I’ve been doing a little bit more travel around the UK this year, and last weekend saw me up in Glasgow to meet an old colleague who’s now taken up art as his hobby, albeit one he’s very good at it. Well, he’s made a great side-business in selling some of his creations so I popped up to see him, have dinner and buy a couple of pieces.
I snagged a good deal on a British Airways domestic flight on the way up, but given I was going to taking some paintings with me, figured that they wouldn’t fit in the over-head lockers. I booked the train back, but via the East Coast as for some reason, tickets via the West Coast were coming in at around £180 one way for an advanced purchase first class ticket!
For my night in Glasgow, I ended up booking the Hotel Indigo, which is part of the IHG Group, mainly as it was very close to the Glasgow Central station and meant that I wouldn’t need to take the paintings too far. I’d also not stayed at an Indigo before so wanted to try out the brand and see what it was like.
A very friendly lady checked me in, almost too friendly as she nattered on for ages about random stuff before finally giving me the room key. I had a lovely room on the 4th floor.
I really liked the design aesthetic in the room – they had clearly thought through the concept very well and there was a huge amount of attention to detail in the fixtures and fittings, including the surround for the TV.
There was also a single plug socket next to the side of the bed for charging mobile devices, but no separate USB sockets.
There was also a loan mobile phone for use during your visit; given I had mine with me I didn’t take advantage of it, but was a great idea.
There was also tea and coffee making facilities in the room, an ironing board and room safe, and finally a free mini bar with some soft drinks, a couple of cans of beer and even some Tunnock’s caramel wafers.
That bathroom was equally well appointed with some Aveda toiletries and lots of fluffy towels under the sync. The shower was good too, although the temperature a little variable, but from a great big rainfall head, with separate hose.
The bed was very comfortable and I had a great nights sleep. Next morning breakfast was slightly unusual in that there was only a very limited buffet selection of a few pastries and fruit. Everything else was ordered via the menu, including a traditional Scottish breakfast, plus a few other options. I opted for some smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, which was pretty good.
If you wanted anything other than filter coffee or tea, the menu stated it was £3 extra. So I asked for a double espresso and then was presented for a bill for £4. I did query this, with the very cute Luis who was the rather lovely waiter (who I was 90% certain was family), but in the end figured it wasn’t worth it making a fuss over.
Breakfast coffee aside, this was a great hotel. The location was incredibly convenient and I was actually really impressed with pretty much every aspect. I wouldn’t hesitate to come back here again. Definitely Ginger Travel Guru approved.