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Historical Traveler Reviews Whitwell Hotel & Conference Centre
Did we stay at the same place?
I stayed at the Brunswick on more than one occassion in the last few months and all I can say is that it was completely different every time I stayed. The food is international and tasty, seved up by kitchen staff that are more than happy to discuss the menu with you. The bar staff were young and lilvely, reception was there for my every need. The rooms may be on the small side but what they lack in space they make up for in style. I didn't need to leave the hotel to find some nightllife as I soon found out that some of the cities top events are actually in the hotel. It reminded me a lot of a trendy European hotel for young professionals who enjoy a little extra to alleviate the boredom of meetings. Having stayed in many hotels in the UK this was the first that gave me a real european vibe without trying to put it on. Dynamic is definitely the key word here.
Brunswick the new black
Wow, what a fabulous trendy hotel. Glasgow has always been at the cutting edge of style but the Brunswick in the old Merchant City blows Malmaison and One Devonshire out of the water. Cool but ever such a warm welcome and great value.
Rude hotel owners
Never have I stayed in such an awful place in all my life! Not only were the owners extremely rude, but they would not let me wait in the hotel bar area for a taxi as it was after closing time. Instead they made me wait out in the pouring rain! The owners act as if they are running a 5 star establishment when its more like a downtown doss-house. Also I found them to be quite aloof as though I was priveleged to be staying in their hotel. Give it a big miss if you are expecting a friendly environment.
Loved the Brunswick
I stayed at the Brunswick in April 2004, and yes the rooms are small, however, mine was immaculate. The television wasn't in a 'box', it was a proper TV! The remote worked! The staff couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming.The bistro serves great, no nonsense food and there was a really great vibe. I would go back for sure! And the location is good for the city cantre.
stinky hotel - will never ever ever ever go there again
My colleagues and I were booked into this hotel (in the loosest sense of the word) for five nights stay by our company. We stayed for one!The rooms are tiny; the décor is a joke; there are stains on the walls and carpet; the tiles in the shoebox of a bathroom are cracked; the walls are paper thin, the staff are unprofessional and pretty clueless and the shower is miniscule! There is no alarm clock, the TV is situated in a box next to the ceiling which means you have to creak your next to see it and the remote control didnt work. To top it off the hotel faces a building site that is very noisy.If you use their web site to check out the place then trust me when I say that the photos of the hotel do not represent an accurate picture of the facilities.
One of the worst hotels i have ever stayed in
From start to finish the short time at the Brunswick was terrible.
On walking in I was greeted, or perhaps acknowledged would be closer to the mark, by a shabbily dressed fellow loitering behind the desk. On finally getting orgainised I got the key card to my 'designer' shoebox.
After negotiating an extreamly slow lift, and a series of claustrophobic and dimly lit corridors reminisent of a brothel i finally find my room.
Fantastic!! A bed that takes up 90% of the floor space, a wardrobe with no doors, a desk area the size of a small newspaper, a shower you can't turn round in without tripping on the shower curtain, a view of a brickwall, no alarm clock, a tv with no remote control, and a toiletry shelf just big enough for a razor.
Needless to say I terminated my stay early.
This hotel is bad!
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in late August, 2003. We stayed for two days. After reading a glowing review in Frommers and seeing various other good reviews, we decided to stay here. BIG MISTAKE. When we checked in we were told they were full and we would have one of the "smaller" rooms. Now, I have travelled extensively around the world and I realize that European hotel rooms are not as large as US ones. This one was SMALL. It did not measure more than 8 feet x 8 feet. The bathroom was SO small it was almost unusable. We are talking much smaller than the bathroom on a cruise ship! The room was very dirty.
The tile in the bathroom was digusting as was the window sill. I think what happened here was this place used to be super hip. I think it was sold some time ago to a family. They have not been able to keep up. It looks to have been super hip and trendy about 2 to 3 years ago. Now its just worn and dirty. Stay somewhere else!!
All the comforts of home
The Brunswick is a great little hotel in the heart of Merchant City. I had the pleasure of staying there on two different occasions and both stays were exceptional. All rooms have been completely remodeled and although small, are very clean. The restaurant serves unique, high quality food in a comfortable atmosphere and at reasonable prices. The staff is extraordinary and go out of their way to assist you. I felt like part of the family. On my next trip to Glasgow I will definately stay at the Brunswick.
Enjoy Glasgow - don't stay here
I recently visited Glasgow to visit friends and booked a 2 day stay at the Brunswick City Merchant Hotel in Glasgow.
On arrival, we discovered that the next door property was being reconstructed from the ground up, meaning that the noise of heavy building work filled the building from 8am.
This wasn't mentioned to me when I called to reserve a month earlier, and clearly not to other guests, who I saw were equally horrified when they arrived.
We were shown two rooms, both of which were comprehensively dirty. Unfortunately due to pressure of time, we were forced to stay at the Brunswick for 2 days.
The bathroom had brown stains on the tiling and chips missing from the tub.
Breakfast was served on tables in the bar which had not been cleaned after the previous night's drinking.
On the window sill and blind was at least a year's worth of dirt - I have kept photographs of this.
Equipment in the room (one lamp, the remote, the broken toilet seat) was faulty and there were innumerable disgusting stains on the carpets and walls. Beside one of the beds were a number of human nail clippings.
Not a great way to see any city.
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