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Where to Stay in Glasgow • 6 FANTASTIC Areas (+ a Map!)

George Square in Glasgow on a sunny day, showcasing the grand Glasgow City Chambers and the prominent Sir Walter Scott monument, with people milling about in the square

Want to feel like you’ve been transported back to Victorian times? Well then, I suggest a visit to Glasgow! This port city abounds with stunning examples of Victorian architecture, museums, and cultural institutions, as well as manicured parks and a vibrant cultural scene. If this sounds appealing (and I’m pretty sure it does), the next step is to decide where to stay in Glasgow! 

To help you with your decisions, I compared all the Glasgow areas and created a list with the 6 best neighborhoods for stay. The Glasgow city center is the ultimate choice, especially if you’re visiting for the first time, as this is where you’ll find the top attractions, shopping spots, and cool restaurants. 

Read this post to learn about the most tourist friendly areas and to be able to quickly book your ideal accommodation in the area of your choice fast. I went through nearly all hotels in Glasgow and singled out the best ones in each area, all with great reviews and facilities!

Wherever you decide to stay, make your reservations in advance – this is very important because Glasgow is a very popular destination, attracting visitors year-round and you don’t want to miss the best deals.

If you are in a hurry

If you are short on time, these are the best hotels in the city center:

budget hotel


POINT A HOTEL

Best affordable accommodation in the center

To help you visualize the city of Glasgow a bit better, this map shows all the areas I’ll be talking about in this post:

1. City Center – where to stay in Glasgow for the first time

Pedestrians strolling down Buchanan Street in Glasgow, a bustling shopping thoroughfare flanked by historic architecture and modern retail outlets, under a cloudy sky.Pedestrians strolling down Buchanan Street in Glasgow, a bustling shopping thoroughfare flanked by historic architecture and modern retail outlets, under a cloudy sky.

If you are in Glasgow for just a few days and you want to experience the city’s urban atmosphere and impressive architecture, look no further than the city center! The city center hosts Glasgow’s oldest buildings, a variety of museums, art galleries, trendy and hip restaurants, and, of course, the best hotels in Glasgow. 

The focal point in the historic center is George Square (map), a civic square featuring statues of many famous Scots. From George Square, you can start to explore Buchanan Street, one of Glasgow’s most notable streets and the main shopping hub. The entire street is lined with shops, but the top spot for a shopping spree is the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall! 

Buchanan Street is also great for public transportation; the Buchanan Street bus station is the main bus terminal in Glasgow. But there are other options, too – you can take the metro from Queen Street Station, situated right by George Square. You can also take a train from Glasgow Central Station, which serves as the city’s central train station! 

However, if you have no intention of going anywhere, there’s plenty more to see and do in the center, like see a performance at the King’s Theatre

One of the best things you can do in central Glasgow, in my opinion, is to walk the mural trail. This trail will take you on a tour of the center, and you’ll get to see some of the most amazing street art. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to walk it, but you can skip some of the murals; you can find more information here

If you’re in the mood for more shopping, I suggest checking out the Princes Square Shopping Centre, or you can head to Merchant City, a smaller neighborhood that’s part of the city center. Here, you’ll come across plenty of designer stores and music venues. 

Now take a look at my selection and book a city center hotel! 

Luxury hotel

Dating back to 1823, this hotel was once home to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, and today, it’s one of the best luxury hotels in the city center. The Kimpton offers stylish rooms, an amazing spa, and an on-site restaurant serving British food, located in the property’s former ballroom. 

