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With the city undergoing a major urban renewal project and in the throes of an aggressive new tourism campaign, Glasgow is going to need a few more hotel rooms to accommodate its (hoped for) mass influx of visitors. Lucky, then, that easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is planning to reopen his easyHotel, which closed early last year.
The 125-room hotel on Hill Street in Glasgow's city center will reopen on February 1st and, true to the budget airline ethos, rooms will be solidly frill-ree (your room only gets cleaned if you pay an additional fee) but going for ridiculously low prices. Rates will start at £19 a night from Sundays through Thursdays and £29 per night on Fridays and Saturdays. Following the usual "easy" format, the earlier you book, the lower the rate. Additionally the hotel is running a special promotion offering the first five cheapest rooms at £9 a night every night during February and March.
The easyHotel chain has 15 hotels throughout Europe and even as far afield as South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Well, that told us. No sooner had we expressed doubts that Hotel Indigo Glasgow would be opening on schedule last Monday, what with the website not accepting bookings and no staff around to answer the phone when we called to reserve, someone from the hotel told us we were wrong, and that the hotel did in fact open as planned on 18 April. Our bad. Maybe having some staff on rezzie duty three days before opening might have solved that confusion.
Anyways, a room tonight will set you back £129, whereas last time we checked, they were going for £115. It’s an odd decision to up their prices, seeing as Malmaison, which is probably the hotel they’re most likely trying to challenge, has rooms for tonight for £89, or, if you spend £75 in the restaurant, they’ll give you a room for £10.
Alternatively, you can score a room at the delicious Hotel du Vin Glasgow for £75 tonight. And that, don’t forget, is not only among our top sexy hotels evah, but also comes with free sightings of The Great Piers Morgan thrown in on the side.
Ruh roh, are we looking at another delayed hotel opening? This time it’s the turn of the Hotel Indigo Glasgow, which was scheduled to open on Monday. Only problem is, that although the website states that the opening date is on track, it isn’t showing any availability until the following Monday, 25 April.
It does, however, have a note saying that for reservations before 2 May, you're meant to call them. So, to give them the benefit of the doubt, we gave them a call today (during office hours - at 3pm Glasgow time no less) and found the phone ringing, ringing... and going straight to voicemail. Not answering the phone at 3pm? That doesn't sound like a hotel opening in three days time.
Hotel beds and wine o’clock: two of the loves of Piers Morgan
It was as we were perusing the website of Hotel du Vin, the posh, claw-bathtub-and-rubber-ducky-included-as-standard boutique British chain, the other week, that we noticed a familiar face: Piers Morgan.
Yes! Ebullient Piers riffing on the joys of a hotel brand that’s based around its dedication to all kinds of wine. According to his blurb on the website:
I think I travel far, far too much. I need somewhere I can truly unwind. A place that offers me what I need, when I need it. Be it with friends or for business I look forward to stunning food and a thankfully peaceful nights sleep to recharge the batteries. Did I mention they do a great glass of wine too?
(Nice work crowbarring the word “glass” in there, Piers. We believe you.)
According to the website, it's due to open April 18, though the fact that reservations are only being taken for 2 May onwards makes us think that it's going to be another delayed opening. Located on the corner of Waterloo and Blythswood Street, in the heart of Glasgow's financial district the hotel will be housed within a 19th century Victorian building - let’s just hope they keep some of its original features.
Rated a four-star plus each of the 94 rooms will have wood floors, wool rugs, unique murals featuring city scenes, free WiFi and iPod docks. Whilst the property will also feature state of the art business facilities and a bar and grill named Limelight. And we have to say, that studded headboard is looking fly already.
Nothing says "I heart you boo" more than a romantic getaway, but sexytime isn't just for Valentine's Day. So if you don't have time to catch one of the V-Day packages we're profiling this week, we're also presenting you with some year-round sexy options. Whether you're into raunch, roses, or Rosé, every day this week, we’ll pick a different property that we think will knock your socks—and who knows what else—off.
