...but what it certainly wasn't was 'budget' in the Commonwealth Games - £450 for two nights bed and breakfast for a double room - and that was booking (and paying) 10 months in advance, before I even knew I had got tickets for my chosen events! However, this may be a similar mark up to all other hotels in the Glasgow area (normal rates would seem to be about £150 B&B for 2 nights) and the place was certainly busy and the staff hard working. Although the entrance and stairs look somewhat seedy, the location was excellent, almost opposite the Radisson Blu Hotel and just beside Central Station - not the most upmarket part of Glasgow by a long way but great for getting to many of the venues for the Games as well as for shopping, sight seeing and eating out.
Our room on the 4th floor was a pleasant surprise - spacious, clean, in good decorative order, good storage, all the facilities you could want and an excellent shower. The bed was comfortable and the hotel itself very quiet although the noise from the streets was another matter, albeit something over which the hotel has no control (even the Glasgow seagulls seemed to be particularly strident). Extra supplies of tea were brought promptly on request and fresh bottles of water and packs of biscuits were supplied daily - which is certainly not always the case in hotels. Breakfast ran very efficiently with a good choice of options. As usual, the hot breakfast buffet was lukewarm but that seems to be the case in most hotels. The waiting staff and chef ensured that supplies of hot and cold items were continually replaced - I never saw any item run out even though the breakfast room was very busy from 7.30 onwards.
Unlike some other reviewers we found the reception staff to be both pleasant and helpful, and we were grateful for the facility to leave luggage. And the 'in-house gym' helped to get rid of a few calories - trotting up and down the 4 flights of stairs as the lift is indeed very slow.
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