Other accommodation in Glasgow city center

mid-range

This 3-star hotel is in a central location and provides room service, a 24-hour front desk, and a good breakfast

budget

This cheap hotel has compact yet comfortable rooms and is within walking distance of many major attractions

airbnb

A stylish 2-bedroom apartment that has everything you need for a comfortable stay, free on-site parking, near Glasgow Central


Since the Glasgow city center is the most popular tourist destination, the best hotels tend to sell out super quick. So, if you don’t manage to book your stay at one of the properties recommended above, here are a couple more options with great reviews: 

  • The Z Hotel Glasgow ($$$) – guests at The Z Hotel will enjoy the contemporary design, the hand-crafted beds in each room, and the convenient location beside George Square
  • Hilton Glasgow ($$) – staying at the Hilton Glasgow will grant you access to a Health & Fitness Club, with a pool, sauna, and a steam room, and an on-site bar serving signature cocktails

Things to do in the city center

Bustling George Square in Glasgow with pedestrians, traditional and modern architecture, under a dynamic cityscape, reflecting its popularity among touristsBustling George Square in Glasgow with pedestrians, traditional and modern architecture, under a dynamic cityscape, reflecting its popularity among tourists
  • Wander around George Square, the UK’s oldest square
  • Spend an afternoon shopping at Buchanan Galleries
  • Attend a performance at King’s Theater
  • Explore the Merchant City neighborhood
  • Start walking the City Centre Mural Trail
  • Have a delicious Scottish breakfast at Cafe Gandolfi

2. West End – where to stay in Glasgow on a budget

Relaxed atmosphere in Glasgow's West End, with people lounging on the grass in front of the iconic glasshouse, illustrating a budget-friendly neighborhoodRelaxed atmosphere in Glasgow's West End, with people lounging on the grass in front of the iconic glasshouse, illustrating a budget-friendly neighborhood

Glasgow West End is spread along the River Kelvin. This neighborhood is a bit further away from Glasgow’s city center – a 50-min walk to George Square – so it’s a great option if you’re visiting the city with a car. It’s also a good choice moneywise, as the accommodation prices are much lower than in central Glasgow and the neighborhood has a very lively atmosphere and active nightlife

One of the most attractive sights in the area is the Riverside Museum, a very cool transport museum that also has a recreated street scene from Glasgow’s history. If you want to spend some time outside, there’s no better place for it than Kelvingrove Park (map), a sprawling green city park that also hosts the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Next up, a visit to the Glasgow campus of the University of Glasgow, the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world! You can just walk around and admire the Gothic architecture or choose to visit some museums and art galleries. If you have to pick one, I recommend the Hunterian Museum, Scotland’s oldest public museum. 

FUN FACT: the main building of the University of Glasgow served as inspiration for the Hogwarts in the Harry Potter universe!

Another unmissable attraction, a bit further North of the University, is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, a large park with a variety of plants, Victorian glasshouses, and a functional vegetable plot. 

As promised, this is where you’ll find the city’s main nightlife scene. Head to Byres Road and stop at one (or a few) of the many bars and restaurants, or if you want something a bit more relaxed, you can explore Ashton Lane. And if you can’t choose where to stop for a drink, my personal recommendation would be Innis & Gunn

The West End is teeming with young people and students, and it’s not quite as popular among tourists, so there aren’t any hotels in the area. However, there are some great apartment accommodations, which are perfect for budget travelers – my top choices are featured below:

Luxury hotel

The West End doesn’t have any luxury hotels, but these apartments are a great choice for an upscale stay. The property offers a wide variety of apartments, available for both short and long-term stays, each featuring a full kitchen, private bathroom, and a comfortable seating area.

Other accommodation options in West End

mid-range

A very comfortable hotel and the best place to stay if you want to be close to Glasgow Airport

budget

A clean, budget-friendly hostel offering en suite rooms and shared accommodation with private lockers for each guest

airbnb

The apartment is within walking distance of the city center, with a modern kitchen, a clean bathroom, and a lounge

Things to do in the West End

  • Take a few hours to explore the Riverside Museum
  • Visit Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Spend some time exploring the University of Glasgow
  • Have a fun night out at Byres Road
  • Grab a ping of craft beer at Innis & Gunn
  • Venture out to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens

3. Finnieston – the trendiest part of the city

Night view of the lit-up, modern architecture of Finnieston in Glasgow, with the SSE Hydro's colorful illumination reflecting on the River Clyde, highlighting the area's urban vibeNight view of the lit-up, modern architecture of Finnieston in Glasgow, with the SSE Hydro's colorful illumination reflecting on the River Clyde, highlighting the area's urban vibe

Finnieston is a small neighborhood situated just South of the West End, and it’s by far the trendiest place in the entire city. Although it’s small, it’s full of artisanal coffee bars and trendy restaurants that offer organic Scottish meals. So, if you’re craving that modern and urban vibe, Finnieston is the place for you. 

