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CitizenM Hotel Glasgow - this certainly isn't a family hotel!
Hotel Citizen M (Glasgow)
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Hotel Citizen M (Glasgow)
Although this year seems to have flown by at the speed of light, this hasn't stopped me from fitting in a few holidays and weekend getaways! My most recent getaway was simply a one night stay in Glasgow with my boyfriend last month. I'd purchased tickets for us to go see Brandon Flowers but as we live in Aberdeen, we needed a place to stay for the night. After seeing that the CitizenM Hotel was the top place to stay in Glasgow in the month of October, we booked it straight away. I guess it was foolish of us to book it without checking out the hotel website or reading any reviews, but it certainly paid off!
Before continuing with the review, I would like to add that I took a peek at the hotel website before we went on our trip, so I did have a fair idea of what to expect. I won't tell you my initial reaction to the website though, as this is a review on the hotel itself and not their website.
The CitizenM Hotel is actually Scotland's first high tech hotel, with the only other two hotels of it's kind being in Amsterdam. CitizenM aim to open up a hotel in every major city in the world, but for now only have 3 hotels open. I will only be reviewing the Glasgow hotel, but I am told that they are all the same.
Finding the hotel
We initially had a little bit of trouble finding the hotel due to the maps on our iphones being completely different from one another so we had no idea which one was right, but after phoning the hotel, they gave us directions from Buchanan Bus Station directly to the hotel - staying on the phone with us the whole way. The hotel was actually only a 2 minute walk from the bus station and was on the same road as Cineworld.
Like I mentioned before, I checked out the website before arriving so had a fair idea of what to expect, but actually being in the building blew all expectations out of the water. Instead of walking into the reception upon entering like you would with most hotels, you simply walk into the hotel lobby. This contains a grand circular staircase and a few lifts up to the higher floors (this is an 8 floor hotel). The decor is beautiful and modern without being tacky, and we were both very impressed. If the lobby was anything to go by, then this would certainly be a beautiful hotel. We took the stairs up to the main area of the hotel and were rendered speechless. The staircase takes you up into an open plan area which contains all of the main facilities in the hotel (I'll talk about these a little later) and the reception. Now all there was to do was check in!
Unlike any other hotel I'd ever stayed in, this is a self check in hotel. The reception area offers 6 computers with very easy to follow instructions on screen. By checking in this way, you get to choose which floor of the hotel you stay on and what kind of view you'd like - obviously this is subject to availability but there seemed to be a good choice of rooms on offer. We choose a room on the 7th floor which we were told had the best view by the staff that were there to help with any questions we may have had. After choosing our room, we simply confirmed who we were and the computer printed out our keycard.
The keycards also double up as luggage tags, so you don't have to give them back at the end of your stay. Not only this but the card remembers all of the settings you've used in the room you stay in, so that if you stay in another CitizenM hotel you can used the very same card and your settings will stay the same!
The Hotel Room
This is where it really gets interesting. Due to this being a high tech hotel which also falls under the budget category, the rooms are very small. Again, I expected this due to looking at the website but had I not had a peek beforehand, I'd probably have been shocked.
The room is roughly 7ft wide which sounds absolutely tiny but was actually very comfortable to stay in.
The window makes up one whole wall of the room and the bed is directly against the window (don't worry, there is a large headboard type panel so that you don't roll against the blinds in the middle of the night). The bed makes up one third of the room, touching the walls at either side. This only leaves one end of the large, luxurious bed to climb in and out of - and it certainly was a climb! The mattress itself was 1.5ft deep, with the base being around 2.5ft high - there were extra towels, pillows and duvets stored in the base of the bed, alongside a safe for all of your valuables.
The television was a plasma screen tv mounted on the wall above one end of the bed. This came equipped with over 50 tv channels, 15 radio stations and 160 movies which were all 100% free to watch/listen to. Here's the problem; around 100 of the movies were all cheesy pornos! The rest were all fairly new movies, but we certainly got the impression that this was a hotel for very horny people after seeing the size of the bed and then 100 pornographic movies on screen!
The horny couples impression was then made even stronger when we started playing with the Phillips MoodPad. This controls the lighting, music, atmosphere, windows, temperature, tv and wake up calls in the room. My boyfriend played around with it for a while and found out that there were 4 pre-made settings; romance, party, business and relax. He instantly chose the romance setting, but we instantly regretted that! All of the lights turned red, the tv started showing images of cartoon love hearts with silly expressions on their faces and generic cheesy porno music started playing. We found the whole romance setting absolutely hilarious and ended up just turning the music and tv off and then leaving the lights on a pretty purple colour.
This brings me to the bathroom area of the hotel. It is ridiculously hard to describe without showing you any photos, but it is simply a clouded glass cubicle in the room with a toilet and shower in it. The sink is outside of this cubicle. There is a curtain in the room which can be used to split the room in two so that there is a bit more privacy for changing, but this only comes up to the shower wall, instead of covering the whole area. We then found out that although the glass of the shower is clouded, you can see absolutely everything if the person showering stands close enough to the glass. That's fine for my boyfriend and I, but could you imagine if I had been with a friend or dare I say a parent?!
Despite the very obvious sexual feel of the room and the size of it, we were more than happy to stay there. The rain shower was fantastic and the bed was huge, that was all we needed for a one night stay.
I would like to mention the wake up call feature on the MoodPad. It doesn't matter which of the 4 wake up calls you choose, you will be woken up by what I can only describe as the sounds of a comedy fight scene from a movie. The lights also come on as soon as the wake up call does, which is a lot less than pleasant as there is a spotlight right above the bed!
I think it's important to point out that each room only sleeps 2 people.
This hotel doesn't have a swimming pool, spa or gym, but it does have some very unique features to it. Instead of having a small seating area in the reception, it has what CitizenM like to call living rooms. These are all open plan and are decorated like a very modern home. There are iMac computers available to use and books to read - I don't have much to say on this area of the hotel as we didn't spend any time there.
There is also a cocktail bar which doubles up as a canteen during the day. Sadly there is no restaurant in the hotel, so the only food you'll be able to get from the hotel are the kinds of things you'd find in the To Go section at M&S, although there is a cooked breakfast available in the morning. This will cost £5 for as much as you fit onto your plate.
The cocktail bar was great, we luckily managed to get all of our cocktails for 50% off because my boyfriend happened to know the barman - he really can go anywhere and find someone he knows, haha - but the cocktails weren't expensive even at full price. They were all made fresh infront of you and the service from the bar staff was excellent!
We didn't really have many questions to ask the staff, but any questions we did have were answered fully and in a very friendly manner. The staff seemed to not only be happy to help with any queries, but they also seemed to really enjoy their job, which is always pleasant to be around!
As this a high tech, budget hotel our stay only cost us £60 for the night. I think this is fabulous value for 2 people and would definitely stay there again! The prices in the canteen were a little steep for certain things (£2.50 bottle of vitamin water anyone?), but still weren't too expensive.
It is also important to add that you pay for this hotel as you check in, instead of paying when you check out. To my knowledge, this is non-refundable and is the only downside of the hotel.
My overall experience of this hotel was incredible and I can't wait to stay there again (February can't come soon enough!). Just remember to stay there with a partner instead of a family member or platonic friend, otherwise you may have a very awkward stay!
Thank you for reading. Also, a quick thanks to anyone who has read or rated my previous reviews, you helped pay for the Brandon Flowers tickets :).
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