There was a time when the name "Hilton" was synonymous with luxury and quality.
Sadly, not any more.
The Hilton Garden Inn illustrates the inconsistent contemporary fate of this hotel chain. They've simply swallowed up a number of small independent hotels (this was originally the Mint Hotel) and given them the 'name', if not the trappings, of the brand of yesteryear.
There's nothing particularly wrong with this hotel - but then again there's nothing particularly right either. The rooms are small-ish (nothing new there). The view from the window, if you're in an odd numbered room, is grim (nothing new there) and the television and internet provision is poor (again, nothing new there).
There's no bath, no mini bar and no complimentary newspaper. The buffet breakfast is the usual stewed fayre - although certain items are made to order and there is a DIY 'waffle station'(!!) although I never actually saw anybody use it. That benchmark of Scottish hotel breakfasts - Haggis (anecdotally only really eaten by tourists and certainly never for breakfast) is poor, tasting more like Paxo stuffing.
If you just want a place to put your head down after a visit to the SECC or Hydro (which are both conveniently next door) then this place is absolutely fine. But, if like me, you've been 'put here' for days on end over several weeks, it just doesn't really hit the mark. In fact if you're looking for that 'home from home' or 'fun' experience (I'm thinking the Malmaison in Manchester), then this hotel really misses the point completely. Let's start with the basics...You can't call yourself the 'Garden Inn' if there isn't a piece of greenery within viewing distance and you can't include 'City Centre', if you're a good fifteen minutes walk from the main railway station. The decor is a little tired and very functional - and the lighting in the rooms is, well, 'fierce'. There's not a lot of shade here.
But let's not be completely negative. After all, for some bizarre reason, this was voted 'Business Hotel of the Year 2012' at the Scottish Hotel Awards. Something that probably says something dreadful about Scottish 'business' hotels or, more likely, the business people that stay in them. The saving grace has to be the staff, who are always very helpful and friendly - absolutely charming. The bed is a reasonable (if not generous) size and is quite comfy with an adequate supply of good varying density pillows. So no complaints there. The shower is efficient (albeit a tad underpowered.
I just wish I didn't feel like a business pigeon put in an appropriate hole.
Still, I better not complain too loudly. They're building a Premier Inn across the river and since our accounts department believes in seduction by price, this will no doubt be my next port of call. So, on reflection, I think the Hilton Garden Inn City Centre Hotel is an excellent hotel. A veritable diamond in the rough and definitely worthy of our support.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our award-winning hotel, situated on Glasgow’s River Clyde, is just minutes away from the SEC Campus and SSE Hydro. In the heart of Finnieston, we’re perfectly located for exploring all that Glasgow has to offer including shopping, museums, botanic gardens and eclectic nightlife. After a busy day, relax in your contemporary guest room and look out across the riverbank through floor-to-ceiling windows. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi or unwind in front of the 42-inch TV. Enjoy casual dining at the newly refurbished Recess, our relaxed bar & restaurant which offers seasonal cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Dine indoors or al fresco on the outdoor River terrace, complete with spectacular views of the river and beyond. For those travelling on business, our hotel is within easy reach of the business district. Our flexible meeting rooms are perfect for conferences, meetings or private dinners. Local and national rail networks are within 5 minutes and Glasgow International Airport is only a 15-minute drive away. Keep up your fitness regime during your stay, our high-tech Precor gym is available free of charge, 24-hours a day. Guests can enjoy on-site car parking (fees apply) and bus service picking up from the front of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Glasgow
- Glasgow City Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre Scotland