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Review: Hotel Indigo, Glasgow – how was it?

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This is my review of the Hotel Indigo in Glasgow.

I had a one night stay in Glasgow last week and decided to give IHG’s Hotel Indigo a try.  I needed a 3rd IHG brand to trigger 19,200 bonus IHG Rewards Club points via the current promotion and this seemed like an interesting option.

I had never spent the night in a Hotel Indigo before, although I did a couple of £49 mattress runs at London Paddington a few years ago.  IHG sees Indigo as its upmarket lifestyle brand.  I like the concept, with modern design often mixing – as it does in Glasgow – with the shell of a historic building.

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review

This is not a detailed review, because I didn’t eat in the hotel.  I had also booked the one and only suite (at just £127 in the recent flash sale, it seemed daft not to pay the extra few pounds over a standard room) so my room is unlikely to be your room.

The hotel website is here.

Where is Hotel Indigo Glasgow?

The location is amazingly central.  It is about a 2-3 minute walk to Glasgow Central railway station.  The airport bus runs along the same road (Waterloo Street) on its way to the airport and on the parallel road on its way into town.

If you are arriving by train at Glasgow Central, leave the station by the side entrance to the left by M&S Simply Food.  Keep walking forwards, across the road and passing Nando’s, and the hotel will shortly be on your left.

Despite the central location, the location is oddly static.  All of the neighbouring buildings are office blocks so it doesn’t actually feel as though you are in the middle of things even though you are.  It does ensure that the area around the hotel is quiet in the evening.

Hotel Indigo Glasgow opened in 2011 in an 1892 building which was apparently a power station, although the facade looks like an office block.  It has 94 rooms.

The ground floor (stock photo below) shows the lobby and bar.  Tucked around the corner is a Marco Pierre White restaurant.  This was surprisingly busy for a Monday night, and the majority of diners did not appear to be hotel guests.

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review

Check in was friendly and efficient.  Here is one thing to note: I was offered 600 bonus points or a welcome drink as my Spire Elite amenity.  I assumed it would be ‘drink and snack’ as is usual at a Holiday Inn, but it turned out the Hotel Indigo policy is just a drink. 

Once I got to the room it turned out that my free mini-bar had a small bottle of wine in it anyway.  In retrospect, I should have taken the points this time ….

The corridors were classily done, although there was a worrying wobble in the floor on the way to my room:

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review

The suite was on the fifth floor in a new glass box tucked onto the roof.  This meant that there was a huge amount of light.   This was certainly not the biggest suite I’ve ever had – the website says it is just 34 sq m and I can believe that – but it felt bigger with the wrap-around glass walls.

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review


Hotel Indigo Glasgow review

The free mini-bar included – and this is just a sample – a small bottle of wine, water, diet coke, crisps and a Tunnock’s caramel wafer.  A complimentary bag of fudge was also waiting for me on the bed.

Tea and coffee facilities were also available.

The bathroom was smaller than I expected.  There was no bath, just a large rainfall shower.  There was only one sink.  The toiletries are advertised as Aveda but were actually branded The Scottish Fine Soaps Company.

I did like the tiling on the shower:

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review

It is worth flagging up that the little balcony outside the suite, which you can’t access, was popular with the local bird population which did get a little noisy at times:

Hotel Indigo Glasgow review


There’s not much else to add.  I ate out, although I did sit in the bar with my free glass of wine for half an hour and it felt a suitably classy place.  The number of people in the restaurant on a Monday implied that this is one of the better options locally.

I didn’t stay for breakfast since I knew I would have time to eat in the airport lounge, and Hotel Indigo does not offer free breakfast to IHG elite members.  There is a small fitness room in the hotel but I didn’t visit.

If you need somewhere to stay in Glasgow city centre then I am happy to recommend the Hotel Indigo.  The rooms are stylish, the staff are pleasant, the hotel isn’t too large at 94 rooms and it is convenient for the airport bus and the railway station.  If you can get the suite for a modest premium and intend to spend time in your room then it is decent value.  What more do you need?

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

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Comments (39)

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  • Chris says:

    I stayed at Blythswood Hotel (former Principal) in Glasgow last week, currently in the process of rebranding to Kimpton. As a Spire i was given all day access to the SPA, normally residents are 07:00-09:00 and 19:00-22:00

    • Rockhopper says:

      I guess they’re still trying to work out what the offer is as they transfer. I stayed a couple of weeks ago and only got the upgrade as a Spire member.

      O/T but I wonder if the champagne at breakfast will survive the transition to Kimpton.

  • Rockhopper says:

    Rob, I’ve stayed at this hotel fairly frequently. Usually for Spire they provide Drink and Snacks. They also add some more stock to the mini bar. Guess this just goes to show the inconsistency of the benefits of IHG status.

    • Rob says:

      I looked up the official rules – Indigo is only a drink or 600 points so the hotel treated me correctly.

  • Evan says:

    That wallpaper is vile.

  • AlanC says:

    Had recent stays at the Glasgow Hilton and Doubletree.Hilton Lounge offering has went downhill rapid again recently. Wine and beer only at weekends and cold items only in lounge breakfast. Doubletree has opened a new lounge on a corner near the bar. More compact feel compared to the previous lounge but still good offerings compared to the Hilton. Free parking for Diamond’s a bonus.
    Regarding the post on Crowne Plaza upgrades a warning for the CP Newcastle. Spire upgrade to a lovely suite last weekend but NO lounge access as an upgraded guest or as a Spire benefit. Told by reception that paying guests only get lounge access not upgraded guests.

    • Tim says:

      I’d take the above comment with a pinch of salt. Especially someone who says ‘lounge offering has went downhill rapid again’. My experience at the CP Newcastle has been the opposite – on both reward and revenue stays. Maybe I’m just polite though. And can articulate myself…

  • Mike says:

    I ended up in the Holiday Inn Express in Greenock during the commonwealth games on a redemption. I think you got a better deal than me! (I hasten to add there was nothing wrong with the HIE, but Greenock is a fair way out of Glasgow and has probably seen better days)

    • Paul says:

      I have stayed there too.
      Was gobsmacked when I found a points room available. Had been quite prepared to walk the streets but ended up only walking back from Parkhead.

      • Charlieface says:

        I stayed there when it was on Pointsbreaks. The hotel itself looks like it was a new build falling apart already, as did the town, but the countryside is nice.

  • Rhi says:

    Unrelated (ish), but I’ve had two recent stays at the Warsaw Hotel Indigo and it’s up there with my favourite hotels. It makes me want to try more Hotel Indigo properties around Europe. I’m Platinum and I’ve been upgraded both times in Warsaw, despite the first time being on a Points Break 15k a night stay! Cash rates can be cheap too. My last stay they upgraded me to a suite with massive windows looking out on to the Palace of Culture. Very much recommended.

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