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Glasgow thrives on being innovative—the port city is a former industrial powerhouse turned urban creative force. The biggest city in Scotland, Glasgow has no shortage of exciting experiences to delve into, from a buzzing restaurant scene and craft pubs galore, to a striking Victorian-meets-metropolitan mix of architecture and world-class art collections. It’s sure to enchant music lovers, too—Glasgow’s vibrant music scene with an iconic history secured its designation as a UNESCO City of Music. A hotbed of innovation through and through, the city’s extensive accommodation offerings ensure visitors will experience the dynamic city in style.
Here’s where to stay in Glasgow:
Located in the 1906 Edwardian-style former headquarters of Glasgow’s Anchor Line Shipping Company, Native Glasgow still sports original furnishings such as historic safes, timber wall paneling, fireplaces and terrazzo flooring. The aparthotel’s refurbished modern apartments are full of color, with decorations inspired by a 1920s ocean liner’s glitzy splendor; all include a terrace, flat-screen TV, kitchen and dining area. Most units have views of the city center’s historic architecture or George Square. Its central location makes sightseeing a breeze, with nearby nightlife and dining options aplenty, as well as an onsite restaurant that specializes in locally sourced Scottish cuisine.
Cathedral House Hotel
Situated in an 1896 Scottish Baronial-style building, the Cathedral House Hotel is a fully renovated boutique inn with eight elegantly decorated modern rooms. The stylish, individually designed units, most of which have vistas of the renowned Glasgow Cathedral or the Glasgow Necropolis, also sport quirky Victorian layouts. Each room comes with a handmade bed, cotton linen and a monsoon shower, while free Wi-Fi, locally sourced meals and Scottish ales are available in the hotel’s restaurant. The Cathedral House Hotel is a one-minute walk from the Glasgow Cathedral and a stone’s throw from the Glasgow Necropolis.
Hotel du Vin
The boutique Hotel du Vin is located in Glasgow’s trendy West End, an area abuzz with art and live music. This luxury hideaway has 49 rooms and suites, all adorned with colorful, funky-yet-elegant furnishings. Each unit includes Egyptian linen, drench showers and plasma TVs; while there’s no elevator, ground-floor rooms can be reserved. Hotel facilities include a gym and a fine dining restaurant with a dedicated sommelier. The hotel is a short walk from Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, a 20-minute walk from the University of Glasgow and a 10-minute drive from the city center.
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel
The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel’s property includes an 1896 red sandstone castle built in Scottish Baronial style, and set within peaceful gardens in Southside Glasgow’s Victorian-era conservation area, Pollokshields. The hotel’s 18 elegant rooms can be reserved in the stunning castle itself or within the property’s garden suites. Facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, parking and laundry services, and a fine dining restaurant on site. The perfect getaway from urban hustle and bustle, Sherbrooke Castle Hotel is still close to sightseeing areas—Glasgow’s city center is a 10-minute drive away, plus it’s just a 15-minute drive from the airport.
The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel
The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel is one of a kind, located at the home of iconic Scottish bagpiping—the National Piping Center, a charity whose proceeds go toward bagpipe education worldwide. The hotel is centrally situated, with the Theatre Royal on its doorstep, and other city center attractions like the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Concert Hall and countless lively pubs and restaurants a 15-minute walk away. Part of a historic building, the hotel has eight rooms featuring traditional Scottish décor, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and organic Scottish soaps. A full Scottish breakfast is optional.
Hotel Indigo Glasgow
Centrally located Hotel Indigo Glasgow sits within a striking Victorian-era building in Glasgow’s business district. Its boutique rooms are traditionally styled, inspired by the surrounding Victorian neighborhood, and include free Wi-Fi, a complimentary minibar, Egyptian linens and lavish bathrooms. The hotel is a short walk from the Gallery of Modern Art and a 20-minute walk from the Glasgow Cathedral and the Glasgow Necropolis. Hotel Indigo’s on-site facilities include a gym and a steakhouse bar and grill—with meal options like U.K. beef, a carefully curated wine and beer menu, and afternoon tea.