cool and unusual hotels in Glasgow

Top 16 cool and unusual hotels in Glasgow

A city known for its gritty unpretentious charm now frequently tops many a must-see city list. The Scottish gem mixes tradition and working-class roots with a good number of hip bars, interesting independent shops and restaurants with a healthy dose of culture, feistiness….and friendliness thrown in good measure. In fact, Glasgow is packed with some of the most quirky and wonderful places to drink and hang out in the whole country from whimsical cocktail hideaways to trendy craft beer spots. And its hotels? Well, they’re equally as unique as you’ll find out below. Here are the coolest and most unusual hotels to stay in Glasgow, Scotland. (in no particular order) 

1. Hotel du Vin & Bistro, One Devonshire Gardens – a vibrant and sophisticated boutique hotel

Boutique hotel in Glasgow

Chic hotel in Glasgow

An iconic Glasgow hotel set in a traditional tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End, only 30 minutes from Loch Lomond. Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel with a reputation for first-class service and style. There are 49 stunning bedrooms and suites at this Glasgow boutique hotel, each with extremely comfy hand sprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, deep roll top baths and big TVs.

There’s the excellent restaurant One Devonshire Gardens with a great wine cellar, a relaxing bar, an intriguing cigar shack and a well-stocked and comfortable whisky room. For luxury dining, breaks away, meetings and weddings in Glasgow, this is a special and unique place to stay! 

2. YOTEL Glasgow, Merchant City – a new and ultra-modern hotel to stay in Glasgow perfect for millennials and Gen Zs

YOTEL Glasgow, Merchant City

Cool hotels in Glasgow

YOTEL is one of the newest, funkiest hotels in Glasgow. Located right next to the Central Station, the hotel has a fantastic range of rooms on offer in the absolute heart of the city. Every room and public space are cleverly designed using quirky colours and trendy fittings to give the illusion of space, fun, and comfort.

Unusually YOTEL Glasgow boasts a four-lane bowling alley with bar, and a top-floor café cum nightclub with live DJs each weekend and some great views for breakfast. There’s also a well-equipped gym on the ground floor so you can get fit for another night in the city.

3. Moxy Glasgow, Merchant City – offering cool, funky and colourful accommodation in Glasgow

Fun hotel in Glasgow

Themed hotel in Glasgow

Cool hotel in Glasgow

Moxy Glasgow is on the eastern edge of the city centre, very close to the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Cathedral by the High Street railway station. Moxy is a no-frills hotel chain from the Marriott Group that has frills and style: simple doesn’t need to be boring. The rooms are clean, comfortable, practical, yet chic.

There’s a breakfast bar, a funky cocktail bar, workspaces and a few games; even a small fitness area. Moxy Glasgow is all about providing a cool but comfortable base from which you can freshen-up, grab a beer, shoot some pool, then get out and explore the city.

4. Cathedral House Hotel, Townhead – a family-owned charming boutique hotel

Unique boutique hotel in Glasgow

Unusual hotel in Glasgow

This 19th-century baronial-style independent hotel is a 4-minute walk from Glasgow Cathedral and a 12-minute walk from Merchant City in one of the oldest districts of the city. Despite looking like a castle on the outside the charming hotel is sumptuous and cosy on the inside, and in a great location with views of the historic Necropolis and cathedral. The rooms are stunning, each cleverly designed with a mixture of classical and modern to create a really comfortable, relaxing stay.

The restaurant, Celentano’s, serves Italian-inspired food focusing on seasonal produce to make clever and wholesome dishes. The idea is built on a passion for sharing good food and drinks with family and friends. They serve in the main restaurant, bar and delightful garden at Cathedral House as well as a lovely upstairs dining room with views of Glasgow Cathedral.

5. citizenM Glasgow, Townhead – a trendy central hotel is set in a cool modular building

Creative hotel in Glasgow

At the northern side of the city centre, between Townhead and Cowcaddens, is the inexpensive citizenM Glasgow; a modern graphite breezeblock of a building which confidently knows everything about cubes. This is the artistic heart of Glasgow and citizenM takes every opportunity to remind you of the great local hero with its Mackintosh-inspired lines providing a surface for a full spectrum of colourful expression and stylish furnishings.

The guest rooms are trendy, clever and comfortable with big cosy beds. There’s a large designer lounge, decked out in a multitude of smart designs and a big bar for drinks or meals in the evening, and breakfast in the morning.

6. Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Blythswood Hill – chic, stylish and unique

Chic boutique hotel in Glasgow

Trendy hotel in Glasgow

Stylish hotel in Glasgow

Dominating a classical Georgian square, close to the cultural and entertainment centres of Glasgow, the stately Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is the very epitome of confident quality and luxury, Scottish style. The rooms have been designed to invoke contemporary comfort whilst respecting the elegant architectural heritage with large comfortable beds, fabulous bathrooms, and lots of little luxurious touches.

If all this refinement gets too much; there’s a fully-equipped fitness centre to put wellness back in charge, and a spa with relaxation pools and a thermal suite. On the first floor is a beautiful, comfortable cocktail lounge with views over the square and on the ground floor a large modern brasserie.

7. Malmaison Glasgow, Blythswood Hill – an upscale hotel uniquely set in a former Greek Orthodox church

Modern hotels in Glasgow

Funky hotels in Glasgow

Hip hotel in Glasgow

This 72-room creatively designed hotel is very conveniently situated in the bustling shopping and nightlife area of Glasgow, with cultural institutions like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall just a 10-minute walk away.

A former church, from the outside Malmaison Glasgow resembles an austere Egyptian stone temple – a sphinx would be right at home on the doorstep – you would expect the interior to be refined and mysterious, yet it’s a riot of no-holes-barred design ideas linked together with houndstooth tweed. A full assault on the visual senses with colours, shapes, and textures that really shouldn’t be seen together but work brilliantly.

Head down to the old church vaults for the slightly more restful French brasserie or grab afternoon tea or a cocktail in the comforting bar.

8. voco Grand Central Glasgow, Merchant City – a hip eco-friendly hotel set in a landmark Victorian building

Stylish hotel in Glasgow

voco Grand Central

A superimposing Victorian-built monolithic railway hotel attached to Glasgow Central Station. Rather than mimic the past, voco Grand Central has created an interior of fun using the original shapes and inspirations as a backdrop for contemporary art and strong modern design.

The hip guest rooms are cosy, cool and calm, public areas are dramatic and glamourous. High ceilings, chandeliers and wood panelling embody the elegance that makes this place special. The rather magnificent, marble-clad champagne bar is open all day for sharing menus and afternoon tea served with glasses of fizz or artisan cocktails, while the Tempus Restaurant offers the best of Scottish cuisine. There’s even a grand ballroom if you’re planning a special, memorable celebration.

9. Radisson RED Hotel, Finnieston Quay – a bright, modern and very Instagrammable boutique Glasgow hotel

Modern hotels in Glasgow

Best hotels in Glasgow

Best places to stay in Glasgow

Down on the banks of the River Clyde is the slick, boutique Radisson RED Hotel with its rooftop bar grabbing great views of the city. They say this hotel reflects Glasgow’s personality; brutal at first glance, yet combining urban style, modern comforts, a love for the arts and a truly warm welcome. The modern hotel is close to major local attractions like Glasgow Science Centre, SSE Hydro and nightlife that just has to be sampled.

There’s a full choice of spacious, comfortable rooms. Casual dining whenever you want it in the OUIBar, with cool designs and comfy settings, and a range of tasty dishes with a few little twists. The crowning glory is watching the sunset over the Clyde from the Red Sky Bar as you sip on expertly designed cocktails, or even spend an afternoon people-watching through the floor-to-ceiling windows over a delicious afternoon tea. With panoramic views of both the city and the River Clyde, Red Sky Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a drink and share food with friends or family.

10. ABode Glasgow, Blythswood Hill – a classic 19th-century townhouse hotel with individually designed rooms

ABode Glasgow, Blythswood Hill

Unique hotel in Glasgow

The curiously named ABode Glasgow is a chic, upscale hotel which, at first glance, could easily be mistaken for a bank with its imposing stone façade. Set in a coveted spot in the heart of the vibrant city, this classic 19th-century townhouse is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries, making it the ideal base for a city break.

Individually designed bedrooms and contemporary bathrooms exploit the formal features of this grand mansion whilst beautifully styling a luxurious, relaxing ambience. It’s incredibly well executed with an amazing eye for detail and high standards of service.

There is an excellent restaurant in Brasserie ABode with top chefs producing a good range of Scottish fayre and occasional themed evenings or just an afternoon tea – if that’s what you fancy.

11. Motel One Glasgow, Merchant City – a reasonably priced design hotel and a great place to stay in Glasgow

Motel One in Glasgow

Budget boutique hotel in Glasgow

A modern hotel, adjacent to Glasgow Central Station, with refined rooms and a good bar. It is smack in the beating heart of this city with the famous shops, restaurants and nightlife less than a 10-minute walk. A nice, clean, modern, friendly hotel, not over-expensive, next door to the railway station but well sound-proofed, not a whisper of station or street noise. There’s effective but quiet air-con, comfortable beds, and an impressive cityscape view from some rooms.