When it comes to Scotland, Edinburgh usually tops the go-see list. Still, we’re partial to Glasgow, and its louche, devil-may-care atmosphere. The city once had a rough rep, but today there are plenty of pretty spots. Plus, some once-gritty hoods are cleaning up their act, while retaining a bit of flavor.
One such area is the now-trendy West End, which is home to the Hotel du Vin Glasgow. A row of Victorian townhouses were connected to make the place—which has an air of an old gentleman’s club what with the welcome whisky, oak wood panels and a bistro that Gordon Ramsay once owned. In other words, testosterone's in the air.
Yes! We’ve been waiting for a while now for citizenM to open its Glasgow property, and finally it’s here.
The citizenM Glasgow opened on Thursday and contains 198 rooms – or rather, pods – over eight floors on the corner of Hope and Renfrew Streets. It sounds pretty sexy, too – a red spiral staircase to reach the lobby, and a bar with huge windows looking out at the street below.
Don’t expect the rooms to be the same as the Amsterdam ones: the Glasgow property includes:
Hmm, perhaps we should always choose the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer when given the chance. Given what's happening at the Hilton Glasgow at the moment, we're thinking that anything a hotel can do to prevent the spread of germs is a major plus.
Two guests of the Scottish hotel are in hospital today after 24 guests and 14 staff members came down with symptoms of a Norovirus. While the viral infection is not usually serious—15 guests have already recovered and checked out of the hotel—the outbreak is a health and PR concern for Hilton and for hotels everywhere.
The infected guests and hotel staffers were hit with sudden bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, reports the Evening Times. But public-health officials are still awaiting results to determine the exact nature and origin of the virus.
Citizen M Schiphol. We likes the pod.
Don’t you just love a hotel mystery? Yes, yes you do. So here goes. The funky Dutch budget brand citizenM was due to open its first still funky but non-Dutch outpost in Glasgow late last year. But it kind of disappeared off the radar.
We didn’t think any more about it, until we got the citizenM email newsletter through last week, and in it, they’re running a competition for a two-night stay in Glasgow.
We already heard that the innovative pod-ness that is the Citizen M hotel chain is planning on opening the CitizenM Glasgow sometime around October next year, but now we're hearing more info about it.
The Scottish version of CitizenM will have 180 rooms and they're building it next to the Theatre Royal. Well, in fact, they're building most of it in Amsterdam: all the "pod" rooms will actually be built in a factory in Amsterdam, then shipped to Glasgow and "slotted into place on top of each other". Neat.
The marketing fizz is always that CitizenM is "affordable luxury"--affordable in Glasgow apparently means rooms starting from £54 (US$100) which we have to agree is reasonable. Since CitizenM plans to have these identical rooms wherever they build their hotels, you can pretty much refer to our in-depth Amsterdam review to figure out if you'll like the Glasgow version or not. Easy, isn't it?
[Photo of CitizenM Amsterdam room: Sacred Destinations]
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
And now we're slamming an Anti-View tag on it, although that's pretty well deserved when you see this pretty shocking view over an awful air vent system and some dirty walls.
However, Glasgow fans tell us that the ABode has a funky bar and is in a good location, so it ain't all bad. They've got bed and breakfast deals going for £75 (US$145) a room at the moment (in a Comfortable-level room) but we're presuming these cheaper deals run you the risk of getting stuck with this view.
There's one thing that instantly annoys us about the ABode Hotel Glasgow: that arty capitalization of the second letter. Any self-respecting word processing software immediately whips that "B" into a lowercase letter, and so it should, we think.
But let's get beyond such pedantic issues for a second. The ABode in Glasgow has promise: we like that its 59 rooms are classified into four levels, comfortable, desirable, enviable and fabulous. (Much like W Hotels categories of rooms--wonderful, spectacular, fabulous, mega, wow, etc.")
Plus, it's centrally located near train stations and they give you free WiFi in the café. So far so good.