Glasgow Marriott Hotel
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All good. recommended.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Glasgow Marriott Hotel
Decent value I suppose at £78 a night including breakfast, but the place does need updating and modernising. The decor throughout looks dated and tired. Air conditioning running at full speed was so noisy it made it hard to sleep. The windows looked like they hadn't been cleaned in months. Room with a king bed in it was on the very small side. Mattress and duvet were comfy enough though. The food is distinctly average. Room service breakfast quality was particularly bad but then again it was "free". The location is OK, about 5-10 mins walk to city centre, although as noted by others, the immediate surrounding area is a bit dodgy. I did walk back on my own at 3am though and had no problems. They lock the doors late at night and you have to ring a bell and state your name and room number to be let in. Staff seemed friendly enough for the most part but the place is let down by a distinct feeling of being stuck in a 1980's time warp. Good value if you get a cheap rate, otherwise there are better options nearby.
We didn't get a good chance to see Glasgow as our tour group arrived at the Marriott at 6 p.m. and left the next morning. The room we had (821) was the normal Marriott quality - excellent, Superior First Class.
A large, wonderfully clean, fresh smelling room with two double beds, 2 upholstered chairs with table, desk and a chair, and good lighting. The washroom had a tub with shower attachment, nice sink with good counter space, all the soaps, shampoos, etc.. The lighting in the bathroom was exceptionally good.
The beds' mattresses, pillows, and comforters were very, very, very comfortable, probably more noticeably comfortable than usual as we were in day 10 of our tour of Ireland & Scotland: the normal mattresses of Irish and Scottish hotels seem to be stuffed with potatoes. It was a relief to be in a Marriott.
The breakfast buffet has an extensive selection of high quality foods and very good service (plus good lighting). There were no poorly washed cutlery or dishes to be found, another relief - everything was clean.
I seem to be rambling on about good lighting - most of the other hotel rooms on our tour had three 40 watt bulbs - one lamp to light up the room, two bedside lamps; dim lighting seems to be the norm in the U.K., the word used to describe it is "Traditional".
All the "good" hotels in Glasgow seem to be located in the same area as the Marriott, on the outskirts of downtown. Our Glaswegian friends warned us that it is unsafe to walk in this neighbourhood at night; no person in our group had any problems but they felt the immediate area was a bit sleazy.
Fantastic Stay at the Glasgow Marriott
Six scouse girls on a hen weekend to Glasgow - it was going to be great anyway!!
We arrived a bit worse for wear on Friday afternoon and were shown to our rooms by the very helpful staff. Our twin rooms had two double beds, that were really comfortable, a decent sized bathroom, a TV, minibar and everything you would expect to find at a Marriott. We got an excellent deal from the Marriott for the two nights bed and breakfast.
We emptied the minibar to put our Champagne in to cool, only to find that should you move anything in the fridge it automatically bills your room!!! So we went to reception to explain who were just so nice about it all and did not charge us for what should have been around £200 worth of drinks and mixers. You have been warned!
We then met downstairs in the bar for drinks. Yes we were nosiy and rowdy, and were wearing ridiculous hen night atire, but the staff just took it all in there stride and welcomed us (not surprising really as we spent so much cash in there!) It is overpriced, but which hotel bar isnt. The conceige came over to us and asked where we going and did they want him to sort tickets for clubs and bars in Glasgow and gave us some tips for a hot hen night in Glasgow. After making a holy show of myself by being carried out by a fireman screaming and laughing and then thrown into the Fire Engine Limo, I think after that point in time we were on first name terms with the front dest and conceige guys.
After Friday "Cheese" Hen we all got up early and went for breakfast. There was everything you could want and more at that breakfast buffet, bacon, eggs, sausages, haggis, salmon, every fruit imaginable there was nothing that they didnt have, you just could not find fault! The waiting staff were so good to us, they kept bringing us pots of tea and coffee, it was great. I think we were in there for about two hours! Nothing was to much trouble for anyone.
We made use of the swimming pool and wet facilities in the hotel during Saturday afternoon. It was clean and generally served it's purpose. My only moan was that there was no jacuzzi - not that we were that bothered but it would have been nice to sit and gossip with the hens in the tub!
The hotel was very busy on the Saturday evening and there was a good atmosphere in the bar, so yes, we continued to spend out cash in there bar for a while before hitting Glasgow again.
