I very rarely go the effort of writing reviews for anything! But I think in this instance I need to to stop people from making the same mistake as my friend and I.
Admittedly, with the exception of the reviews on tripadvisor.com it seems as if people generally have quite a good time staying here and seem to have quite a good laugh with the rest of the clientele, but that's certainly not what we experienced staying here! I've done a fair bit of travelling, especially around Malaysia and the east coast of Australia so I'm not averse to staying in hostels and generally find it quite an enjoyable experience, so I have to admit I was quite looking forward to staying here. My friend and I booked ourselves in for three nights as we had tickets for the Radio One Big Weekend gig and were looking for somewhere to stay in town.
The Blue Sky hostel can't be topped on it's location! With it being just off Charing Cross, you're a ten minute walk from Sauchiehall Street and all the bars and clubs. The main reception area looked quite kewl, and not unlike many of the hostels I've stayed in in the past. The staff were nice and after checking in she showed us to our room. However little did I know that the hostel is strewn between two buildings; the second building being just across the street from the main reception.
The second building looks derelict and as we walked down the corridor to our room I was half expecting to trip over a junkie! The eight bedded dorm itself was of a reasonable size, however it smelt foul and there was evidence of water damage all over the ceiling and around the light fittings. The beds were comfortable enough, if not a bit squeaky, and appeared to be fitted with clean enough linen. My biggest gripe with the hostel however was that it didn't feel safe! The main door to the building looked as if it consisted of nothing more than plyboard and the doors into the rooms themselves were only fitted with a single yale lock; which ordinarily wouldn't be a problem however it looked as if anybody could just walk off the street and let themselves in. Which funnily enough may or may not have happened the second night we stayed there!
After returning from the gig on Saturday I found that somebody had stole my bed. Meaning I had to top and tail with my mate! I don't know if the hostel had double booked the room or what; we couldn't tell, as the reception was closed. Which may call into question the professionalism of the place and the service you are likely to receive whilst you stay here. I had considered bringing it up to the staff the following morning, but I couldn't be bothered! I just wanted to leave. Sunday morning, we left before the sun came up. Ditching our keys in the inner door of the main building.
I've trawled through the reviews of this place, and the biggest thing that has came out of this, is this "you get what you pay for" or rather, "it's a hostel not a hotel" thing. Fair enough. Although I don't really hold with it myself. Ten quid a night is a great price, there is no denying that but this attitude seems to me to just translate into a complete disregard for it's customers. What about having a bit of pride in your work and your premises? They should be paying people to stay here rather than the other way around!
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IF YOU ARE NOT A BACKPACKER DONT COME HERE YOU WONT BE HAPPY!!!!! Can i be any clearer than that? . We are a 1 star backpacker hostel in the city centre of Glasgow. We offer basic self catering accommodation at the cheapest price in town! We cater strictly to the 18 to 35 age group. so if you are old and cant climb bunk beds don't come here! If you like to meet people and have a great time you will love it here. We will do our best to make sure you have some fun or we will point you in the right direction to find it! We are 150 meters from the best party street in town. 5 blocks of pubs , bars , casinos, fast food, theatres ect. No children allowed. No grumpy old people allowed. if you are antisocial cheapskate who has to update facebook every 15 seconds because you have no idea ho to communicate AFK and only booked here for the price you will not be happy here. All facilities are shared.All rooms are coed we dont have male or female rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluesky Hostel Glasgow, Scotland