With a last-minute early flight to catch the next morning and the airport hotels all full, Marriott Glasgow ticked the box for convenience. Easily reached from the train station and sitting next to the Kingston Bridge and an underground station, the 302-room, four-star city-centre hotel also provided friendly service and amenities – there’s a swimming pool with sauna and steam room, gym, restaurant and bar, plus function rooms and planners if you’ve an event to organise.
Complimentary on-site parking is a plus, electric car charging stations might come in handy, and pet-friendly accommodation means you can pack your pooch.
From the upper floors there are great views from bedrooms at the front and side, through windows that stretch the entire width of the room – watching strings of car headlights criss-crossing the bridge and the illuminated Clydeside cityscape all around makes for pleasing evening viewing.
My Deluxe room up on the 12th floor served up a cosy ambience on a dreich night with rhubarb-toned striped curtains shutting out the rain, multiple lamps creating warm pools of light, crisp white sheets on the big comfy bed, a flatscreen TV, desk and chair, and two easy chairs.
The bathroom had a bath with overhead shower and complimentary Acca Kappa toiletries, while a fluffy robe and slippers and hairdryer, trouser presses, ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary shortbread added up to everything you’d need for an agreeable stay.
Budget or boutique?
With prices from £86 bed and breakfast per night based on two sharing, if you can get it at that price it’s affordable, but prices vary so check the website for the best deals.
Wining and dining
There’s the hotel restaurant, the Cast Iron Grill, with regionally sourced choices such as their signature burger and steaks and where hot, continental and buffet breakfasts are also served (all £15.50). The Brew Bar Lounge serves lunch, dinner, cocktails and craft beers.
Arriving late on a wet night I opted to eat in my room in front of the TV, choosing from the room service menu. A blue cheese, apple, walnut, watercress salad and warm bread (£10) arrived in no time and I could have gone for smoked salmon, potato and lemon capers (£8), followed by a prime beef burger, bacon and cheddar (£14.50), grilled flat iron chicken (£16) or sirloin steak and chips (£23), among other options. Sides, sandwiches, soups and desserts are also available on the room service menu which carries a £4 tray charge.
Also in the room were shortbread biscuits, teeth-shudderingly tasty tablet and a Tunnock’s Teacake to keep the sugar levels topped up, with an apple to balance it out. A much appreciated bottle of Shetland Reel gin with island botanicals, and tonic, had also been provided to send me off to a blissful sleep.
As well as in the ground floor restaurant, breakfast is served up along with TV and newspapers in the Executive lounge, if your room entitles you to access, as mine did. For those short on time there are coffee and pastries served up to go in the foyer.
Worth getting out of bed for
All of Glasgow and its glories are spread out before you, from culture to shopping to sports venues – the SSE Hydro is a short walk away making the Marriott a good option for gig-goers and the Buchanan Galleries and city centre shops are ten minutes’ walk.
Staying in a Deluxe room, I had access to the Executive lounge a few doors along on the 12th floor and was able to help myself to a buffet breakfast with hot options and there are complimentary drinks and snacks in here to help yourself to at any time. It’s also a good place to access complimentary wi-fi as there’s a charge to use it in the rooms.
A free newspaper can be delivered in the morning and mobile check-in and check-out are also available.
As a solo traveller, the warm welcome and facilities meant I didn’t feel at all lonely and my one gripe was I didn’t stay long enough to make full use of the heated indoor pool and steam room.
Prices start from £86 bed & breakfast per night based on two sharing. Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8RR (0141-226 5577, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gladt-glasgow-marriott-hotel)