“ Address: 187 George Street / Glasgow / G1 1YU / Scotland „
If you have stayed in a chain hotel before you will know what I mean when I say you get a kind of expectation about what you expect and that that expectation isn't very high really. We booked this because our expectation would be that it would be decent but nothing special. We simply didn't have the money to go for something more expensive and we were a bit wary of trying another cheaper hotel which wasn't part of a chain. We knew what we would get with The Premier Inn.
Where it's at
Upon visiting Glasgow for a weekend with a young child our main priority was that where we stayed had to be central to everything. We travelled up on the train so we didn't want to have to get a taxi or worry about public transport. This hotel came up perfect as it is in the heart of the city and not far from the train station. It made it easy to get to when we first arrived and was so close to the shops and restaurants that we didn't have a problem at all getting to and from our accommodation. There was a car park and apparently it wasn't free, I don't know how much it was as we didn't have our car with us but I would think that it would be difficult to find parking elsewhere which would be free anywhere near here seeing as it is so close to all the city attractions! There were lots of things to look at in Glasgow, we mainly went to explore the shops but I think we could have spent longer here taking in more of the history.
First impressions were not very great as this hotel doesn't look attractive. It's a tall, concrete building which rises up into the sky in a very ugly manner! It is not a beautiful looking hotel at all! But like I said at first I don't think you really expect an inner city Premier Inn to be anything special. Once we were inside the hotel it was much nicer, the staff were so friendly! They chatted to us about our journey and it looked like they actually had time and interest in us! Unlike other hotels where they just rush you to your room and that's it. It was nice to be welcomed warmly after a long journey. The room we were in was nice enough. It wasn't amazing but it had a lot of space. We had a large king size bed and a single bed for our daughter and it all looked as though it belonged, not as thouh the single bed had been wheeled in just for us! There was space for our luggage and a dresser, little wardrobe, a flat screen television, a rather rubbishy hair dryer and plenty of towels and pillows! We were spoilt for choice and even offered to change our pillows if we wanted! The ensuite was quite small and wasn't very modern at all, it did look like it was a bit sad and needed updating really.
A good night's sleep
Premier Inn are supposed to grant you a good night's sleep or your money back. We didn't have any trouble sleeping. I was thinking maybe we would as we were so lcose to the city centre but we were not disturbed by traffic or night life. The only disturbance we had was the odd hotel resident walking up teh corridor talking as the wall smust be quite thin but it wasn't too bad and the bed was very comfortable! It was nice to have a choice of pillows so you could be as comfortable as possible and the mattress was nice and firm. We all slept well here and I now love king size beds and want one of my own! It did feel a bit of a luxury actually and I wasn't expecting that from Premier Inn so thank you!
The restaurant inside this hotel is actually within the building. I know with some other Premier Inns you have to go outside and walk across a car park but not here! So it made it nicer not having to face the cold first thing in the morning for breakfast. It was a buffet style continental breakfast. You could have a cooked breakfast too but we chose not to. The continetal breakfast included cereals, croissants, toast, crumpets, fruit which was nice. No cooked meats or anything which is what I thought a continental breakfast included too but we were nicely full after our breakfast and the staff that served us were very friendly. The restaurant also offered evening meals but we never ate here, it looked like it got quite busy too so if you want to eat maybe best to book. There are lifts, WiFi and conference rooms so this is a practical hotel for businesses.
I was pleased with this hotel. It was actually more expensive than I had expected. I always thought these hotels were very cheap but we paid £79 per night and that didn't include breakfast, breakfast was £5.99 each on top. But actually I have thought about it and think it is worth it as it's so central to the city centre and you get a very decent room for that. It was very clean and the staff were lovely so you did feel like you were being looked after. I didn't really like the look of the building it was just so big and ugly and the ensuite was tired and dated which was not all that nice. I don't like how breakfast is £6, yes you can eat what you like but it would have been nice tohave had a cheaper option or something if you booked it in advance. I think I will give it 4 stars as it was nice enough, very useful, friendly, warm and we did have very good sleeps!
