I had booked a standard double room, but when I arrived that turned out to be not to my liking at all. I ended up in a small double room and in the end that worked for me, even if the room was indeed small.
However, I would recommend against booking such a standard double room as the rooms apparently are all either in the basement and facing the wall of the building next door or the wall of the building itself. When I say ‘facing’, I mean you can reach out and touch that wall. Very dark and unwelcoming. I therefore asked for another room and was given a smaller room, but adequate enough for my use. One queen sized double bed with reading lights left and right (button for the lights is behind the bed board) and bed side tables on both sides. Water cooker on the bed side table with coffee, tea, sugar and milk cups.
Desk with chair, desk light hanging over it. Set of electric outlets next to the desk. Mirror and hanging lcd tv on the wall across from the bed. Lots of lighting in the room, which helped dispel the gloom of the weather.
Wardrobe with hangers and some shelves to one side of the bed and just enough space to put the luggage rack besides it in the corner giving you more walking space around the bed. My suitcase could rest there easily and I could keep living out of my suitcase. The wardrobe contained an iron and iron board. The desk contained the blow dryer.
Two large mirrors in the room that helped giving it a feel of a much larger room.
Windows (2 of which could be opened) and central heating.
No safe and I would really like to have one.
Note: the view from the windows at the back side of this Best Western all look onto a demolition site. Apparently the building on that site has been planned to be removed for years. It still needs to happen. It looks strange, but there is not demolition (noise) going on, so you will have a real quiet time on this side of the hotel.
Ensuite bathroom with bath and toilet and wash basin. Adequate but quite small. 2 large and 2 smaller towels. Bath had a glass wall to keep you from spraying the room. Warning: the water was very hot. Make sure you adjust it before stepping under the shower.
Electricity in the room works as soon as you plug your room key card into the holder opposite the entrance door.
What I missed in the room was a hook near the door to hang up my wet coat.
The breakfast room is down stairs in the basement. Ample food selection hot and cold, and you can ask for fried eggs. Attentive staff.
Very willing to carry your suit case up or down when you arrive and leave.
Although this hotel boasts ‘city’ in its name, it is only just in the city. It is however around the corner (turn left after leaving the hotel and left again at the corner of the next street) of the Scotrail station ‘Charing Cross’, which will get you to the centre real quick.
Personally I used a week pass for use on rail, bus and metro for 2 zones (you can’t buy less than 2 zones, bring pass photo to purchase one) for GBP19 which worked out well for me as I was in Glasgow for 6 days. NOTE: week passes start on Sunday and end on Saturday.
Trains run very often. For use in the metro you need it on a smart card which I believe you can organize at the metro ticket window showing them your week pass. I don’t know whether there are costs involved with this transfer (e.g. purchase of the actual plastic smart card).
Shopping was easy (meaning no walking up a hill with your groceries) by using the Scottrail stations Queenstreet (main area) and High Street (discount supermarket ‘A’ on this street to the left of the exit).
I hate the bus map of Glasgow inner city. The colours and letters did little for me in helping me get around. In the end I did figure it out enough to take the bus 77 (every 10 minutes) to the central Buchanan bus station from the ‘Garnet street stop’ on Sauchie Hall Street (turn left when exiting the hotel, keep walking straight until you see the Tesco express, cross the street and a bit to the left is the bus stop).
From Buchanan bus station make sure you take the airport bus to Glasgow airport as apparently there is also a bus going all the way to Edinburgh airport.
I arrived from Glasgow airport buying a return ticket on the Airport Express Bus 500 for GBP10 (one way GBP7.50). I made the mistake of getting off at the first stop in Glasgow. That was a huge mistake as that forces you to walk UP, really up, a steep street (think steep streets in San Francisco) to get to Vincent street off which Elmbank street is a side street. I believe it is better to get off at Queen Street and take the train from Queen Street station to Charing Cross station. Elevator banks in both stations to manage your suit case down and up.
Or take the airport Express Bus all the way to Buchanan Bus Station.
From Buchanan bus station you can also take the no 77 bus (every 10 minutes in the direction of Breahead Shopping Centre or every 30 minutes to Glasgow Airport; this is NOT the no 500 Airport Express bus!) to the Kings Theater bus stop on Bath Street. Using this route means level streets, easier to manage with luggage, from the bus stop to the hotel walk back to the corner of Bath Street and Elmbank Street, turn right and walk down the street until you reach the stairs of the Best Western.
There is a larger T.E. supermarket on the other side of the M8 highway. Walk to Bath Street (turn left from Hotel) and cross the high way, turn left and you will find it. less