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Where to stay in Glasgow
Where to stay in Glasgow
The question of where to stay in Glasgow is all about knowing what sort of accommodation will suit you best. Do you prefer to keep it simple, or would you like to go all out and stay somewhere fancy? It’s also important to pick accommodation that is close to everything you’d like to do during your holiday. Looking to go on a cultural excursion? Stay in West End! Want to explore the port districts? Stay in the city centre. To give you a better idea of what sort of accommodation to expect in each area, here’s a handy breakdown of some of our favourite spots.
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The city centre is home to some of the very best places to stay in Glasgow if the five-star experience is what you're looking for. Close to just about everything the city has to offer, including public transport for when you need to go further afield, the city centre is ideal for when you want to base yourself in one spot while remaining central to all the best activities.
As the city's major art and culture hub, many hotels in this area are influenced by the bohemian lifestyle the West End promotes. Every hotel is unique, and many are owned and operated by locals, rather than a chain or franchise. This has led to wonderfully eclectic designs and the repurposing of some of the city's oldest and most beloved buildings.
A former district of warehouses and docks, Finnieston is one of the best areas to stay in Glasgow these days. A booming entertainment quarter, it's where the expansive Scottish Event Campus is located, making it the city's home of live concerts. Hotels here are plentiful, very comfortable, and not typically expensive.
Staying on Cathedral Street is a great way to get stuck right into every historic religious site. Hotels in this area run the gamut from simple motels to four-star bed and breakfasts, all of which are quite comfortable and reasonably priced. Staying on Cathedral Street will put you on the doorstep of the famed East End and all it has to offer.
Trongate and East End
Trongate is one of the oldest streets in Glasgow and is considered the main thoroughfare into the city's East End. Located in what is now Merchant City, the area has seen a major revitalisation since the 1990s and boasts some of the fanciest hotels anywhere in the city. For those who want five-star accommodation, Trongate is where you want to be.
Frequently asked questions
When packing for a trip to Glasgow, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some GBP and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka plenty of layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a raincoat, walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, wellies and a kilt*.
*Not essential, but where else will you be able to flaunt this bad boy 24/7?
Glasgow is an incredibly walkable city, so you shouldn’t have any issues navigating all the sites. With this in mind, travellers generally opt to stay in Central Glasgow and West End.
While Glasgow isn’t winning any prizes for year-round sunshine, it does give travellers the chance to experience all four seasons. Summer offers the hottest temps and long, sunny days between June and August, while winter will bring the cold, fog and snow between December and February. If you’re not a fan of the cold and are keen to make the most of your days in Scotland, we recommend visiting between March and August.
Beyond sampling haggis and shopping for your next kilt, Glasgow packs a mighty punch when it comes to holiday activities. Take your pick from days spent strolling through rolling hills, catching a gig at any of the bustling music venues, seeing a football game at Celtic park, exploring the Victorian-era Glasgow Necropolis and meeting some locals at the pub.
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