Glasgow’s top 10 hotels according to visitors

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There’s so many different hotels popping up in Glasgow, it’s hard to keep track of them all.

Our city is growing in popularity – not that we’re surprised – and more and more people from across the world are popping by for a visit.

And now there’s plenty of places for them to stay, whether in the city centre, west end or further afield.

But what do our guests rate as the best hotels in Glasgow and why?

According to reviews on TripAdvisor, these are the city’s top places to stay.

1. Dakota Glasgow, West Regent Street

Dakota Glasgow

Glasgow’s top-rated hotel, Dakota won TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award for 2019.

Self described as ‘the new modern classic’ and ‘the luxury experience that Glasgow deserves’, Dakota rates highly in terms of cleanliness and service, with one recent review labelling it: “The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in by far.”

2. Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West, Waterloo Street

Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West

The first of two Ibis Styles hotels to make Glasgow’s top 10, owners say: “Like Glasgow’s music scene, Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West is hard to beat for its quality, creativity and vibrancy.”

With dozens of Glasgow music-themed rooms, this ‘funky hotel’ – as described by one reviewer – gets a high score for its style and has been described as ‘exceptional’ by some of its guests.

3. Ibis Style Glasgow Centre George Square, Miller Street

Ibis Style Glasgow Centre George Square

The second Ibis Styles hotel in the top three, this particular pad is ‘inspired by the beating heart of Glasgow – say hello to culture, humour, style and swagger’, while it ‘captures the city’s bountiful banter throughout its design’.

Given its address in the heart of the city, this hotel scores five out of five for location, while TripAdvisor says there are 358 different restaurants within 0.3 miles of the front door, meaning you can’t ever complain about being hungry.

4. The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel, McPhater Street

The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel

Classed by the Scottish tourist board as a 4 star ‘Restaurant with Rooms’, The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel finds home in The National Piping Centre, on the northern edge of Glasgow city centre.

The ‘immense’ breakfast is just one of the reasons for its popularity, while visitors have also welcomed the friendly staff and adjoining bagpipe museum – not your usual hotel in that regard.

5. Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow, Union Street

Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow

This ‘luxury penthouse hotel’ boasts ‘traditional and contemporary features that include sliding sash windows, wood panelled walls, handmade wallpapers, Caledonian Oak floors and furniture that has been exclusively designed and made for Grasshoppers by specialist joiners’, while offering a hard-to-beat location overlooking Glasgow Central station.

Described by one reviewer as ‘modern and artful’, others have been impressed by the sign which reads: ‘help yourself to cakes and ice cream’.  

6. Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central, West Campbell Street

Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central

Another central hotel, some guests wax lyrical about their ‘excellent experience’ on account of a friendly and professional entrance, with the key theme of many reviews being the staff, with plenty of praise for the ‘great Glasgow hospitality’.

Owners list the lobby bar, 24/7 snack hub and fitness centre as some of the hotel’s best features. 

7. Apex City of Glasgow Hotel, Bath Street

Apex City of Glasgow Hotel

A four-star hotel which boasts 104 rooms, some with fantastic views across the city, a duplex suite with floor-to-ceiling windows is one of the most sought-after accommodation options.

Perfectly located for a night out in the city, the excellent location as well as friendly staff and modern interiors means visitors from near and far keep coming back.

8. Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Sherbrooke Avenue, Pollokshields

Sherbrook Castle Hotel

Offering something a little different from the majority of hotels in the top 10, owners say Sherbrooke Castle, in Glasgow’s south side, provides ‘prestige with convenience’ and a ‘genuine experience’.


The ‘beautiful castle and grounds’ clearly draws in the guests, while several have commented on the excellent staff who go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure visitors are well looked after.

Also a popular wedding venue, one reviewer says Sherbrooke provides ‘a great combination of new and old’.

9. Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC) hotel, Pacific Quay

Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC) hotel, Pacific Quay

Attracting guests who have travelled to Glasgow for a show or a gig at the Hydro or SEC, this Premier Inn scores high in terms of value, however this hotel is all about location.

A short walk or stagger across Bell’s Bridge and you can be singing along with one of the world’s best artists, before a short return trip back to bed.

The Premier Inn gets five stars for cleanliness, while one reviewer describes the place as ‘consistently fab’.

10. Acorn Hotel, Elderslie Street

Acorn Hotel

The only west end hotel in Glasgow’s top 10, the three-star boutique Acorn Hotel hosts not only hundreds of guests, but also an immense history, the building having been designed by renowned architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson.

Promising a ‘complete and true home-away-from-home experience’ opposite Kelvingrove Park, this ‘excellent little find’ provides a perfect gateway to some of the most famous sights, but above all, as described by one reviewer, a ‘good place for a rest’.

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