Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland – a quick guide to finding the best place to stay in Glasgow for your trip.
Where to stay in Glasgow – the best area
Although Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, all tourist sites are within a walking distance from each other. This makes the decision where to stay in Glasgow super easy.
The city is divided into few big areas: City Center, West End, East End, South Side and North Glasgow. Each of these areas contains few smaller districts. They are marked with the letter G + a digit. So if you look at the address of any hotel you can easily understand where exactly it is located.
The best location for sightseeing, shopping and day trips is the city centre. Most of the sights are here, plus the Central train station and Buchanan Street bus station are close at hand.
Glasgow is a great starting point to explore Scotland. There are many incredible day trips from Glasgow that you can take.
Where I stayed
For my first trip to Scotland, I chose to stay in the city centre, in particular, the Merchant City. It was a very convenient base as Glasgow Airport Express stops at Buchanan Street bus station. Also, you can easily take a bus to Edinburgh from there.
My favourite hotel in the area is ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square. It’s within a walking distance from Glasgow Central railway station. The rooms are spacious and with comfy beds. It’s a perfect base to explore Glasgow.
Glasgow is filled with old Victorian buildings from the 19th and 20th century. I was so in love with the architecture of the city, that after a day of sightseeing I decided to walk to the hotel instead of taking the subway. This meant additional 6km on the top that I have already walked (more than 10km). Yet, I didn’t care. I just wanted to get more from this beautiful city.
Hotels in Glasgow City Centre
The City Center includes the Merchant City (G1), Charing Cross (G2), Woodlands (G3) and St Georges Cross (G4).
The City Center is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Glasgow for a first-time visit. No matter if you are interested in shopping, sightseeing or nightlife, everything is on your doorstep.
Merchant City is located in the eastern part of the City Center. It is the medieval heart of Glasgow. Merchant City is where the city started 15 centuries ago. Tolbooth Steeple, the only remaining part of the old Town Hall, is here.
This is also the most convenient base if you plan to explore the rest of Scotland. There are two train stations and one main bus station an arm’s distance away.
Choose the City Center
If you want everything you need to be at your doorstep or if you are short on time.
- Glasgow Central Station and Buchanan Street train and bus stations connect you to the rest of Scotland.
- The last stop of the Glasgow Airport Express is Buchanan Street bus station.
- A major part of the tourist sites is here: Glasgow Cathedral, Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship, George Square and many museums.
- There are two main shopping malls – the Buchanan Galleries and the St. Enoch Centre.
- Some of my favourite restaurants and cafes are located here. Wilson Street Pantry and Singl-end are great places for breakfast or lunch. Go to Obsession Of India or Bread Meats Bread if you are looking for a delicious dinner. Spend the rest of the evening in Gin71 or BrewDog.
Hampton by Hilton – Close to everything
Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central is a modern hotel within walking distance of Buchanan Street shopping district. Located in the western part of the city centre, the hotel is close to everything. You can easily get to any part of the city from there.
Some of the highlights are: a laptop safe and excellent coffee and breakfast (waffle maker available).
Dakota – Best-rated hotel
Dakota is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Opened in 2016, the hotel is already established as one of the best in the city. With its exceptional rooms and comfy beds, Dakota Glasgow is a great choice for a romantic getaway.
The location is more than convenient. Dakota is in the western part of the city centre. You can easily explore all the famous landmarks. Some of the highlights are: a full Sky HD package, monsoon showers and a modern bar with a Champagne Room and cigar terrace.
Dreamhouse at Blythswood Apartments – Perfect and centrally located
Dreamhouse at Blythswood Apartments Glasgow are modern apartments in an old Victorian townhouse. The kitchen provides everything you need – a dishwasher, an oven, a microwave, a toaster and a kettle.
Fraser Suites – Great location for shopping
Fraser Suites are awesome apartments housed in a beautifully-renovated Victorian building in the Merchant City. The living area features a work desk, DVD player and as well as an iPod dock and satellite TV.
Hotels in George Square Glasgow
ibis – Great value for low price
ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square is a 3-star comfy hotel featuring a unique design in central Glasgow, just off George Square. The location is perfect, just a stone’s throw from the shops, restaurants and sites. The hotel is an excellent starting point for exploring Glasgow, especially if you are short on time.
