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This morning we had an extremely early start. We were up at 4.15am and out the door by 20 to 5 in the taxi that arrived early. Our flight left Zurich at 7am for Heathrow where we had a stopover for an hour and a half. We then flew from London to Glasgow arriving at our hotel by about 12.30pm. Our room wasn't ready at that point so we went for a …
... 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 ...
... I've seen) and the people's palace. Unfortunately we couldn't enjoy some of the suits because the city was preparing for a huge music festival the next day. Glasgow was a cool city, but I definitely liked Edinburgh more. Now we're about to be on our way to Grantown-on-spey for the start of our whiskey ...
... drive on the left side of the road. However, I did not realise that you would then first have to look to the right, then the left, and then the right again when you want to cross the road. It sounds like this is an easy thing which you will get used to in a minute. However it’s easier said than done, since it is just not in my system. I am so used to looking to the left first, it is an automatic process. And now you suddenly have to think about where to look ...
... 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 ...
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After my girlfriend forcing my arm to go to a Bon Jovi concert, I decided that at least I may have some respite by booking a nice hotel and restaurant.
Checking into Abode was the first step. Immedialey the staff looked pleased to see me. I gave them my surname, under which I booked, and the gentleman behind the desk, intuitivally adressed me by my first name. He addressed my girlfriend as Miss.
I hate being addressed as Sir, I work for a living !! But it was nice to see their flexibilty by addressing my girlfriend as such. The guy vehind the reception, helped with my bags and took me on the lift to my floor, sympathising with me over my Bon Jovi dliemma, while informing me about the bar and restaurant.
Im gonna skip the room, and get straight to what impressed me the most.
We decided to head down to the Vibe Bar. I had heard from some friends in Edinburgh about it, and about their cocktails. The bartender, Mal, introduced himself to me and my girlfriend and immediatley made us feel special, and welcome. What he did then was something I had never seen before in a bar.
The level of knowledge, passion and creativity that he and the other bartenders put into their work was awesome. The music the DJ was playing was soulfull, funky and edgy. Even my girlfriend was swaying in her seat !!
The drinks were unbelievable. The bartender, Mal, constructed cocktails from just a few simple questions, and from me telling him, Gin, Ctrus-y but Dry, he made me a drink made of grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, apple juice and Rose water. Itwas exactly what I needed. It was like he was reading my mind !! This went on throughout our time there, and at only one point I ordered a whisky & Coke because I was overwhelmed by it all !!!
I was also impressed by how happy the staff all seemed. Everyone was always smiling and everyone seemed to have a spring in their step. Good Sign, they must be looking after their staff !! At one point, I asked a young guy in the Cafe Bar, about train times to Edinburgh from Glasgow, 5 minutes later, he returned with a printed out timetable from the Internet !!!!
In short, my stay at Abode was first class, due to the level of service. Some very nice personal touches there, I think those guys really care about what there doing there.
I reccommend ABode Glasgow, and If you do, pop down to the VIbe Bar and say Hi to Mal from Me & My Girlfriend !!!
( Martin & Allison )
Not a 'diamond in the rough'. Just rough. Really rough.
Fellow UK travellers:
So here I am at Abode (er... ABode) in Glasgow, having come from a short and lovely stay in Edinburgh. I came to Glasgow and specifically ABode with great expectations. Glasgow has not let me down. Abode (ABode) is a different matter entirely.
Abode (ABode) offers up a rather perfect example of what might be called 'virtual' luxury-- the web page presenting near fairy tale visions of two-star (Michelin) opulence at a relatively reasonable price. Unfortunately it's all a (virtual) sham, revealed as soon as you walk through the front door-- the effete techno loops polluting the audio airspace at the front desk signaling your arrival into a dreadfully underwhelming hotel.
This may be a work in progress (it only recently opened, apparently), but it's not even near the cliched 'diamond in the rough' phase. It's just rough. Really rough. Low points include the shabby renovation work replete with ill fitted, (at times) non-functional window treatments and the scarred and chipped (and horribly cheap looking) furniture resting forlornly in the suite sitting areas. I felt rather sorry for the couch and chair in my room-- I hope someday they can find a more loving home somewhere. Perhaps they would be better off being cast into a funeral pyre somewhere. At least then they would serve a purpose... they look so pathetic (and well... brown) plopped down as a mere afterthought in the sad little sitting area of my 'enviable' room.
The website mentions a luxurious waffle robe included with the 'enviable' suite. Mine was threadbare and stained. The kind of thing you donate to your cat as bedding.
As mentioned above, I opted for the 'enviable' class room, which is ordinarily priced at 165 pounds per night, but they offered me a deal for 140 pounds. Of course, you need to add in the 12,95 pound per day fee for internet service. This is in a city where there is free wireless access which reaches all the rooms at other similarly priced boutique hotels. Infuriating. I resigned myself to actually paying for it, but the ethernet cord would not reach the port on my powerbook.