Argyle Street is the main artery of the neighborhood, lined with the most amazing pubs and eateries. If you’re a foodie, I’m sure you’ll enjoy every inch of this street! There are so many great spots along Argyle Street, so choosing just one or two can seem overwhelming – that’s where I step in with my recommendations. 

FUN FACT: Finnieston was voted as one of the top 10 coolest neighborhoods’ in Europe by various media outlets!

First things first – seafood! Crabshakk and The Finnieston are the top 2 places to go. However, if you’re not much of a seafood enthusiast (or you’ve just had enough), you can grab pizza and beer at Strip Joint or have some classic pub food (burgers, fish and chips) at Lebowskis

If you’re looking to party, start heading toward the riverfront and stop at OVO Hydro, an arena that hosts a variety of live music events and concerts. You can also check out what’s on at SEC Armadillo, but be sure to get your tickets in advance. 

Luxury hotel

The Courtyard is a very modern hotel, with air-conditioned rooms, a fitness center, restaurant, and a bar. Guests can also make use of a business center and turn to the 24/7 front desk for assistance, as well as choose among a few breakfast options. 

Other accommodation options in Finnieston

Mid-range

Each of the rooms at this 3-star hotel is non-smoking and has a flat-screen TV, plus free Wi-Fi access

Budget

The rooms at this hotel are clean and spacious, and the staff is very friendly and willing to assist you

Things to do in Finnieston

  • Explore the venues on Argyle Street
  • Try the seafood at Crabshakk and The Finnieston
  • Have a classic pub experience at Lebowskis
  • Attend a show at OVO Hydro or SEC Armadillo

4. Glasgow South – where to stay in Glasgow with family

The distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, presented in warm sandstone against a blue sky, with people enjoying the manicured lawnsThe distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, presented in warm sandstone against a blue sky, with people enjoying the manicured lawns

So far, I’ve been showing you the glamorous and urban side of Glasgow, Scotland, but here in the South, it’s all about greenery, picnics, history, good food, and family values. The Glasgow South area is located along the South bank of the River Clyde, a 20-min walk from the center, and boasts a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere

If you want to get to the city center, you will have to walk a little or cross the river a few times a day, but, this should not be a deal-breaker for you because along the way, you will stumble across Queen’s Park (map), a magical slice of greenery heaven, the perfect spot for a family picnic. In case you want a little bit of rustic Scottish charm head over to Bellahouston Park (map) and see the House for an Art Lover.

Moving on from the lovely parks in the Southside and on to the best family-friendly activities. To start off, I recommend a visit to the Glasgow Science Centre, an interactive science museum that will certainly keep the whole family occupied. Then, at least a few hours at the Wonder World Soft Play Glasgow kid’s amusement center, and to wrap things up, a bowling session at the Hollywood Bowl

Now, take a look at the Glasgow hotels I handpicked in this part of town: 

Luxury hotel

When in Scotland, how about staying in a castle, huh? Then it’s only natural that you would be getting the full royal treatment! The rooms are spacious and fully equipped, there is a bar with a fine selection of whiskey, an art gallery, a top-notch restaurant, a pool table, a tennis court, and a beautiful garden. The castle is a short 10-minute drive from the center

Other accommodation options in Glasgow South

mid-range

Charming hotel situated in a Victorian townhouse and overlooking Queen’s Park, offering individually styled rooms and on-site fine dining

budget

A comfortable aparthotel where each of the units has a modern, fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom

airbnb

A spacious bedroom in a home with basic kitchen appliances and a dedicated bathroom, plus free on-site parking

