Scotland B2B checks out Glasgow’s newest hotel, which opened its doors in October after an extensive fit-out
The newly-opened 4* Apex City of Glasgow is in a great location for anyone who wants to set up a temporary base in the centre of Glasgow.
Situated on Bath Street – just one away from the city’s main shopping precinct and the nearby Glasgow Business Centre – you couldn’t get much closer to the action if you tried.
Recently refurbished, the hotel has an understated warmth about it, from the enthusiastic welcome at the front desk, to the muted tones of the room décor.
Its City View rooms, such as the one we were lucky enough to stay in, afford a fantastic view of the Glasgow skyline – which is particularly atmospheric at night against a backdrop of city lights.
They’re also equipped with everything you’d expect from a contemporary city hotel – spiced up with a few little extras to set them apart.
Not only did we check in to find a handwritten card inviting us to enjoy our stay, but to four continental chocolates set out on a plate on the bed.
And we were over the moon to find complimentary Pringles and jelly beans in with our tea and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite touches, however, were the complimentary rubber duck hiding in the shower – complete with Santa hat – and the Elemis toiletries, which even included a Soothing Temple Rub.
Continental breakfast, including salami, smoked salmon, croissants and pastries, and all the usual cereals, fruits and yoghurts, is included in the room rate and is served in the main dining area (aka Lounge), which also doubles up as the bar. Cooked breakfast options are available at a subsidy.
Parking is relatively fuss-free, with on-street options available. But, our recommendation is to use the multi-storey in the next street with which the hotel has an agreement and can give you a discount voucher to use when you exit.
Of course, there’s no shortage of places to wine and dine nearby but, if you fancy a Chinese on the cheap, we recommend checking out Wong’s in the St Enoch Centre Food Court for lunch.
It might be in complete contrast to the 4* luxury of the Apex, but this unlikely stop-gap serves up some of the best Chinese food we’ve tasted in a long time.
If you want our advice, go for the Sweet Chilli Chicken and fried rice.
How to get there: Car
Where to eat: Take your pick! Lunch recommendation – Wong’s
Where to meet:Abbey Business Centre, whose board and meeting rooms offer a professional environment away from the hustle bustle. Get a 5% discount when you book online
*Based on a Standard Double Room in January. Prices correct at time of enquiry
The Apex City of Glasgow is Apex’s first offering in the city. It has 104 modern bedrooms, including five duplex suites with views across the city. It’s Apex Hotels’ ninth property – joining a portfolio also spanning Edinburgh, Dundee and London.