Globetrotters Hostel Glasgow

56 Berkeley St, Charing Cross, Glasgow, G3 7DS, United Kingdom
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cosy and central,a gem of a find

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 15, 2008

I would return and am glad i found this gem of a place..Clean,comfortable and well run.On Saturday we had an imprompu bbq after s hostel minibus trip,down to Largs and the monument,where the scots fought and beat the danes at the battle of Largs
After the bbq some friends of Joy organised a whisky tasting session,describing the differences between island and highland malt whisky,blended whiskies and that was followed or rather savoured with the phiabeg kilt demonstration and several more drams....

Unique Quality: It has nice galleries themed so one corridor gives you an exhibition giving the story of the old alliance ,the dining room whets your appetite with a snapshot of what this marvellous collection holds,and proclaims it as the 3rd biggest collection in the world,after the san fran Frick and Guggenheim in NY.
Unlike the other two this Glasgow one is free.....not $35 dollars admission
Other areas do justice to Glasgow architect Rennie MacIntosh and his artistic wife,famous in her own right
Two beautiful portraits of Sir William Wallace welcome you up the stairs.
All in all you could be forgiven for thinking y were in an art gallery and these tasteful bits of glasgow are complemented by thick lush carpeting throughout.
Great kitchen,lounges and public rooms see the fotos

Directions: Charing cross

does what it sais on the tin but with panache

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 13, 2008

i use this as my city address have done for awhile as Falkirk is not on a par with the big city.The location is superb and the amenities within the hostel are superb.4 different kinds of toasters in the kitchens{it has two,oops found a third this morning ;so there is actually three} Sky tv in two lounges and a couple of the dorms , its choice ,choice choice,free wifi , ample lockers, bring your own padlock and a well trained staff who know their city.
In one word Quality.
In one sentence It is a superb introduction to the city.

Unique Quality: fun,exhuberance,infectious and i think it stems from their policy of taking you to your room,introducing you to those in the lounges on the way .Icebreaking little touches like this make the atmosphere electric.It sets the trend.
Regular weekenders and occasional overnighters for that midweek concert are all fans on facebook.really vt should link up with that you are two of the best sites around.
Oh they also give discounts for musicians and vt members.

Directions: fun student land, in the heart of the west end.Berkeley street

does what it sais on the tin but real comfy

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 23, 2008

no huge dorms or quees for showers,probably the most comfortable lounges of any hostel in the world and a nice country house atmosphere of being 1 taken to your room and introduced to your housemates.
What a difference to the electric atmosphere that made.
free nightclub passes and cheap deals with good local restaurants made this not just a real enjoyable stay but a very nice place to hang out.
One of the best in fact that u can find in europe.
And it had the best security i have seen,with large lockers for every bed,additional lockerroom at reception +cctv.
Overall it set a whole new range of standards that i could really have used elsewhere in europe.
cooffee fresh and reasonable,one of the few places that did free refills,which i loved in the morning.
Neat little terraced gardens for we nicotineites.

Unique Quality: coffee refills for free
large lockers {use your own padlock}
lots of inclusive staff who know {ken is the scots verb} the city and the needs of their clients
24 hour kitchen+ good valu bbqs
spotless rooms + showers ,
intelligent signage {in four languages it clearly explained not only how the instant showers worked but to less well travelled explained why people slept better showering before sleeping and or after travelling thus reducing morning qs
Well presented exhibitions which let you savour the city and surroundings.
free wifi access and skype phones.
rebooking extra nights is cheaper than first night.

Directions: where you wanna be,just out of the downtown and in leafy student area

Assault by owner

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 1, 2008

Not only were my laptop, bag, and other items stolen from my room (which had no lock) and not only does the place have no security system, but I was assaulted by the owner during an argument. I don't think much more needs to be said. The staff is friendly, except for the owner, who harasses, insults, and yells at customers and staff alike. Avoid this hostel at all costs. I am waiting for the police to attempt to file charges against him.

