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  • zio 271 posts

    Looking for recommendations please in the city centre, or potentially a little to the west (no further afield than Kelvingrove Art Gallery). Ideally less than £200pn. Solo trip.
    Top tier with Hilton and IHG so positive experiences of status recognition may sway me towards a chain.
    Many thanks in advance.

    Supergers49 253 posts

    The Voco Grand Central is in a lovely building, excellently located, and we’ve had good Diamond recognition with (usually) a two level upgrade. Breakfast is decent, though busy.

    You’ll often find it sub £125.

    Kimpton is much better, if you can find it for <£200 (rare).

    1958 74 posts

    I stayed in the Hilton (William St) in August 2022 and was pleased.
    The room I stayed in had been refurbished to a good standard, with proper air conditioning and a modern bathroom. Didn’t do breakfast at the hotel.
    It’s not perfect, but it has a secure car park – and I would stay there again.

    Anna 458 posts

    We stayed at the Kimpton last November using an Ambassador free night which sadly is no longer possible, so 2 nights were £225 in total! If it’s within budget I would highly recommend it for the excellent breakfast and spa – the latter especially pushes it into the best U.K. Kimpton spot for me personally and I’ve stayed at all of them!
    As Diamond we got upgrade, cocktail voucher, free breakfast plus lots of free goodies in the room.

    strickers 762 posts

    I’ll be at the Voco next month for C2C, I’ve been chasing the points cost down for months and am averaging 22k points per night. The Kimpton was nearly 3 times as much and I’d blown my points stash in the Maldives!

    Peggerz 108 posts

    Kimpton all the way – if it comes within your budget. I’ve been a few times now. Great friendly staff, historic building in lovely Georgian Square. Nice spa/pool.

    zio 271 posts

    Thank you for all replies. Seems the Kimpton is the clear winner. Since I will have two or three stays over the course of a fortnight I might break the budget on one of them, or see if I can get value from points there.
    Supplementary question (looking at independents as there is potential downside on the horizon in holding several hotels.com reward nights): anyone with experience of Boutique 50 or 15 Glasgow?

    tw33ty 212 posts

    Kimpton is your best bet going on what your asking for

    masaccio 808 posts

    We stayed in 15Glasgow. Technically a B&B, and no points in sight so probably some kind of offence for frequent flyers and points collectors. As somebody who directs everything to Avios, I don’t give a stuff about that.

    Oh, should add that it was excellent.

    AnotherUser 189 posts

    Grand Central and Kimpton are both very nice, and had good treatment at both as Diamond. The Kimpton is nicer and I like the pool but – to me – the price difference is usually more than is justified by the niceness. I’ve had very good breakfasts at the Grand Central (room service breakfast is v nice).

    Amex have a cashback offer for IHG that’s worth looking for if you haven’t already. And if you can share the downside in holding hotels.com reward nights if be curious to hear it – holding a few myself.

    zio 271 posts

    Thanks to all for further input.

    My wariness about hotels.com is solely due to Expedia Group’s plan to integrate its loyalty programs, which seems likely to mean “enhancements” to hotels.com rewards. I don’t expect earned reward nights to be wiped out overnight, but I can see a situation where an inconvenient timeframe is set for using them in order to allow the exciting new program to reach the lowest common denominator. Apart from an Ambassador weekend somewhere tbc, this Glasgow trip is my last planned travel of the year for which hotels aren’t already booked. Hence thinking about using up reward nights. I understand I can use them at the Kimpton but (perhaps illogically) I feel I am not getting full value by then foregoing status benefits.

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