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This is the first hotel I have written in almost a year, but after sifting through old images on my phone I realized I have material to write more than a few before I head off on my travels later this summer. As a native Glaswegian, it’s not often I stay overnight in Glasgow city center unless its for a special occasion. I’ve intentionally linked my existing hotel reviews at the beginning of this posts to let any new readers know that regardless of whether I’m commissioned to do a hotel review, do it in collaboration with the establishment or pay for the hotel entirely on my own, I will always be completely transparent in my opinions on wherever I stay. For disclosure, I paid for this hotel stay myself.
If you book in advance, you can find a room here for around £50 per night per couple for a standard room without breakfast. With the cheapest room options on comparison websites like Booking.com and Trivago, breakfast can be added for £12.95 per person. Honestly, this hotel is in the heart of one of the best food and drink districts in the whole of Glasgow, so I’d suggest venturing outside for meals.
As far as prices go for stays in Glasgow city center, this is one of the cheapest hotels available. There are plenty of hotels of the same star rating within a five minute walking distance, however, so it may be worth looking further into past reviews and comparing them when making your reservation. The Lorne has a 7.8 rating on Booking.com, which is around average for both the price and location.
The exterior and lower floors of this hotel have been recently renovated and are nothing short of beautiful. The reception area is largely straight lines with sleek black floors and leather sofas, with brand new bars and restaurants housed on either side of it. There are also brand new bathrooms here, as in the bedrooms, but sadly that’s where the similarities between room and reception area ends.
The rooms, for me, were tired and dated. The paint was faded and marked, the sheets not quite the shade of white they once were and the wood furnishings seemed out of place compared to the style of the bathrooms and the hotel reception I was welcomed into. If you’re not fussy about appearances and are just looking for somewhere to rest your head at night, the ground floor areas are beautiful to spend time and the amenities the hotel has to offer are fantastic. However, I didn’t find myself wanting to spend much time in the room at all because of the way it looked and felt.
As I said earlier, this hotel has some of the best restaurants in the whole city on its doorstep. Ox and Finch is directly across the road, Mother India along the street and Crabshakk around the corner. In one direction are the West End sights like Kelvingrove Park (5 minute walk), Kelvingrove Art Gallery (10), Glasgow University (15) and Byres Road (25). In the opposite direction, towards the city center, the main shopping district is around 15 minutes away and both Queen Street and Central Stations are around 20 minutes or a £6-7 taxi away.
There are three types of rooms at the Lorne Hotel, starting with the Standard Room, then Classic Room and Executive Room. The prices progress around £25 per tier, and the images that can be found on Booking.com are pretty impressive (see here) and admittedly differ greatly from those on my phone. From what I can read online, there hasn’t been any recent renovation on the rooms themselves, so I’m not sure if the rooms have been updated since my stay or if I just wasn’t lucky with my allocation, but the photographs don’t lie. If you were to book, I would suggest asking beforehand to clarify if you’ll be staying in a renovated room or not.
Like earlier sentiments, I saw no issues with cleanliness from the front door up to my room door. The reception, bar, public bathrooms, lifts and hallways were all immaculate, but inside the room there were definitely areas lacking. From the kettle to stains on the floors and walls, the cleanliness of the room itself was, frankly, unacceptable for guests. Again, if you have any issues with your room differing from the images presented online, then head straight to reception to have it changed.
In all honesty, when I arrived in this room it water later in the day and it was lit only by the soft lighting of lamps. It wasn’t until the next morning, in natural daylight, where I actually realized the stains and so on around the room.
As my first and probably last review for a Glasgow hotel – learn why here – I’m actually sad that this is the write up I’m giving. With that being said if I’m being honest you can stay at a bunch of hotels within five minutes of this one for the same price, so I just can’t recommend a hotel that isn’t up to standard when it comes to guest experience and cleanliness. If you stayed for the location and weren’t happy with the room you could always complain and be upgraded or switched, but I just feel that should never be necessary when staying anywhere. I understand that accidents happen and steps can be missed, so perhaps this was just the wrong room on the wrong day, especially for someone who was going to eventually write about it. However, I cannot honestly recommend this hotel and alternatively suggest staying in either the brand new Motel One, CitizenM or Jurys Inn.
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