- Far from city center
- Fee for breakfast
- Windows in rooms don't open
- No telephones in rooms
Sleek budget chain hotel with modern and efficient ambience
This Premier Inn was the sixth location of the popular chain to open in Glasgow, launching in 2014, just in time for the Commonwealth Games. The result of a £12 million development, this chain property is particularly sleek and contemporary, with a handsome black and white facade skirted with manicured lawns and views out onto the River Clyde. The simple, no-frills interiors are decorated in the chain's familiar palate of purple and yellow. The vibe is efficient and modern, with a trio of touch-screen check-in stations and a pair of elevators that connect to the property's five floors. The clientele is largely dictated by its location, with a mix of business travelers needing easy access to the nearby BBC offices or the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), as well as visitors in town for a concert or sporting event at the SSE Hydro arena.
On south bank of River Clyde, with easy access to Scottish Hydro and SECC
In the Finnieston area of western Glasgow, this hotel is located on the south bank of the River Clyde. Over the last 10 years or so the area has gone through a huge regeneration and now features a number of important venues -- including the SSE Hydro arena and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) -- both just across the river, about five minutes away on foot. The BBC, Film City Glasgow, and STV media companies are also within a few minutes' walk away, while it's a five-minute drive from the nearest M8 motorway exit. However, the property is not particularly convenient for exploring Glasgow city center, which is around a 15-minute drive away. But the airport takes about 10 minutes or so to reach by car.
Smart, clean, and modern rooms with large TVs but no telephones
The hotel has 180 rooms, all decorated in smart and simple styling with modern furnishings, colorful contemporary wall art, and the chain's signature purple accents. In-room amenities include 40-inch flat-screen TVs, kettles, and free Wi-Fi along with large and comfortable Hypnos beds. Bathrooms are clean and modern -- most with shower/tub combos -- and all have wall-mounted soap dispensers. Rooms lack telephones -- so calling reception can be tricky -- and the windows don't open.
Restaurant with generous buffet, two meeting rooms with river views, and free Wi-Fi and parking
The hotel's Thyme Restaurant is the largest branch in Scotland and offers a plentiful breakfast buffet (for a fee) and Costa coffee in a big space overlooking the river. A lunch and dinner menu of standard British fare is also available -- along with a kids' menu -- and there's a decent bar. However, there have been complaints about the restaurant's booking system. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, as is on-site parking. The hotel also has two meeting rooms with views over the Clyde.
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