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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow 4.5

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Pros

  • Striking architecture and cool, contemporary interiors
  • City center location opposite Glasgow Central train station
  • Easy access from M8 motorway exit
  • Rooms decorated in one of three attractive design styles
  • One restaurant and two bars on-site
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms
  • Access to health club with pool, sauna, and gym

Cons

  • Restaurant is expensive
  • Some beds are hard
  • Elevators can be noisy

Bottom Line

This Radisson Blu is a high-end, 250-room hotel occupying an eye-catching building in the center of Glasgow. The location means most of the city is within easy walking distance while also providing easy access by car and train. Rooms have designer interiors and impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, though some beds have been reported as being too hard. Access to the health club with a pool is a big bonus, while restaurant and bars are nicely styled -- albeit rather expensive. It is certainly one of the priciest options in town, but this is luxury 21st-century style.

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Scene

Modern hotel with eye-catching architecture and sleek 21st-century styling

The first thing you can't help but notice at this Radisson Blu Hotel is its striking, modern facade -- it is eye-catching and angular, even avant-garde; the design has won more than a few architectural awards. Inside is no less impressive, with its bright, lofty atrium comprising towering sheets of glass, warm wood flooring, and sleek 21st-century furnishings. The overall effect is cool and contemporary, while hallway murals pay homage to Glasgow's landmarks through playful illustrations and splashes of colorful modern art (these touches help avoid the hotel all feeling a little too corporate). Check-in is at one of three discreet, minimalist reception desks while a trio of elevators whisk a mixture of business and leisure guests to one of its seven floors. 

Location

City center location opposite main station with easy access from motorway exit

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The hotel is located on busy Argyle Street in the center of Glasgow just opposite its main train station. Besides being well-placed for those arriving by train, all of the city's main attractions are well within walking distance. The main shopping area of Buchanan is half a mile away, while George Square -- one of the city's main hubs with many of the city's best restaurants -- is about 10 minutes away on foot. Easy access from the M8 motorway exit makes it convenient for drivers, while Glasgow's SSE Hydro and SECC concert and event venues are just five minutes away by car.

Rooms

Three design styles and free Wi-Fi -- though some uncomfortable beds

The hotel has 250 rooms decorated in one of three designs: Modern, City Club, or Gallery style. Modern references the hotel’s locale and the city’s club scene, Gallery celebrates music stars through black-and-white photography, while City Club rooms have lighter and fresher interiors with unique artwork. All rooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows and include free Wi-Fi, well-stocked minibars, and large flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms are finished in granite and provide high-end bath products -- though lack the design flair of the rooms. While rooms are well-maintained, some furnishings do feel a little reminiscent of Ikea and there have been reports of uncomfortably firm beds and elevator noise. 

Features

Access to on-site health club with swimming pool and sauna

The hotel's Collage Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast each morning (with an extended service on Sundays) though it's not included in the standard rate. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner though dishes are pricey and there's no lunch on Sunday. There are also two bars, one with a hip tropical vibe and the other celebrating Grahamston village with craft ales and a good whiskey selection. Hotel guests have access to the on-site Sports Direct health club which includes a swimming pool and sauna as well as fitness room. While the hotel doesn't have parking there is an NCP car park across the road.

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Address

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL, United Kingdom

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