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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Ranked #34 of 95 Hotels in Glasgow
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Best hotel in Glasgow”
Reviewed 16 August 2012

We've stayed here on a few occasions can honestly say that everything about the place smacks of an understated professionalism from all the staff.
From the doorman to the concierge to the booking staff, they have always been friendly, helpful and efficient without making you feel as if they would sooner be away dealing with other things.
Only once have we had any issue and this was when the room we wer given turned out to be more of a business users room. Smaller than we'd had in the past and contained a large desk. This was a good room if you were on your own in Glasgow for a night or 2, but for 2 people, there wasn't enough storage space.
Rang reception and they arrived within 3 minutes with the passkey to another room and a guy to carry our bags.
The bar is a great place to have a quick drink prior to hitting the town, with a great choice of cocktails, all of which are professionally mixed and reasonably priced.
The breakfast choice is a thing of beauty - brilliant choice of just about everything you could wish for breakfast (and probably some you wouldn't expect).
All in all, a brilliant place to stay in a brilliant city with friendly and efficient staff - Thanks to everyone at the Blu, hope to see you all soon.

Room Tip: We've stopped on floors 3,4 & 5. On floor 3, try to avoid the rooms overlooking the roof of...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

The thing that sets this hotel apart is without a doubt its staff. The unassuming professionalism and attention to detail of the staff at the Radisson began when I booked a number of rooms on Booking.com (at a reasonable rate of £114 per room) under two separate booking references. Within minutes, the reservations team (Susan and Jasmeet) had contacted me to confirm the booking and check that I had intended to make the second set of reservations (by contrast, I have waited days for a response to email requests from “luxury” hotels elsewhere, and a request to change the dates of my reservation at the Balmoral in Edinburgh was met with a cold, impersonal, generic email). The reservations team also confirmed quickly that my special requests made on Booking.com had been noted, and when members of our party checked in at different times of day, we found that all of those requests (early check-in, quiet rooms away from the lifts, and a baby cot for one room) had been accommodated. I had also informed the hotel when booking that the reservation was for a family gathering to celebrate my brother’s birthday, and he was delighted to find a bottle of prosecco and a handwritten card welcoming him when he arrived at his room – a very nice touch. The service throughout our one night stay was consistent – professional, responsive, and never over-the-top or invasive.

The streets around the hotel are not the most salubrious part of Glasgow, but the location of the hotel is perfect for access to the city centre and Central Station, from which it is literally across the road. Rooms are comfortable and stylishly decorated, although the dark wallpaper of many of the rooms may not be to everyone’s taste and, combined with the generally low lighting, did make the room quite dark at night (it would be very difficult to work comfortably). Room service was as expensive as one tends to expect at UK hotels, but the selection and quality were good, and food was piping hot and was delivered quickly. Breakfast (not included in our room rate) did not feature the most expansive selection, but the choice was reasonable and the quality was very good (poached eggs ordered from the table were cooked perfectly!).

Although I think it’s classed as a five star hotel, in most respects the Radisson feels like a very good four star hotel when compared with true “luxury” hotels elsewhere in the world. That’s not intended to be a criticism – this is a very comfortable, good value hotel in a great location, and although I can’t speak from experience, I would imagine that it would be hard to beat in Glasgow (and my brother stated that he preferred it to the rather over-the-top service of the Hilton). It may not have the bells and whistles of some five stars hotel, but far more importantly, it has five star staff and service – and for that reason is my new first choice in Glasgow.

Room Tip: Request a room with lighter coloured wallpaper than the default dark grey for a brighter feel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

True to the Radisson brand, the Glasgow team also made my stay a relaxing and pleasing one. I'd say this Radisson almost surpassed the Manchester one by providing more individualized service and due to the more originally designed room I got. The only major downside was that the pillows were so uncomfortable I had a definitely stiff and sore neck when I left.

The only other point in need of improvement was the internet connection provided. The wi-fi prevented me from using my company's VPN when I needed it and the wired connection port was dead. Fortunately, I know the provider can do better, so fixing this should not be impossible.

Room Tip: Inward facing rooms are more likely to be quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We had a quick visit to Scotland to meet friends at Largs and we use the Hotel as our base before going on the the Radisson in Edinburgh. On arriving although raining very heavy we received a very warm welcome. Arrangements were made to visit the new Transport Museum to cope with the weather and this was dealt with efficiently and prompt. A wonderful meal was had in the restaurant including the service. The same standard for breakfast for the next two days. Having the opportunity to order special items that they cook fresh, i.e. the scottish kippers were excellent. The Hotel is situated in an excellent position to see Glasgow with the tour bus stopping outside. I stronly recommend this Hotel to Touring Companies as the staff are proud of their opportunities to please clients.

Room Tip: Make it known to the staff what you require and I am sure you will achieve it
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Found this hotel spotless. Staff could not do enough for you and were very professional. Would go back in a minute and was good value! We had dinner in the restaurant and the steaks were fantastic. In the evening we had cocktails which were a reasonable price!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

The hotel is very conveniently located close to the railway Central Station, the airport shuttle bus stop and the main city centre, The hotel is well maintained and the family room we had was an adequate and reasonable size, Despite a glitch with service at breakfast, we enjoyed our stay and would be very happy to return to this hotel,

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Booked this as a birthday treat for my partner. I took the stay only, but it worked out really good value. It's a lovely hotel - the rooms are spacious and very clean. The underfloor heating in the bathroom offers a touch of opulence. The windows are full length too, which could be scary if you are inclined to vertigo. Despite the city centre location and proximity to central station, you do not hear anything in the rooms. The nearby gym is great too and you can do what we did - pop into the Wetherspoon's across the road for breakfast!

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Property: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Address: 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > Anderston , City Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Glasgow
#16 Business Hotel in Glasgow
#17 Romantic Hotel in Glasgow
#18 Family Hotel in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow 5*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trendy and sophisticated, Radisson Blu Glasgow is located in the heart of the culture-rich city. Shopping and popular attractions such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro are all nearby. Each of the 238 elegant bedrooms and suites come with bathrobe and slippers, top-end toiletries and a mini bar. Enjoy the delectable and creative fare of Collage Restaurant offering a unique twist on the British Brassiere, then stop by the two on-site bars for perfectly poured cocktails, wine and beer. When you're not out exploring rejuvenate in the fitness and wellness facilities which include a swimming pool. The exceptional meeting facilities are some of the best in the city, boasting 15 meeting rooms hosting up to 800 people. ... more   less 
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