I'm going to have a moan at Tripadvisor now and this will be a recurring one because it's starting to annoy me. Having a scale of 1-5 stars which jumps from average to very good feels like too much of a blunt instrument to me. Can we please graduate to marks out of 10?
Anyway, to the hotel, which is certainly better than average. The Marriott is good and deserves its official 4-star rating. It's reasonably central, like 10 minutes walk from Glasgow Central Station. It's near the river and, although it is very close to the motorway that snakes through the middle of the city, the traffic noise is not a problem. All rooms are effectively quadruple glazed, with 2 sets of double glazing which can be opened for ventilation. We had a deluxe room which was quite spacious and had a queen-sized and very comfortable bed. Interestingly enough, we had to change rooms soon after we arrived but I didn't see this as a detractor. We weren't happy with the room we had (internal noises from somewhere), phoned down to reception and, within 5 minutes were met by the concierge and rehoused. Very good service.
Breakfast is buffet-style and was very well-appointed as a full Scottish affair, including potato cakes and haggis, but there was a slight issue. We stayed at the weekend and the hotel is quite busy. In fact they have notices on the ground floor saying that breakfast is served from 7-12 and gets busy between 9-11. Clearly they are encouraging people to breakfast outside of peak hours. Both days we had a short wait to be seen to a table, which wasn't too much of a problem, but we did notice that quite a few tables took time to be cleared. I think one more extra staff or better organisation could have sorted that out.
Another reason that this hotel didn't quite hit top marks was that the water pressure wasn't that brilliant, a bath took ages to fill, and I think that's the sort of thing they should be trying to address. The decor was fine in the place but generally I think the hotel is maybe showing its age.
Reception staff were all excellent and the room was spotlessly clean.
I would recommend people to use the Marriott as overall we enjoyed our stay.
I would also recommend the Piccolo Mondo restaurant which is less than 5 minutes walk away up Argyle Street - make a reservation and eat there when you stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a renowned business centre and prestigious shopping, the Glasgow Marriott Hotel puts you in the heart of it all. Our luxury hotel is a five-minute stroll to nightlife, the SECC and one of the best shopping areas outside London. Perfect for business or leisure, the Marriott offers air-conditioned rooms, wireless Internet throughout the hotel, and 12 conference rooms, which can accommodate up to 550 guests for a dinner reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Glasgow
- Glasgow Marriott Hotel Scotland