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Historical Traveler Reviews Artto Hotel Glasgow
Good location, shame about the noise
Stayed here over New Year so bear that in mind. Location great, very central and easy to walk to city centre highlights.
We were allocated a room at front of hotel on busy Hope St, opposite Central Station. We could hear the tv from next door was well as the lift, which was going at all hours of the night. There was also a lot of noise from the street. Room was pleasant if small and bathroom needed some cosmetic attention but was clean.
While there may be a good Indian restaurant next door we found the smell of food pervaded the corridors and our room, which was a little off putting.
If you want somewhere not too expensive with good location and take ear plugs, this is an ok hotel.
Couldn't be in a better location
We picked the Artto hotel because of its proximity to Central Station and reasonable price. We weren't dissappointed with the location, its just outside the station and within walking distance of the main shopping areas. the rooms were very modern and comfortable, but a little rough around the edges. In the evening we decided to try the adjoining curry restaurant which was great value for lovely food.
In summary I would definitely stay at the Artto again. Its great value, the staff are very friendly and the rooms are, on the whole, lovely. Our shopping trip to Glasgow was a great success and I would recommend both Glasgow and the hotel to everyone.
Great location, good price, clean room
Stayed for three nights in August, 2005. The lobby doubles as a bar/small lounge, but the people at the front desk were cheerful and helpful. Great location (across from Glagow Central train station), room was small but stylish but clean, modern, and comfortable. Note: the hotel is advertised on many web sites as being air conditioned -- the lobby is, but the rooms are not. If a central, city-center location and low price are important, this is a good pick.
Had my doubts
The good thing about this hotel is that it is very central, and it has an affordable price (I paid £51 p.n.). Though its appearance is generally very good, it also offered a handy buffet based Indian restaurant, and its staff was friendly, there are a number of issues.
- Its cleanliness was OK on first appearance only, but on closer inspection I found hairs and stains that were not mine (both bed and bathroom). The bedding had been washed, and the bathroom had been cleaned, but this should have been done better
- The mattresses were poor, with springs sticking out of them.
- The breakfast was good, but an area was designated as continental (don't know why, as it really wasn't). On checkout it appeared I had used continental one morning and was charged an additional £4.50.
- The reception desk is slow, functioning as a bar at the same time and having problems with its computers.
- You cannot really get mineral water in the hotel, while the water is undrinkable (which is the case throughout Glasgow). Nearby shops (station) solved this.
- The double glazing did not keep the street noise out, luckily the street got quiet after 11pm (Wednesday and Thursday, weekend might prove very different). The window framing was poor, causing the noise leak. (I got the idea that more of the hotel had been constructed just a bit too cheap. Would avoid this hotel certainly in a few years time)
- The lift is annoyingly slow
But given the price, I guess things can get much worse. I would have no problem returning here, but probably avoid it during weekends.
Central Location - Clean, Cheerful, 24 Hour Reception
We stayed for one night in the Artto Hotel, Hope St. in Glasgow at the end of July. On arrival we were made feel very welcome and as we had arrived on an early morning flight..they stored our bags away while we explored the city.
The hotel is located directly across from the Central Station in Glasgow..the main bus and train station. There is a great restaurant a few doors up Hope St. called Ad Lib. Continue up this street to the main shopping area and entertainment strip called Sauchiehall St.
Nearby also is Queen St. Station where you can catch the train to Edinburgh.
The hotel was clean, reasonably priced and very comfortable. The night porter we met was very friendly and helpful. The reception is open 24 hours a day and contains a bar stocked with a great choice of drinks. Only fault we had with our room was the shower head leaked a little. Overall i would have no problem in recommending people to stay at this hotel if they wish to explore central Glasgow
Pros - central location. Cons - everything else
I was looking for a nice, centrally located hotel in Glasgow for a night's stay after a concert we were planning to go to at Hampden Park. I found the Artto Hotel on Expedia and thought it fitted the bill. It's certainly central, right across the street from Glasgow's Central Station... that's where the praise ends, unfortunately.
We arrived a bit later than expected in Glasgow so got to the hotel, checked in, dropped off our bags in our room and went straight back out again. It was only when we got back after the concert later that night that I wondered exactly what was going on with this hotel...
1) Got into bed, switched all the lights off in the room but there was still a bright light coming from near the room door. See the first picture for the reason why! The room door had about a 2 inch gap at the bottom of it. I could fit my whole hand out into the hallway with the door fully closed! I suppose it'd be convenient if you order room service... they could just push it right under the door to you.
2) So, I turned over in bed and faced the other way. It couldn't have been more than a few minutes later that I heard voices in the hallway then people going into the room next door. A flick of a switch next door and, once more, my room is lit?!? It turns out, as you can see in the pictures, there's a whopping great hole in the wall going right through to next door's room. Not only am I getting light from their room, I'm hearing every single word they say! If I wasn't already in bed and absolutely shattered, I'd have gone to reception and requested a properly built room.
