Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Formerly the childhood home of the Scottish-born Prime Minister, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, then the headquarters of the Corporation of Education and now a beautifully appointed boutique hotel - it's fair to say the building that now plays host to ABode Glasgow has many a tale to tell.
A sense of history permeates this Chic Retreat, with traditional period features and contemporary touches carefully blended to charming effect. Details from the building’s past include an original cage lift from the 1930s, golden 'lion rampant' etchings, a period marble fountain and the elegant stone staircase that sweeps you upstairs. The attention to detail here, as well as the impeccable service and the two excellent on-site restaurants, make ABode Glasgow a pretty special city spot.
A continental buffet breakfast along with traditional cooked options is available each morning. For lunch and dinner, a chic modern brasserie serves up a menu of classic dishes with an emphasis on seafood.
The hip place to eat, however, is definitely Pie and Brew which, as the name suggests, serves up a menu of handmade pies and craft beers. Some pies are more classic, such as the braised beer and ale, whilst others are more creative, like the baked mac and cheese crumble. Pie and Brew also hosts acoustic sets, live bands, pub quizzes and beer and pie tasting sessions, making this eatery one of the coolest places in town.
Each of the rooms are contemporary yet characterful, with period features such as large stained-glass windows, high ceilings, and original wooden panelling blending seamlessly with more modern design. Pricier rooms come with complimentary tuck boxes full of foodie treats and Nespresso machines.
Set just a block back from the bustling Sauchiehall Street, the hotel is well placed to explore with many of the city's sights within easy walking distance and plenty of great restaurants, bars and shops nearby.
For something a bit different, book yourself on the Glasgow Central Tour. Here you will learn about the rich history of the 140-year-old train station, walk through some incredible subterranean tunnels, and see what remains of an abandoned Victorian village buried underground.
Alternatively, visit Tennent’s Wellpark – Scotland’s oldest brewery – which is just half an hour’s stroll from the hotel. Here you can learn about the 450-year-old brewing tradition behind one of Scotland’s most popular pints. If whisky is more your thing, then Glengoyne Distillery is just under 40 minutes from Glasgow and is said to be one of the country’s most beautiful. Founded in 1833, this is an excellent place to learn about the quintessentially Scottish drink.