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Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel, part of Marriott Bonvoy

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This is our review of the Courtyard hotel at Glasgow Airport, part of Marriott Bonvoy.

Regular readers will know that Courtyard has been opening a number of brand new hotels at UK airports recently. I reviewed Courtyard London City Airport here and reviewed Courtyard Inverness Airport here – both are new build hotels and both are great.

The new Courtyard at Heathrow has closed again but we hope to make it down there next month. Rhys looked at the Courtyard Luton Airport in 2020 but this is not brand new.

Courtyard Glasgow Airport is not a new build hotel, so it was never going to match up to London City or Inverness. But how good is it?

The hotel website is here.

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

The first thing to say is that the image above is not representative. If you walk to the hotel from the airport, you approach from the other side and it looks very different. There is also an extension stuck onto the far left, sticking out at a right angle.

This hotel was previously a Ramada. In 2017 it reopened as a Courtyard after a substantial refurbishment.

It was the first UK Courtyard to have the new ‘design and feel’ that has been followed by all subsequent openings. The lobby and restaurant look great, and the bedrooms aren’t bad – just not as good as a new build.

Getting to Courtyard Glasgow Airport

It is a 7-8 minute walk from the terminal to the hotel. The Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are a little nearer. You should head towards the Holiday Inn Express and continue underneath the elevated section of the motorway. You will see the Courtyard on your right.

More importantly, if walking, is that the final 3-4 minutes are outside with no shelter. Given that Glasgow’s weather is not the driest, you should bear this in mind. We had to return to the terminal in light drizzle, pulling two suitcases.

Check in

This hotel was exceptionally cheap when we booked – £39 on a Sunday night, room only. I paid more (£55) to have breakfast for two included, because I wanted to use my £7.50 Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite food and beverage credit on an evening snack.

Check in was swift and friendly, although there is no realistic option for an upgrade.

Next to reception is a mini-market, which was actually quite well stocked, albeit with junky snacks. There’s nothing like starting the New Year with a Double Decker and a Starbucks coffee from the bar though ….

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

The bedrooms are what you would expect from a Courtyard (or Hampton by Hilton, or Holiday Inn Express). As a refurbishment, however, it lacks some of the design flair that I found at London City and Inverness:

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

All of the essentials are there, although I wouldn’t have wanted to work from that stool for too long. The desk was a decent size though and, as you can see, had easy to each sockets (the only USB was by the bed) and tea and coffee facilities.

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

The bathroom had clearly been fully updated during the 2016/7 refurbishment. (Post covid, you really need to knock off two years in your mind when discussing hotel ages. Whilst this hotel has now been open as a Courtyard for five years, it has only been welcoming guests in any number for three years.)

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

Toiletries are the standard ‘Pure’ and ‘Nirvae’ ones that I’ve seen at other Courtyard properties. They are still supplying individual toiletries rather than using larger bottles bolted to the shower wall.

The public areas at Courtyard Glasgow Airport

Where the Courtyard really scores is in the public areas, which are impressive for a hotel of this category. Courtyard London City has a bit more zing but, of course, Glasgow Airport was designed five years earlier.

This is the area opposite reception:

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

Here is the dining area, where breakfast and dinner are served. There is a bar off to the right which is not pictured.

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

As you can see, they did invest in good quality furnishings:

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

Breakfast is currently half buffet, half cooked to order. All of the usual cold items are laid out for you, and you can order a full English – or whichever elements of a full English you fancy – on top.

I’m not sure if the cooked items were being done to order as a covid measure or simply because the hotel, on a Sunday night with a Bank Holiday the next day, was very quiet.

Review: the Courtyard Glasgow Airport hotel

Conclusion

Courtyard Glasgow Airport is another winner from Marriott, albeit lacking a few small touches that you find in new builds. I’d be surprised if you could find anything better in walking distance.

My only niggle is that, if you are walking to and from the terminal, you are not undercover for the full walk. If you are concerned about the rain, choose the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express.

The Courtyard Glasgow Airport website is here if you want to find out more.


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Comments (39)

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  • BJ says:

    It is fair to say it is a little further than HIX but very inaccurate to say this about HI. The HI is straight across the service road and probaby less than 50m from the first entrance/exit to the terminal, a 2 minute walk from there at most, even with luggage. Those heading to the Courtyard with a lot of luggage in bad weather (Glasgow area no different than any others in the West of the UK for rain) should expect the taxi drivers to be very unhappy if you insist on them taking you this short distance.