Things to do in the Glasgow South

  • Pack a picnic and enjoy the day at Queen’s Park
  • Pay a visit to the House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston Park
  • Explore the exhibitions at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • Take the kids to the Wonder World Soft Play Glasgow amusement center
  • Spend an evening bowling at the Hollywood Bowl

5. Glasgow East – where to stay in Glasgow for a bohemian vibe

Wide, empty pathway leading to the grand and intricate Gothic architecture of Glasgow Cathedral, with autumnal trees lining the walkway on a clear dayWide, empty pathway leading to the grand and intricate Gothic architecture of Glasgow Cathedral, with autumnal trees lining the walkway on a clear day

Nestled right next to the city center, East Glasgow, also known as the East End, is a historic neighborhood with many beautiful buildings, breweries, and independent food and drink venues. The neighborhood is renowned for its bohemian atmosphere, so if you want to relax during your trip to Glasgow, this is the ideal spot for you. 

Looming over Glasgow East are the sharp spires of the Glasgow Cathedral (map). If you go a little bit further, you will find the Glasgow Necropolis (map) – a Victorian cemetery – and a little bit of peace of mind. Here, just above the city, you can take a few minutes to give yourself a little rest, before you dive deeper into the essence of the East End!

As you head South, you’ll find the Trongate neighborhood, home to the amazing park Glasgow Green (map). You can take a relaxing walk in the park and visit the People’s Palace. And if you happen to visit on a weekend, don’t miss the chance to scoop up some vintage goods at the Barras Market (map).

If you’re more interested in nightlife, there’s the Barrowland Ballroom – the best live music venue in the area! Finally, you can’t leave without visiting one of the local breweries – I’d recommend the Drygate Brewing Co., a craft brewery with an industrial-style pub. 

Luxury hotel

A modern hotel with tasteful decorations and stylish rooms, offering concierge services, access to a fitness center, and a cool bar. Each morning, there’s a buffet breakfast, and the hotel also welcomes pets. 

Other accommodation Options in Glasgow East

mid-range

Situated in a 19th-century building, this unique hotel has rooms with handcrafted beds and bathrooms with monsoon showers

budget

A spacious, affordable apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, as well as a private entrance for more privacy

airbnb

A large, nicely furnished bedroom with an attached bathroom and a king-sized bed, ideal for couples

Things to do in Glasgow East

  • Pay a visit to Glasgow Cathedral
  • Stop by the Glasgow Necropolis
  • Visit the Trongate neighborhood and the Glasgow Green
  • Spend the weekend shopping at Barras Market
  • Attend a live music performance at Barrowland Ballroom
  • Try one of the craft ales at Drygate Brewing Co.

6. Glasgow North West – where to stay for a local experience

The distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, presented in warm sandstone against a blue sky, with people enjoying the manicured lawnsThe distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, presented in warm sandstone against a blue sky, with people enjoying the manicured lawns

North West Glasgow is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods, situated a 15-drive away from central Glasgow, or a 30-min metro ride. Technically, both Finnieston and the West end are part of this large area, but in this section, I’m going to talk about the rest of the area – the more residential part of the North West, the one without too much hustle and bustle. 

The North West part of Glasgow is the perfect place to stay for a local adventure or if you want to get a sense of real community. If you like to spend time outdoors, I suggest spending a few hours walking around Dawsholm Park (map) or just strolling around the Kelvin River. 

If you are lucky enough to visit Glasgow in summer, you can go rafting or sailing on one of the many, many channels or spend your time in nature by visiting the wetlands and countless other outdoor spaces available to you in this large part of Glasgow, Scotland. It is also a popular area amongst students, hipsters and artsy people. 

And if you’re traveling with kids, you take them to one of the playgrounds at Ruchill Park (map) or plan a day trip to The Children’s Wood! As for indoor activities, I’d recommend a shopping trip to Braehead Shopping Centre – it has plenty of restaurants and a dedicated family zone!

