The best hotels in Glasgow city centre

Blythswood Square - one of the best hotels in Glasgow city centre
Blythswood Square - one of the best hotels in Glasgow city centre

If you don’t live or work in Glasgow it may have escaped your attention that the city has been reborn. With the demise of its traditional heavy industries, it has reinvented itself as a fun town with a great cultural vibe. It is constantly evolving, with stylish hotels and classy restaurants springing up to offer an eclectic variety of luxury hideaways and quirky new kids on the block.

Handsome historic buildings abound in central Glasgow and behind many Georgian and Victorian façades you’ll find smart contemporary lodgings, bars and restaurants popular with locals and visitors alike. Our selection includes a station hotel evoking a romantic age of rail travel and budget rooms that come with a bagpipe museum. Here's our pick of the best hotels in Glasgow city centre.

How we review

Every hotel in this curated list has been visited by one of our expert reviewers, who are usually hosted on a complimentary basis. They stay for a minimum of one night, test at least one meal and trial other experiences that the hotel might have to offer.

At a glance, the best hotels in Glasgow city centre


This luxury boutique hotel in the fashionable West End of Glasgow occupies a Grade II-listed Victorian terrace of five townhouses on a tree-lined avenue a few minutes' walk from the Botanic Gardens, and the pubs, clubs and shops of Byres Road, the main artery of the West End. The property is an inviting warren of corridors and sweeping wooden staircases, with superb 19th-century stained-glass windows, leading to opulent rooms and suites. The impression is of a grand country house in the highlands with quality furniture and discreet lighting, exuding an air of studied calm and comfort heightened by glittering chandeliers, oak-panelled walls and sofas by large fireplaces.

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An imposing three-storey Georgian townhouse, childhood home of the first Scottish-born Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, redesigned as a stylish city-centre boutique hotel. A central staircase of polished granite sets the tone with a water wall beneath an atrium, a splendid gilded cage lift, and walls embossed with golden Scottish lions. Lofty ceilings and large windows, some with stained glass, give a sense of space to comfortable rooms in modern Scottish style, with tartan notes in soft furnishings enlivened by feature walls in Andrew Martin wallpaper.

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This terrace of Georgian townhouses with a modern annex in the heart of the city has been transformed into a classy five-star contemporary hotel with an award-winning spa. Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club during the golden age of motoring, major refurbishment has produced a blend of classical features and bold contemporary design that retains the ambiance of a private members' club. Doric columns, an eight-and-a-half-metre high chandelier in a central staircase, and soft furnishings in a mix of rich velvets and autumnal tweeds add touches of grandeur and glamour.

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A fresh, uplifting touch has been made to the interiors of this grand old house and original features like Corinthian columns in the entrance hall and splendid stained glass windows on the staircase have been restored sympathetically. The contemporary makeover has produced a sense of warmth and comfort in an elegant setting with lofty ceilings, intricate cornicing and open fireplaces. A sense of spaciousness and natural light prevails in three large, comfortable double rooms and two suites, with high ceilings and large Georgian windows with wooden shutters.

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A generally stylish hotel with direct access to Glasgow Central Station, making it a great base for short stays in this culturally rich city. If you're arriving or departing by train, it couldn't be more convenient. The lobby makes a strong first impression, with impressively tiled floor, artworks reflecting the hotel's railway history, and stylish glass box lighting with gold detailing. Décor in the bedrooms varies from contemporary soothing blues to brown leather headboards, with homely touches such as sash windows with grey/brown Roman blinds.

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There's nothing orthodox about this former Greek Orthodox Church, transformed into a stylish modern boutique hotel in a city centre location. Religious icons have given way to pop art and graffiti frescoes in an imaginative revamp of classical sandstone buildings to create a New York loft apartment look. A glass-roofed atrium between the original church and an extension houses an American-style bar with neon signs and a wall of aluminium beer barrels. Carpeted corridors lead to Art Deco doors of 72 rooms and suites, all of them slightly different. They have all the basics including desks and chairs, minibars, kettles and irons.

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A Scottish gem in a handsome 19th-century Italianate church that's connected to The National Piping Centre (with soundproofed rehearsal rooms). This is a fun, quirky alternative to standard hotels, and a magnet for bagpipers all over the world, as well as tourists seeking a Scotch experience. Guests are welcome to browse the shop and museum tracing 300 years of the Great Highland Bagpipe, and try their hands at piping. Even its beautiful stained glass windows are designed as a musical score. Variations of traditional Scottish fare, with inventive haggis and smoked haddock dishes are served in a bright little restaurant to a background of lilting Scots traditional music.

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An award-winning, popular and ultra-modern medium-priced chain hotel with affordable dining, an impressive gym and spa, and 20-metre pool. Post-industrial chic with clean Scandinavian lines foster a relaxed, convivial vibe in open plan public areas flowing from an in-house Starbucks to a lounge and bar, and adjoining restaurant. The city's industrial heritage is reflected in exposed metal pipework, wooden floors and faux-brick wallpaper, with large windows evoking a sense of light and space. It's located in a fairly central regeneration area on the south bank of the river near BBC Scotland and STV studios, a short walk from the SSE Hydro concert hall.

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CitizenM, an uber-cool showroom of ultra-modern Dutch styling and facilities, contrives to make travellers feel at home with relaxed living and dining spaces. With a futuristic design, enthusiastic staff, good business facilities and excellent value for money, the hotel offers a good balance of work, rest and play. The swirling red staircase, like a fairground helter-skelter, leads from street level to self check-in terminals airport-style and a succession of light filled living rooms with armchairs, sofas, and work tables separated by partitions filled with books and ornaments. The effect is agreeably chilled, sociable and comfortable.

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Amanda McCulloch, a renowned interior designer, has created a modern classic fusion of exposed brickwork with high quality furnishings and fittings worthy of New York or Barcelona. Serenity reigns in discreetly lit lounges and corridors adorned with books, artwork and soft leather seating that invite guests to linger. The effect is unpretentious elegance. A private library lounge is a snug sanctuary, and there's a well-appointed cigar terrace with sofas and heaters. Artistic flourishes in the 83 rooms include framed musical scores and poetry on the walls, and king and super king beds with luxurious cotton linens.

Contributions by Mike MacEacheran