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CitizenM Coming to Glasgow, With Amsterdam-Made Rooms

August 20, 2008 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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Room With an Anti-View: The View From The ABode Hotel is ATrocious

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  Site Where: 129 Bath Street, Glasgow , United Kingdom, G2 2SZ
August 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Maybe we're not being fair to Glasgow's ABode Hotel. First, we complained that its enviable rooms aren't up to enviable standard, and we also whined about its weird capitalization thing.

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.

[Photo: ManxQueenies]

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ABode Glasgow Has "Enviable" Rooms That We Don't Envy

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  Site Where: 129 Bath Street, Glasgow , United Kingdom, G2 2SZ
June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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