We recently went on a wee trip to Glasgow and stayed in the Ibis Styles Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. After doing some research on hotels we chose this hotel because it was reasonably priced and in the city centre. It is just off George Square, a 5 minute walk from the hotel will bring you to Buchanan Street the main shopping area in Glasgow.
The hotel from the offset looks funky, with artwork throughout including the iconic Duke of Wellington with the cone artwork outside the hotel. The main reception area is really welcoming with a bar, pool table, complimentary tea and coffee and computers. It has a bit of a funky youth hostel vibe about it. Not in a bad way more in a way that it felt like such a central hub that we could imagine it would be a great place to hang out and meet new people.
We were in a room on the third floor, throughout the hotel the artwork continues including the lift has cool graffiti art in it. I loved this iconic Tunnocks teacake picture in the lobby!
The room was so super funky too. There was a massive bed which was amazingly comfortable. The TV was made to look like it was suspended from the iconic Finnieston Crane. Even the light was shaped like a traffic cone! We also were left mini bottles of Irn Bru and Tunnocks Teacakes in the room because we are members of the LeAccor Club.
This hotel was a great base from which we went out into Glasgow. There are so many different parts of Glasgow that we are yet to explore and so we have only really scratched the surface. We went for food in DiMaggios, which is a Glasgow chain that came highly recommended. We went to the one in Royal Exchange Square and the food was lovely. We went for dinner at Hard Rock Cafe which is so over-rated and expensive but we were quite late going for something to eat and we knew they would have tables without us booking. I wouldn’t recommend it, for one course each and a cocktail it was over £50!
Breakfast was included in the hotel price and was advertised as a continential breakfast. We went to the hub bit in the morning and were pleasantly surprised to find they had ‘morning after’ square sausages and rolls and mini bottles of Irn Bru! What a great touch! They also had eggs, beans, toast, meats, cheeses, yoghurt, cereal and pastries. It was a great spread and I would guess even the fussiest of eaters would find something to eat here.
We opted to take the train in to the city as it was easier than driving and parking, however I know the hotel have a deal with a local car-park meaning you can get reduced rates on the hotel. I will definitely be back at the Ibis Styles Glasgow and will even look out for them in other cities as I think they are the right level of cool hotel but at budget prices!