NOTE - although Dooyoo describe this room as Glasgow Central, there are now so many branches of Premier Inn in the city that Premier Inn call it Premier Inn George Square
Expecting to spend only approximately five hours in a hotel room in Glasgow, it is understandable (as least I think it should be) that I did not want to spend a great deal of money on a room. We were travelling up from Newcastle to watch our beloved NK Maribor beat Rangers in the knock out round of the Europa Cup and needed to be close to the central station to pick up an early train back to Geordieland the next morning, and within easy reach of an underground station to get to Ibrox and back. We'd originally considered catching a late train to Edinburgh and staying there, effectively letting us be an hour closer to Newcastle in the morning (with all annual leave until April now spoken for I was borrowing time from work) but what with the festival and the fringe rooms in the capital were outrageously expensive and we'd struggle to get anywhere near Waverley for less than £200.
There are loads of Premier Inns in and around Glasgow but there are three that are very close together; location wise we could have chosen any of them but the one at George Square was, at £29.95 a tenner cheaper than the other two. We booked online and paid in advance to secure that price.
We arrived on time into Glasgow Central and ordinarily would have walked to the hotel but we were pressed for time with kick off in an hour and we were hoping to swap our tickets among the Rangers faithful with ones in the visitors' section. We took a taxi which, in retrospect turned out to be a mistake as we had to take a slightly circuitous route due to the closure of several streets around George Square for the filming of World War Z starring Brad Pitt. We'd heard that filming should more or less be over at that time and it had crossed my mind that it might be slow going in a taxi but in our panic we hailed a cab anyway. Usually it would take ten minutes on foot and two minutes by taxi.
I don't know whether this building has always been a hotel, it does rather have a look of a former office block. It's in the Merchants' Area of the city, not quite on George Square, but that is the nearest landmark and it is just a few footsteps away. If you're into star-spotting and can get to Glasgow before filming ends, this hotel is a good option as it is just yards from where the filming is taking place. If on the other hand, you're coming for shopping or entertainment, you're also right in the heart of the city. The hotel doesn't have its own car-park but there are pay-for car-parks close by.
I understand there are rooms that are suitable for wheelchair users but there are several steps leading to the entrance so it would be worth contacting the hotel in advance to confirm how to gain access if this is a requirement for you.
This Premier Inn does not have a conventional reception desk; there are two small lectern style desks on either side of the lobby and a row of three or four express check in machines. One receptionist was on the phone, the other was showing a guest how to check in using the machines. I looked on our paperwork for a reference code but wasn't sure that we could check in with the machine unless we had asked to do so at the time of booking; fortunately a receptionist became free and showed us how to check in using the machine (much as you do at an airport, though I can't say I much care for this way of doing things). A printed receipt tells you your room number and two swipe cards drop out of the machine. It's simple but so impersonal and while I can see the benefit at hotels like this which are really big with a high turnover of guests, I do like to experience a friendly welcome and often have questions for the staff. Fortunately when, having stashed our bags in our room, we came back downstairs we were glad to find one of the receptionists available to quickly direct us the quickest route to Buchanan Street to pick up the "clockwork orange" to get to Ibrox.
The room was just as we've come to expect from the Premier Inn brand; not as large as the palatial room we had at Manchester Airport, but bigger than the room in Belfast. There was plenty of space to move around and room to stash our bags (not that we had much on this occasion) out of the way.
The hospitality tray was perched out of the way on a corner shelf which was a neat and tidy way of doing something that often clutters the desk/dressing table and - a genius move (hotels much get fed up with chipped window sills and furniture edges) - a bottle opener securely screwed to the wall.
I'd challenge anyone to find fault with the room itself. It was clean and comfortable and all items of furniture and soft furnishings were in excellent condition. There was a comfortably upholstered sofa and easy chair, good lighting and spare pillows. A notice informed us that if it was too hot fans could be borrowed from reception (not an ideal way of cooling down but at least they'd come up with a plan) and that there were also extra sheets should the usual duvets be too warm. As usual our bed had the usual runner across the bottom which, it being purple, was held high and swirled around my head when we returned to the room (our team wears purple and supporters are the 'Viole') - I will never outgrow being a football hooligan. Internet access can be paid for additionally if required. A flat screen television had all the usual Freeview channels, great for us to watch Dalibor Volas score his goal for Maribor once again!
The bathroom was again spacious although the washbasin seemed designed for a much smaller room. The shower worked perfectly and it was easy to alter the temperature (after recent near drowning event in a Mercure hotel, I was particularly appreciative of this simplicity). The only complaint I could level about the bathroom is that once it became humid it smelled slightly of cigarette smoke: this could just be one of those strange things, or somebody may well have smoked in there recently, or perhaps the smell of cigarette smoke became ingrained over a long period and has never really gone away. Who can tell?
