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Hotel Highlights

  • On the edge of leafy Kelvingrove Park, close to the West End’s buzzing bars and restaurants
  • Friendly owners who’ll tip you off on all the city’s secrets
  • Beautiful decor, charming period features and spacious bedrooms

Overview

An elegant Victorian townhouse in a quiet, green enclave of this Scottish city, 15 Glasgow hotel offers classic, understated luxury in each of its five comfortable rooms. With grand, high ceilings, marble pillars, magnificent chandeliers, and original stained glass windows, this refreshed old beauty of a home is the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant city.

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Here's what you get for booking 15 Glasgow with us:

A bottle of wine

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five, including two suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $191.58 (£122), excluding tax at 10.5 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and tax.

At the hotel

DVD library, free parking. In rooms, flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, Scottish Fine Soaps bath products and free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Drawing Room, which in Victorian times was the reception space – it’s as grand as you’d expect, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a hardwood antique floor, an especially high ceiling and lots of pretty cornicing. Just as big, the Towers is named for its views, and is smartly decorated in plush greys splashed with midnight blue.

Packing tips

All the books and DVDs on your must-read and must-watch lists: curl up and get cosy in your magnificent adopted townhouse.

Also

15 Glagow is a small, family-run guesthouse, so reception isn't available round the clock – make sure you let staff know what time you're arriving and give them a mobile number so they can get in touch if they need to.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant at this boutique B&B, and breakfast will be served either at the small table by the window in your room or on a butler’s tray in bed. Guests make their choices the night before and by morning either a full Scottish or a Continental breakfast will be at their door.

Hotel Bar

None, but you can head out for a wee swally in the neighbouring West End, where there are bars aplenty.

Last orders

Pick your breakfast slot when you order: it can be brought up any time between 7.30am and 9am during the week, and 8am and 10am at weekends.

Room service

Just breakfast.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Demure and dapper to match the elegant Victorian surroundings.

Top table

When there’s breakfast in a super king-size bed on offer, who needs a table?

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Kelvingrove Art Gallery is free and 15 minutes away. Hike the huge granite steps up to Park Circus for an unbeatable view of the city. There’s a spa down the road on Royal Terrace (www.15royalterrace.co.uk).

Local restaurants

No 16 (+44 (0)141 339 2544; www.number16.co.uk) on Byres Road is a bustling Scottish bistro, where dishes change daily; expect Ayrshire lamb with parsnip puree, or haunch of venison served with root vegetables and wild mushrooms. Down the road at number 360, La Vallée Blanche (+44 (0)141 334 3333; www.lavalleeblanche.com) is French and chalet-like, with Scottish touches on the menu, such as the Aberdeen Angus steak with chanterelles, fondant potato and garlic and red wine sauce. For the best crabcakes in town and a rather tasty fish club sandwich, head to Crabshakk (+44 (0)141 334 6127; www.crabshakk.com) on Argyle Street, where you’ll also find family-run Italian Lamora (+44 (0)141 560 2070; www.lamorakitchen.co.uk) and Two Fat Ladies (+44 (0)141 221 8188; www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com), a tartan-carpeted blow-out option.

Local bars

Ben Nevis (+44 (0)141 576 5284) on Argyle Street is the pub for whisky fans. On Lynedoch Street, The Drake (+44 (0)141 332 7363) serves a gastropub menu in a relaxed and cosy room.

Local cafés

Pick your sweet treat from the pastries piled up in the window then head inside to the warmth at Kember & Jones (+44 (0)141 337 3851; www.kemberandjones.co.uk) on Byres Road.

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Close to Kelvingrove

15 Glasgow

15 Woodside Place, Glasgow, G3 7QL, United Kingdom

15 Glasgow is on the edge of leafy Kelvingrove Park, close to both the West End and the centre of Scotland’s second city.

Planes

Glasgow Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Flights land from around Europe, including Birmingham, Exeter and London in the UK, as well as further afield (the US and Canada).

