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Hey all! So, landed in Glasgow early this morning. Had a pretty decent trip, and I am definitely ready to get started.
I looked like a failed backpacker when I was trying to find my hotel - I had a large pack on my back, and one on my front. I felt like I should be holding up a sign explaining why they were ...
... our room rate! So full cooked breakfasts for us with cereal, toast, juice and tea. Safe to say we ate enough to not have lunch. We spent the morning walking around town, looking in a few shops to avoid the rain and stopped at George square to have some lunch (hot soup). Then we walked down to Tennet's brewery to see if we could go on the tour, the tour started in an hour so we filled in some time by walking around to the cathedral and the graveyard. We came back ...
We get up early , pack up all our stuff, tidy the house (including taking a plunger to the blocked kitchen sink!!), and Hoover the car. By 0930 we're on the road up to the summit of Haleakala. Leianna had given us a top tip for an easy trail with spectacular views. And the weather is very much with us. The summit of the dormant volcano is very often shrouded in cloud. But not today. It's crystal clear. Cloudless blue skies and warm sun. Stunning. I find the road up ...
... coats, not the ratty-looking lot we have been enjoying on our trips up north.
We enjoyed a lovely two-hour walk around the estate before 11am, when the Burrell Collection opened, enjoying watching the Glaswegians get so much pleasure from the place, which was filled with runners and dog-walkers and horse-riders. (We didn't see the latter, but certainly stepped in the results quite a lot - and just after I had cleaned my boots so well!)
... were all talking the people around. One guy was lying on the ground not moving from what I could see. I didn't want to hang around so kept walking through the park. Found a big stature and walked on the big green house. Walked around and looked at the plants then went and had a scone with my last penny's. the. Walked through to the big cool fountain before walking down the path to find the palace bit couldn't so walked past this really cool building before waking past ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Buchanan Hotel Glasgow
Nice city shame about the hotel!
I do not like writing negative things about places but if I am honest, I would NEVER stay here again. Firstly, on arrival I was put in a room with floor boards that moved and electrics that must have been installed by a blind man! After the receptionist phoned me to say there was a problem with the room (did she know to start with) I was moved to another room which was slightly better. However, regardless of the room you have you will both hear and feel the tube trains as the hotel is smack bag over the tube line. Don't plan on sleeping as if the tubes don't keep you awake, the noise from the street will as its in a busy high street.
One final point that put me off was finding a pest control box behind the wardrobe.
I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU THINK AGAIN BEFORE STAYING HERE!
Having read the reviews for the Buchanan we were very worried as we had booked with two other best friends to spend our first Christmas away in 40 years. But our worries were completely unfounded.
First class food
I stayed in the hotel at new year excellent location and first class meals similar to the standard of food expected in four star delux establishments. My overall impression of the hotel was that the staff try so hard to exceed customer expectations. The rooms were very clean & comfortable. Looking foward to seeing you all next time round.
Had a superb 2 night stay in this hotel, it is so handy for the shops being smack bang in the city centre. Bedroom was very clean and had everything I needed including bags of hot water. The breakfast was also great - a huge selection of both hot & cold dishes. Would go back anytime. The staff always had a smile on their faces.
Had the misfortune to stay at this hotel a few weeks ago. Thought it was going to be great due to location. It was for 5 minutes! Realisation set in when we tried to open windows to get some air. Only one window opened but had to be propped up by the Gideon bible, (sorry)!
I read the first four reviews here with great sadness; I'm genuinely sorry others had such a bad time here, and had I read these reviews before booking my travel I wouldn't have stayed there at all. Fortunately, I didn't, and I actually had an experience quite contrary to the other posters. Yes the rooms are small, but that's true of pretty much every hotel in Europe. It was clean, comfortable and reasonably well-appointed. It wasn't a suite at the Savoy, but then it wasn't intended to be, either.
Who needs sleep anyway!!!
I stayed here with my daughter - thankfully for only one night, otherwise we would have lost the will to live!
It was dirty, smelly, noisy (you name it, it was it!)
There were 4 beds in our room with a spacious 10cm gap between each one.
There was no remote for the TV, but a train horn sounding regularly to keep us awake!
The sink in the bathroom didn't drain properly at all (lovely).
All in all it was a lesson in everything a hotel should not be. My daughter is currently receiving counselling after the experience, I am hoping the nightmares will stop soon!
Do not stay at this place unless you are studying horrible hotels!
I was very concerned about staying in this hotel after reading the two previous reviews. However, my husband and I were going to the British Open and all the other hotels in the area were booked. We stayed there July 17-18, 2004. The only reason I went back for a second night was because we couldn't find another hotel. This hotel was the only low point in our otherwise wonderful vacation. It is very dingy. The beds are lumpy and the bathrooms are very old. There is a very loud bar next door that plays music until all hours of the morning and because it is located on a pedestrian mall the people are out partying and yelling until 2-3 in the morning. We had to keep our windows open because we were on the fourth floor and it is very warm up there. The only positive thing I can say about the hotel is that it is in a good location to catch the train. It is just a few minutes walk to Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street Stations.
This hotel overbooked my reservation & was totally uninterested in my plight.
With Glasgow very busy they suggested a run down b&b with no -ensuite, no facilities miles out of town.
They didn't care where I slept as long as I got out of their hotel.
Avoid at all costs
Awful place. First, it is located on a pedestrian mall, so if you drive you have to park on the street and not remotely close. Bear that in mind if you have lots of luggage that you don't want to leave in the car overnight! Second, even though we called ahead to ensure that we had a double bed, we ended up in a room with three twins. That was after the first room they gave us that already had someone staying in it! Third, despite how nice it looks on the website/brochure, it was REALLY shabby/grimey - could easily be a flophouse. Fourth, it's one door down from a very loud 24 hour karaoke bar with bright neon signs!