“ Thistle Glasgow, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN. Tel: 0870 333 9154. email:Glasgow@Thistle.co.uk „
Was on a girls weekend of shopping and relaxing had a really good stay at the thistle we didn't pay too much for the room and the room was nice and clean staff where very nice we couldn't ask for more but to top the weekend off we when down to the leisure club and we all had a really good massage from a girl called Ashley and the guy on reception at the club think his name was mark was such a nice and happy guy he helped us out a lot on where to go around Glasgow. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and we all will be back.
A couple of years ago I decided to treat my wife and take her for a meal in Glasgow city centre but wanted to make sure it was special and so looked around to check on any hotels I could find that were offering luxury at a reasonable price when I came across the Thistle Hotel so decided to book for a night in a double room and also book the breakfast so we could go shopping the next day on a nice full stomach so here is my experience of the hotel.
This hotel is very well situated with it taking literally 2 minutes to walk to the beginning of the main shopping streets in Glasgow (for those who don't know much of Glasgow the shopping area has 3 main streets which all link up). It is also near the Buchanan bus station, Glasgow Charing Cross train station and Glasgow Queen Street train station so offers up excellent transport links with little effort.
The hotel is very nicely decorated with a real feel of luxury and care throughout so is perfect for those special occasion stays which is why I have been back with my wife about 3 or 4 times now.
The hotel has its own bar and restaurant, both of which offer good quality produce at a reasonable price (cheaper than I imagined for the quality of the hotel).
You can order room service with the staff who deliver this always being extremely friendly and more than happy to help if you need anything else (my wife asked for ketchup and they came back within 3 minutes with this which is excelletn when you consider that they needed to use the lift to go both down and then come back up). The room service menu is good with a nice quality of product on this but as you will have a tray charge of £5 then I advise to ensure you order extra drinks rather than needing to go down to the bar when you don't feel like it or needing pay another £5 for a couple of drinks).
The rooms are very well sized with plenty of space for luggage and or shopping and don't feel cramped whatsoever.
The beds are big luxurious beds which offer a very comfortable nights sleep as well as a comfortable vantage point for watching the large flat screen tv you will have in your room.
The breakfast is very nice and offers you the chance to help yourself to a huge variety of produce including croissants, breads, toast, sausages, bacon, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, juices, cereals and more. There is also someone at the hot food section incase you wish an egg to be cooked a certain way other than that in the main serving trays.
The staff are all very smartly turned out and professional yet friendly which is one of my main reasons for being such a fan of this hotel.
The view from the room is not great but if you are in a city centre then you are aware you are making sacrifices for the placement of your stay.
Overall I highly recommend this hotel to anyone and thanks to it being at the top of the hill your shopping day will be a nice walk down a hill so you can have a nice relaxed stroll.
It's that time of year again when we try to take the kids away for the weekend using our Tesco Clubcard vouchers. We usually stay up North - Aviemore, Inverness and Aberdeen but this year we thought we would try something a bit different. The kids are both getting a bit older and both quite enjoy shopping now so we thought we would give Glasgow a try, just for a change. We managed to get booked in the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
A Bit About The Hotel
The Thistle Glasgow is a 4 star hotel and has a really great location, situated only minutes from the M8 Junction 17 it was very easy to find by road. It is also situated close to Glasgow Central Train Station and Glasgow Queen Street Train Station, with the bus station only being a short walk away as well. Situated right in the heart of Glasgow the Thistle Glasgow is only a few minutes walk from Sauchiehall Street and the main shopping area of Glasgow with a huge variety of bars and restaurants on offer as well. The Glasgow Thistle is also a prime location for those of you who love to wander around art galleries and museums, with Glasgow offering a huge selection to choose from including the Glasgow School of Art, which again is only a short walk away and has ample exhibitions for you to enjoy.
From the outside the hotel was nothing special, although the entrance was nicely done with large windows and tubs of plants ouside. The hotel has a choice 300 rooms and suites with 115 of these having been newly refurbished. These are available at an extra charge of £10. The choice of different styles of rooms which the Thistle has on offer is great with something on offer for everyone, these include:
Executive Double Double
A huge variety of choice!!
Each of these rooms offers BT Open Zone Wi-Fi, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries, a direct dial telephone, a flat screen TV with freeview, a hairdryer, an iron with ironing board and a room safe and some of the rooms are also available with a separate sitting room, a trouser press, a walk in shower and a work desk.
