Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens
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Our favorite in Glasgow
Positives: A beautiful hotel, chic and unfussy. Our room on the ground floor was enormous. And although it was at the front of the hotel and faced a very busy road, we were not bothered by noise. The service is attentive but not overbearing. The neighborhood is fantastic -- read the comments from the local reviewer below. If it's your first time in Glasgow, though, you may want to stay in the center of the city instead.
Negatives: We drove from the airport, and when we arrived at the hotel had to find street parking ourselves -- that took a while, as the spaces in front of the hotel were full. Valet parking would have been nice. I also didn't like having to ring the doorbell every single time we entered the hotel. We were never kept waiting long, but it was off-putting.
Home away From Home
We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived . Reception took care of every detail from car rentals to booking golf courses. It was hard to leave this wonderful place !!!!
A wonderful hotel
I took my wife to Devinshire Gardens for our anniversary in April and have to say this was an incredible hotel. The staff were great and the service second to none. I agree with the reviewer about having to ring the bell to get in the front door and a set of keys would have been much better, but overall our stay was fantastic.
At the time we stayed there, Britney Spears was in the room next to us! I can honestly say my wife and I were treated so well it made our stay memorable.
As for the restaurant: Gordon Ramsay may have packed up his pots and pans a while ago, but the meal we had for a reasonable price in 5 Devonshire Gardens (Not burger bar prices but hey, it's a 5 star) was first class and I'm surprised to say, good value.
If you want good service, peace and tranquility with the cosmopolitan bussle of the west end (Byres Road etc.) just a short distance away, this is the hotel for you.
Nothing like it used to be
As a birthday treat my partner arranged a weekend here for us in May 2004. What a disappointment compared with my last stay in 1999. No shower caps in the bathroom (shower fixed high in ceiling), no toilet brush either although the manager says he's 'considering' this. We ordered beer in the small garden but after 3 requests as to its progress it still never arrived. The receptionist has to answer the front door (no front door keys given) as well as telephone and other guests' enquiries. We stood in the pouring rain for 3 minutes waiting to get inside one evening. There are no refreshment facilities in the rooms so you have to call reception even for a cup of hot water. I thought the Scottish Tourist Board insisted that tea-making facilities were in all establishments of 3 stars and over.
Certainly not worth the money this time - I could have flown to Rome for the 3 nights and still had change from that!
Good for George Clooney..good for me!!!
I decided to stay at this property through a recomendation via a good friend. This hotel was described as the best in the city and possible one of the best in Scotland. As a frequent traveller I can confirm with ease that this is by far one of the most luzurious properties I have had stayed in. I would advise anyone wishing to experience real five star luxury to loook no futher than this hotel.
Loved it but shabby in places
Lovely sumptuous hotel with good service, however I did see the odd bit of dirty tissue on the floor (public area), scratches on woodwork (public area) peeling wallpaper and stains on the carpet (superior room) Its a shame that in such a lovely hotel that must have cost a fortune to rennovate, there isnt just a little bit more attention to detail to sort these details out economically and efficiently.
A locals perspective.
Just a quick comment on the review from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.I live a couple of streets away from the hotel and, yes, the location is about 15 minutes from the centre of Glasgow and unfortunately Amaryllis is no longer open.However, One Devonshire Gardens is situated in probably the most cosmopolitan and bohemian area of the City - with students and media professionals providing a creative feel.Close to the hotel are small wine bars and neighbourhood restaurants. The heart of the West End is Byres Road (a 10 minute stroll or ?2 cab ride) and there are plenty of trendy and quirky bars to try - The Wee Chip, The Lane, Gong, Booly Mardy's and countless restaurants - Gordon Yuill, Arisaig, No 16, Chow, The Dining Room, Straivingto, The Bothy, Ubiquitous Chip, The Loft, Gong, etc.I could carry on for pages but please ask the Concierge for recommendations next time and experience life in real Glasgow!
My husband and I recently stayed at One Devonshire Gardens as part of our honeymoon. The hotels location is disappointing, it is a good 20 minutes taxi ride into Glasgow city centre. Also, my husband had paid ?45 for flowers to be placed in the room upon our arrival, these resembled a posy, rather than a bouquet, and were not value for money. However, the staff were friendly, and the room was large, clean and contained a four poster bed. For the same price may I recommend The Witchery in Edinburgh which is truly 5 star luxury!
Wonderful Scottish Home
My husband and I recently stayed here on a golfing trip to Scotland.
The hotel is not ideally situated as it is quite far from everything, although some nice museums are about a fifteen minute walk away.
However, the hotel itself makes up for this inconvenience. It is just about the loveliest and most charming city hotel this side of Europe.
If you can, you should book the more expensive rooms as they are really worth it. Many are very spacious and come with a wonderful sofa/ reading area by the window and a great four-poster bed. The bathroom too is lovely and old-fashioned, with so many nice amenities like Arran Vitamin E night creams and eye creams to use during your stay. However, this place is not like a regular hotel so it takes some getting used to. Think of it as staying in some Glasgow aristocrat's home. You have to ring the bell to be let in and most check-in formalities take place in the drawing room. We arrived before our room was ready so the staff whipped up a room service menu and made us lunch which was served in the drawing room as we read magazines. The good part is that because it is like a home, it is very personable and flexible. My husband wanted haggis for dinner so the hotel chef made him some even if this was not on the menu. Another plus for this hotel is that it has 2 good restaurants so you don't need to leave the vicinity to eat. The famous Amaryllis restaurant is next-door and definitely worth an expensive visit, while the hotel's own restaurant provides excellent value with its 35 pound set menus. We loved this place and think it is one of the best places to stay in the UK.
Exquisite, Personal Service and just a bit Quirky
If you like the good things in life and like something a little quirky, the accommodation at One Devonshire Gardens will take some beating. It goes straight into the top five hotels I've ever stayed at.
I had four nights in a townhouse suite which was enormous - I would guess about 800 square feet. I had a private door right into the garden. Although in a row 19th century townhouses, the decor and facilities are certainly not tired, with large widescreen TVs and DVD players.
To top it all, book in to Gordon Ramsey's Amaryllis restaurant next door which, together with the Hotel, without doubt warrants a weekend break.
I cannot ever remember sleeping so well in a hotel. My room was at the back of the hotel and it was exceptionally quiet.
Not all the townhouses have access between each other, so you have to pop outside if, say, you need to go to the bar or hotel restaurant.
Be careful not to mix up the Amaryllis restaurant (One Devonshire Gardens) and the hotel (One Devonshire Gardens too). Which entrance to use is not at all obvious. And I was most certainly not the first or the last to use the wrong one.
Access to the hotel is by very rapid personal attention having rung the bell - unlike other hotels, there are no publicly accessible areas.
Will I return? Despite being a couple of miles from the town centre, this is now my first choice when in Glasgow. If you prefer the immasculated and sanitised atmosphere of a chain hotel without personal attention, may I suggest you try the Hilton.
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