When it comes to hotels in Glasgow there are surprisingly quite a few different options to choose from.
I recently spent three days in the lovely Scottish city and I was lucky enough to be able to stay at the Alfred Hotel.
Glasgow was actually a lot bigger than I expected. They even had a subway so despite its size getting around was really easy.
As a decent sized city in the United Kingdom it can be quite costly to visit. For accommodation there are plenty of places to choose from whether you’re on a tight backpackers budget or you’re looking for something lavish.
Thanksfully there are plenty of things to do in Glasgow, both free and with a cost, so you’ll be able to easily keep yourself occupied.
Many people will be looking to stay in the city centre. The problem is that he downtown area is busy and full of tourists.
Just outside of the city center is the trendy neighborhood of the West End. This is where you’ll find the trendy and boutique Alfred Hotel.
It’s quite a small hotel so there is a very personal and charming vibe about it and I really like finding places like this when I’m traveling where the people working actually care about your well-being and can get to know you rather than you just being a face among a large crowd of guests.
From the moment I walked through the door until I left to catch my bus to Belfast I felt completely at home and welcome and all of the stuff that I interacted with were friendly, well informed, and always willing to help me out.
It was actually my first time visiting Glasgow and I’m positive the next time I return that I’ll be staying at the Alfred Hotel.
Today, I want to share the experience that I had at the Alfred Hotel in Glasgow and I also want to provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I’m further able to share with you why I think it’s one of the best hotels in the city.
The Alfred Hotel in Glasgow: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
When I arrived in Glasgow at the bus station it was pouring rain so I decided to grab an Uber to the hotel.
It was only a short 5 minute or so drive from the bus station and as soon as I walk up the stairs and through the door into the lobby I was immediately greeted by a lovely young receptionist.
The lady asked about my trip and then quickly began to go through the check-in process so that I could get up to my room, ditch my backpack, and head out to explore the city.
Before I made my way up to the room I took a look around the lobby and noticed quite a few different pieces of historic travel related memorabilia such as old artistic suitcases, intricately painted vases, and eye-catching artwork.
I found the lobby to be very well designed, very welcoming, and it gave off a boutique feel.
There wasn’t an elevator and I just had to walk up a single flight of stairs to reach my room on the first floor.
Even in the hallway on the first floor were plenty of pieces of artwork and other artistic items that really helped to add to the overall vibe of the hotel.
Everything was clean, well put together, and I felt very comfortable just moments after arriving.
Whenever I get into a new hotel room the first thing I always do is head over to the window and check out what sort of view I have.
At the Alfred Hotel I had a lovely view of the street that ran right out front of the building and there was always something going on so whenever I happened to glance out I always had something interesting to look at.
After enjoying the view for a short while I turned around and began to check out the rest of the room.
Right in the centre of the room was a large, comfortable bed and even while I was laying down I could still see out of the window.
I really liked the wallpaper design on the walls as well as the plush dark blue carpeting and this theme continued to add to the overall boutique vibe that I really felt at this hotel.
There was quite a large desk workspace area and on top was a kettle along with a selection of different coffee, hot chocolate, and tea options to choose from.
I definitely made myself a cheeky little hot chocolate and enjoyed it on the stool right beside the window just relaxing and watching the world go by.
What I loved about the window is that throughout the day it let in plenty of natural light so that unless it was dark I never really had to have the lights on.
Above the workspace was a large TV and also throughout the room were quite a few different charging outlets so I never ran out of space keeping my devices charged.
To help keep everything organised there was a large wardrobe in the corner and there was also room inside to keep a small suitcase or small luggage items to help keep them out of the way.
The room itself was very spacious and even with the large bed right there was still plenty of room to walk around and more than enough space for or two people.
With the room being as big and spacious as it was I was surprised by the cramped and small space of the bathroom.
I’m not a small person by any means but it wasn’t that easy for me to squeeze into the shower and I could barely turn around when I was in there.
Even though I found it quite small the bathroom was completely functional and really came with anything needed for showering or just using the wash room after a long day of exploring.
Amenities such as soap and shampoo were included and although I read some complaints in the reviews about water pressure and temperature I didn’t experience any of these problems myself so I have nothing to complain about on that end.
For two people the bathroom be too cramped but for one person it’s a decent size.
One improvement that could be made in the bathroom would be some shelf space or just a flat surface where a collection of toiletries could be left when they’re needed.
Depending on the specific type of room that you choose and how far in advance that you book you can expect to find rates for the Alfred Hotel starting and around $60.
A nice continental breakfast is included in all of the rates though if you’re not interested in eating at the hotel there are plenty of places to grab a quick bite and a nice coffee nearby.
Being a large city in the United Kingdom Glasgow isn’t that cheap of a destination so I find that this is a very reasonable price, especially given the quality of the hotel.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you know when you’re traveling so that you are able to take advantage of the best possible rate online and avoid any issues with availability.
While the hotel is located in a hip and trendy neighborhood on the outside of the city centre, it is about a 35 to 40 minute walk to reach some of the main tourist sites downtown.
Nearby to the hotel you’re able to easily access the Glasgow Botanical Gardens as well as the university and the neighborhood is full of different small shops, restaurants, cafes, and other cool areas to check out.
Just a few minutes away from the hotel is the subway and this makes it very easy to get into the city centre or anyone else in the city that you want to go.
Public transportation services the rest of the city very well and you can even order an Uber that you can use to get anywhere else.
I was easily able to access everything on foot or using public transportation and I really had no trouble getting around Glasgow from the Alfred Hotel.
Even though the hotel wasn’t in a very central location it was nice being in a more local neighborhood and getting to interact with locals rather than just having to deal with large crowds of tourists.
The only issue I really had staying at the hotel was that the Wi-Fi didn’t work that well.
Many times throughout my stay my devices would lose connection and I had a lot of trouble connecting to the Internet so I wasn’t able to upload as many photos or get as much work done as I would have liked.
This is one area where the hotel could definitely improve given that it’s already 2017 and that many people are looking to get online easily for a wide range of different reasons.
Parking and Accessibility
Since I arrived to the hotel from the bus station I’m not too sure about the availability when it comes to on-site parking although I would imagine that there are plenty of options for parking in Glasgow if you happen to be arriving by car.
As for accessibility, there is a subway that’ll bring you to the bus station or the main train station rather quickly and from the stop it’s only a five minute walk to the hotel.
Many of the main tourist attractions in Glasgow can be reached if you just take the subway to the city centre and from there you can walk around and explore everything on foot.
One thing I want to mention is that the entrance to the hotel is actually above street level on somewhat of a raised area so there are some stairs and a short but pretty steep hill that you have to walk up to get to the main entrance.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at the Alfred Hotel in Glasgow and I would personally recommend checking it out if you are visiting the city and looking for somewhere comfortable and reasonably priced to stay.
The location is great if you’re looking to avoid the tourist crowds and still be able to explore the city quite easily and there are a wide range of nice restaurants and local cafes nearby worth checking out.
I found that the staff were all quite friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to help regardless of the concerns or issues that might arise.
The double room that I had was well equipped for one or two people and even if you’re travelling with a family there are still some options available for you to choose from.