The hotel offers a choice of 18 meeting rooms, which can also be used for weddings, offering facilities for numbers as little as 40 or the newly refurbished ballroom, which will cater for up to 1000 at a wedding and 1500 theatre style for conferences.
There is a car park situated under the hotel, which has enough spaces for 250 cars. This is charged at £5 per overnight stay depending on the room type. We had expected to pay this but when we were leaving they told us it was free because we had stayed in an executive room.
Once settled into your room you can relax in the Cabin Bar, quite a traditional style bar with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You can also have meals and breakfast in the Annlann Restaurant, a well decorated large eating area again with a lovely atmosphere.
If you want to work off the big cooked breakfast or indeed just relax and chill out for a while then you can pay a visit to the Otium Leisure Club, which offers a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms and a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Our Experience of the Hotel
As I said earlier the hotel was easy to find by road and when we arrived we were glad to see the car park below, otherwise there would have been nowhere to park with the hotel being situated right in the centre of the city. On entering the car park you take a ticket, which opens a barrier. This ticket is then validated at the end of your stay and if required you will then pay the £5 overnight charge, but this depends on the style of room you are staying in.
There are 2 large bright mirrored lifts which take you from the car park to the reception and then on to your room, alternatively there are stairs.
The reception area was large and welcoming, tastefully decorated with soft lighting and homely touches such as paintings and plants. The reception desk was long and had 5 or 6 people doing check-in. It was quite busy when we arrived and we did think we would have a to wait a while, but this wasn't the case. Check-in was done very quickly. I had a booking reference number which I quoted and all our details came up on the receptionist's screen, I was given paperwork to sign and then we were handed our room key card and directed to our room.
We took the lift to the 4th floor where our room was situated. I really liked the lifts, very roomy and VERY fast! When we left the lift there was a large open area, which was again nicely decorated, quite art nouveau in style with a tiled floor, large mirror and paintings. There was a long windowed wall with a large double door in the centre and we had to use our key card to get through this door. We then entered the corridor where our room was situated. We found our room and easily opened the door (first time!) using the key card, which did actually work every time!
I couldn't believe the size of the room when we walked in - it was huge!! A lovely bright and fresh room with a large window. When we booked we didn't really get much of a choice in what room we could have, having booked using our Tesco Clubcard vouchers we really just had to take the room and rate offered to us. Having said that we definitely were not disappointed. An Executive Double Double with bed and breakfast was what was offered to us. That was for 4 of us - myself, my husband, our son Kyle (17) and our daughter Erin (12). The rate we paid was £120 per night, which I thought was very reasonable, of course, with the added benefit that it was Tesco paying for it and not us!
In the room were two double beds, one of which was up against the wall. There were 2 bedside cabinets, one situated in between the 2 beds and one at the other side of the bed, which was not up against the wall. At the end of the beds was a long dressing table with a large mirror hung on the wall with drawers and cupboards below. In one of the drawers was the kettle with mugs, tea, coffee, milk and biscuits. In another drawer there was a good quality hairdryer. In one of the cupboards was something I found to be a great addition, there was a fridge!! It had a little sign on the outside of it saying mini bar and you could phone reception to have this stocked up accordingly, but we just stocked it up ourselves. Alongside the dressing table was another drawer unit with the 32" LCD TV on top. There was a large easy chair and footstool, comfy enough to sleep on, a coffee table, a couple of chairs and a large desk with a lamp and chair. The room was well lit with a mixture of wall lights, ceiling lights and lamps and most of these could be controlled from switches by the bed.
Near to the door there was a small cloakroom with a large built in cupboard with plenty of coat-hangers and a small safe, which could be used at an extra charge. Also in this cloak room was a vanity unit with a large basin and a large mirror above.
From this cloak room you then entered the bathroom, a small compact room, which housed a bath with a power shower above, a toilet and a vanity unit with a large mirror above it, this is where the complimentary toiletries were placed (and no basin). Above the toilet was a towel warmer with plenty bath and hand towels for the 4 of us.
