• Roxii Hoare-Smith

24 Hours in Glasgow at Grand Central Hotel

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

A short visit to bonnie Scotland

2017 has provided me with wonderful opportunities to see more of what the UK has to offer and last weekend led me to Glasgow for a short 24 hour trip.

I’d visited Glasgow back in 2010 when I was 16 so I was really excited to return again. Last time we didn’t stay overnight as we had rented a house by the beach in Dunbar however this time round we planned to stay at Grand Central Hotel located on Gordon Street (and inside Glasgow Central station.)

We set off at 4.30am (yes, really) to catch the 5.30am train from Euston to Glasgow. I was a bit too cautious about getting to Euston on time and we ended up getting there by 4.45am. The taxi to Euston was A LOT quicker than I imagined but least we made the train…

A few people questioned why we took the train instead of flying. Firstly because a return train ticket was a little bit cheaper (around £56 each). Although it took 5 hours we would have had to have left even earlier to get to the airport for an affordable flight (and the airport is much further away and more expensive to get to) and then go through security which would add on to the time! Maybe it is just me but I really didn’t mind the five hour train journey. It meant I was able to sit back and relax without having to drag my luggage around and I had plenty of time get on with some blogging.

Plus Grand Central Hotel is inside Glasgow Central Station so we just had to walk 30 seconds from the train to the hotel which was perfect. So I wasn’t rushed off my feet looking for Gordon Street (Sorry bad joke that only Busted fans will understand….)

As soon as we arrived at Grand Central Hotel I felt like we had arrived in another world or even decade. Everyone was SO friendly and so helpful and this wasn’t just the hotel staff. Everywhere we went whether it was at the hotel, station or just throughout Glasgow people held doors open for us, spoke and were genuinely so nice and helpful. Don’t get me wrong, it can be like that in the South but this was just on another level and it was amazing. I guess I’m too used to people pushing me out the way so they can get on the tube or to a seat on the train before me rather than helping me with my bags or holding doors open.

Grand Central Hotel may be a four-star hotel but it definitely felt higher than that. The staff were just so wonderful and so welcoming! As soon as we were arrived we were helped with our bags and they were stored away for us. We had arrived at 10.30am which was too early for the 3pm check in time but we had lots to do in Glasgow so it didn’t affect us.

The hotel is in the heart of Glasgow and anywhere we went we weren’t any further than 10 minutes from the hotel, it was the ideal base. The hotel is also very popular for award ceremonies, business conferences and weddings.

Grand Central is a landmark Victorian building, it is a building with great heritage and character. As the name states, it is in fact very grand with luxurious furnishings, high ceilings, and a sweeping stair case with a spectacular chandelier.

We arrived back later that afternoon and checked in to our Superior room which was beautifully decorated and conveniently matched my outfit (which Topshop approved of).

There’s free wifi throughout the hotel so I could continue with my blogging and Instagramming at ease.

I love the whole design of the room. From the wonderful prints on the walls to the hanging lights to the beige leather studded head board. There’s a real air of luxury to the place.

There was also a floor to ceiling mirror which was so perfect for getting ready for that evening. If you’ve read my past hotel reviews, you know how much I rate large mirrors (which are next to plug sockets!) in rooms.

Our room was so beautifully decorated with great attention to detail. Everything was utterly perfect and it was spotless. I cannot pinpoint one fault about our stay and usually there’s always something somewhere!

The hotel recently had a £250k refurbishment which mixed 21st-century touches with the rich heritage and detailing of the original room. The hotel is very classic with it’s grand and luxury design but has a lovely contemporary twist to it all. I was so in love with the design of our room.

There was even a bottle of prosecco waiting for us on arrival to enjoy before dinner at the hotel’s restaurant – Tempus.

The bathroom was kitted out with luxurious The White Company toiletries which we enjoyed. As we showered and got ready for dinner we couldn’t get over how amazing the water made our hair dry in Glasgow, compared to London. So soft and bouncy, we wanted to bottle it up and bring it home…

The bathroom had a walk in rainfall shower with the best taps I’ve ever seen! I had to take lots of photos of them which just shows just how impressed I was…

I saw a few reviews mention that they could hear the announcements in the station but this wasn’t the case for us. We heard it very faintly for about 5 seconds on the Saturday morning but we had a wonderful, relaxing stay.

The bed was so comfortable and it was so peaceful and quiet in the room, we had an amazing sleep. The pillows was so plump and fluffy, I don’t remember anything as soon as my head touched them, I was out like a light.

We spotted about 4 public areas on the walk to our room on the fifth floor alone. Perfect for working, relaxing or even enjoying a bottle of bubbly.

I stopped for a photo on our way to dinner…

Feeling lazy the next morning, we ordered breakfast to our room which costs an extra £10.

Our gourmet feast included everything you would want from a cooked breakfast and I even opted for a tattie scone. We could tickw off any thing we didn’t fancy like black pudding or baked beans and we were also able to order a few extras such as fruit salad and greek yoghurt with berry compote. It was the perfect breakfast to fill us up for our 4 hour train journey to our next destination before heading back to London – Birmingham.

We left the hotel at 11.50, 10 minutes before our train was due to depart, and was seated by 11.52. It couldn’t get anymore perfect.

My only regret? Despite being in Glasgow for just over 24 hours we didn’t find time to try out Grand Central’s Champagne Bar which looked fantastic! I guess I’ll just have to return…

We had such an amazing and memorable time in Glasgow and that is because of Grand Central. I loved this place SO much that I’ll definitely be staying here next time I return to this lovely city.

The hotel offers a real taste of luxury in the heart of Glasgow for as a little as £80 a night.

Grand Central Hotel

99 Gordon St Glasgow G1 3SF

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