Where to Stay in Glasgow – The Best Areas and Hotels

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland – a full guide to the best location and places to stay in Glasgow for a perfect trip.

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Although Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, all tourist sites are within a walking distance from each other. Follow this guide that will help you to decide where to stay in Glasgow and choose the perfect hotel.

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.

The city is a great starting point to explore Scotland.

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 the Airport Express stops at Buchanan Street bus station. Also, you can easily take a bus to Edinburgh from there.

It’s within a walking distance from the Central railway station. The rooms are spacious and with comfy beds. It’s a perfect base to explore the city.

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland – the best area

Looking where to stay in Glasgow but not sure what is the best area?

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 at your doorstep. The City Center includes the Merchant City (G1), Charing Cross (G2), Woodlands (G3) and St Georges Cross (G4).

Merchant City is located in the eastern part of the City Center. It is the medieval heart of the city. 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.

  • The Central Station and Buchanan Street train and bus stations connect you to the rest of Scotland.
  • The last stop of the Airport Express is Buchanan Street bus station.
  • A major part of the tourist sites is here: 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.

Merchant City

Hotels in Glasgow City Centre

The best family hotels

Dakota – Best-rated hotel

9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,320+ guest reviews
Dakota is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of the 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 is a great choice for a city 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.

Fraser Suites – Great location for shopping

9.1/10 Rating – See apartment images and 2,300+ guest reviews
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.

The best couple hotels

Hampton by Hilton – Close to everything

9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,670+ guest reviews
Hampton by Hilton 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).

Dreamhouse at Blythswood Apartments – Perfect and centrally located

9.3/10 Rating – See apartment images and 20+ guest reviews
Dreamhouse at Blythswood Apartments 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.

George Square Glasgow

Hotels in George Square Glasgow

ibis – Great value for a low price

9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,960+ guest reviews
ibis Styles 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 the city, 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.

PREMIER SUITES PLUS – Best for families

9.3/10 Rating – See apartment images and 1,100+ guest reviews
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.

The Z Hotel – Best for couples

9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 8,160+ guest reviews
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.


Glasgow hotels with parking

Hilton – Best for families

8.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,810+ guest reviews
Hilton has the perfect location. The tourist sites, shops and restaurants are just a short walk away. Plus you can easily access the hotel from the main road if you’re arriving by car. Hilton features an excellent breakfast, a good restaurant, spa facilities and a swimming pool. The parking is very convenient, right below the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton – Best for couples

8.9/10 Rating – See hotel images and 4,710+ guest reviews
DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the best-rated hotels with parking. Plus, the location is more than great, right in the city centre. The hotel features large rooms with good facilities and comfy beds. Don’t miss to check out the spa and the indoor swimming pool.


Hotels near Glasgow Central Station

Grasshopper Hotel – Best for families

9.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 720+ guest reviews
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 in the lounge area.

Hotel Indigo – Best for couples

9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 900+ guest reviews
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 Q Park.

City Flats – Spacious apartments with a view

9.0/10 Rating – See apartment images and 510+ guest reviews
City Flats feature unique and stylish apartments for a comfortable stay. The flats are spacious and have a central location with a view.

Hotels near Buchanan Bus Station Glasgow

citizenM – Affordable luxury hotel

9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 6,610+ guest reviews
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.

More places to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Still looking where to stay in Glasgow? Check out the calm Finnieston.

Finnieston (West End)


Finnieston is a part of the bigger area, called the 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 a 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.

Choose Finnieston

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 the city for a concert.

The best accommodation in the West End

Argyll Hotel

8.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,950+ guest reviews
A lovely family run hotel housed in a Georgian building close to SSE Hydro.

The Alamo Guest House

9.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 110+ guest reviews
Family run guest house with outstanding views over the Kelvingrove park.

Executive 7 Apartments

8.7/10 Rating – See apartment images and 170+ guest reviews
Boutique apartments with an ideal location for Glasgow theatre breaks or shopping trips.

Most popular activities

Take a West End Whisky tasting tour.

Learn more about the colourful history of the Celtic Football Club by taking a Celtic Park stadium tour.

Take a day tour to Loch Ness and Loch Lomond and discover the magnificent beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

How to get from Glasgow airport to the city centre

There are two airports – International (GLA) and Prestwick (PIK).

International Airport is located 16km west of the city centre. Airport Express is the easiest way to get to the city centre. There are shuttles every 10min and the trip to the city centre is about 20-30min.

Prestwick Airport is 51km away from the city centre. You can reach it by bus or train.

Further reading for your trip

Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Scotland.

Visitors often combine Glasgow with Edinburgh. Find out why you should visit Edinburgh. Also, check out these great affordable hotels in Edinburgh Old Town.

Planning a trip around Scotland? Then you need Scotland Explorer Pass. Find out what’s included in it and from where to buy Explorer Pass Scotland.

If you consider renting a car, compare the car rental prices in Europe.

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One Reply to “Where to Stay in Glasgow – The Best Areas and Hotels”

  1. We loved our stay at Z Hotel – room was very comfy and the location more than perfect. Plus, there is free wine and cheese 5pm-6pm!

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