What I liked about the room most was the size. It made our stay so much more comfortable, giving plenty storage space and lots of room to relax without feeling cramped in the slightest. I loved the fact that we had a fridge, I've never had that in a hotel room before. It was small but was big enough to keep a couple of bottles of juice, a large bottle of water, a bottle of wine and a few tins of lager. I liked the large window, it let in plenty of light and even although we were in the centre of a very busy city the window was double glazed with another window on the inside 3 or 4 inches from the double glazed window, which cut out all of the noises of the city. The easy chair and the desk with chair were also great additions, instead of having to sit on the bed to read the newspaper Scott was able to sit at "his" desk and read the paper in comfort, while Kyle was able to sit and relax in the easy chair listening to his ipod.
The only thing I found rather odd about the room was the fact that the basin was in a cloakroom outside the bathroom. You go to the toilet and then you have to open the door and go to another room, where there are no towels and nowhere to put them as they are hung in the bathroom on a towel warmer, and then wash your hands. A bit odd considering there was a large vanity unit in the bathroom with plenty space to fit a basin.
So far so good we were very pleased with our room.
We did have a couple of drinks in the bar which was very friendly with a great atmosphere but unfortunately, as is usually the case with hotel bars the prices were ridiculous. This was when the fridge came in very handy, we were able to relax in the large room with the kids who were happy to play cards or watch the television while we relaxed with a couple of chilled drinks.
We didn't have any meals in the restuarant but the menu was quite extensive with a great choice of food and what I did see looked very good, but again for us, we couldn't justify paying the prices they were asking, £13 for steak pie and chips! and with such a great choice of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel we prefered to go and explore a bit and choose where we wanted to eat ourselves. We did however have breakfast in the restaurant. This was served between 7am and 11am and was wonderful. The kids liked to go for a swim first in the pool so we usually didn't get down for breakfast until about 10.30am but there was still plenty of fresh food being put out, in fact, from the looks of things most people did seem to leave it until later. There was a super choice, cereals, cold meats, cheeses, pastries, porridge, toast and then of course the cooked selection, again with a great choice, bacon, eggs, (scrambled and fried), black pudding, potato scones, hash browns, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages. There was also a variety of fruit juices , yoghurts and fruit and you coffee/tea cup was never allowed to empty. I liked the dining area, it was very large and very informal with slate tiles on the floor and wooden tables and chairs, quite classy looking but at the same time relaxed in atmosphere. Food and drinks were available in your room through room service at an extra charge of £4.50 (nothing is ever free!)
We visited the Otium Health Club as well which was also very adequate. There were 2 rooms for the gym, one with free weights and weight machines and one with bikes, treadmills, cross trainers and rowing machines. Both rooms were quite small but were well equipped, bright, clean and air conditioned. They each had a large television screen on the wall and a water cooler machine. The pool was also very nice, quite small and cool but I found this quite reviving after a workout in the gym. The jacuzzi was wonderful and left you with red lines on your skin from the heat of the water. The sauna and steam rooms were just as they usually are, small and hot!
Overall I really cannot fault our stay in the Glasgow Thistle. The location was great and although it was right in the centre of Scotland's largest city it was still very quiet. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I can also say, through expereince, that their fire regulations are up to standard as well. When we were there the fire alarm was sounded and we were all quickly and calmly ushered from the hotel to the front of the building where we stood for about 15 minutes until the fire brigade, who arrived in about 2 minutes, had checked the building. We were actually in the bar at the time and were not allowed to take our drinks with us, but everything was as we left it when we got back in. The breakfasts were great. The lifts were super fast and very large making transportation of your suitcases a breeze. The room was wonderful, the beds were very comfortable and there was ample space for the 4 of us. I loved the fact that we had a fridge. Oh and I didn't mention earlier but all the rooms have air conditioning as well, not that we needed it in Scotland in April, but it was there anyway. Wi Fi internet access was available throughout the hotel. As I said my only real small complaint would be the situation of the basin. The furniture in the room was also a little tired looking I suppose, but the room itself was very clean and fresh and functioned well for our needs and the fact that the furniture wasn't new did not take away from the enjoyment of our little break in the slightest.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Glasgow and I would definitely stay there again myself.
For more details of the hotel and prices and availability of the room you can visit their website www.thistle.com
I often have to travel to sunny Glasgow for work and have stayed at a number of hotels in the centre.
The Thistle is located one block away from the main shopping street (Sauchiehall Street) and is around 10 minutes walk from Central Station (or a £3.60 taxi ride - if like me you are seven months pregnant and not going to lug a case in the rain!).
