Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2007, 12:00am

Where is it? Menzies Hotel (below) is convenient - only 20 minutes by taxi from Glasgow Airport and a 10-minute stroll from the city's Central railway station. A 10-minute walk through a downmarket enclave takes you to the shopping strip of Buchanan Street (above). Some of the rooms are located in a converted rice mill and overlook the wharves of historic Glasgow.

Luxurious or basic? The 12 split-level apartments are huge and feature kitchens piled high with gadgets. The capacious bathrooms look like they would be hard to leave. Moby has stayed at the Menzies and no doubt the New York musician and minimalism fan appreciated its chrome furnishings and sleek aesthetic. This is a no-fuss hotel, however, and the apartments and the other 128 fung-shui-arranged rooms could fall short if you're looking for something romantic.

Who should visit? The Menzies' professional staff and office-friendly facilities make it a good place for a business visit while the spa, restaurant and bar will appeal to those planning a more relaxing stay.

What's on the menu? You can eat like a king on the breakfast alone. Try the full English - well, full Scottish - offering, with egg and bacon plus local extras such as crispy potato scones, kippers and creamy porridge thrown in. The stark white furnishings of the restaurant are not especially atmospheric but the roasted half-poussin with bacon and tarragon gravy (GBP13/HK$210) will warm up any rainy Glasgow evening.

What else is there to do? Take a dip in the 15-metre indoor pool, sweat it out in the sauna and enjoy a soak in the Jacuzzi. Take in the views of the city skyline during a stroll along the River Clyde. Close to hand is the Gallery of Modern Art, which has a rotating display of contemporary exhibitions from local and international artists.

What's the bottom line? A night in one of the split-level apartments is GBP225 while the rooms cost GBP160. Menzies Hotel is at 27 Washington Street, Glasgow, Scotland, tel: 44 0845 850 3013;