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If there's anything I recommend you try once, it's staying in a Citizen M hotel
Hotel Citizen M (Glasgow)
Member Name: missamandajane
Hotel Citizen M (Glasgow)
Advantages: good price, great bed, free movies, love the mood lighting, waterfall shower, fun
Disadvantages: rooms are too small for a long stay
Being from Glasgow I found the hotel very easy to find! It is about a 7 minute walk from central station, 4 minute walk from queen street station and 4 minute walk from buchanan bus station. It is on the same street as cineworld which is a hugely tall building and I'd imagine everyone you could ask would be able to direct you there. Although I knew where I was going I managed to walk past the entrance as the full building is black tinted glass the full length and breadth of the hotel. After finding the entrance (automatic doors) I entered to nothing but a lift or a red spiral staircase. Feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland I chose the staircase and proceeded with caution to the lobby.
On reaching the top of the stairs I was faced with touch screen computers designed for check-in. These were accompanied by a helpful member of staff who offers you assistance if necessary. The system was easy to use and an enjoyable novelty, added to by the fact that the room cards are designed to be kept and used for luggage tags. These can then be used on subsequent stays in any citizen M hotel, retaining information on your personal preferences. The lobby is broken down into different living areas designed for different activities such as relaxing or business meetings. There are computers available for customer use in these areas. The decor is totally modern and very trendy. On the same floor is the restaurant which I believe is mostly self-service and 'canteen' style dining although I didn't eat there.
The room is just as described on the citizen M website - a 'pod'. The room is tiny but perfectly designed and oh so much fun. I felt the same 'wow' factor in staying at a citizen M hotel I have felt when staying in a 5 star hotel, for a fraction of the price.
The bed is absolutely huge and extremely comfortable. The bed is underneath a huge window which looks amazing and also has total black out blinds so light in the morning is not an issue. On one of the walls overlooking the bed there is a huge flat screen tv which is loaded with really up to date films (and a large number of adult movies) for free.
The toilet and shower are hidden behind frosted plastic. The sink is in the room. I was a little worried about the toilet issue but the layout is so that if the person your with is in the bed and you are in the toilet then you are obscured by the plastic, the shower and then another door so they definitely cannot see you. If you are in the shower they can see your silhouette. I was with my boyfriend and found no issue with the toilet or shower (and I am not in a 'pee with the door open' relationship with him at all!). I would be comfortable staying there with a friend too. All the rooms only have double beds though and no space for extra beds.
My favourite aspect of the room was the 'mood pad'. This controls all the functions of the room and I found quite easy to work. The best bit was the coloured lighting in the room. A dial comes up on the 'mood pad' of so many different colours and as you scroll through them the light in the room changes. I recommend standing under the waterfall shower (its a huge shower head) and getting whoever you're there with to scroll through the colours as you shower. It's magical.
Although I loved it for a night I definitely would not stay there for more than two nights. The room is just too small for a long stay. Although in saying that there is excellent storage room. Another thing that may be an issue for some is that there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. There is no iron in the room but there is an ironing room which guests are welcome to use.
Overall, I would say that this boutique hotel combines luxury with a hostel type atmosphere. Guests have a small but comfortable, trendy, advanced technology room and are encouraged to meet people in the 'living areas' and 'canteen'.
Both me and my boyfriend loved it and I cannot wait to return.
Summary: Definitely a memorable hotel experience for all the right reasons