This is a large scale hotel - it caters for large groups and conferences so the reception is very spacious. There are normally 2 or 3 staff on the desk and if a large group is expected there will be a separate reception desk for them - brilliant if you want to check in quickly.
The staff are both friendly and efficient - they will book you in quickly and offer directions to your room. Don't expect personal service such as being taken up to your room - this is a business hotel - so strictly find your own way!
Are newly redectorated and very comfortable. They are all ensuite and are cleaned to the highest standard. no hairs in the bath plug here! The bathroom has a good sized bath and a powerful shower, expect some nice cosmetics - shower gel and shampoo -no moisturiser unfortunately.
The beds are comfortable - with pillows and cushions and a duvet.
Each room has air con and heating so you can control your own temperature.
TVs are supplied - plasma flat screen ones - channels include BBC - channel 5 plus Sky sports 1-3 and Sky News plus various radio stations.
There is a kettle, iron, ironing board and work desk -plus chairs and a coffee table so plenty of room to relax and work.
Internet connection is pricey at £15 for 24 hours - again if work is paying then not a problem!
There is a restaurant serving good quality meals. If you prefer something more relaxed try the bar. Drink prices are steep as you would expect for a business hotel £2.95 for a lime and soda on Wednesday!
Room service is available 24 hours - serving a great range of food from sandwiches, through pizza, pasta, and fine dining plus a great range of wine and drink!
My personal favourite is the baked beans on toast with grated cheese - available for £4.95 in the bar or £4.95 + a £5.00 tray charge for room service.
I didnt say that this hotel was cheap!
Are very friendly and helpful - they cant do enough for you.
There is a gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa which guests can use for free. THis is a real treat after a hard days work!
Towels are provided and you just need a £1 for the locker.
There is no lifeguard on duty so swim at your own risk!
there is also a beauty centre offering treatments at very reasonable prices - £20 for a 30 minute facial - £35 for a 60 - 75 minute facial. This is probably expensive for Glasgow but good compared to London prices!
Time your attack well- if you hit the peak time you can wait to be seated - I once waited 20 minutes for a table which was a nightmare. Normally though you are seated straight away.
you have a choice of the hot or cold buffet - juices, fruit, cereals, bread / pastries, or full english. Food is good - no dried out baked beans in the hot buffet and the scrambled egg looks very edible!
The coffee is a little weak for my taste - but that is a personal thing.
you can grab a complimentary newspaper to read over breakfast too.
Checking out - again, there any normally plenty of staff so it is very efficient.
i guess one of the most important things - standard room rates are £200 for a double on a room only basis with breakfast weighing in at a hefty £12.95.
HOWEVER, book ahead - using hotels.com, expedia , laterooms etc and you can get much better pricing.
I paid £80 per night for a superior double this week for two nights (plus £12.95 for breakfast each day) so very reasonable. All major cards are accepted. If you want to put items onto your room bill you will have to leave a card imprint on check in.
a great business hotel - for leisure I would only stay here if I could get a good deal as it is pricey but I know they do great value weekend deals. Definitely worth a look if you are visiting Glasgow!
The Thistle Hotel is ideally located in the centre of the town just off Sauchiehall Street and a five minute walk from the main bus terminal, Queen Street train station and the underground as well as the main shopping and bar districts. Parking is available on site for an extra charge.
Rooms here are of a reasonable size and are clean with comfortable beds and surroundings. The bathrooms are of similar cleanliness and quality. The rooms come with all the standards expected of a hotel-wireless internet throughout the building, tea service in the rooms and the opportunity to have one of the executive or suite rooms-I haven't stayed in such a room and so can't advise if the upgrade is worthwhile.
Breakfast is in the form of a buffet and has a good choice. The coffee was also of a reasonable quality! The on site restaurant and bar is the AnnLann and is a pleasant area to relax with a drink. The food is not bad but there is better available for a similar price in the city nearby. There is also a health and leisure club with pool available to guests.
The outside of the hotel is well-kept but a little ugly and the atmosphere inside reasonably welcoming but a little clinical.
The standard room rate is around 80 pounds and a little on the steep side for a standard service but there are frequent special offers.
During my work travels I have stayed in many Glasgow hotels and have found the Thistle to be one of the best. It is situated smack bang in the middle of the city centre making it ideal for commuting throughout the city and for evening entertainment. The main nightlife of Glasgow and a wide variety of eateries are just a 5minute walk from the hotel and 2mins down the same road is a large UGC cinema - ideal for passing evenings on your own during business trips.
