CitizenM Glasgow Hotel Review

I grew up in Glasgow and have visited a good number of European cities in my time, but I can safely say that Glasgow is one of the coolest ones. So I was really excited to be given the change to try out Glasgow’s newest ‘uber cool’ budget boutique hotel at the weekend prior to the official opening.

The hotel I am talking about is called CitizenM – a Dutch company with two hotels in Amsterdam so this is their first venture with the brand outside the Netherlands.

The hotel is located at the corner of Renfield street and Renfrew street, next to the theatre Royal (see below) which is right in the heart of the city and extremely central.

The communal hotel area has been designed to feel almost like a house (a big house) with different areas to relax and chill out in. There is plenty to read and there are TV’s dotted around the whole communal area, so you can really chill out without feeling like you are in a hotel lobby!

The hotel uses a computerised self check in service – it wasn’t fully functional when I was there – but the process should mean that you can check in and be in your room very quickly.

The rooms are pod rooms – but roomy luxury pot rooms at that. The finish in the rooms is of an extremely high standard and all luxury brands.

The rooms are pimped with so many gadgets I was kept amused the whole time I was in it, infact to the point that I didn’t leave the room. You can control the Lighting, TV, Music, Temperature, Blinds and Black out Curtain from the remote control next to your bed. Plus there is free Wifi too.

You can change the colour/lighting of the room to any colour you like (see below)

The bed is also a huge 2 meters by 2 meters so you can sleep anyway around it you want. And there is really good sound proofing and the black out curtain means that you get a really good nights sleep.

The room doesn’t have a bathroom as such, it is a glass pod with the toilet and shower combined. The shower is a rain shower and hand shower and has its own delicious shower gels to use. Outside is your wash basin, there is a full length mirror, space to hang clothes and plenty of plugs (one of my bones of contention in many hotel rooms).

The entertainment system comprises of literally hundreds of channels – more than you get on Sky TV and from all around the world too. The movies are all free to watch and there are plenty of different music channels you can listen to to suit your mood.

I never tried any of the food – there is no restaurant as such, but there is a bar in the communal area where you can buy food – and you can buy food for breakfast or food and drinks to take up to your room.

Checking out was painless and done and dusted in about two minutes, I also really liked when you leave you can reuse your room key as a funky luggage tag for your next trip away.


If there were any negatives I would say the only things are:
1. There is no Ipod connector so you cannot play your music through the stereo system.
2. You need to know your room mate very well – the toilet/shower is a glass cubical in the room. I never saw the twin rooms so cannot comment on those.

Prices for a room are exceptionally reasonable ranging from £49 – £79 which beats any premier inn or other cheap hotel chain in the city hands down.

In all this is one super funky hotel and a definite asset to the city – if you’re heading to Glasgow for any reason check in at CiticenM

60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BW

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2 Responses to “CitizenM Glasgow Hotel Review”

  1. August 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Reading through that it looks and sounds great but got a shock at the price . If in Glasgow i would actually chose that over a chain hotel

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    August 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Yes it is really cheap! I would def recommend staying there is your visiting Glasgow.

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