The Perfect Places to Stay in Glasgow City Centre

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Wondering where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland? This guide will help you discover the best areas and places to stay in Glasgow for a perfect trip (plus hand-picked hotels and apartments).

Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland. It’s even bigger than the capital city, Edinburgh. So choosing where to stay in Glasgow may seem a little confusing at first.

Follow my Glasgow itinerary to see the best of the city. The guide will help you plan your time and easily explore all the must-see attractions.

The city is divided into few big areas: City Center, West End, East End, South Side and North Glasgow. Each of these areas contains a 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.

Where I stayed

For my trip to Scotland, I chose to stay right in the city centre, in the area between the Merchant City and Finnieston.

My favourite hotel in this area is Dakota Glasgow. What I love about the hotel is its stylish atmosphere and spacious rooms with super comfy beds. Plus, the restaurant is amazing.

This area is very convenient, as Buchanan Street bus station and Central railway station are within walking distance. The Airport Express stops at Buchanan Street station and you can also take a bus to Edinburgh from there. The location is perfect for shopping and restaurants, too.

Most popular hotel in Glasgow

In a hurry? Looking for a nice hotel with a great location and a good rating?

Then check out The Grand Central Hotel – it’s one of the most popular hotels. This is a great place to stay if you’re visiting the city for sightseeing, shopping or even business.

The Grand Central Hotel – Great for families and couples

A lovely 4-star hotel with a perfect location for sightseeing and shopping (close to restaurants and tourist sites). Plus, the spacious rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.


Where to stay in Glasgow, Scotland – the best area

Looking for 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.

Most of the tourist sites are here, plus the Central train station and Buchanan Street bus station are close at hand. This is also the most convenient area if you plan to explore the rest of Scotland.

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 (see a map here). 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.

Choose the City Center

If you want everything you need to be at your doorstep or if you are short on time.

Highlights
  • 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.

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Hotels in Glasgow City Centre

Hotels in the City Centre (Best for families)

The Grand Central Hotel – Most popular

The Grand Central is one of the most popular family hotels. The location is very convenient, perfect for sightseeing and shopping, everything is within easy reach. Plus, there is a direct entrance to the Central Railway station. The spacious rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Location: 500m to George Square Facilities: WiFi, restaurant with seasonal locally sourced food Guests love: delicious breakfast, spacious rooms


Apex City – Best rated

If you’re looking for a central hotel, look no further. Located in the western part of the city centre, the hotel is close to everything. The Buchanan Street shopping district is within walking distance. The rooms are modern, comfy and feature a flat-screen TV with Sky Sports and Movies.
Location: 600m to George Square Facilities: WiFi, TV with Sky movies and Sports Guests love: comfy beds


Hotels in the City Centre (Best for couples)

The Z Hotel – Most popular

This unique hotel is housed in an old printworks. The location is superb,  just steps away from the historic George Square, shops and bars. The main shopping streets are within a 2 minutes walk. This charming hotel has everything you need for a city break (including free wine and cheese tasting in the evenings).
Location: next to George Square Facilities: WiFi, HDTV with all Sky Sports and Movie channels Guests love: quiet rooms, comfy handcrafted beds


Dakota – Best-rated

If you look for a central hotel for sightseeing, this is the best choice. The location is more than convenient, right in the middle between the Merchant City and Finnieston. You can easily reach on foot all the famous landmarks. With its exceptional rooms and comfy beds, Dakota is a great choice for a city getaway.
Location: 900m to George Square Facilities: WiFi, full Sky HD package, bar with a Champagne Room and cigar terrace Guests love: comfy beds


Luxury Hotels in Glasgow City Centre

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel – Best rated

For a truly luxurious city break, this is the place to stay. The hotel occupies a gorgeous Georgian building from the 19th century. The luxurious rooms are spacious and feature marble bathrooms. In addition, you’ll find an awesome spa centre with 2 relaxation pools and a private garden.
Location: 600m to George Square Facilities: wellness centre, private garden Guests love: awesome spa, rich breakfast


Apartments in the City Centre

Premier suites plus – Best rated

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.
Location: next to George Square Facilities: WiFi, public parking nearby Guests love: friendly staff


Fraser Suites – Most popular

Fraser Suites offer 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.
Location: 600m to George Square Facilities: WiFi, public parking nearby Guests love: comfy beds




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Glasgow hotels with parking

Hilton – Best for families

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.
Location: 1km to George Square Facilities: WiFi, private parking with electric vehicle charging station Guests love: excellent breakfast


DoubleTree by Hilton – Best for couples

DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the best-rated hotels with parking. Plus, the location is more than fantastic, 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.
Location: 900m to George Square Facilities: WiFi, private secured parking Guests love: comfortable beds


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Hotels near Glasgow Central Station

Radisson Blu Hotel – Best for families

Radisson Blu is a modern hotel located opposite the Central train station. It offers spacious rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows and nice bathrooms with heated floors. Everything you need is less than a minute away from your doorstep.
Location: opposite the Central station Facilities: WiFi, British restaurant Guests love: amazing breakfast


Motel One – Best for couples

Located opposite the Central Railway station, Motel One is a perfect base for your city break. The hotel features chic, individually designed rooms with cosy box-spring beds.
Location: opposite the Central station Facilities: WiFi, safe Guests love: comfortable beds, helpful staff


Hotels near Buchanan Bus Station Glasgow

Holiday Inn – Best for families

Holiday Inn is one of the closest hotels to Buchanan Bus station. Plus, it’s just a short walk to the city’s shopping area. The spacious rooms are light and beautifully decorated in a modern style.
Location: 150m to Buchanan Bus station Facilities: WiFi, satellite TV with Sky Sports, restaurant on site Guests love: friendly staff


citizenM – Best for couples

citizenM is located only 300m away from the Buchanan Bus station. The hotel features king size beds, bath linen, rain shower and wall-to-wall windows. It’s the perfect choice for a luxury stay at an affordable cost.
Location: 300m to Buchanan Bus station Facilities: WiFi, bathroom with rain shower Guests love: comfortable beds


More places to stay in Glasgow, Scotland

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

Finnieston (West End)

Finnieston

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 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.

Highlights
  • 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.

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2 Replies to “The Perfect Places to Stay in Glasgow City Centre”

  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!

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      I’m glad you had a great time in Glasgow!

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