Visiting the concert of the UScountry band “Midland”, I had the opportunity to stay in the quite central Alexander Thomson Hotel in Glasgow for the second time. The hotel is operating in the budget price sector, but offers very reasonable accomondation. Here is my review.
Alexander Thomson Hotel – Location
The hotel is beautifully located close to the heart of Glasgow. Glasgow Central station is only a short walk away and there are restaurants and minor supermarkets in the area. You can cross a tunnel underneath the railway tracks and directly arrive at the shopping and entertainment area of Glasgow.
Being located right next to the station makes Alexander Thomson a nice overnight for a transfer. The train to London is some five hours. Funnily, the much closer Fort Williams, from where I boarded the Jacobite Steam Train (“Hogwarts Express”), is four hours away. If you arrive from Glasgow Airport, the 500 Express Bus stops not too far away in both directions.
Alexander Thomson Hotel – Room
The room I booked was 51 GBP for one night, a weekend stay in December. The price is really hard to beat. The room is equipped with anything you would expect, even including an ironing board. The room was not really large, as you can also see at the built-in-the-wall cupboard. The chair was pretty useless, as it barely fits between table and bedding. The positioning of the power plugs was a bit strange. You have to explicitly state that the rate even includes breakfast.
The room was abit run-down with some maintenance problems. The most obvious defect was the rusty screw shower tab holder (where already one screw has been gone).
Alexander Thomson Hotel – Breakfast
The breakfast room is a beautiful piece of architecture. It is likely the most beautiful part of the hotel. The breakfast is quite what you would expect in this price range. The hot breakfast buffet even exceeds the expectations with some oriental bread and lovely (i.e. intensively) seasoned potatoes. The bread and cereal selection is a bit more on the limited side. On previous stays, the breakfast areas tends to become a bit chaotic in peak times – but now the staff felt to be very motivated and focused on their service.
Alexander Thomson Hotel – Services
Apart from the breakfast area, there is also a hotel bar on the same floor. As said before, the area feels quite cozy. There is a 24 hour reception and a luggage storage, which you would likely expect. The WiFi was free and worked quite well – however, you had to log in twice after you entered a password – this felt to be a bit over-protected. Reception staff was nice, though I had better memories of my previous stay.
Alexander Thomson Hotel – My View
I love the location of the hotel. The accommodation is rather simple, but the staff is good and really seems to improve their processes. Unfortunately, the rooms are quite run down – but the prices are very competitive as well. Thus I feel that Alexander Thomson offers a very reasonable package when you want to stay in Glasgow. Especially as a single traveler, the room size is just fine. If you rather feel like taking one of the more posh options – some of them are even more outside the city center.
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