Glasgow wasn’t named a UNESCO Creative City for nothing. The city was officially recognised for its incredible live music scene in 2008 but it’s not just music that Glasgow thrives on. It’s an inherently creative city with the arts at its beating heart and we think any visit to Scotland is not complete without a dip into the vibrancy of Glasgow. Glasgow has its fair share of luxury hotels and we happen to know the best ones. Whether you are looking for something right at the centre of the city’s social scene, or a quiet boutique hotel to relax in at the end of a long day, check out the best luxury hotels in Glasgow as selected by The Luxury Editor.
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
A landmark hotel in Glasgow and the city’s only 5-star hotel, the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is celebrated for its gorgeous Georgian architecture, superior service, recently renovated rooms, incredible spa and fabulous destination restaurant Bo and Birdy. The five-star property continues to define Glaswegian luxury as the only hotel in the city with AA accreditation. And you can’t beat the location right in the heart of the city, with private gardens right outside its doorstep. This is, without doubt, our favourite hotel in Glasgow!
Situated in the old Work & Pensions building in the city centre, Dakota Glasgow offers the best in affordable luxury and top-quality cuisine. On a quiet street just steps from Sauchiehall Street, you couldn’t be closer to the city centre pubs, restaurants, clubs and theatres. The interior of the hotel is as striking as its painted black exterior, with lots of exposed brickwork mixed with luxe furnishings and fittings – all very effortlessly stylish! The 83 rooms and suites are light and spacious with full-length windows which wouldn’t look out of place in an NYC loft and walls and soft furnishings dressed in the trademark dark grey tones that run throughout. The olive-tiled bathrooms are also a delight and add to the calming and peaceful ambience. In terms of food, the Dakota offers an in-house Bar & grill helmed by a head chef who trained under Rick Stein, and their impressive Champagne Bar is perfect for private dining or special occasions!
Around the world, Hilton hotels are known for their high-quality furnishings and business-friendly amenities, and the Hilton Glasgow is no exception to the rule. Conveniently located in the heart of the financial district, the Hilton is popular with business travellers in Scotland. Perks of being a guest include access to the business centre, the executive lounge, a fitness facility and an indoor pool. If you are looking for a traditional Scottish dining or drinking experience, you can get it onsite at the Ti Tea Lounge, Morblas Seafood and Grill or the Connich Bar.
The Radisson Blu hotel has become one of Glasgow’s most iconic and recognisable hotels in the city, thanks to its incredible copper facade and design created by award-winning architects Murray and Dunlop. Located just on the edge of the Financial District and literally steps from Central railway station, the Radisson Blu is ideal for those who want to see, be seen and stay connected while in Glasgow. Expect exceptional cuisine, attentive staff and contemporary decor at the Radisson Blu.
Believe it or not, this boutique hotel was once an Episcopal Church, which lends culture and heritage to the beautiful space. It may have once been a church, but Malmaison is anything but austere. The crowd tends to be young and hip, and each of the rooms are lush and contemporary. Dine at the onsite brasserie for fusion fare or head to the Malbar for an upbeat vibe and wild cocktails that sets the tone for a night of excitement.
One Devonshire Gardens at Hotel du Vin
Located on a tree-lined street in Glasgow’s West End, away from the hustle and bustle, the Victorian One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel with a class that is part of the Hotel du Vin family. Peaceful and classic, this hotel is a nod to the culture and elegance of centuries past. There are just 49 rooms and suites in the five adjoining townhouses that make up the hotel, and guests can enjoy unparalleled service from some of the world’s best hotel staff.
Located in a three-storey Edwardian townhouse just west of the city centre, Abode Glasgow is the Scottish offering from the brand awarded as AA Hotel Group of the year 2017/18. Formerly the home of Scottish-born Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, Abode Glasgow offers a hotel bursting in contemporary style whilst also protecting the beautiful original features of the building. Rooms are spacious and decorated using a calming colour palette of heathers, blues and zesty greens reminiscent of the Highland countryside. The hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the bars, restaurants and shops of the city centre as well as most of the main transport links. Dining options include their Brasserie Abode, a relaxed but sophisticated space serving up comforting classics (they also do a cracking Sunday lunch), or Pie & Brew, the more hipster basement bar cum restaurant which has craft beers on tap, delicious pies for sustenance, and live music most nights.
Clayton Hotel Glasgow City
Overlooking the River Clyde, the Clayton Hotel Glasgow City, is a family-friendly 4-star hotel close to the city’s main shopping streets, art galleries, bars & restaurants, and transport links. The hotel comprises over 300 spacious and modern rooms ranging from deluxe to suites – all with the amenities a discerning traveller expects, including access to the fitness suite. Lunch, dinner, and informal drinks are all served in the hotel’s Custom House Restaurant and bar, where a relaxed vibe and quality menu can be enjoyed.
Technically not in Glasgow, this 5-star hotel, golf and spa estate is just 10 minutes drive from the city centre and the airport. Set in 240 acres of luscious woodland estate, Mar Hall is an Edwardian Scottish mansion with 53 individually designed rooms, a championship golf course, a Decleor spa, a swimming pool and fine or casual dining options. Most rooms have windows on multiple walls boasting impressive views over the Clyde and the Kilpatrick hills, and 4-poster beds ready to sink into after a long day. The decor is traditional country manor-chic but the hotel is anything but old-fashioned. It’s definitely worth booking for dinner in the Cristal Dinning Room for one night when staying at Mar Hall, as the award-winning chef serves up some incredible dishes and the room itself is an equally impressive sight!