If there's one thing the Glasgow West End isn't short of (as well as antique markets, great eateries, charity shops and students) it's hotel rooms. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices, big brands, five stars, apartments, hostels and guest houses. When we were looking for a room recently instead of the tried and tested chains, we thought we'd go boutique, and that decision found us on the doorstep of the Belhaven Hotel. We booked through Hotels.com or you can contact the hotel directly www.belhavenhotel.com, you could also do a Google search (other search providers are available) but be careful you don't end up at the nearest Belhaven pub, great beer not so great beds or the Bellgrove Hotel which is in the wrong end of Glasgow, amongst other things...
So what did £102 for the night get us? It didn't get parking that's for sure, in this busy part of Glasgow the parking meters are as ubiquitous as the wardens that patrol them, if you are actually able to find a space that is. Luckily the Belhaven is slightly off the main drag and after a few left, right, lefts you can get onto the service road in front of the hotel, rather than the busier Great Western Road parallel to it, and find a parking spot. The hotel will sell you a scratchcard for two quid, which wins you an afternoons car parking until the restrictions end at 6pm.
Exterior and interior is as you'd imagine a classic Glasgow Town House to be. Tiled hallways, big staircases and high ceilings, character and history everywhere you look.
Whilst the hotel looks welcoming, once inside the check-in was functional, rather than friendly which was a bit of a shame. Not Fawlty towers bad by a long shot, but is some eye contact, a smile and some attempt at conversation too much to ask? Maybe I'm being overly harsh, in this modern buy it online and get it delivered, use self service, book via the app society; perhaps human interaction is something some customers may wish to avoid. In which case this was as perfect a check-in as you could get, other than using a computer terminal...
The room, up on the second floor was huge, if you're used to identikit Premier Lodges then you'd fit two rooms into the space of this one, with the super high ceiling maybe another two stacked on top as well. Adding a table and chairs, desk and a huge bed and hanging space barely dented the floor space, if we'd wanted to invite all the other guests of the hotel in for pre-dinner drinks we wouldn't have struggled. The room was clean and tidy and well maintained, a badly repaired patch of wallpaper made oh so much more noticeable by how well turned out the rest of the room, like rocking up in your finest kilt and using a blue carrier bag as your sporran, there's no seeing passed it.
The room was well equipped, big telly, full length mirror as well as the usual tea and coffee. The bathroom came equipped with a two person jacuzzi, which is possibly bigger than my first flat, you can pretty much guarantee its not a feature of every bedroom!
If you are looking for something a bit different to the norm and aren't that fussed by not having a gym or swimming pool, then there are worse places to lay your head for a night. You can get cheaper in the west end and you can get far more expensive, the Belhaven is going a great job being average.