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Friday morning was an early start, 6:30am (1:30am EST) as we packed up, said goodbye to the owners of Bramble Cottage and made the hour and half journey over to Glasgow to return our car and head to the airport. This was the first time getting to drive through or see any of Glasgow and it looks like a much more modern city ...
... Art Gallery. Christine led us to various art sections and we were in for a treat! Possibly the highlight was to see Salvador Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross" - one of those paintings that simply takes your breath away. Also amazingly moving was a sculpture called "Motherless" which portrays a poor father with his little girl after the mother has died. We also saw two works by Rembrandt, two by Van Gogh, a Picasso painted during ...
... I am honoring those that came before me.
We travelled on through the lowlands of Scotland, and Carmel filled us in on the history of Scotland, including the kings and queens associated with the area, and how the current royal family is connected. She told us that at one time there were four distinctive tribes, the Picts, Angles, Britons, and Scotti. The Scotti tribe became the most powerful and Kenneth MacAlpin I (810-859) became the king of all the ...
... had to pay to attend with whatever the contents of that purse were. There was also a time capsule that couldn't be open until 2028. Everything in this small exhibit seemed to have come from one man's personal belongings from the late 1800. Interesting, but we were very confused as to what was going on. Hanging heads and airplanes, busts of famous people and toddlers, and a coin purse for dinner parties and a time capsule...
We went into the next exhibit, which was for ...
... it was a beautiful building, the infirmary, with a statue of Queen Victoria on it. Behind and around the Cathedral is the Necropolis, a beautiful cemetery with elaborate tombstones covering the hills around the Cathedral.
The first incarnation of the Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow was completed in 1136, and the oldest present part of the building was consecrated in 1197. The present cathedral was built in 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 !
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.
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!