Breakfast on Sunday morning was absolutly chocka-block, but the staff were still bright and happy and could not do enough.
All in all it was a fantastic hotel, located near the nightlife and shops of Glasgow. Willy Wood (the owner) was not in the weekend we were (probably a good thing really), I would have liked to have thanked him personally for the helpfulness of his staff who did ensure that we had a brilliant weekend in Glasgow.
I would defo stay at the Marriott Glasgow again and recommend it to anyone.
What a lovely break
It's funny how people can have such different feelings about places they have stayed. We found this hotel to be really delightful. It's about 10 minutes walk from the main shopping routes which gave us a chance to walk off our breakfast which was extensive! We asked for and received our room requirements and we found the staff to be very professional and friendly. The maid service actually checked back with us to make sure the room was ok! Never had that happen before. The only thing I would change would be the lighting around the bar area - very bright! I prefer my bars to be a bit darker! Would definitely stay there again and would recommend it highly. I would agree with the reviewer about getting much better deals from internet sights than directly from the hotel.
Really enjoyed our visit
Visited Glasgow July 2004 and had a chance to stay in this wonderful hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful. The Hotel is so close to all major attractions in Glasgow City Centre especially the wonderful Princes Square shopping mall. We will definatley be back some time and have told all our friends about this great Hotel. Thank you to Mr Wood and all your staff for a wonderfull stay.
Nice if not great
Stayed at the Glasgow Marriott for two nights in Aug '04. High points: nice staff, decent food/beverage in bar area, renovated rooms. Low points: housekeeping "forgot" to clean our room, room service food was horrendous. To the hotel's credit, the general manager addressed these issues after the fact and we were satisfied. I'd try this hotel again when in Glasgow as the rooms were quite comfy and quiet.
Girlie Shopping Heaven From the Marriott As Our Base!
I stayed at the Glasgow Marriott in July with my daughter and had a great time! We had previously gone as a family of four and on this occasion my 15 year old and me were allocated the very same size of room we had the last time but minus the fold up bed for my son! We had a double bed each and I would say the size and standard of the room was above average. I believe there is refurbishment going on at the moment and our room looked updated in decor from the last time we visited.
We couldn't access the leisure facilities as usual from the 1st floor and had to go from the 2nd. This might have been irksome if you had a buggy or something but for us it was no prob really - just gave our legs a work out without going to the gym! The pool was nice and warm and there's a sauna and steam room too. They gym looks well enough equipped if you're into that when you're on a break!!! We got our exercise walking the streets of shops at Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. Great choice of shops in Glasgow! Many places to choose to eat too.
We went on a B&B basis so didn't eat any meals however, the breakfast choice is excellent - continental and cooked - have what you like! We found the staff, especially in the dining room in the mornings to be friendly, approachable and polite. There seem to be staff of a few different nationalities who work there and I personally think this is a good thing.
The only problem I had was one of my own making when I pressed the wrong number for my safe and locked it up completely. A phonecall to reception and maintenance arrived with a nifty electronic machine and sorted it out. I tried to do a quick check out via my television set as reception tends to be busy at that time. However, it showed that I owed money from the minibar which I definately didn't as I took my own and chilled it in the ice bucket (provided - and an ice machine outside the elevator - brilliant!). When I mentioned this at reception it was no prob whatsoever.
The Marriott is well placed a short distance from shopping areas and a short underground trip to the science museum. We arrived via bus to Buchanan Street and took a taxi to the hotel £3.80. On the departure there were taxi drivers waiting at the door and we got our connection with time to spare. I'd go back next weekend if I could!
Loved the Glasgow Marriott
Last July I stayed at the Glasgow Marriott. It was fantastic! Beautiful hotel, food was great. Nice large rooms (which you do not usually get in the UK). All the staff were so very nice and helpful. I am a frequent visitor to Scotland and I will now only stay at the Glasgow Marriott.
On first entering this hotel, it seems a nice place, however after staying there I was forced to change my mind. The food in the restaurant is definately below standard, the room service food arrives cold, the staff (particularly on the 3rd floor where I stayed) are cheeky, and the general maintenance of the hotel is shoddy.
I stay at the Marriot pretty much every time I go to Glasgow, availability permitting and find the staff helpful and friendly. My biggest grumble is that it's pointless to book a room directly from them, since you will ALWAYS pay more than you'd get from Central Reservations or a third party agent.
Other than that, it's kept very clean and I've never had a problem with the service there.
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