Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow, a Review: Decidedly underwhelming

The Radisson Blu was not the ideal place to stay for our pre-wedding night. From the website we had imagined a relaxing, luxury and personal stay – but we left feeling rushed, stressed and uncomfortable. Not ideal hours before our wedding.

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The positives:

Our room (on the fouth floor) was comfortable and had all the amenities I would expect from a 5-star hotel. We were also greeted with a bottle of champagne, which was a lovely treat and certainly softened the blow of our parking/check-in experience (read on…)!

The hotel is ideally located for the city centre. We had dinner in the Princes Square centre on Buchanan Street, only a few minutes walk away.

The hotel offers a discount on the local NCP car park (£7.50 instead of £10), because it does not have a carpark of its own.

The negatives:

The Radisson Blue Glasgow advertises that they provide valet parking. Given the large amount of valuable baggage we had in the car (wedding dress, kilts, wedding paraphernalia etc) we considered this essential, and were therefore happy to book. In reality, valet parking at the Radisson Blu Glasgow does not exist. I had to park my car in a metered zone near the hotel, as the small “valet” drop off point at the front was invariably occupied by large coaches.

This of course meant we had to ferry heavy bags round the streets of Glasgow ourselves from the nearby-ish NCP carpark, with no offer of help from the hotel staff. The NCP parking presented another challenge the next morning when we had to move our baggage back to the car – as no parking was available near the hotel at street level.

The reception staff were very impersonal and rushed us through check-in/out, something I’d be willing to overlook at a city hotel – had it not been for the parking situation. It definitely removed the luxury feeling from our stay.

Although our room was of a reasonable standard, one of our fellow guests (staying on the 2nd floor) reported mould in her bathroom, and more noise than we experienced on the 4th floor.

In summary, it is a comfortable hotel, with a good location. However I have stayed at a few 4* hotels in Glasgow that are better all round.

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