I stayed at the 4 star Glasgow Marriott for 3 nights in April 2010, on a complimentary basis, arranged by Hotels.com from their selection of Glasgow hotels. The Marriott is located close to the M8 motorway, around a ten minute walk from Glasgow Central rail station. The hotel has a large car park which costs £8 per day for guests.
Glasgow Marriott exterior
I stayed in room 809, a double deluxe. My room was very light as the south facing window spanned the outside wall. Despite the double glazing the traffic noise from the motorway was loud enough to disturb my sleep.
View from Room 809 at Glasgow Marriott
My room was spacious and well equipped. There was a padded office style chair for working at the desk, two other chairs and a small circular table. The king size bed was really comfortable. However I found the room to be far too hot. I had to turn on the air conditioning to bring the room down to a bearable temperature, as it was impossible to leave the window open due to traffic noise and exhaust fumes. By my third and final night, I had worked out that if I left the air conditioning on at the low fan setting that kept the room temperature cool enough without producing excessive fan noise. The constant noise from the air conditioning drowned out the majority of the exterior traffic noise.
The bathroom was adequate but the tiles gave it a rather dated feel. The shower above the bath had a shower curtain which I dislike.
Room 809 at the Glasgow Marriott
Guests have to pay £15 for internet access per 24 hour period. There is the option of either a cable connection or wifi in guest rooms. I tried the wired connection after check in and kept getting an error code. I couldn’t get decent wifi signal, I was constantly being disconnected. Fortunately I was able to pick up a 3G signal with my 02 mobile internet dongle. The next morning when I reported this to reception they informed me that there had been a problem with ibahn their internet provider. I was able to connect through the wired connection for the rest of my stay but was never able to get a decent wifi signal in my room. In my opinion a four star hotel should be offering all guest a free internet connection, as done by the Park Grand Hotel London Paddington where there is free wired and wifi (with excellent signal) for all guests.
The buffet breakfast is good with a wide selection of hot and cold food but be aware if you book on a room only basis that a cooked breakfast costs £15 per person. It’s great that breakfast is served from 6.30am to 10.30am on weekdays and 7am to noon at weekends. This is excellent for leisure travellers who may miss breakfast at other hotels if they wish to have a lie in.
I found some of the tables to be a bit too close together for comfort making it difficult to get up and down to the buffet without knocking the neighbouring table.
Breakfast tables at the Glasgow Marriott
Overall it’s hard for me to rate the Glasgow Marriott as it has some very good points: long breakfast serving hours, well equipped, comfortable rooms, large car park and noon checkout time. The hotel is an easy walking distance to the city centre restaurants, cafes and shops. However the noise and heat of my room made restful sleep impossible for me, despite the lovely bed. The internet issue is annoying but not crucial for all guests and there’s always the option of mobile internet access which costs me £15 a month, so is much better value than paying a hotel £15 a day.
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