Scotlands best backpackers hostel,maybe Uk's

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 28, 2008

I HAVE STAYED IN ALL THE HOSTELS IN THE CITY AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER.The best by far is the Globetrotters as it is fun ,central and highly recommended by vt travellers,it also gives vt travellers a discount,so you cant say fairer than that .It comes top of the glasgow accom list for these reasons,but my personel reason for returning is the brilliant location and atmosphere

Unique Quality: has a distinctly uninstitutional feel ,steam showers are fantastic ,although you only get the keys if you have one of the twin rooms but you can ask even if your a mere dorm guest..You are expected to clean up after yourself.
Has the most comfortable longes and sofas of any hostel i have ever stayed in+ a well serviced kitchen ,open 24 hours like the internet cafe at reception which is far cheaper than easyinternet cafe or the Y.h.a. who charge an astounding £1.00 FOR EVERY 2O MINUTES...Globetrotters is £1.oo an hour.You can also pay in u.s.dollars and Euros,something Eurohostel wont let you do even if you are stuck.a situation i found myself in recently and the Glasgow police were kind enough to rescue me from downtown Eurohosdtel and deliver me to Berkeley Globetrotters, thankyou Glasgow police men.

Directions: one block south and west of charing cross.

i would rather sleep in the park than here!

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 6, 2008

Dont believe anything good that you read here about this place!
i stayed here 3 days with pretty much the same expierence as the comment before me. I left a bad comment here before but for some reason its not listed. Ill try again.
The place is filthy! i never had bed bugs but there was only one shower working for about 50 people while i was there. the tiles were yellow with mold. the toilets were dirty, like a pub on a saturday night. the police were there twice. the owner of the place kicked 3 people out in the middle of the night over a drunken arguement. there was a wierd lady there taking food out of the trash and yelling at people for wasting it. i dont know who wrote the other rateings here but they were obvously writen by the saff or friends of the owner! the people here are all people looking for work, hardly a backpacker in the place, had a creepy vibe! felt more like a homeless shelter than a youth hostel!

Unique Quality: Its directly across the street from another very good hostel!

Avoid this hostel... if you don't like bed bugs

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 13, 2007

if at all possible to do so. I stayed there for 2 nights in the off season and had the worst experience I've had to date in a hostel (and I've had some real nightmares). The hostel was cramped dirty and run down and in a general state of disarray. About half the bathrooms were out of order, and the ones that worked were in terrible condition, tiles falling off the walls, mold covering everything. The kitchen showed a similar lack of care, the linoleum looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in weeks, which in a crowded hostile is positively unsanitary.

Moving on to the part of this story that made this experience a real nightmare: THEY HAVE BEDBUGS!!! Really, Really bad bedbugs. I could have forgiven all its other flaws because of its price, and good location but the bugs were just to much. I woke up after my second night, with my face, chest, neck and arms covered in bites. This was my second night of a two week trip and I got to spend the next 5 days looking hideous, waiting for the spots to go away, itching and looking like i had the pox. If you want a fast way to make the locals want to avoid you just need to have your face disfigured by bug bites. It ruined the first half of my trip, instead of enjoying the beauty of Scotland i had to do laundry so i didn't carry the bugs with me, find stuff to take care of my skin.

I have met some really fun people at hostels and meeting fellow backpackers is a fundamental part of the experience of hosteling. Globetrotters tenants were just as seedy as it, mostly people who are in Glasgow looking for a job (although from what i observed to most of the residents job searching involves hanging around in the lounge all day pounding beers with fellow job seekers and hitting on anything that moves).

It looks like this place is pretty good from the other reviews, but my stay with them was completely the opposite, it was a nightmare. If you have a choice, choose somewhere else.

Unique Quality: good location, bad bugs

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Free Internet

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 18, 2007

The free internet and free wifi are a real pleasure to find especially when the SHYA charge a pound for 20 minutes and eurohostel also have coin operated machines. The introduction to travel sites like this virtual tourist and the discounts for members of virtualtourist is also a bit special.

Unique Quality: The free internet and free wifi

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The "Creaky" hostel

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 5, 2007

It was our last night in the Scotland and it was very funny. We spent there the Friday night and maybe that's why the man at the reception was drunk a bit:) We got a room for 4 with two plank beds that were the most creaky beds I've ever slept on. The room was ok for one night but there was enough place just for the two plank beds and our four backpacks. But the hostel is very close to the center so it was good.

The bathroom wasn't very clean and safe as well.

In the morning you can make a cup of tea or coffee and have some toasts (breakfast was included in the price - 15 GBP).