3) After a broken night's sleep on what turned out to be two single mattresses zipped together (extremely uncomfortable mattresses at that), I got up to get showered, with the intention of spending no more time than strictly necessary in the establishment. I turned the shower on to find there wasn't a drop of hot water to be had. So, I subjected myself to a cold shower to round off a diabolical stay.
In no particular order of annoyance, you might also want to take into consideration:
The noise. We had a room facing Hope Street and, even though the windows seemed to be doubled glazed, they did little to stop the noise of the traffic.
The poor workmanship of the fittings. As you can see it in the pictures, sockets hidden behind unmoveable furniture. Cables just coming out of walls. Electrical wiring just hanging about. Holes in the ceiling where lights have been poorly fitted.
Don't be tempted to turn the tap on in the bathroom to any more than a trickle. The water comes out of the 'designer' tap at an angle that will miss the sink entirely and soak your groin! And if you can manage to get the water in the sink, don't expect it to stay there. The integrated plug wouldn't move a single millimetre, so the water just drained away.
Double check that you get a smoking/non-smoking room, whichever you've asked for. I asked for one and got the opposite.
I've stayed in some very, very nice hotels. I've stayed in some decidedly average hotels. This, unfortunately, was neither. It was easily the worst hotel I've stayed in anywhere in the UK or abroad (and that's no mean feat, I've been on some very ropey package holidays in my past).
My advice would be to think again about staying in this hotel. The Artto is trying desperately to be a 'boutique' hotel and it fails on pretty much all counts. For the same money you'll get a basic but a more enjoyable stay at any of the large chain hotels in the city centre.
Stayed here as I could not get accommodation anywhere. a really fabulous little hotel which is brand new. Rooms are very modern and clean and staff most helpful. Sould definately recommend this hotel and would stay again - with pleasure.
Stylish, and great location!
We stayed in the Artto on a recent girls weekend. If you are going for a shopping trip, then the location is perfect. It is literally two minutes walk from the main shopping street.
The rooms are not massive, but they are clean and bright and adequate for what you need.
The staff are helpful, and they easily accommodated our request to move our friends right next to us, as they had previously been on a different floor.
Above all, for what you get, you cannot beat the price!
Relatively inexpensive, great location
Arrived in Glasgow at Queen St. station and made the relatively short walk to Hope St. where the Artto is located. It was very easy to find and the reception staff was very friendly. My room, a single, was really pretty small, but was very well-maintained and had a sweet flat panel TV in it. Overall, the decor was very modern, but my room lacked a telephone. When I walked in the door, I couldn't really believe how small the place was, but of all the places I stayed on my 2 week trip to Scotlan, I probably spent the most time in this very room. The tv was good and aside from Central Station which is very close, there were several restaurants, bars, and 24 hour convenience stores within walking distance. Overall, the price was very affordable, the location was great, the room was extremely clean, and if you're not expecting overly palatial accommodations, you'll be very happy with the Artto.
Beautiful hotel but
I have visited Glasgow on several occasions and usually choose to stay in the Quality Central Hotel because of it's central location and usual value for money even if it is enormously in need of refurbishment.
On this occasion we decided to try the Artto Hotel because it too is very central and because it is brand spanking new.
Having asked for a twin room for our 2 daughters and a double for my husband and I, we were disappointed to find out they were on different floors.
The twin room (201) was small with no space between the beds, infact the girls shared the same extra large duvet, but the ensuite was a good size with a full bath with shower over it. The room was spotless and had the usual facilities such as hairdryer, LCD TV, tea and coffee etc.
The double room (105) was tiny. The door to the room could not open fully because it hit the double bed which at one side was only about 8 inches from the wall. It was quite awkward to manouver our wheeled suitcase around the bed because the room was so small. The ensuite was also small and did not include a full bath but rather a shower cubicle. This room again was immaculate in presentation but for anyone spending more than a couple of days it might be more than a little claustrophobic.
The main problem with both rooms though was not their size but their position at the front of the building overlooking Hope Street. The hotel is right next to a nightclub and despite the double-glazing it was impossible to get to sleep on the Friday and Saturday nights we stayed there because of the incessant noise.
Despite the points mentioned above I would consider staying there again because it was quite cheap and more importantly very central. I would however specify that I was given a room at the back of the hotel and ask not to be put in room 5 on any floor because according to the staff these are the smallest rooms in the hotel.
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... very nice. A quick word from our Tour Director when we arrived back at the Hotel and YEEHA.
Hee hee..... Last coupla hours has been life changing. We are now in a "smoking room' and have celebrated this with a glass or 3 ..I now sign out knowing I do not have to go DOWN
and outside onto the street to have a last puff. Bliss..
Actually - I am looking at two ice buckets with two empty bottles ... GOODBYE
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