Much like the flights, I didn’t have much say in my accommodation for this trip. Luckily, the company had chosen a decent enough brand which happened to be a few minutes from where I would be working.
In fact, the last time I stayed in Glasgow back in 2017, it was in the Crowne Plaza just a stones throw from the Hilton Garden Inn. So I was somewhat familiar with the area.
From the city centre, it was around a 20-30 minute walk along the river to reach the hotel. There’s also a train station within a short walk, which I used when heading into work.
Check in was a pretty standard affair. Including the seemingly mandatory deposit. Seeing as I was on a business trip, I was reluctant to put this on my card. Luckily, the company had been using the hotel quite a bit, so all I had to do was mention that I was with them and they stuck it on the tab.
I was assigned a room on the 4th floor. Unbeknown to me at the time, I was given an upgraded room.
I was led to believe that the only difference between the rooms was the view.
Although from speaking to my managing director, there is more than just an upgraded view. And he made it known that I had a better room than him!
The room itself was fairly small. It was fine just for me, although for more than one person it may be a little cosy. I suspect that this hotel mostly caters for business travellers, seeing as its a short walk from the exhibition centre.
The bathroom couldn’t really be called a bathroom. More a shower room. This was fine for the most part though.
All the usual Hilton Garden Inn amenities were provided.
At the far end of the room was a work desk, along with a filthy desk chair.
Along the far wall was a fridge, complete with tea and coffee facilities.
In addition, I was handed two bottles of water at check in as per my Hilton Honors Silver status.
Next to this was a wardrobe. Not something I’d normally use, but after EasyJets less than generous baggage allowance, having to pack a weeks worth of clothes into a small bag meant it was advisable to hang things up.
Although if the situation got too serious, there were facilities to rectify this.
And of course, the bulk of the room was taken up by the queen sized bed.
Also provided in the room was a decent sized TV. There wasn’t the biggest selection of channels however, and I barely watched it.
Other Areas Of The Hotel
The hotel also featured a decent sized bar and restaurant area on the ground floor.
A good enough breakfast was served here every morning. Although there wasn’t too much in the way of variety. And by the end of the week, things became a little like Groundhog Day. Or at least, Groundhog morning. This could have been due to covid restrictions however.
I also ate dinner here one night. What I had was very tasty, and from one of the others that has stayed here on a more regular basis, the menu rotates fairly regularly.
Not the biggest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in, but it was more than adequate for my extended stay. There was a good enough restaurant on site which I used for breakfast and dinner. The riverside location made for a pleasant place to have drinks in the evening too.
One minor criticism was the price. Although I wasn’t paying, the nightly rate was £85. And this was a corporate rate. The Crowne Plaza a short walk away was the same price, and from what I remember, was slightly better.
There was also a brand new Radisson Red directly opposite an a Courtyard by Marriott in the area too. So there’s not a lack of competition in the area.