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Parking was quite a walk
Express By Holiday Inn (Glasgow City-Riverside)
Member Name: catsholiday
Express By Holiday Inn (Glasgow City-Riverside)
Advantages: Nice modern central hotel
Disadvantages: Not a lot of character and parking some distance away if you have luggage
Holiday Inn Express
Last September we spent a few days In Glasgow exploring the city and particularly the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and we stayed in this hotel which we booked prior to arriving in the city.
We particularly chose this hotel as it was pretty central to the places we wanted to visit and also said it had parking. Parking in a city centre hotel is pretty essential if you arrive by car as it can be very expensive to pay for car parking for a stay of a few days.
PARKING AND ARRIVING
We eventually found the hotel but there was no obvious place to park and not even a drop off stopping area outside the front of the hotel. In fact we had to go around the block to chack and see if we could find somewhere to stop and ask where to park but no luck. We then drove back down and my husband parked in a pay and display car park near BHS and I ran up the road to find out where to park the car. The girl at the desk explained where we could park and gave me one of their special discounted parking tickets to put on the car windowsill. I then had to run back and try and guide my husband using her directions to this other car park. It was just an ordinary ground level open air car park so we were a little concerned about leaving the car over night for a few days but it was okay. We checked on it daily to make sure.
The vouchers cost 8.95 GBPfor 24hours so we bought a couple and then an extra overnight one I think which goes from 5pm till 10 am .
We then had to walk back from the car park with all our stuff and there was quite a lot because we had been self catering the week before. Usually we would have left it in the car but in a public car park we didn't feel it was wise. We had a good block to walk which was a real pain and in my feedback to the hotel I did d say that they should have had a couple of drop of places as it was a lot to expect people to walk all that way with luggage. Friends of mine from Australia did a road trip around the UK and they would have been mighty fed up to cart all their stuff that distance.
The girls at Reception were very friendly and helpful when I checked in before running back with our stuff and when we struggled in with everything they smiled and waved .We made our way through the locked door to the lift using our room key card and then into the lift.
Our room was not that high up but we did have an excellent view of a car park behind which would have been a lot more convenient for us to park in but it was half empty most of the time so salt in the wound for us!!
Check in is at 3pm but we arrived a bit after that and check out was quite late at 12 noon but we left long before midday on the day we left.
The room was a typical holiday Inn Express room with modern furnishing and neatly made double bed with fresh white cotton sheets and a runner across the bottom. It was all very clean and functional but with not a lot of character but all we wanted was a room with a comfortable bed and a decent clean bathroom.
We not only had a good sized comfortable bed but also a sofa bed, desk and neat flatscreen TV . We also had a kettle with tea and coffee making stuff which we did use for a cuppa from time to time. I was happy that we had free wifi and was able to keep up with reading , rating and writing reviews when we got back after a day's sightseeing.
We found we had plenty of storage and not only drawers but hanging space too. The windows were secure and double glazed so the room was pretty quite at all times despite being in a city. Our room was at the back of the hotel so not on the roadside but even so it might have been noisy if we had not had double glazed windows.
The bathroom was all white and sparkling clean with free toiletries of shampoo, soap and body lotion but no conditioner I think. I was cheeky and went into Lush and got samples of their shampoo and conditioner to use while I was away anyway so I was not that bothered. I also bought a bath bomb to use in the bath while we were there as a treat.
This was included which is always a bonus. My husband gets really fed up when breakfast in NOT included. There was a buffet with a pretty good selection of fruit juices, fresh and dried and some cut up as well as whole fruit too. I enjoy my yoghurts and pastries while my husband goes for the full English cooked stuff and we were both happy with what we had to choose from.
We never had problems finding a clean table in the morning and the staff were helpful and constantly clearing dirty plates and bits away.
On our first evening we bought sandwiches and crisps and ate them in our room because we had had a really nice lunch out. We did however pop down and enjoy a drink or two in the bar next to the Reception area. We didn't feel like walking any further that evening and it was quite comfortable down there. The drinks prices though, were a bit more expensive than they were in the pub down the road which we went to the next evening.
We are priority members and so we were welcomed as such on our arrival but you don't really get much of a bonus when checking out. They did have my credit card from when I checked in and as I checked out they just asked if I wanted to use that card. Printed off the receipt one I had keyed in my pin number and that was it.
They thanked me for staying and off I went to join my husband who had taken the stuff to the car in two journeys.
Happily the car was still there and the voucher had worked as we had no parking ticket but it did add a bit to our stay having to pay for parking but it is something you have to accept in city hotels I suspose but annoying never the less.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A decent modern fairly central hotel in Glasgow
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