It is also a great base for day trips due to its location between the Central Station and Queen Street Station. And the best part is that the airport bus stops close, only a few hundred meters away.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 4,020+ guest reviews
The Z Hotel – Ideal for a short break
The Z Hotel has a prime location, just steps from the historic George Square and the City Chambers. The main shopping streets are within a 2 minutes walk. The hotel has everything you need for a short break.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 8,510+ guest reviews
PREMIER SUITES PLUS – Excellent location
PREMIER SUITES PLUS feature spacious apartments with a living area and a fully equipped kitchen. The location is more than fantastic, right in George Square. This accommodation is an ideal base for shopping, sightseeing and restaurants. In addition, it’s within a few minutes walk to the Queen Street Railway station.
9.5/10 Rating – See apartment images and 770+ guest reviews
Hotels near Glasgow Central Station
Grasshopper Hotel – Closest location to the station
Grasshopper Hotel is a modern 3-star hotel right next to the Central train station, close to George Square. It offers nice individually styled rooms with sleek design and Caledonian Oak floors. Everything you need is less than a minute away from your doorstep.
The hotel features an HD TV with Sky Movies and Sky Sports available in rooms. Don’t miss free coffee, homemade cakes and ice cream at the lounge area.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 720+ guest reviews
Hotel Indigo – 4-star boutique hotel
Hotel Indigo is a 4-star charming hotel with a vibrant atmosphere. With its boutique rooms and quality Egyptian linens, the hotel is an awesome choice for a romantic escape.
The location is unbeatable. Hotel Indigo is in the western part of the centre, not far from the river. It is close to the Glasgow Central Station, too. The hotel offers also 25% discount on parking rates at Glasgow Q Park.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 890+ guest reviews
City Flats – Spacious with a view
Glasgow City Flats feature unique and stylish apartments for a comfortable stay. The flats are spacious and have a central location with a view.
9.0/10 Rating – See apartment images and 440+ guest reviews
Hotels near Buchanan Bus Station Glasgow
Premier Inn – Closest location to the bus station
If you look for an accommodation right next to Buchanan Bus station, Premier Inn is the place. The hotel is located only 100m away from the station. The rooms are equipped with luxury king size beds and blackout curtains for a good sleep.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 910+ guest reviews
citizenM – Affordable luxury hotel
citizenM is located only 300m away from the Buchanan Bus station. The hotel features king size beds, luxury bed and bath linen, rain showers and wall-to-wall windows. It’s the perfect choice for a luxury stay at an affordable cost.
9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 6,370+ guest reviews
More places to stay in Glasgow, Scotland
Finnieston (West End)
Finnieston is a part of the bigger area, called West End. The district combines old Victorian charm with vintage shops and green parks. You simply can’t help falling in love with the beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings. This is the best area to stay in Glasgow if you are looking for more local feel.
Finnieston is also home to Kelvingrove Museum and the University of Glasgow. In addition to the Kelvingrove Park, the Botanic Gardens are an arm’s distance away.
If you are looking for a calm area close to the main attractions.
- Must-see sites: the University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Museum.
- The famous SSE Hydro indoor arena is here. This makes the area convenient if you are visiting Glasgow for a concert.
Argyll Hotel – a lovely family run hotel housed in a Georgian building close to SSE Hydro.
8.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,950+ guest reviews
The Alamo Guest House – a family run guest house with outstanding views over Kelvingrove park.
9.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 60+ guest reviews
Executive 7 Apartments – boutique apartments with an ideal location for Glasgow theatre breaks or shopping trips.
8.7/10 Rating – See apartment images and 170+ guest reviews
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Things to do in Glasgow
Take a day tour to Loch Ness and Loch Lomond and discover the magnificent beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
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How to get from Glasgow airport to the city centre
There are two airports – Glasgow International (GLA) and Glasgow Prestwick (PIK).
Glasgow International Airport is located 16km west of the city centre. Glasgow Airport Express is the easiest way to get to the city centre. There are shuttles every 10min and the trip to the Glasgow city centre is about 20-30min.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 51km away from the Glasgow city centre. You can reach it by bus or train.
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