One night a the Bellhaven - a hotel near the end of a really stunning terrace of mansion townhouses, just across from the botanic gardens and a short throw from the West End bars, restaurants and shops.
A really kind and helpful chap on the front desk - hoteliers everwhere take note, it makes a huge diffference when staff are friendly. It can make a bad stay bearable and a good stay a great one.
The hotel itself is comfortable enough but almost a victim of its own prime assets - The building is stunning and the location is ideal, basically a millionaires row. But it is an old building and although the bar/breaskfast room looks fairly opulent, there is an air of slight wear about the place. I could be slightly unfair here because I know very well how hard it can be to bring old victorian and georgian terrace houses to the highest modern standards... and the truth is that it involves nearly all of the interior being stripped out and rebuilding. Massively expensive, time consuming, disruptive and dirty job. It's just that although the hotel is really fine for most people, it is incongruous on a terrace of pristine multimillion pound properties and extermely expensive cars. I can't help feeling that whoever owns this could be thinking that with the right level of investment, they could easily be trebling their prices and fully maximizing on their location.... personally I think that as things stand it represents very good value, but I wouldn't be surprised to find other people miffed at cheap shower curtains, rawlplug holes in the bathroom tiles, poor sound insulation through the floors/ceilings, cheap plastic plants at the entrance etc.. if the expectation was that they were staying somewhere upmarket.
One more issue was the breakfast. A perfectly adequate breakfast buffet table was laid, but spoiled by easily the worst scrambled eggs I have ever seen in my life. They really did cook the hell out of some of the cheapest, palest, most tasteless eggs in the universe. It was like being served hot polystyrene on toast... only the toast wasn't toasted. It was just bread. Very strange and slightly embarrassing because the chap who served us was again very kind and friendly. Just a bit of advice if you guys read this - spend a little more for good, fresh free range farm eggs, scramble them loosely with butter and a little milk to a soft vivid yellow, serve them over good, white, freshly cut bread... toasted to a golden colour and buttered generously. Cross a couple of chives over the top and people will love you for it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the cosmopolitan west end of Glasgow, a few minutes walk from Byres Road where there are some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutique shops.All the rooms at the Belhaven Hotel are spacious and tastefully appointed. Room facilities include a hairdryer, while most also have Freeview TV and all come with wireless internet access.Situated overlooking Great Western Road and the Botanic Gardens, the hotel is only 10 minutes' drive from the city centre and 25 minutes' drive from Loch Lomond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belhaven Hotel Glasgow
- The Belhaven Hotel Glasgow, Scotland