Luxury hotel

A stylish 5-star boutique hotel, only a 30-minute drive from Loch Lomond. If you are a fan of spacious rooms, impeccable cuisine, wide wine selection, professional staff, and stunning decor, look no further. You can do your morning workout in the gym and have your afternoon tea in the gorgeous garden.

Other accommodation options in North West

mid-range

This Victorian guesthouse boasts an on-site restaurant, and coffee shop and offers luggage storage and laundry services

budget

A 3-star hotel with comfortable rooms, free on-site parking, and a breakfast room open every day

airbnb

This recently renovated apartment is in a quiet location and boasts a comfortable bed, a kitchenette, and a clean bathroom

Things to do in North West

  • Go for a walk at Dawsholm Park
  • Take the kids to the playground at Ruchill Park
  • Spend a fun day at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow
  • Have a shopping day at Braehead Shopping Centre
  • Plan a visit to the Scottish Highlands

FAQs about where to stay in Glasgow

Sunlit view of Glasgow Cathedral and surrounding historic buildings amidst a lush urban landscape, embodying Glasgow East's cool and vibrant characterSunlit view of Glasgow Cathedral and surrounding historic buildings amidst a lush urban landscape, embodying Glasgow East's cool and vibrant character

💯 Which part of Glasgow is best to stay?

❓ Why stay in Glasgow city center?

The city center hosts all the main attractions, such as George Square, Buchanan Street, and King’s Theatre, and has excellent public transport links to the rest of the city (and the country) from Glasgow Central Station, Queen Street Station, and Buchanan Street bus station.

🤔 Why stay in Finnieston?

Finnieston is the trendiest part of Glasgow, with a very urban vibe and a variety of great restaurants and pubs, like The Finnieston and Lebowskis, as well as amazing hotels such as the Courtyard by Marriott and Moxy Glasgow SEC

🟢 What are safe areas to stay in Glasgow?

The safest areas for a stay in Glasgow are the city center (including Merchant City), Finnieston, and Glasgow East – they’re all calm neighborhoods and very safe for tourists. 

🚗 Do I need a car in Glasgow?

No, you don’t need a car for your stay in Glasgow. You can walk to most points of interest in the city, and even if it’s too far, you can rely on public transportation. 

😎 What is the coolest neighborhood in Glasgow?

Glasgow East, also known as the East End, is the coolest neighborhood in Glasgow. It’s known for its bohemian vibe, and it’s home to many craft breweries, some live music venues, and a vintage market. 

📅 How many days in Glasgow is enough?

I would advise you to spend at least 2 days in Glasgow to see all the main sights, but if you want to have a more leisurely visit, you can also stay for 3 or 4 days. 

💃🏽 What is the best street in Glasgow for nightlife?

Byres Road in the West End is one of the main nightlife hubs in the city – it boasts a variety of pubs and restaurants and attracts a young and hip crowd. 

💰 What is the best budget hotel in Glasgow?

The best budget hotel in Glasgow is Point A Hotel in the city center, as it offers compact rooms with modern design, and it’s a short walk away from most attractions. 

🏨 What is the best boutique hotel in Glasgow?

Conclusion

Twilight view of the Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as 'The Armadillo', in Glasgow, with its unique shell-like architecture illuminated and reflected in the calm waters of the River Clyde.Twilight view of the Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as 'The Armadillo', in Glasgow, with its unique shell-like architecture illuminated and reflected in the calm waters of the River Clyde.

I hope you found this post useful and you’ve picked where to stay in Glasgow, maybe even already booked your ideal accommodation! 

If you haven’t yet, just to recap, here are 2 top hotels in Glasgow, in the city center: 

Regardless of which hotel you choose, you need to book early – at least a few months in advance – to grab the best deals and secure your stay in this amazing city.

If you’re continuing after your trip to Glasgow, Scotland, make sure not only to visit London but check out some literary history in the towns of Stratford and Oxford

For any further questions or tips about places to stay or Glasgow, Scotland, please leave a comment below, and I’ll make sure to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Enjoy your trip,

Hristina


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