We'd have slept pretty well had it not been just slightly too hot during the night and we were too tired to bother getting out of bed to adjust the temperature. Another irritation came from people passing down the corridor leaving the fire door to slam and letting the door to their rooms slam too; the doors in this hotel are very heavy.
We didn't take breakfast at the hotel as we were leaving at a rather obscene hour but we did have one last drink in the bar before finally retiring. It's a bit of an indentikit place but there are lots of comfortable nooks and the place is nicely lit which makes it quite cosy at night. The drinks prices were reasonable for a hotel and we paid (to the best of my memory - it was a very exciting night) just over £6.00 for a pint of lager and a bottle of Peroni (approximately what you'd pay in an average pub in the city centre). Food is served until late into the evening.
We paid just £29.95 and booked quite late so we were delighted with the deal we got. As far as Premier Inns go I'd even say this one is slightly higher than the standard we've come to expect. The public areas are very "corporate" but clean and smart and the rooms and the lounge/bar are very comfortable. Who could be vexed for a shade under £30? We certainly weren't and will certainly think of this hotel next time we're in Glasgow.
I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago with my girlfriend as we were through in Glasgow attending a concert at the SECC. I found the location of the hotel to be excellent both in terms of how close it was to the SECC (5 min drive or 30 min walk) and also how close it is to the main shopping streets of Glasgow which were only a 5 minute walk away.
In terms of the hotel itself the room was lovely for the price we paid. It was a nice size with modern decor and huge bed. The room also had a stylish plasma screen TV which was a nice touch. The bathroom was also a decent size and very modern. One of the best parts of my stay at this particular Premier Inn was the helpful and pleasantness of the staff. Every member of staff that i came across from the lady at the check in desk right through to the waiter that served us dinner was very pleasant and seemed to be doing everything possible to make out stay as comfertable as possible.
The food at the restaurant was also good. the portion sizes were decent and the prices were very reasonable for a hotel restaurant, there was a deal on at the time of my stay with a starter and a main or a main and a dessert for £10.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a well placed comfertable hotel at a decent price in Glasgow.
Premier Inn promotes themself as a budget chain of hotels. They struggle to compete with my personal favourite chain, Travelodge, but are they any good?
Over the last year I have visited the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre, on a number of occasions as friends and family have stayed there.
Located just off George Square you can't really get a much more central location. Within 5 minutes walk of the city's 2 main train stations, bus station and the heart of the shopping district you will certainly find lots to do here.
Past the hotel reception is a medium sized bar/restaurant where the buffet breakfast is served. This breakfast is not usually included in the cost of the hotel room and costs £7.95 per adult whilst kids under 16 eat free. I had the breakfast here last month, although on this occassion I was not staying at the hotel. Staff were more than happy to serve us anyway and as I only wanted a continental breakfast my meal only cost around £5. There was the usual variety of cereals, the dreaded toast machine, croissants, fruits, fresh juices, teas and coffees. If you have opted for the full breakfast the buffet you can choose from also includes the usual fry up - sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes etc.
I think the breakfast is a little overpriced but the food was all delicious. The service was very friendly if a little slow at clearing your plates.
The one problem was that the toilets were located back out through the reception area and downstairs, very annoying!
The restaurant also serves meals at night which my friends had had the night before and said were very good. I haven't had a meal here and would reccommend you visit one of the surrounding restaurants instead as some of the city's best venues surround this hotel such as Cafe India and Italian Kitchen.
There are 239 rooms in the hotel and there are lifts to all rooms with disabled rooms also available. Rooms are either twin, double or family rooms with the family rooms being the usual pull out sofa beds.
Unlike Travelodge, the rooms do come equipped with hair dryers. Irons, extra towels and pillows are available on request and staff have always provided quite happily.
The rooms are fairly basic and are a decent size for 2 of you in a double room. They have a modern pleasant decor and the rooms are always clean and staff are willing to help with any queries.
Check in is 2pm and check out 12pm. Bookings can be made at www.permierinn.com and you can often good deals when booking in advance. Parking is available at the NCP car park and the hotel provides a 25% discount on the cost of this.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a reasonably priced hotel in Glasgow city centre
Situated in the heart of Glasgow's cosmopolitan city centre.