The hotel itself has a large modern reception, with check in located to the right as soon as you walk in and concierge on the opposite side. The reception staff are very friendly and attentive whether in person or on the phone, I have never had to let the phone ring more than twice before it has been answered and my query dealt with.
There is a large variety of rooms on offer at the hotel from single to executive suits. The hotel is currently going through refurbishment floor at a time, starting at the top. The newly refurbished rooms are quiet modern with all amenities and look very fresh and comfortable. The rooms on lower floors that have not been refurbished are still in great order though tend to be decorated in a more old fashioned way. All rooms have tea making facilities, television, safe and mini bar, along with hairdryer and basic toiletries. Most rooms also have a trouser press and iron. Dressing gowns and slippers are available upon request for the duration of your stay.
The hotel has many options for eating with a full and varied room service menu (£5 tray charge), silver service restaurant and if eating in the bar you can choose from the bar menu (very similar to the room service menu) or the restaurant menu. Breakfast is served in the restaurant with a wide range of cooked breakfast, cereals, fruit and pastries. I have had several meals as well as breakfasts and always found the food to be very fresh and enjoyable; the room service has always been very quick indeed.
The hotel also has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi along with a beauty room. I have never used the beauty room although it looks very well equipped and uses good brands such as dermalogica, the prices also seem reasonable. The swimming pool is quiet small but more than adequate for a quick dip at the end of a long day. The sauna and steam room are also small but I have never found them to be too busy to use. Towels are provided for guests but you will need a pound coin for the lockers.
The only problem I have ever found with this hotel is the mobile phone reception. I carry two mobiles (work and personal) and they are on different networks but neither gets any reception in the bar and reception can be patchy throughout the hotel.
Really great hotel though with friendly staff and good food.
I have stayed here on several occasions and have always found the rooms to be clean and comfortable. They tend to be of a resonable size and you can upgrade to executive rooms, though I wouldn't really think this is necessary unless here for a longer stay. They are adequately equipped with the usual tea/coffee, hairdryer etc.
The hotel has a pleasant bar, thought it is not very big it does tend to have a pleasant atmosphere. Breakfast is the usual buffet style with a good range of choices, but the dreaded toast machine is here for self service. The hotel does do meals but I have not eaten here other than breakfast. The restaurant is decorated in a mexican style and has a slightly rustic feel to it.
I have not been bothered with noise whilst staying at this hotel which considering its very central location is great. The hotel has its own underground car park, which they charge £5 per night for, this is pretty resonable as parking can be expensive. The hotel is pretty easy to get to from the motorway although I would suggest you read the directions on the hotel website. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from the main bus and train stations.
As I said it is centrally located and just off Sauchiehall Street and a five minute walk to Buchanan Galleries (a large shopping mall), a ten minute walk will take you to the Kings Theatre or the St Enoch Centre (the other central mall). As well as being right in the midst of the main shopping areas there are plenty of bars and restaurants to chose from. A taxi to the SECC should come in under £10 depending on traffic.
Prices can vary but they do offer good deals so it is worth checking around to get a good price. If you want a central location and to hit the shops you wont go far wrong here if you can get a good rate.
The Thistle hotel Glasgow is situated on Cambridge Street, just off Glasgow?s main Suchiehall Street. It?s literally about 100 yards from the heart of Glasgow's shopping centre. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants within walking distance, with a cinema and theatre within 10 minutes walk. The hotel itself has a coffee shop, fitness centre, lounge bar and a reasonably sized swimming pool. The rooms are spacious each having a king sized bed or two singles, TV, phone, trouser press, separate iron, desk, table and chairs. The décor is not what you would call contemporary but it is clean and of a good standard. I had breakfast delivered to my rooms whilst staying, it was OK, not as good a selection as I?ve had in other hotels especially for £11.50, but it was filling and delivered on time. I didn?t eat at the hotel at any other time as there are loads of places to eat in Glasgow. Normal prices start around £80 and go up to £204 depending upon the time you are stopping and the level of luxury. Corporate rates can be negotiated however if you are in Glasgow on business. The pool and fitness areas are clean and well kept if a trifle small, best time to go is around 1900hrs, that way you avoid the after work fitness fanatics. On the whole the Thistle hotel is pretty good value for money.