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Wow. So another couple of days have passed and it's been outstanding. On Thursday night we went with our salesman into the town of Locarno, Switzerland. Pretty much everyone there speaks Italian, and many of them don't even speak German--the official language of Switzerland. Because it's 10 or so kilometers from the border, lots of Italians have …
... fun stuff of an airport the time went by really quickly. The flight was packed but thankfully no one took the third seat in our aisle meaning I got to look out the window without trying to look past some one. I really enjoy seeing the world from above.
It was a smooth flight and we landed in Reykjavik right on schedule.
... was quick. I showed my documents and breezed through. My bags came through without a problem. We had a bus take us to the hotel. I was a bit tired after I unpacked my bags. I think the jet lag was finally starting to creep in and my body was saying it was only 2 or 3 am even though it was 8 am. I took only a short nap to avoid not being to sleep the next night. Well that's pretty much travel day in a nutshell!
... floor and had the typical selection I had been accustomed to having on the trip. I didn’t find anything suitable to throw into my backpack for a snack, so I had to be content with what I could find.
We left Liverpool at 8:45 and headed north through the countryside of Lancashire. Our first destination was the Lakes District, which is a mountainous region in North West England. It measures 900 square miles, has 16 lakes, and is a popular ...
... from the retreat and had given the local supplies of whiskey quite a nudge. But Charlie decided he knew best and unfortunately for him the battle was over within an hour. The English decided that they didn't want any more trouble in future from the Scots so they polished off all of the wounded as well. This vignette offers some little trivia titbits or conversation starters. The term "hillbilly" derives from those highlanders who supported ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Glasgow
We frequently stay at the Hilton Glasgow; whenever we have to go to Glasgow on business it is our first choice of Hotel. I love it - the decor, the brightness, the spaciousness, it is an absolutely beautiful hotel.The staff are courteous and helpful, the concierge is wonderful, as are all the porters who always make me feel very welcome. I asked for a spare pillow and it was with me in 2 minutes flat. The bedrooms are without fail immaculate. I must agree though with another comment, that the entrance is a nightmare to find!! Now we have visited a few times we know our way in, but the first time - well! we went round and round for ages. Some clear, large signposting would be really beneficial. I'm sure the hotel have lost guests to the Marriott because they couldn't find the way in. I love this hotel and have nothing but the highest praise for it. I will never stay in another hotel in Glasgow unless the Hilton falls down. May that never happen.
I stayed at the Hilton, Glasgow a couple of years ago and paid in excess of £300 for one night for a basic room. For that kind of money I might have expected decent service but found my rubbish bin had not been emptied from the previous occupant and had dirty cotton wool and a considerable amount of long, dark hair in it.
Although we don't go on holiday often I have stayed in many of the worlds best hotels but I can now also say I've stayed in the worst.After an hour and a half of search we eventually found the entrance after asking baffeled police tourice info people and just people off the street we finally arrived following the limo of steps who had been playing at a concert that night.l When we arrived it took a further half hour to park as we had been forced to follow the limo through the servies entrance to find the way in which rendered the car park inaccesible. Then we had the reception left unattended while the staff asked for autograhs. We got to the bedroom to discover that after paying for a movie we couldn't get any sound above level 10/100 renedering our pay movie also useless but no refund. The next morning our room service breakfast failed to arrive and we were forced to go down to the poorly furbished dining room to be served with scrambeled soup and three sausages which would appaer to have been fossilised in copacted fat and grease.We visited glasgow three more times that month each time we went to the marriott next door no problems no celebrties and an excellent breakfast.
We stayed the weekend 5-7 March. The hotel is away from the City Centre and looks out on M8 motorway. It fully justifies its 5* and my wife and I would not fault it at all. On foot there is an unclear unimposing entrance from Waterloo Street, some 15 mins walking from Glasgow Central. We had room 1812 on Executive Floor, thanks to our Gold Card in the Hilton frequent customer programme. This was well equipped, including ADSL socket had I had my portable PC with me. Camerons is a fine restaurant (as was Rogano, downtown). Hotel leisure centre has a wide 15 m pool open 06.30 every day. Doorman (same name as me, Alan) is a delight - as another commentator has noted. But for its off-centre location, this is definitely a hotel to re-visit. The Marriott and Holiday Inn were adjacent to the Hilton, if readers want alternatives in the same location.
Average four star property
The hotel is fine for a four star property (three stars if you are American) but don't go expecting anything more. There wasn't anything luxurious about this place at all, even Camerons the much hyped fine dining restaurant was very basic in terms of its food and service. The bellman was a real gem and Glasgow is well worth a visit, the architecture is amazing.
Wonderful staff and facilities , a real pleasure to experience this level of hospitality and kindness. Thank you to all.
Overpriced and poor service
Very disappointing evening and overnight stay. Cost of a function we were attending was over-priced, tables were crammed into the room, service both to table and at the bar slow and sloppy, no glasses cleared from the table until someone complained. Manager of the function unresponsive to complaint. Overnight stay was ok, room was lovely. Long queue for a table at breakfast & then for the food itself.
Skipped the toast 'cos you have to make it yourself. This hotel is not at all what I would expect 5* to be - it's a long way from acceptable.
A real treat
great service, food and value! not the best location but only a short taxi ride to city centre. hotel facilities are fantastic and the staff couldn't be more helpful. give the mini bar a miss - a tin of coke costs £1.95 !! bathroom was lovely, clean and spacious with a really powerful, hot shower. 3 restaurants in hotel which you should really make a reservation for in advance, weekends can be VERY busy! the car park at the hotel is very small and is open to other people, not just guests so getting a space is pot luck.
At my visit to the Hilton I found the staff were truly fantastic! The girls at the front desk were extremley friendly and bursting to make your stay special. The rooms were spacious and the views amazing. (Ask before booking to stay in a high floor overlooking the Clyde). The hotel had 2 restaurants and a bar, which I unfortunatley didn't get a chance to visit. As renowned the Hilton can be slightly pricey, a continetal breakfast for 2 was over £30! The hotels location to the city centre is not in a desirable area and I do not reccommend walking here late at night. A taxi from the front door to the city centre is only £3 and well worth the cash. The health facilities were great and staff again very helpful, a pool, spa, sauna/steam room and gym are on the lower ground floor.
Standards are slipping
Have stayed here twice was great in 2001 but after returning in 2002 very disapointed from the fridge not working and the maintenaince man nearly electrocuting himself while attemting to replace it and large queues for breakfast and in general looking a bit tired and the staffs response to complaints we have been very busy not good enough