Stayed overnight after an evening event at the SECC and for that, this hotel worked out very well indeed, with one small reservation (see below). Its biggest advantage is its position adjacent to the SECC but the poor connections to the public transport system that that location suffers is also a potentially significant drawback.
We would confirm what the majority of other reviewers report - despite the moderate age of the building, this is a very well re-finished and furnished hotel, offering spotlessly clean, well-equipped rooms, outstanding breakfasts, and helpful staff. The location is ideal for the SECC. The hotel has a decent amount of car-parking space and is a lot nearer to the hall and auditorium entrances than many parts of the SECC's own car parks. It is also within a short walk of the (mostly media-related) businesses on the south bank of the Clyde opposite the SECC.
Our one slight disappointment was that the bar (and reception area which serves as overflow) was nowhere near big enough to hold the crowd which descended on the place after the show. Not exactly surprising, but if you hope for a quiet drink, you could be out of luck.
The main drawback is that the area around the SECC is still undergoing refurbishment. Apart from the SECC itself, a few hotels and restaurants, some residential blocks and a handful of warehouses, the area south of the Clydeside Expressway and west of the Kingston Bridge is an empty wasteland. The huge SECC carparks only add to the rather desolate feel. It's at least half a mile from the hotel to the nearest part of the central shopping district. Walking through the area is no fun, but as the SECC is unaccountably not served by any of the city bus routes, there is no alternative other than a car or taxi, which rather limits the value of the hotel's free car park.
[By the way, lest a previous reviewer's comments confuse, the Glasgow subway does not go anywhere near this location; I suspect s/he refers to the regional railway station - a quarter mile or so along a walkway from the SECC exhibition hall entrance offering connections to Glasgow Central station. Be aware that it's only a little further to the more frequently served bus stops on Argyle Street.]
- 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 our bar & restaurant, offering seasonal menus prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Dine indoors or al fresco on the outdoor 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
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