high up on a hill the view across this brilliant city is amazing.hostel is well appointed and well run even though it is a tad institutionalised,with lots of rules highly appropriate for the school groups it attracts in abundance but individuals may prefer something a tad more relaxed,like the berkeley which also has the advantage being on the flat and not being up a pretty steep hill or having curfews,like this one
Depends on your taste and speaking of taste the breakfast cooked by lovely glaswegian ladies who speak and relish in doing so, the glaswegian accent is a great start to the day.
It is the only hostel which includes a cooked breakfast ,
The black padding is delicious and most of it was grilled rather than fried.....tastier and healthier.
The area where this hostel and Globetrotters are located are in a magnifecent Georgian conservation zone and in the part of the city you want to spend time seeing.There is so much to see.
I would return.
On the downside internet facilities here are£1.00 for twenty minutes ,same as Eurohostel whilst £1.00 gets you an hour at the Globetrotters Elite cafe.
Unique Quality: View, architecture.IT is also very good value for money ,something Eurohostel with its overpriced 14 bedded dorms cant say.Stick to the nice hostels in the west end,they are cheaper and in abetter part of the city and do not have huge dorms
Directions: up a long steep hill past charing cross
I was in the UK for 4 days and stayed in 3 different hostels, this was by far the best. Only downside it has is that it's not in the city centre. But the connections with the underground are very good, get off at Kelvinbridge.
It has a very nice location, on top of a hill, the Kelvingrove Park is nearby. It's also close to Byres Road and in walking distance from the SECC.
Very clean, friendly staff, good food and good beds. Even my roommates were all very friendly and considerate.
Will go again!!
I have lived and worked with this hostel for over 6 months. It was one of te best times of my life. I am an Australian and fitted right in. Didn't mind the hard work, early mornings and late nights to keep this place top rate. The staff were friendly and approachable ( should know as I was one of them!) The lay out of this place is amazing, never seen anything like it. Amazing architecture and woodwork. It is huge! So close to everything but hey this is Scotland, compared to Australia all of it is close to everything! No really, an awesome park just across the road, you can take your shoes off and feel like you're back home again! Dance, run, no one knows you so who cares! Bagpipers frequent this place too ! Walking distance to everywere. Accomodation is great, bunk rooms, doubles all ensuite. Really well managed and thoutghtful. Kitchen is tops, laundry is easy, advice is plentiful. Breakfast is yummy...I know...Ive served it! Place is clean...I know...Ive cleaned it! Will provide advice and help with tours, sight seeing, other accomidation-world wide to YHA, tours, places to see and visit. So affordable, safe and friendly, I'd come back to work here and live in a flash!
Previous Staff / Reception duties 2000/2001
Unique Quality: As Above
Directions: Opposite Kelvin Grove Park. An awesome place, especially if you are missing the green, green grass of home! Take off yur shoes and dance! No one knows you or where you are from so enjoy!!!!!
I was only here overnight, but I wish I had stayed longer, because this was a very nice hostel. Newly refurbished, the rooms were a good size (I was in a 4 bed-dorm), plenty of room to move about in the dorm, the bathroom was new and clean.
The staff were very friendly.
The hostel got 4 stars from visitscotland.com - well deserved.
Unique Quality: Right across from Kelvingrove Park.
Open! The Best in Glasgow! Totally Refurbished
My photo shows the decorators in situ, and doesn't do the place justice. It is a superb hostel. Easily the best place to stay in Glasgow.
Even if you generally stear away from the 'institutionalised' HI hostels, in favour of the more relaxed 'independent' backpacker hostels, Glasgow is one place where I'd suggest going with SYHA. (Both because the independents are inconsistent and a risk, and because SYHA Glasgow is a wonderful building, with great staff).
The best independent hostel is Bunkums, followed by either Eurohostel or Backpackers.
Unique Quality: Glasgow SYHA is a former hotel that went bankrupt (I think), and it retains much of the swish grandeur, yet is heavily orientated to its present users - international backpackers.
Its very safe, clean and friendly, with small high quality rooms, yet with the large communal rooms and wood carved corridors, thick carpets and a plush feel. I love it.
Its one of the main money generating hostels for the SYHA, so they were pretty devistated when it had a serious fire last year, in the roof, causing it to close. They have spent heavily on it and I look forward to seeing inside again.
Breakfasts were functional, and simple, seeming to please most guests, though not me - maybe I'm a food snob, maybe I'm fussy, but as you'll discover, food is not Scotland's strong point.
I recommend self-catering - one of the greatest assests of hostels - helping you keep costs way down (especially in the evenings). Why, if you save money by avoiding poor take away food, you can spend it on private rooms, an extra beer, historic Scotland membership, a hire car ...
... just watch out for unscrupulous private hostel operators, and Glasgow had (has) its problems there! You can trust the SYHA. (In Scotland some of the independent hostels are fantastic though, so "mix and match" is my tip). Enjoy.
Directions: West of the M8, follow Sauchiehall Street west, about 20 minute walk from train / coach station.
Hostel occupies very classy viewpoint overlooking Kelvingrove Park (Don't walk alone at night). See my Must See Tip for map of Sauchiehall Street, etc.
Unique Quality: One of the prettiest hostels we stayed in. After you open the door, your greeted by a giant room filled with blue plaid and a massive staircase. Somehow this place managed to be really old and beautiful to look at while maintaining modern rooms with bathrooms and showers in each dorm. (P.S. The showers have hot water!!!!) The staff is incredibly friendly and they provide free towels.
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