Unique Quality: To be honest for 15 GBP we spent a night in better places. But this was Glasgow so the prices are higher and if you travel on budget this is good choice. Nice price, nice location.

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Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 14, 2007

I stayed here with a couple of friends when we spent Hogmanay [New Years Eve] in Glasgow. Its fairly centrally located, being near the end of Sauchiehall St, and was very reasonably priced. We paid £15 each for a four bed room.

Aside from that I wasn't overly impressed with this place. I have stayed in a lot of hostels and it was nowhere near being one of the best. The cost included breakfast but it was " make your own toast" and that was pretty much the only choice. I didn't even get a drink since coffee seemed to be the only option & I don't drink it. We were left to stand in the rather grotty kitchen since there were people sleeping on sofas in the eating area. Our room had no lockers and the door didn't even lock so I would have been dubious about leaving any valuables there.

The staff were okay but despite booking months in advance, they told us the place was overbooked when we arrived [in the early afternoon] and we wouldn't be able to get in. Luckily they eventually found us beds but it had us pretty panicked and we ended up having to pay more than we had expected even although it was their fault. The other downside was that all the showers were located away downstairs and nowhere near our room.

Unique Quality: If you're looking for some where to crash after a nightout and aren't bothered about lack of security for your belongings then this place is fine and cheap but not somewhere I would recommend for a longer stay.

Glasgow's best hostel for BBQ's

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 21, 2006

Where do I start.....
Its the best experience I have had in a UK hostel everyone was great even though I'm known now as Nelly and not Nikki! BBQ's are top notch even if the chicken burgers do get set alight from time to time, chef's fault. Colin the main man makes a good punch heaven knows what is in it but it tastes good, and after going through 5 jugs with everyone no wonder we were up for a party with all that suger keeping us awake!! Its a great place to meet people and Colin always introduces everyone to well everyone.
Facilities are great plenty of showers to choose from, room was nice and all bed linen was provided all you need to bring is a towel, oh and clothes... Kitchen well I never actually cooked in there much due to all the BBQ's but it has everything you could possibly need. Lounge I liked nice big comfortable sofa's like I ever was in their was always sitting outside. Outside area is lovely I love the lights that light it up!! But there is a breakfast included with the stay.
I would reccommend this hostel to anyone and everyone going to Glasgow it affordable, close to city centre and its attraction and staff are friendly and always up for a party!!

Unique Quality: Its so easy to find and its a stones throw from the city centre and its attractions, and thats what appealed me to go their.
The BBQ area was nice even though its a summer thing its a nice area to meet everyone. Outstanding characteristics well its good to be Colin and his staff they make you feel at home!! who cares about a pool or a view its the people you meet that count!

Directions: not far from Charling Station

Glasgows most personal hostel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 15, 2006

Stayed only one night but had a warm and friendly welcome including wine and BBQ and introduction to the other guests. really super atmosphere and Facilities and staff are great.Glad i found it by accident or providence.

Unique Quality: Very close to the important parts of town: nightlife, bus services etc.

Directions: City

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A Brilliant hostel great fun

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 11, 2006

This is the best hostel in the Glasgow!!!
Owner, staff, people staying here, all are perfect and special!!!!! Moreover the cleaner ,Helen does a good job!
You should stay here when you go to the Glasgow!!!!! Kindhearted owner will welcome you!!!

Unique Quality: BBq.
Small dorms
Lots of hot showers.

Directions: walkable to main attractions

superb atmosphere, veggie burgers

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 11, 2006

Rebooked having escaped from the'' bluesky hostel thug ''which if you google tells a tale of the place to avoid across the road.

Unique Quality: good security and friendly organised and informed staff.

Directions: west end charing cross

The best place for BBQ's and punch in town!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 11, 2006

The best time of my life!!! breckfast is included and all bedding is also included. You just need a towel. A nice big kitchen, a relaxing lounge, an outdoor area for excellent BBQ's, loads of showers.
Definately reccomend to anyone who is anyone to come here best place in Glasgow to stay. Staff are soo friendly they are the best!!!

Unique Quality: The BBQ's, the punch, the staff who are excellent best in Glasgow, the pitures, the carpet oh just everything!!!

Directions: Charing Cross West end

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