One sees Michael Caine's name trotted out in the brochures at the front desk and the silly, tasteless promotional flyers in the room. I wonder whether the Michelin stars are mere simulacra? I wonder how he would react to actually having to endure his own ABode here in lovely Glasgow? I know how I'm reacting-- I'm moving to a different hotel tomorrow.
Goodbye Michael, wherever you are.
We stayed for a couple of nights midweek and were really impressed with the hotel. The location is brilliant, just off Sauchiehall street so really handy for shops, bars and restaurants. Rooms well decorated, a little on the small side maybe but makes up for it in attention to detail. The handmade beds were the comfiest I have ever slept on and as I was seven months pregnant at the time this was much appreciated!! Staff on reception were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast a bit overpriced for what it was. Overall a really good hotel which I would recommend.
In response to the guest who wrote a scathing review (stayed February as birthday celebration), i would say that if you wanted a so-called 'getaway out of town', why on earth did you stay in a city centre based property?? This hotel was fantastic, located within a stones throw from everything Glasgow has to offer. Rooms where fresh and comfortable with beds to die for (advised hand crafted vi-sprung beds on enquiry with the ever-so-friendly reception team). Breakfast was great too, and yes we had a small wait, but expected on a weekend when everyone takes advantage of an extra 2hours in bed and turns up at the same time! Would visit again.
Not bad but not as good as it used to be
We first stayed here back in 2001 when it was known as the Art House and it was terrific and the restaurant down-stairs excellent. Try the full-Scottish and you didn't have to eat for the rest of the day! The lay-out is very nice, with a large old centrally placed elevator giving access to the rooms, which were also very nice. I stayed here on business earlier this year and it seemed a bit more shabby, although obviously in the throes of refurbishement; certainly the food in the restaurant was no-where near as good, my door-key did not work and I left with the impression that it had gone down-hill slightly, which was a shame. Still, the staff were excellent.
Loved my Stay!
I have just spent the weekend at the new Abode Hotel in Glasgow formally the Arthouse Hotel, i stayed in one of the new and improved Enviable Suites it was fresh and funky great for a weekend away with friends or family. The hotel is right in the heart of Glasgow city centre great for nights out.
I do recommend the hotel to everyone all the staff will make you feel at home its fantastic.
This Hotel is on a par for noise,with Langs Hotel,Glasgow. No sleep due to the fact you could hear every noise from outside and the night club below, belting out 70's music and constant stream of Taxi's or buses pulling up outside. Rooms were terribly small, I have experienced better rooms at a Travlelodge.Location is Central to Glasgow and Ideal for all the clubs and restaurants available. Breakfast was a disaster, we had to wait nearly 1hr to get served, due to the amount of people waiting to be seated and when it did arrive it was hardly what I would call adequate. Coffee was diluted and breakfast bearly palatable. I would give this Hotel a miss, especially when they Informed us the charge for Carparking, would be £10 for a Saturday into Sunday charge. We used the Sauchiehall street, adjacent to Abode. Upon speaking to the car park representatives, we were informed it would be £3.80 for a 24hr stay, £6.80 to the Hotel's coffers, thank you very much. Is not a good service as far as I am concerned, total waste and spoiled a birthday celebration. Be warned, do not go to this Hotel.
Home from Home
Overall I would say this is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in on a weekend break and the staff where fantastic. The fine dining restaurant is superb value, and excellent quality of food. Recommend visiting ABode Glasgow!!
Had to move room twice ....
First room - noise from club downstairs - we got no sleep. The whole room shook with a constant banging noise.
Second Room - Door would not lock - staff assured us they would fix it then they left our door unlocked all day with all our belongings in.
Third room - Door would not open - Repeatedly changed keycards and noise from front street kept us awake - but could not stand to pack and move again.
A nightmare trip ...
Recently stayed at the newly refurbished Abode Hotel in Glasgow. We had a weekend away and chose the Abode after hearing it had been refurbished and was boasting a new fine dining restaurant run by Michael Caines a 2 Michelin star chef from Essex.
Wow - we were not disappointed.
The rooms, beds and service were first class and the fine dining restaurant was amazing!!
We left Glasgow 4 years ago and on recent trips felt Glasgow was slipping as a place to eat out; no longer.
We had our best meal out in Glasgow ever. The restaurant décor is minimalist and our 3 courses with wine came to just over £100 which when you consider the quality and price you can pay in Glasgow, a bargain. The staff were friendly and there interest and knowledge added to the experience.
Our only problem is finding our next excuse to get childcare and escape back to this oasis before all the weekends get booked out.