Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South
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... was automated and we just used a kiosk in the lobby to get squared away. We read online that the hotel only had one kind of room and that every room was laid out exactly the same which at the time didn't really register but it made total sense once we opened the door to our room. This was the sleekest and most modern hotel room either of us have ever stayed in and also probably the smallest as well. Everything in the room ...
... and theories the house was also their showroom. It begs the question who inspired whom?
and then back on the bus to the BotanicalGardens and glasshouses with the exotica favoured by Victorians. An al fresco lunch. It seems that each eating place serves lentil soup... And they vary...
and back on the bus to the Kelvingrove Museum... To see paintings by the'Glasgow Boys', furniture by CRM and a Spitfire suspended over stuffed African fauna. Bizarre! ...
... quite welcome. I'm hoping my unit will have a fold out couch as well if not, the first visitor can buy a lilo! haha
Secondly - I have a spare bed and inclusive breakfast for the next three mornings at this hotel in Glasgow if anyone wants to come???? Anyone????
Oh - and when I went shopping for some lunch items I found a DVD of the "Addams Family" with Angelica Houston and Raul Julia for GBP5! Been looking for it for ages! Hi to SLII! ...
... security though, such as the lady who had decided to wear around 30 clips in her hair and when the beep went and she was told to take them out looked affronted! Cat glided through and Ally waddled otherwise his (belt-less) shorts would have been round his ankles! We got on the train for the last time and then made our way to the gate, arriving in plenty of time to a holding area full of Scottish accents and either very white or very sunburnt people. Soon it was time to board and ...
... we jumped on the bus, did a city tour and relaxed and took in the views.
We stopped at Glasgow's West End district, which is a funky and happening area with plenty of uni students around. The shops were great and most of the shops were actually up market second hand shops run by the large charities (Eg Oxfam, Heart Foundation, World Vision etc)
After shopping we wandered though the Botanical Gardens and then continued on the bus tour.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South
Average hotel, average quality
This felt like a 3-star hotel, with a corresponding price range and amenities. The room decor and furnishings were particularly splendid for a 3-star. It is not exactly in the most interesting part of town, though. If you get a north-facing room, the beautiful Glasgow College of Nautical Studies dominates your view. This area of town was apparently the nasty, run-down section some decades ago, but it has been revitalized to some extent, and it felt safe to walk around, in the daytime, anyway. It's about a mile or so walk or a quick drive to the hot spots of downtown Glasgow. My big complaint with this hotel was the service -- the staff were far from eager to accommodate me, even if I asked a lot of questions as a clueless foreigner. They had a poor attitude when it came to fixing the telephone in my room, and they took their time about it. There's ample free parking and a supermarket nearby, but I didn't see any restaurant within easy walking distance except the hotel restaurant.
Not bad for the money
Friendly, helpful staff and our room was clean and comfortable. The current US/BP exchange rate made the room seem a bit pricey but in pound terms it's not a bad deal. The hotel is not in the best location and may give a bad impression of the city. However, it is within walking distance of the city center...about 15 minutes. Decor is pretty much like the photos on this site but the beds are so-so. We found this to be the case throughout Scotland though.
The Tulip in located on the south side of the river. The area is not the most picturesque that Glasgow has to offer, however the Merchant City area is within walking distance, with a slightly longer walk to various restaurants.
The location and free carpark is very well suited to people with cars.
Our room was large and clean. The hotel was well presented, and we thought it was very good value.
I can agree that this hotel is in a "dodgy" area. We stayed for 1 night in March but the hotel was excellent, very clean and very friendly and helpful staff. The High Court if not far from this hotel so loads of dodgy folk hanging around the court during the day but the hotel is within walking distance of the town centre and only a couple of pounds in a taxi to the SECC. At night there's nothing going on and the streets are pretty much empty so no loud noises, pubs etc.
I would definately recommend this hotel if your just looking for somewhere to crash for a few nights!
Good no-nonsense hotel
I stayed for three days in this hotel. It is a no-nonsense motel style place, excellent when you are travelling or on a business trip. It has spacey, clean, comfortable rooms and a friendly staff. It also has more than enough free parking. Obviously there is nothing special or romantic about the hotel, but I would say that about Glasgow as a whole. If you want carpet on your bathroom floor, look somewhere else. It had a 'most improved in 2004' award sitting on its reception desk, so the chain seems to agree with the older reviews.