Trains

Charing Cross is a five-minute walk from 15. Glasgow Central and Queen Street are both within a 10-minute drive. There’s a circular metro system looping around the River Clyde: the closest stops are St Georges Cross and Cowcaddens. From the airport, take a taxi, the 66 bus or the 300 down the road to Paisley Gilmour Street, served by trains that handily call at Glasgow Central eight times an hour (five on Sundays).

Automobiles

The hotel is just off Sauchiehall Street (turn off at Elderslie Street) and not far from the M8, which is the main road to Edinburgh. From the south, the M74 and M77 may be useful. There’s free parking at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Bruno Bayley , Vice guy at Vice magazine

The largest city in Scotland may not be best known for its prettiness, but the terraced houses that surround Kelvingrove Park are impressive and grandiose. 15 Glasgow is one of these buildings, a Victorian townhouse that is large even in comparison to some of the corkers nearby. So where are the screaming gangs of translucently pale, knife-wielders that I had been led to expect by stereotype-peddl…
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15 Glasgow

Anonymous review by Bruno Bayley , Vice guy

The largest city in Scotland may not be best known for its prettiness, but the terraced houses that surround Kelvingrove Park are impressive and grandiose. 15 Glasgow is one of these buildings, a Victorian townhouse that is large even in comparison to some of the corkers nearby. So where are the screaming gangs of translucently pale, knife-wielders that I had been led to expect by stereotype-peddling southern friends? No bottles of tepid Irn Bru were thrown at us on arrival, nor were we scalded by deep-fried confectionary. In fact, our first 40 minutes of being mildly lost in Glasgow’s city centre was infinitely more pleasant than our morning in Luton airport. And the journey to 15 Glasgow proved one of the easiest airport-to-destination rides I’ve ever had.

Now, the thing is, 15 Glasgow calls itself a bed and breakfast. But, unlike any B&B I have ever stayed in, it is far removed from the last one I stayed in while writing about unemployment and heroin addiction in Rochdale for Vice magazine – but that's a story for another time and place.

On arrival at this stylish stay, we were welcomed by Laura McKenzie, one half of the gracious husband-and-wife pair behind this chic guesthouse. Their son was excitedly readying himself for some professional football training, and while I am usually extremely susceptible to the feeling of awkwardly intruding on people, this interaction was totally relaxed and endearing.

The proportions of 15 are spacious yet cosy, not vacuous and minimal: it’s a cavernous thickly carpeted, chandeliered palace. Original features such as the wooden banister with iron railings, corniced ceilings and stained glass window halfway up the staircase have been enhanced with contemporary flourishes – silver mirrors, a feather-filled sofa and monochrome pieces by Glaswegian artist Hannah Frank on the wall.

Shown to our room we discovered a map waiting, and this was soon being carefully and generously annotated for us with the best places for us to visit. Handy as we had exactly zero idea where we were, or where to go. We were then handed forms for us to mark which of the many breakfast variations we’d like to be carted up four floors to our room the next morning. Then, with perfect timing, we were left alone to collapse in comfort onto the floor/enormous sofa/improbably large bed. I have never been good with measurements, but I’d say our room was half the size of a five-a-side football pitch (that being one of few dimensions I am familiar with), not counting the bathroom.

Close by are Argyle Street’s bars, pubs, and restaurants, including the highly recommended Crabshakk. Our first night has us watching our first-class seafood being cooked up a mere two feet from our faces, just beyond the marble countertop. Crab, oysters, scallops, fish club sandwiches (a great deal more promising than they sound) and icy beers were exactly what was needed in preparation for about six White Russians in Lebowski's down the road. (Had someone invited me to a bar themed on a film, even one as excellent as The Big Lebowski, I would not be enthusiastic. Somehow they’ve pulled it off.) Argyle Street and its side roads are home to tens of great-looking eateries and watering holes including Mother India, a curry house with a seemingly tireless flow of customers. We were soon looking forward to our next meal out.

After staggering back all of about 200 metres to our residence, we took turns to flop about in the gigantic shower like a drunken seal in Water World. Having raided the well-stocked cabinet of DVDs on the half landing we passed out halfway through In the Loop (this is less a critique of the film, more in praise of the comfort of the surroundings).

