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Day 15 was a day of travel and as our son Elliott pointed out before we left home "don't plan anything on a day of air travel" and so we didn't. Although it is only a short flight (two hours) to Iceland, it is nevertheless considered an international flight and therefore you are required to be at the airport at least 2.5 hours before the plane takes off and go through all the necessary security protocols that are now compulsory ...
We had a short stay in Glasgow so there isn't much to update you on, but I thought I would make a post anyways so that my next entry wasn't a mile long! We made it to Glasgow on Tuesday afternoon as showed up to our hostel right before check in, so we ran to the grocery store and grabbed some food to make for lunch! Our hostel that we stayed in was HUGE, it might as well have been a hotel! There was a massive ...
... and up the stairs into the lounge. Easy. Very nice ship. Just had fish and chips with mushy peas for lunch. Love mushy peas. They tell us that it is a one to two metre swell. Don't think it's any good for surfing, Daryl. Haven't seen any so far. Lots of white caps though. Absolutely no engine noise and it seems a very smooth ride... You just sway from side to side as you walk. We arrive in an hour and ...
... cunning plan we came up with. LOL Once the motor home was returned to its rightful owners we got back into our own car and boy did it seem small. We took off down the road to a hotel we were staying at for the night. Dropped our bags off and then went literally across the street to the camp site Gill and Bryan were staying at. After a bit of a confab we headed into Glasgow where we visited old family haunts of Gill and Gail's ...
Even though my flight didn't leave Glasgow until 9am, I still had to wake up very early. I had pretty much gotten ready the night before so no matter what I would be ready in the morning.
The first flight I took was from Glasgow to Newark. The plane left on time and everything went smoothly as I remember. I remember a neat thing that happened was that I was in an aisle seat, and there was no one sitting in the middle. The ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison Hotel Glasgow
Was rather worried after last few reviews that we'd made a mistake booking this hotel for a Birthday weekend in December, especially with us being well-travelled fusspots, but fortunately our worries were in vain !
The Hotel is really interesting in that it's built in an old Greek Orthodox Church, extending into a building next door. As a result, there's a great atmosphere when you enter the lobby, which is in the Church part itself
Past this, there's a glamorous-looking 'Champagne Bar' and this is viewed below as you stand at the top of a metal spiral-staircase which goes down to it. Above there's a glass roof over the bar itself. The restaurant is in a room off the bar, which is in the churchy part so is dark and atmospheric.
Despite booking thro' Laterooms, we asked if it was possible for a good room due to my celebrations - we got a lovely sized ground floor room overlooking the road at the side of the building.
The furnishings in the room were stylish in purple and cream checks and in reasonable condition. The CD player was a great asset as we'd brought some CDs and the filter coffee packs supplied were delicious especially when accompanied by the home made mince pies left in the lobby for guests on the Sunday night.
We found our stay to be really relaxed & chilled - the breakfast was excellent, if a little expensive (£12) but it was my birthday - Eggs Benedict highly recommended.
We found the staff really helpful, efficient and accommodating. A message delivered by a friend was awaiting me on arrival; the room request was instant; the cleaner went out of his way to get us more of the delicious coffee for us and when we asked the Reception to help us spring a Birthday surprise for my sister (same birthday as me), they were more than happy to help.
Location-wise ? It's about 10 mins walk downhill to the centre, but close (but not too close) to Bath St & Sauchiehall St in a very elegant area of Glasgow - from one of the junctions near to the hotel you can see mountains to North up one street & mountains to South of the city looking down the other side
Any downside ? Just a few things - furnishings were fine but carpet had a few stains in our room and the busy road outside the room was noisy at times - esp if you opened the veranda glass doors(windows) slightly. If you have a car, parking is a problem as you need to park on street outside & purchase ticket from meter (std Glasgow Street rate) - parking's free on Sunday, but not Mon - Sat up til 6
However, this would not stop us from definitely returning again. An excellent Birthday Weekend !
We stayed November 4th and were very disappointed with the room - on the small side, chipped furniture, draughty, and stained shower curtain. Very expensive for what it was. Apparently it is being refurbished in the next couple of months - about time too.
Stayed here for a weekend for my boyfriend, and we were pretty disappointed. Our room was really very small and the decor was looking pretty tired. There were stains on our shower curtain, the toilet seat was badly cracked and the decor in the room itself just looked a bit old and like it needed some re-vamping. Other than that, the staff were friendly but like many hotels breakfast was not included and costs a fortune! All in all, I would not return. There are lots of new trendy hotels in Glasgow and Malmaison is going to have to raise its game to keep up.
My husband and I just wanted to spend one night in a "nice" hotel, so booked the Malmaison. It was fine, but just that. The room was okay - but nothing special. The decor in the place was dull and dark - we could see no real plan to the style of the place. Perhaps that is "trendy". Staff were friendly enough, but I am afraid we will not be returning.
Great if you're looking for business
When I checked in, I was assigned an accessible room, which was spacious enough but I did not ask for this and all the fixtures and fittings in the bathroom were close to the floor in pretty inaccesible places for a 6'2" male. That said, it was clean enough, and the bed was very comfortable, although otherwise the room was nothing special. In fact, "nothing special" sums up my experience of this hotel quite accurately. It was very cold when I was there and the hotel is to say the least, a bracing walk from the city centre. Also, it is impossible to walk any more then 3 blocks from the hotel in any direction after dark without being made various unsolicited offers from not so young ladies who look as though they could do with a jolly good bath. In fairness, this is a problem in all parts of central Glasgow. I have stayed at the Hilton before and whilst the Malmaison gets one thumb up, I would recommend the Hilton as the first choice for your visit to this handsome city.
Almost perfectly chilled!!
As a single female business traveller, I loved this hotel. The rooms are not massive, but there's lots of hanging and storage space. Open the wardrobe and you also find the iron and board, and kettle, tea, herbal infusions, coffee and hot chocolate. There's a CD Player above the mini bar and the Mal even provides it own CD - very chill out. Lots of lovely toiletries in the bathroom and the snacks and ready mix cocktails in the minibar are irresistible! The food in the restaurant and I can recommend the eggs benedict for breakfast. The Reception staff are all friendly and helpful. The only small negative might be that there is a bit of road-noise, depending on what room you get. In any case, I will definately be back!
Wow - what can I say about this fantastic hotel. Great rooms, great beds and CD players. CD library could be doing with a few more CD's but the Malmaison music is OK. Location is perfect for both business or pleasure. I brought my partner and they could walk to main shopping and art quarters within 5 minutes. The staff are incredibly friendly but i suppose you can give that perosnal touch in a smaller hotel as they don't have too many people all wanting attention. Food was brilliant and the ambience in their Brasserie was strangely french and laid-back.
v.v.v.v good hotel.
Not for the Driver !
Nightmare to find in car around Glasgow's one way system, then no parking at all at the hotel, you have to park 15 - 20 mins walk away in an expensive NCP. The rooms themselves are of a good standard if a little small. Nice enough place to stay if you are on public transport.
Wonderful hip hotel
I've stayed at Malmaison twice now, on 2 trips to Glasgow about 2 years apart. Both times it was great. The hotel is quiet, friendly, and very comfortable. The rooms are a good size, distinctively furnished, with great amenities like cd players in the rooms. Any hotel whose "do not disturb" sign for the door actually reads "Leave Me Alone" is ok by me. ;)
Hint: call the hotel directly for the best rates, I've found better prices by calling them then I have online or via travel agents.
Fantastic. Not cheap but great location, wonderful rooms, lovely beds, great decor and the staff were really helpful.
Not a great collection of CD's though - take your own!