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“Good location, comfortable no frills rooms, very friendly staff and above all excellent value”
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Kelvingrove Hotel
Ranked #67 of 93 Hotels in Glasgow
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good location, comfortable no frills rooms, very friendly staff and above all excellent value”
Reviewed 25 October 2010

This is a small bed and breakfast hotel which we chose because of its location and reasonable tariff. It is 10 minutes walk to the Kelvingrove museum and art gallery and 10 minutes by bus/taxi to the centre of Glasgow and there are good eateries in the vicinity. I stayed for 3 nights with my husband and adult son during a very cold spell. Our rooms although not spacious were warm and clean with comfortable beds and well equipped. We had a double room at the back which we chose because it was quieter. The downside was it was not very light. Our son had a larger room at the front which we were advised could be noisy at night but he had no problems. There was free wireless internet connection for our laptops in the reception area. The breakfasts were excellent. The receptionists were very friendly and helpful. This hotel is superb value for money

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

This hotel is easily reached by bus 747 from the Airport. Just ask the driver to point it to you. Our driver was very helpful!
The location of the hotel is very good. Close to numerous restaurants and just a short drive from all the shops.
Our room was in the basement also but nicely decorated with tea/coffee facilities and some biscuits. The heating was on low but you can turn it up if you feel cold. We did not have any problems with hot water. The toilet made loud noises but as we did not use it at night it did not bother us.
Breakfast was tasty.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again on our next visit to Glasgow.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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St Albans
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 October 2010

Chose this hotel because of its proximity to the Scottish Exhibition Centre (SECC) - it is an easy fifteen minute walk. Good location generally - many restaurants in the area and Kelvingrove museum is a short walk away. 747 bus to the airport stops outside (this is a regular bus, not an express).

Check-in was fine and our luggage was carried to the room. They ask for full payment when you arrive, which may say something about how confident they are that you will complete your stay. Room was small - just space for double bed, single wardrobe and single chest of drawers. Tiny washbasin - the type you usually see in a cloakroom. TV only picked up BBC reliably. Free wi-fi didn't work in the bedroom but OK in Reception.

On the first night we were kept awake until midnight by people in another room talking and laughing, then woken up at 5.30am by guests leaving early. Neither group was really making excessive noise, just that the walls are thin.

Breakast is only served from 7-9am Monday to Friday (8-10 Sunday), so don't expect a lie in. Don't arrive much after 8.45 or you may be asked if you still want a hot breakfast. The breakfast room is small and a consequence of the short serving time is that it can get crowded at around 8.30am - you may be asked to share your breakfast table with other guests. On the plus side service was friendly and portions were generous.

Perhaps because the hotel was crowded there was often no hot water in the bathroom at around 8am (maybe we were at the end of the pipe). OK at other times though.

Good points: Location, proximity to SECC.
Bad points: Cold showers in the morning.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Leicester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2010

I stayed here for 3 mights. It's conveniently in the West End, which is great for food and bars. The SECC is only 10min walk which was ideal since I was there for a conference.

The hotel was clean, service friendly and breakfast excellent. The double room was cozy and clean.

Unfortunately, my room suffered a plumbing failure with a leaky waste pipe on my final night. The staff did there best to make do and I was offered a partial refund.

It was a bad way to finish a stay that held promise.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Athens, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2010

Make sure this is what you want. The price is reasonable, but the Kelvingrove Hotel
is not a hotel by US standards. To me it is an average Scottish country inn. It has no elevator, no lock box in the room, no chain or deadbolt on the room door, and inadequate internet service. Breakfast is included, but no yogurt, cheese, cold cuts, fresh fruit, or croissants. Eggs, pourrage, coffee, toast, and ham are available. But everything is overcooked. Carpet is old and creased and our room was a bit gloomy. However, the price is relatively low, the rooms are quiet, the bed is ok, and the location is great if you want to access Glasgow University or surrounds. Fifteen minute walk to subway, but bus stops in front. A great restaurant, The Sisters, is one block away. Front desk personnel are helpful.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Huddersfield
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2010

OK but not as good as its rating, which I can only assume is a result of their offering a monthly prize draw to people who write Tripadvisor reviews! Not the worst place I've stayed at - convenient for tourist sights, friendly staff and a reasonably furnished room. The breakfasts are below average, as was the TV in the room, the wash-handbasin would only drain very slowly and they have that awful Dove cream instead of soap.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Dingwall Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2010

Was disappointed with this hotel given the positive reviews I had read. Yes, the reception was pleasant and we had no problems with parking, but our room was in the basement, facing the road, and was pretty noisy even during the night. The room was very small but fresh and clean, as was the bathroom. However, the cistern made a terrible noise filling up, and seemed to do this at random at various points during the night, causing a disrupted sleep. Breakfast was good, promptly served by a pleasant waitress from Kent. Fine for one night, but wouldn't be rushing back. If this is rated 6th out of all the hotels in Glasgow, I can only wonder what therest are like.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Kelvingrove Hotel
Address: 944 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G3 7TH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow
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Hotel Style:
#37 Business Hotel in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kelvingrove Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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The Kelvingrove Hotel, located in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street, is a three star guest house offering exceptional service and excellent accommodation. The hotel is run by three generations of the same family, all of whom have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, so you can always be sure of a warm welcome at the Kelvingrove. ... more   less 
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