The question of where to stay in Glasgow is all about knowing what sort of accommodation will suit you best. Do you prefer to keep it simple, or would you like to go all out and stay somewhere fancy?
It’s also important to pick accommodation that is close to everything you’d like to do during your holiday. Looking to go on a cultural excursion? Stay in West End! Want to explore the port districts? Stay in the city centre.
To give you a better idea of what sort of accommodation to expect in each area, here’s a handy breakdown of some of our favourite spots.
The city centre is home to some of the very best places to stay in Glasgow if the five-star experience is what you’re looking for. Close to just about everything the city has to offer, including public transport for when you need to go further afield, the city centre is ideal for when you want to base yourself in one spot while remaining central to all the best activities.
As the city’s major art and culture hub, many hotels in this area are influenced by the bohemian lifestyle the West End promotes. Every hotel is unique, and many are owned and operated by locals, rather than a chain or franchise. This has led to wonderfully eclectic designs and the repurposing of some of the city’s oldest and most beloved buildings.
A former district of warehouses and docks, Finnieston is one of the best areas to stay in Glasgow these days. A booming entertainment quarter, it’s where the expansive Scottish Event Campus is located, making it the city’s home of live concerts. Hotels here are plentiful, very comfortable, and not typically expensive.
Staying on Cathedral Street is a great way to get stuck right into every historic religious site. Hotels in this area run the gamut from simple motels to four-star bed and breakfasts, all of which are quite comfortable and reasonably priced. Staying on Cathedral Street will put you on the doorstep of the famed East End and all it has to offer.
Trongate is one of the oldest streets in Glasgow and is considered the main thoroughfare into the city’s East End. Located in what is now Merchant City, the area has seen a major revitalisation since the 1990s and boasts some of the fanciest hotels anywhere in the city. For those who want five-star accommodation, Trongate is where you want to be.