  • Jonty says:

    Full English? In Glasgow? Blousegate #2 may be about to kick off.

    • BJ says:

      Well you got Scottish or American or even Canadian, all of which are Full English +++ so if Full English is your thing all are an improvement on the basic, especially for those like haggis, dumpling, pancakes, waffles, fruit etc on top. Anyways, what’s in a name, everybody understands what Full English is and most hotels in normal times do buffet so we take our pick from what they’ve got. Personally I prefer continental or cooked to order nit usually disappointed if there is no porridge/oatmeal. Might be persuaded to Full English but only where the hotel makes proper scrambled eggs and properly cooks good quality bacon and sausages. Overcooked scrambled powdered eggs and American style bacon are a definite no no.

    • Rob says:

      They call it a full English and it is, technically, given that a full Scottish would have totally different ingredients.

  • Geoff 1977 says:

    “ We had to return to the terminal in light drizzle, pulling two suitcases.”

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time 🙂

  • Andy says:

    Disappointing to read that a hotel in Glasgow is apparently offering a full English breakfast on its menu, rather than a Scottish breakfast.

    • AndyC says:

      Full Scottish far superior than Full English – think black pudding and tattie scones for starters…😎

    • Andrew. says:

      I do love an Arbroath smokie, but I honestly can’t deal with a proper Scottish breakfast at breakfast time. Then there’s the porridge. Other peoples lumpy slop just isnt for me, if it doesn’t defy gravity for at 30 seconds when you turn the bowl upside down, it’s not good porridge.

      Would never say no to a slice of fresh, Glasgow baked, Mother’s Pride plain bread and heather honey though.

    • John Acca says:

      Might be that Rob, or whoever has stayed at the CV, does not know the diff between Full English/Irish/Scottish and just mashes them all into Full English….A bit strange but well…

      The CY offered haggis etc when I was there in Sep’21.

      • Geoff 1977 says:

        Bigger scandal than when loads of people got hot and bothered by Rob making a joke about the queen

  • dundj says:

    For me, it is a terrible hotel. Failed to provide services paid for, dirty bed sheets, failed to make repayment on agreed service recovery refund requiring a charge back. Also, have problems with the car parking in that you are told to call them if there is a charge and they will have it cancelled, only issue that didn’t happen to us surprisingly. I’d rather stay at the HI or even the Travelodge facing the Courtyard, and I really don’t like Travelodge.

  • Russ says:

    Nice write up but would like to see shower rooms described as much. It’s getting more difficult to find new hotels with baths.

    • DevonDiamond says:

      Agree on the baths

      Any plans for a review of the brand new Exeter courtyard which opens shortly?

      • Rob says:

        Might be a bit too niche – we did the Hampton at Exeter Airport though.

        • DevonDiamond says:

          It’s by the rugby stadium so there may be some pitch views? Though it looks like most views are of the M5!

  • RussellH says:

    £39 a night?!

    I stayed there in December 2013 when it was still a Ramada and paid £27. Given that I had had to pay more or less the same at the Days Inn at Hamilton Services the night before it seemed an excellent hotel, though I did have to ask for my free water (as a Wyndhams Rewards member).
    I was not impressed when, just after re-opening as the Courtyard, the prices were nearly £90 a night.

    I have stayed at three Ramadas, all also by motorways, this year, and none of them were half as nice as this place in its Ramada days.

  • Jake Jones says:

    You paid an extra 16 quid for breakfast so you could get your $10 credit??

    • Rob says:

      I didn’t swap 2 free breakfasts for £7.50 of bar credit. You only get a £7.50 credit irrespective.

      Let’s assume brekky is £12.50. Options were:

      £39 room + £25 brekky – £7.50 credit = £56.50

      Or

      £55 B&B and get a free £7.50 to spend in the bar

      • Jake Jones says:

        They strongly recommended I took breakfast as the ‘free gift’ when I checked in last summer as it was better value. Appreciate they don’t advertise the fact breakfast is free with the status, so it’s a bonus you stumble across by accident. But you did pay too much 😉

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