaceful stay. Nor would I call it luxury accommodation. What it is, is simple, cosy, comfortable accommodation in a central location, with truly excellent staff.
What we got - for a very reasonable sum - was a small but well presented double room, with stylish fittings and a comfortable king size double bed. Bottled water, tea and coffee were the only drink supplies - but there was a choice of still or sparkling water, and the bathroom had lovely wee shampoos and bath gels.
I think the thing that makes this place a cut above the rest is the friendliness and willingness to please of the staff. My partner, unfortunately, had a terrible sore throat and a cough - so after coming in for the night, I went to the bustling downstairs bar and asked if there was any chance of a hot toddy. Of course there was, said the woman serving, with a smile - and offered to bring it up to the room. I had been prepared to carry it up myself, knowing how busy they were downstairs, but she assured me it was no problem. Back in the room, a knock at the door presented ... no hot toddy, just a deeply apologetic bar lady saying she was so, so sorry ... they had no cloves. Cloves?? I burst out laughing and said honey, lemon and a tot of whisky was just fine (and a second tot of whisky wouldn't go amiss for me, too!) She went away, and a little while later there was another knock. On opening the door, we were presented with two members of staff, one bearing a tray with my whisky and a wee jug of water - and the other carrying a tall glass of hot whisky, lemon and honey. And they'd found cloves! And a cinnamon stick! It was delicious and my partner was delighted.
Next morning, at breakfast, we were further chuffed that they'd provided gluten free bread for my coeliac partner. Breakfast is in keeping with the rest of the hotel - simple continental in style, but with some extra touches that made it lovely, such as chocolate brioche and bagels. And they brought me cream cheese from the kitchen when I asked for it, too. Yet more customer service to be proud of!
This is a noisy part of town to stay in, and there's nothing Rab Ha's can do about that - but what it can, and does, do, is provide a cosy little haven in which to base yourself while you explore all Glasgow has to offer. We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

Having lived in glasgow i knew Rabs,Small room but hey just sleeping there.And that is the only down side.Now the good points great location, Fantastic helpful staff good breakfast and great owner.Thanks for making our stay special would highly recommend we stayed the 30th and the31st of october.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

This was a great place to stay. Centrally located. Staff very friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Although the main restaurant was closed being Monday, had an excellent dinner in the main bar.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

Situation of the hotel could not have been better for access to some serious shopping.
Downsides
Decor was a little tired and my bed room small had I been with my partner.
Breakfast was a little on the basic side but it was nice to be able to help yourself.
Quite noisy at weekend until early hours (but then what should you expect in the middle of a city over a pub).
Wireless internet available but signal really weak in room.
Up sides:
Great atmosphere, v.friendly & helpful staff, Menu reasonably priced & evening meals were delicious.
Independent entrance from pub
Breakfast served late at weekends.
Lots of leaflets & info available for tourists
V. clean room and cleaned daily.
Hotel reasonably priced
Easy stay and friendly atmosphere, particularly if you are travelling alone.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Glasgow, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

had a lovely meal in Rab Ha s, the food is delicious, i had haggis, neeps, potatoes, hubby had cullen skink, seafood dish, both came home, absolutely full, we will definitely go back, not too big, but has a nice atmosphere, and the young lady who served us was very nice.....

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Westhill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

If you are looking for a central Glasgow room, with breakfast and the option for an evening meal, look no further. Yes, Rab Ha's is a bit rough round the edges and there can be a bit of noise from outside in the middle of the night, but it is clean, reasonably priced and the staff are friendly and helpful. I'll certainly be returning to Rab Ha's when I next require a room in Glasgow.

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

These are 4 rooms above a pub and restaurant kitchen. There may be noise from the pub whch closed at midnight on the night I stayed , or from what I took to be the extractor from the kitchen below.
I was given a welcome and information about the galleries from the proprietor. The room attempts a modern decor but it is never going to be possible to make a thin black carpet look clean. Sheets, towels and the shower were all good.
I wanted to hit the ground running the following morning and as breakfast would not be available until 9.15, I elected for a tray. The 'continental breakfast' consisted of bread products, butter and jam with an apple and a banana thrown in. I expected more than this, particularly in view of the attached restaurant.
All in all, I felt that Rab Ha's was overpriced for what was on offer.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Rab Ha's Hotel
Address: 81 Hutcheson St, Glasgow G1 ISH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > Merchant City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#27 Luxury Hotel in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Rab Ha's Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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