Motel One specialises in organic and fair-trade foods for breakfast and snacks in the lounge, surrounded by the stylish Scotland-inspired interiors purposely taking influences from the railway and colours of the Highlands. Everything in this trendy hotel is thought through and executed perfectly, and backed up with some of the best service standards around.

12. Village Hotel Glasgow, Pacific Quay – a polished, contemporary hotel

Village Hotel Glasgow, Pacific Quay

Fun hotel in Glasgow

Set in the media district of Glasgow this polished, contemporary hotel is an 8-minute walk from the SSE Hydro music venue, and just 2 miles from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The Village Hotel Glasgow is designed in a standard corporate style, what really distinguishes this cool hotel from the others is the massive private fitness centre, probably the biggest in the city. There’s a state-of-the-art gym, the latest cardio and resistance training equipment, a 20m heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, steam room, sauna, spin studio with 40 bikes and spacious changing rooms all fully air-conditioned.

After all this exercise or relaxation, head to the hotel’s Pub & Grill for a great range of beers and wines, as well as burger stacks and hot wings. Or pop into Starbucks – yes, weirdly, there’s one of those too.

13. Native Glasgow, Merchant City – a chic boutique hotel housed in a beautiful Art Deco building

Cool boutique hotel in Glasgow

Hip hotel in Glasgow

Found in an Edwardian building this hotel in Glasgow city centre draws on the opulence of a 1920s ocean liner. Throughout the 64 apartments you’ll see original 1906 features kept intact with terrazzo flooring, timber wall-panelling, stunning fireplaces and the original safes. With two on-site restaurants it’s the perfect base to explore Glasgow.

Whilst the apartments at Native Glasgow Merchant City themselves are simply, but comfortably furnished, downstairs is the Anchor Line Bar and Restaurant, a venue with grandiose decoration serving the best of Scottish produce with influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Start the day with a deliciously hearty breakfast or book a table for dinner with a menu offering locally sourced food. Before you leave, make sure you take in the fascinating memorabilia hung on the walls. It showcases the Anchor Line building in its heyday as the infamous Anchor Line Shipping company headquarters in 1906. 

14. Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Pollokshields – a charming and unqiue place to stay in Glasgow

Castle hotel in Glasgow

Themed hotel in Glasgow

In the leafy suburbs, but less than 15 minutes by taxi from Merchant City is Sherbrooke Castle. A genuine arts and crafts baronial castle of traditional red stone on a small hill with turrets and gardens – straight out of a storybook. There are just 18 comfortable bedrooms, supported by two bars, 52 staff and a respected restaurant offering local, fresh, Scottish produce prepared to the highest standards, complemented by an interesting wine and whisky list.

At the very least you should take afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens and wonder why you don’t have a castle of your own, or just get married here – it would be perfect. All this for almost the same as you pay in the city centre, but with the tranquillity and style of a peer.

15. The Z Hotel Glasgow, Merchant City – a trendy minimalist hotel to stay in Glasgow

The Z Hotel Glasgow, Merchant City

Instagrammable hotel in Glasgow

A funky hotel housed in an old printworks with 104 bedrooms arranged round a beautiful central lightwell, just steps away from historic George Square and close to the shops of the style mile and the restaurants and bars of Merchant City. With the River Clyde a short walk as well as Glasgow Green with its People’s Palace, this is the perfect base to explore all of the city’s eclectic attractions.

The rooms are small but very cleverly designed so every inch of space is properly used and stylish. Sumptuous, handcrafted beds, beautiful linen, high-quality shower rooms, plenty of hanging space, underbed storage and in-room tea and coffee making, and you’ve got compact luxury at its best. This is a lovely little hotel to get your head down after a hard day’s shopping or an evening on the town. No fuss, clean, modern. With genuinely friendly, helpful staff.

16. Hotel Indigo Glasgow, Blythswood Hill – creative upscale Glasgow accommodation

Vibrant and hip hotel in Glasgow

Unusual hotel in Glasgow

A rather grandiose sandstone exterior hides a welcoming colourful, fun interior inspired by the area’s 19th-century architecture. The 94 rooms are spread over 5 floors, each designed with rich fabrics and panelled walls to reflect the grandeur of the past, whilst marble bathrooms ensure 21st-century comforts, all presented in a style you would expect from an IHG hotel.

There’s a restaurant and cocktail lounge on the ground floor as well as a small fitness centre to work off the calories. The location of this hotel is excellent, being perfectly sited for all the different districts of this culturally rich and diverse city.

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