Where to stay in Glasgow

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By the Avanti Web Team

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4 min read | 8 March 2024

Navigating the accommodation landscape of Glasgow reveals a city rich in choice. From the bustling heart of the city centre to the tranquil ambience of the West End, travellers are presented with a diverse range of lodging options.

Below, we delve into Glasgow's best places to stay, ensuring each choice complements your journey. Embrace the city's distinct character, right from where you lay your head.

Find the best places to stay in Glasgow

Glasgow has a thriving accommodation scene to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking for something uniquely Glaswegian or luxurious, you’ll find the right place for your stay.

Where to stay as a backpacker

In the bustling city centre of Glasgow, night owls are in their element. Backpackers can easily find a cheap place to stay in Glasgow with a friendly hostel, such as the Clyde Hostel and the Safestay Glasgow Charing Cross. With venues like The Garage close by, the city's nightlife is at your fingertips.

Where to stay in bed & breakfasts

Move over to the West End and you'll find a charming blend of bohemian vibes. Its cobbled streets offer boutique B&Bs and guesthouses, perfect for a relaxed evening after a day out.

For those who prefer a quieter night after exploring the city, the Southside is ideal. Traditional B&Bs provide a homely touch, although the adventurous will want to travel to nearby Stepps to pitch a tent and camp in Glasgow.

Nearby, the East End offers an authentic slice of Glasgow, filled with local life, comfortable guesthouses, and peaceful evenings.

Where to stay in aparthotels

Culture enthusiasts will love Merchant City. Stay in plush suites or modern apartments and step out to nearby landmarks like The Tron Theatre and the lively Old Fruitmarket.

The West End, with its rich history, offers stays that range from old-world Victorian charm to contemporary comfort. Places like the Kelvingrove, a treasure trove of art, are just around the corner.

Also new to the scene is the Sandman Signature Hotel, which gives the option of both rooms and suites with kitchen facilities. Sometimes apartment-style living is what you’re after while visiting and this affordable and brand-new complex offers just that.
Merchant City

Where to stay for convenience

For travellers prioritising convenience, the city centre has it all, from budget stays to luxurious spa hotels, with major transport links just a walk away. Similarly, in Merchant City, stylish lofts and seamless transport connections ensure a hassle-free Glasgow experience.

Brand new to the city is the AC Marriott, right in the heart of the city. It is part of a development that includes restaurants, accommodation, and entertainment, with the hotel itself set in a traditional Glaswegian Victorian building. It also has a lovely nod to Glasgow’s history, with a stained-glass window of Glasgow’s famous coat of arms.

For a more contemporary and distinct stay, the Radisson RED is just a stone’s throw from the entertainment centre that is the OVO Hydro, as well as the city’s coolest dining scene in Finnieston. The hotel’s Red Sky Bar offers panoramic views over the River Clyde and the modern architecture on the riverbank and runs many club evenings.

Ashton Lane

Where to stay for luxury and spa trips

For pure luxury, there’s the voco Grand Central Hotel at Glasgow Central Station. In November 2023, Conde Nast Traveller featured it on its Top Hotels in Scotland list, praising it for its unique place in the heart and soul of the city and complementing its "Victorian swank".

It is also steeped in history, with famous clientele over the years including John F Kennedy, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

For those needing to unwind while on holiday or those after the full spa and hotel experience, there’s the five-star Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel. The spa, thermal suite and beauty treatments provide relaxation during the day. Meanwhile, their bar and restaurant are highly rated and the rooms are exquisite.

Plan your Glasgow trip with Avanti

Once you’ve found your ideal base for your Glasgow adventure, we’re here to help you plan your journey from start to finish.

To ensure a timely and stress-free arrival at your accommodation, download the Avanti app. Not only can you secure your tickets with no booking fees, but we’ll keep you updated on any updates to your journey to ensure your Glasgow trip goes off without a hitch.

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