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“A good average for a one-nighter, but a bit tired”
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Clifton Hotel
Ranked #73 of 95 Hotels in Glasgow
Darlington, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
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“A good average for a one-nighter, but a bit tired”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Bedroom and bathroom were nicely sized, comfortable and clean. The bathroom was short on supplies initially but that was remedied. Not a good place for the disabled - entrance steps outside and no lift inside.
The location is good for touristy things to do in the west end, daytime and evening. Noisy at the front with late-night revellers and traffic. The hotel has a small car-parking facility, but if you can't get in there I think you'd be in difficulties.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

i have just stayed there after a 40th birthday night out in glasgow and im already planning another visit soon! price was fantastic, it cos less to stay here in a triple room with 3 full breakfasts than ive paid elsewhere for a double room with no breakfast. staff were lovely, room was luxurious and comfortable, gorgeous old georgian townhouse with many original features as well as modern conveniences, breakfast was good, only complaint was lack of parking, but that didnt put me off, as i will very definitely stay here again and would highly recommend to all.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

The Clifton Hotel is really well located in Glasgow's lovely West End. The Botanic Gardens are over the road and Byres Road with its quirky and different shops is just as near. The staff are friendly and helpful but not in an in your face type of way - just the right approach and tone. The breakfasts are freshly cooked and the hotel is really good value. Rooms are clean, but I would avoid one on the top floor as you (and your suitcase) have to climb 69 steps to reach it.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The room was clean and comfortable, but a bit shabby with peeling paper and uneven, spongy floors. We were in the basement, so that may account for the floors, but reception was friendly and helpful, breakfast was excellent and there was hot water for showers, so can't be too critical. The location is great.

Room Tip: Don't know if the other rooms are better, but the basement rooms are run down, but clean.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Clifton Hotel because of its location (our daughter has just started at Glasgow Uni) and because many of the other hotels in the area were full. We didn't expect too much, and as a result we weren't disappointed. It is relatively clean if a bit tired looking; the breakfast was OK without being memorable; the service was mixed; car parking is very limited. It is a big old Georgian house with a mix of nice antiques and tired tasteless decoration, but it does have some appeal. Our room had a four-poster bed and some fantastic antique furniture, and the bathroom was very big. The windows are big and draughty, and I wouldn't fancy staying in the depths of winter. The breakfast room is way too small, and we had to wait dor a table. Overall it was good basic accommodation and reasonable value for money, and if money is tight and you aren't too fussy then it is a reasonable option.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I won't stay here again - despite the super location, close to Byres Road and the Botanic Gardens, which made me pick this "hotel" in the first place. The Clifton must have been great at some point, but is rather neglected now and needs a great deal of improvement. First of all, water came leaking through the roof in my Swedish neighbours' room, and I could even hear the dripping from across the hall when my door was ajar just before my departure.

Was the place clean? Well... it could certainly have been better, and it did not smell clean at all. Besides, sticky jam spots (I think) were on the table of my room no 5 when I arrived, and remained there during my stay the entire weekend, as I did not attempt to clean myself (since wanted to see whether the staff discovered them - and they did not). The furniture is very basic, and the bed cover had holes in it, but my room was at least spacious. The bathroom was OK and seemed to have been more recently fixed, but it could have been cleaner (- black spots here and there, and a really dusty fan). There were clean towels every day, though.

May main objection is as follows: As an ordinary (and single, female) hotel guest, I was not exactly prepared for sharing a breakfast table with homeless people who seemed to be staying regularly. The breakfast room is too small, as long as breakfast is served from 7 to 9 only. (After 9 it is "full stop": If you do not finish eating up before 9, the kitchen staff won't be too pleased, even during weekends, when most people like to sleep in a little). When most guests arrive for breakfast around 8:30, the room is packed, and you either have to wait - or share a table, as I did. Since many of the guests are residentials (homeless people), I felt rather uncomfortable on my 1st day, being on my own, Not at all the kind of setting you enjoy your breakfast in... OK, I agree that homeless people have to stay somewhere, and that taking in homeless people is probably an OK deal for a small hotel, but I was totally unprepared for the situation and (I repeat) did not feel comfortable at all. If the "hotel" decides to take in regular lodgers / homeless people, why not have TWO separate breakfast rooms, one for regulars / lodgers and one for ordinary hotel guests, and the possibility of having your breakfast a little later? The breakfast itself was no-nonsense OK enough, but way too rushed. I also noticed that on the Sunday morning, some guests did not get their sausages or bacon ("Sorry, there's nothing left"). The kitchen itself... is another issue: The kitchen door was constantly open, and as a guest in the breakfast room, I could hear the conversation where some members of staff loudly criticised other members of staff who were not present at the moment. No, it was not a friendly place at all.

I also complained twice of an alarm going off in another neighbour's (empty) room at strange hours and several times, every half hour for at least a minute - from 23.30 to 01:00, and then it started again at 05:30. I had two nights of really bad sleep because of it, and nothing was done about it when I complained the first time. It seems a lodger had left his alarm clock on before he left for the weekend. Not even ear plugs helped me get my "beauty sleep". When I went downstairs to complain about it around midnight on the 2nd night, there was nobody there, and no response when I knoced on the door to the staff room marked "private". It did not make me feel very safe.

My suggestion: Stay away - or be prepared. I'll certainly book elsewhere next time, even though I may have to pay a little more.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Stayed here for 1 night but were made to feel very welcome. Free car parking very limited and a tight squeeze. Easily accessible to city centre via subway close by. A good selection of shops, restaurants and bars close by.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Clifton Hotel
Address: 26-27 Buckingham Terrace, Glasgow G12 8ED, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > West End
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 95 Hotels in Glasgow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Clifton Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a quiet area of Glasgow's West End, Clifton Hotel is a Victorian town house with free Wi-Fi. Great Western Road is nearby.Each room at Clifton Hotel features Freeview TV and tea/coffee making facilities.There is an elegant TV lounge at the Clifton, as well as antique furniture and a traditional spiral staircase.The Scottish Exhibition Centre and the Royal Concert Hall are within easy reach. There are good public transport links to the city centre. Check in from 3pm to 10pm. ... more   less 
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