Glasgow is Scotland’s most populated city, but due to its industrial, working-class roots, it has always played second fiddle to Edinburgh, known for its royal history and mediaeval castle. Glasgow, conversely, boasts 19th-century art nouveau buildings, modern architecture and urban rejuvenation projects. Add to that museums and art galleries, whisky distilleries, atmospheric pubs, cocktail bars, and great dining are why many tourists add Glasgow to their Scottish travel itinerary. When spending time in this very cool city, you’ll no doubt want equally stylish accommodation, so we’ve compiled a few of our favourites below to get you started.
Native Glasgow Apart-Hotel is a league unto its own. Known as one of Glasgow’s most unique boutique spaces, it features luxury apartments repurposed from the former Anchor Line Shipping Company headquarters. To preserve that heritage, décor takes inspiration from the glitz and glamour featured on transatlantic cruise liners that graced Glasgow’s shores during the 1920s golden age. Even the building’s facade maintains many nautical and art deco features built in the early 20th century. These luxurious apartments feature a range of spaces that include a fully equipped kitchen but with two gourmet restaurants onsite, why cook for yourself? Anchor Line Bar and Restaurant, complete with nautical memorabilia, will transport you, harkening back to a bygone era. Get swept up into adventure and times gone by while staying in this decidedly modern venue.
This hotel is a centrally located favourite packed with style and features for the more tech-savvy traveler. Even before arrival, you can download the citizenM app to your phone for easy self-check-in. You can even order via the app from the canteenM bar and food service, which are open 24 hours a day. After a day out exploring Glasgow rest easy in your spacious, extra-large king bed, luxurious linen and comfy pillows featured in every room. And if you get too hot or cold? The citizenM app can program the air conditioning, switch lights on or off, open and close blinds, or browse television channels. Modern and luxurious decor features throughout the hotel including in the communal lounge, where you’ll be pleased to find colourful artworks, workstations, and sofas for relaxing.
Moxy Glasgow is marmite, depending on your taste, but it was one for our list. You’ll undoubtedly spot the bright pink signature neon sign from a mile away in the Merchant City district with the same neon style featured throughout the hotel. The hotel bar features its own unique retro lighting, a full-sized pool table, and large screens for football games. Even the onsite gym continues the bright pink theme with punching bags to match. Expect a complimentary Moxy cocktail when you check in to get your Glasgow visit off to a great start before you head to your room. And what rooms! Moxy takes luxe to another level, with smooth wooden panelling, leather swivel chairs, and an HDTV adorning the wall. For a unique stay, check out Moxy.