We had tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert at The Hydro and wanted a hotel within easy reach. Travelling from Edinburgh, the hotel was very easy to reach from the M8 - just turn off when you see the sign for the SECC. It then takes less than a minute to reach the hotel and stick the car into the car park.
Reception was quite busy as the hotel was hosting a large conference but thankfully plenty staff were on duty to help with getting the visitors registered. Our room was at the end of a corridor and we were delighted to find the room in excellent condition - very clean and two large comfortable beds.
Had a nice meal and drink in Chats Bar before heading off to The Hydro. We had asked for directions at reception and they gave us a useful map and very simple instructions on reaching The Hydro on foot (only 15 minutes away).
The brilliance of the concert was matched by the most solid, peaceful sleep I have had in a city centre hotel. The sound-proofing was brilliant - not a sound from outside or from any other rooms, bed was very comfortable. Totally relaxing.
Due to the conference, the hotel posted signs that breakfast was expected to be especially busy between 9am-11am and suggested an earlier or later breakfast might be advisable. We decided to wander down about 10:15am, ready to go back to our room if it looked like mayhem. No risk of that - the American restaurant manager was doing a great job of keeping the queue moving. Despite the pressure, he greeted all customers with enthusiasm and politeness - he reminded me of the excellent customer service we have seen in some Times Square hotels in New York. What a great advert he is for Marriott. We were shown to our table and immediately offered tea/coffee by an efficient waitress. The breakfast choice was extensive and tasty. We felt totally refreshed and ready for the day ahead by the time we had finished.
Checkout was fast and efficient and a great visit was rounded off as we were leaving the front door with our overnight cases. A young lad in a golf buggy-style cart asked if we were going round to the car park. When we said "yes" he invited us to jump aboard with our bags and then took us round and dropped us off right beside our car.
It was great to see Andrea Bocelli perform so well at The Hydro and we will remember the evening for a long time. The whole weekend, however, was completed by the enthusiasm, courtesy and professionalism of all the staff we encountered at the hotel, including the polite cleaners. Top marks though have to go to the breakfast restaurant manager who seemed to be enjoying every minute of his job despite the very busy weekend the hotel had. A delight to be served by him.
- 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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