“ 5 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX. Tel: 0141 339 7878. „
With past guests including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Bryan Adams, I thought that The Royal Devonshire Hotel in Glasgow would be big, brash and very expensive. It wasn't. The hotel stands on the corner of an imposing tree-lined Victorian terrace set in the west end of Glasgow. We spent a night there on our way to the Scottish Highlands.
On arrival we checked in at a small reception area in the foyer of the hotel. We were greeted by exceptionally friendly and helpful staff who carried our cases up two flights of stairs. (There are no lifts) To get to our room we climbed a majestic central staircase which had been painstakingly restored to the carved glory of a bygone era, past a charming conservetory on the half landing which is highlighted by original stained glass windows.. The lighting is subdued and the walls adorned with countless original paintings.
There are only 14 bedrooms, each named after a Scottish mountain and each individually decorated. Our room was exceptionally well proportioned and included a king-sized bed, three piece suite and two large floor to ceiling windows. The bathroom was enormous with a huge, deep bath and power shower and a large range of excellent toiletries.
Although there are no tea making facilities, an extensive 24 hour room service is available and our first pot of tea plus home made shortbread were complimentary on arrival.
There is an intimate dining room for residents only. We decided to eat here as we had spent the afternoon in Glasgow and wanted an early night. We were not disappointed. A two course meal plus coffee cost £22.00 and wines start at around £10.00 a bottle. The food is locally produced and we both chose a dish of hot smoked salmon for starters followed by chicken in a wild mushroom sauce. Both were delicious.
The hotel is ideally situated. Loch Lomond is only a twenty minute drive away, a taxi into the city centre five minutes and if travelling by puplic
transport, Edinbrugh is forty five minutes by train.
The only negative aspect is that Devonshire Gardens is set back from the Great Western Road which is the main and exceptionally busy road through Glasgow. Even the secondary glazing does not diffuse the noise from the traffic which runs throughout the night.
All in all though, we had an excellent stay in a warm and very welcoming atmosphere in this very stylish hotel.