The Tulip Inn is easy to reach, situated in a not very pretty area (to say the least), which appears safe and certainly not rough (as some reviews claim). It is at about a five minutes walk to the city centre and to the nearest underground stop, which connects to for instance the university.
The hotel serves reasonably good food, though a bit expensive (Scottish breakfast £7.95 and dinner (ample choice, about £ 20 for three courses), notice the breakfast is not included in the room rate). You have to get a breakfast voucher at the reception which is somewhat time consuming when that is busy. It kind of lacks a comfy bar to relax after a long drive.
One of our better Glasgow experiences
Having lodged in several 'chain' hotels in Glasgow in recent years, this was one of our better one-night stays. The room we had was comfortable and well-appointed - everything was there and it all worked! Sure, the location is a bit off-putting, but you're not that far from the city centre and the advantage of having plenty of parking on the site is a big one.
The negatives? Reception staff were an age checking us in and out, with very little explanation of what was happening and almost no apology (a simple training issue here!). The reception area was very smoky - perhaps largely because of groups of conference delegates who had gathered to use the facilities. We didn't take breakfast (it wasn't included in the price) so can't comment - though if it was provided in the bar area close to reception, I would probably have had a difficulty with the prevalence of smokers!
The location is initially off-putting but it's great for anyone needing car parking and it's a short walk into central city Glasgow. we stayed here twice, each time for a few days over a 4 week period and both times we were very comfortable: the rooms are big and new, there is good reading light, the beds are new and comfy, bathrooms are roomy, well designed and clean and everything basically works. Staff were reasonably helpful - loaned us road maps, gave directions and advice etc. we didn't use the cafe for breakfast - it looked uninteresting and was very expensive. We'd recommend it.
Now Tulip Inn
I am writing to add to the two Reviews so far, both negative. This hotel is now the Tulip Inn Glasgow, but you won't see many tulips around here. I don't know about the poor service, but the location is outside the city centre in an area that used to be called the Gorbals.
A lot of regeneration is going on (such as building this hotel) but there's no escaping the fact that this is not the most salubrious part of Glasgow. Maybe in 5-10 years... There are plenty more mid-market tourist hotels in the city centre or further afield to chose from, eg IBIS, Holiday Inn Express. Most of the major chains offer various discounts. I would not recommend this hotel to seniors or families if you need to walk into town. However it might appeal to business people (free parking) and would definately be OK for youngsters who want to see a slice of Glasgow life. It is close to the Carling Academy where a lot of gigs are held, the Tramway theatre, Citizens theatre and drinking dens of the Southside (plus some more upmarket places). Its fairly close to Bridge St Underground station. If you are coming to Celtic Park to see football it might well suit you, a fairly short taxi ride (but book one beforehand). Hope you enjoy your stay in Glasgow
Hotel is okay, but location stinks
I should have known we were in trouble when the cab driver didn't know where this hotel was.... then on the way, he sort of raised one eyebrow when I gave him the street address. Apparently, this isn't the nicest section of Glasgow and was the section known for razor gangs in the 60s. The area seems to have improved since then, but it's still bit run down in comparison with other areas.The hotel itself wasn't terrible, although much of the amenities listed on various web sites simply don't exist. Breakfast was NOT included and was a whopping 7 pounds per person. I found no pool or sauna, but there was a small exercise room. The restaurant/bar called "Bibos" is really just a cafeteria-style room and not what I expected from the online description.The "power showers" advertised are simply hand-held spray nozzles.My biggest complaint with this hotel is location. It is extremely noisy, being located next to student housing. Our room overlooked the trash bins for said housing, so there was constant banging/clanging and loud car stereos. It is not convenient at all to the airport or any of the rail stations and everything requires a taxi (unless you go without luggage).I would stay there again, but I would do it with less expectations.
Modern, pretty hotel, but terrible service!!
I stayed four nights at this hotel in January (2003). Please note, that it had changed ownership when I checked into it back in January, from a Day's Inn to a Tulip Inn.This hotel is located right across the Clyde River from downtown Glasgow. It is very modern, very clean (both the rooms and the public areas), and very nicely decorated throughout (and interesting outside as well!).That is where the pluses end. Some of the staff members were very nice, but the two women who appeared to be the ones in charge, acted VERY unprofessionally, and very strangely.I believe I paid 54 British Pounds each of the four nights, which I would consider very reasonable (it included breakfast which was plentiful and good), if I hadn't encountered such disgusting behavior from the staff members in charge.I would stay at this hotel again on my next visit to Glasgow, IF the management there changes.