Review of SACO Apartments Glasgow

I stayed at one of the SACO Apartment Glasgow. in Cochrane Street for one night in June 2012, on a complimentary basis. The apartments are located just off George Square, so very convenient for Queen Street rail station and a wide selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There isn’t a reception desk at the aparments, but you’re given two codes, one to enter the main door and one get into the safe to pick up your keys. You also have the mobile phone number of the housekeeper if you need any assistance.

Exterior of SACO Glasgow building

Official check in time is 4pm, but I arranged an early check in at noon.  I had no problems accessing the apartment. I was allocated Apartment 6 on the second floor.  It was a beautiful apartment, really clean and fresh. The kitchen was very well equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine/drier, microwave, hob and standard oven.

Apartment 6 at SACO Glasgow Cochrane St

The bedroom was decorated with Rennie Mackintosh style furniture. The bed was very comfortable. There was an ironing board, iron and safe in the wardrobe. The bedroom was at the back of the building overlooking a courtyard. This was a good thing to be away from the traffic at the front of the building; I wasn’t disturbed by any external noise during the night.

I wasn’t sure what facilities to expect in a serviced apartment.  I checked before arrival that sheets and towels were provided. There were some teabags, coffee, drinking chocolate and sugar sachets, a couple of single serving packets of cornflakes, a 500 ml pack of UHT milk and two bottles of water in the fridge. The bathroom had a small bar of soap and three small bottles of toiletries; shampoo, conditioner and body wash. For longer stays, cleaning is once a week, when sheets and towels are changed.

View of George Square from our SACO Glasgow apartment

When I tried to open the blinds to get more natural light to take my photos and videos, it was apparent that one of the blinds was broken. I told the housekeeper about this on check out and she told me that the repair was in hand. I didn’t like the fact that you had to pay for broadband. The price was £15 for a week, but there didn’t seem to be any reductions for shorter stays. In my opinion, broadband should be included in the price. You’re supposed to take your own rubbish down to the bin during your stay, fair enough, but also when you check out, which isn’t ideal.

In summary, the SACO Glasgow apartments are in a very central location, nicely furnished, well equipped and really clean. The one improvement they could make is to stop charging for broadband.

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