And so to that breakfast. Delivered in a polite and friendly fashion it was ideal: and we were grateful for the motivation to get out of bed. Glasgow may be a world away from the gritty beast we’d incorrectly envisaged, but on a grey, cold autumn day when you are perched in the middle of the Most Comfortable Bed even talk of an architectural tour of the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh is insufficient enticement to leave it.

Galvanised by a full Scottish, we hauled ourselves out for a wander through the nearby Kelvingrove Park over towards the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. Its sinister-looking framework tower offers an orienteering aid as you weave up and down the surprisingly steep paths, dodging housewives being drilled by their personal trainers.

We were glad we made it to the Gilbert Scott-designed section of Glasgow University where William Hunter’s bequeathed peculiar collection of pickled amputated body parts and the world’s greatest numismatic collection (extra points to those who even know that is something to do with money) resides. Not your average romantic-weekend foray but who could refuse a squeamish peek at jars of human limbs? Mrs Smith, apparently. She was more taken with the chance to pop into Mackintosh House, a concrete reconstruction of where he once lived – most certainly not somewhere designed by him.

As edifying as it was to discover the culture and cocktails of this city for ourselves, the highlight of our escape was definitely 15 Glasgow. It treated us to the best night's sleep we’ve had in months, excellently discreet service, and easy access to the bohemian and boutiquey West End. I feel that in order to seem professional and thorough, it is important that I offer at least some criticism of 15 Glasgow before I sign off. After sitting on the corner of the bed for a few minutes staring at the room, all I could come up with was an observation that the kettle (next to the fully stocked basket of high-end teas) was possibly, maybe, slightly too snug a fit for the shelf it was on.

So there you have it: the only possible way in which 15 Glasgow might have dropped the ball was in terms of the ratio of kettle to shelf. That’s it. In every imaginable way, it is without doubt the most luxurious and comfortable B&B you could experience. We were rather sad to have to leave, but knowing we had a few misguided pals back in London to smugly set straight, the blow was softened.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of 15 Glasgow from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful place - the building is stunning and all the rooms are spacious and decorated perfectly. Laura, the owner, is really friendly and nothing's too much trouble. Having breakfast in your room is a very laid-back way to start the day - the food's delicious.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Very comfortable; very friendly owner.

Don’t expect

I would've liked the provision of dressing gowns, especially as breakfast is served in the room.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The size and comfort of the room and the attentiveness of the staff.

Don’t expect

More Tunnock's Tea Cakes (just kidding).

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved 15 Glasgow! Laura is a lovely host and had great recommendations for us for sightseeing, pubs and dinners. The location is amazing for walking almost everywhere we wanted to go. The room was elegant and sophisticated with comfort in mind. We would go back in a heartbeat!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the location, it was great to be in walking distance of Kelvingrove, Hunterian etc. as well as Mother India restaurant and a good organic store on Argyle Street. We also thought the rooms were stylish and spacious and we had a friendly host, Laura. The bathrooms were lovely and we had an excellent breakfast.

Don’t expect

We think there should be an upgrade of the in-room supplies - maybe some fresh milk and ground coffee.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a fabulous location in a fabulous city. I loved the enormous bed, the huge room and the sky-scraping ceilings. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs brought to the door made for a leisurely pyjama breakfast. Laura was warm and welcoming and the gorgeously tattooed breakfast girl was a delight. I'd go back like a shot!

Don’t expect

I'd have liked bath robes for sloping round the bedroom, and bigger bottles of toiletries. And – were I to be uber-picky – they could discard the catering packs at breakfast and replace them with home-made muesli and breakfast preserves in jars or bowls.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything! The warm welcome, the amazing interiors, the delicious breakfast, the convenient location, the cosiness of the room… were wonderful. I will stay here for my yearly visit to Glasgow every year! I have already recommended 15 Glasgow to friends.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the wonderful beds and bathrooms, reakfast in your room and the warm, friendly welcome.

Rating: 8/10 stars