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Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central {GBR}

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Old Jun 21, 16, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by lifetimeblue View Post
You must not have been drinking enough

I think it was something like a 20% off discount. Makes Hilton Glasgow's 12 seem like a bargain.
Parking at the doubletree up the road is supposed to be just 8!
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Old Jun 22, 16, 7:31 am
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Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central Review

Here my report from my stay last weekend.

Rate & Room Booked: Queen Room Non Smoking - HHonors Reward 12,000 Points +34
Stayed As: HHonors Gold | Stayed In: June 2016


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

The Hotel

Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central is a newly opened hotel located just off Bath Street in the center of Glasgow. It is a former office block which has been fully converted and refurbished into a 88 bedroom hotel. It opened for business in May 2016 making it the first Hampton to open in Scotland after being in the works for years.

It's a very similar idea to the Hampton by Hilton Newcastle which is also a former office block. With it being a newly opened property, the interior of the hotel feels very new, modern and clean. It is a nicely done Hampton, with a large combined reception bar/restaurant and breakfast area on the ground floor, with 5 floors of bedrooms above.


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Location

The hotel is located on West Campbell Street, it sits just on the corner of Bath Street.

It's a 15 minute walk from Glasgow Central station, and around 10 minutes from Queen Street station.

The location allows easy access to Glasgow's main shopping areas. There is also a lot of restaurants, bars and nightlife in the immediate area around the hotel and many more only a short walk away.


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Checkin

Reception is on the ground floor of the hotel. It's a nice open and large area which doubles as the breakfast and bar area. There was a couple of checkin agents on the reception desk waiting to help guests.

I had already checked in and chosen my room online using the HHonors iPhone app. The hotel doesn't seem to have a map of the floors setup on online checkin yet so you just get a list of floors/rooms to choose from without maps. Reception had an envelope ready for me with my room keys, welcome letter and a HHonors welcome leaflet.

The staff member checking us in was welcoming and efficient. We were in the room a minute of two later, so a very quick checkin thanks to it being quiet and reception having the keys already made up as I had checked in online.


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Room

Our room (511) was on the top floor of the hotel and looked out onto West Campbell Street with the fairly grim looking car park as your main view. The room was a decent size room with a large window which had very good blackout curtains.

There was the usual amenities in the room, including a safe, reasonably sized TV, tea/coffee making facilities. There was also a good sized desk and a reasonable number of sockets around the room.

Soundproofing isn't fantastic and as a result disturbed us slightly despite being on the 5th floor. Unsure why more wasn't done about this during the refurbishment. We were staying on a Friday night and could hear the nightclubs down the street very clearly in our room, it was like they were directly under us but they were down the street. The nightclub noise went on until the early hours, as you would expect in the centre of Glasgow on a Friday night. We were then woken up by a passing marching band before 9am, it was as if the drummer was in my room. The roads in the immediate aren't the busiest in Glasgow, but when there are larger truck/buses sat at the lights outside you can very clearly hear them in your room. It would probably be fine mid week, but I wouldn't stay here at the weekend if you are in anyway a light sleeper!


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Bathroom

The bathroom was a decent size with a sliding door which doubles up as the wardrobe door. Everything was nice and clean.

The shower was nice and hot, had ok pressure with one of these eco shower heads on which seemed to restrict the pressure to an extent.

The toiletries on offer are the normal Hampton Spa Therapy ones in boxes mounted to the walls, which are basic but nice enough.


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Breakfast

Breakfast is served to the left of reception Monday-Friday 6am - 10am and 6am-11am Saturday & Sunday.

The hotel was reasonably quiet when we were there, so breakfast was quiet too. The breakfast area was pretty tight, even with just 3 or 4 people in it, I wouldn't like to see it on a busier morning. It was a fair bit smaller than other Hampton breakfast areas I've seen.

The selection was good for a Hampton breakfast, with the Scottish addition of haggis to the hot food! The quality was ok, the eggs were the usual packet stuff and the sausages whilst tasty, had a questionable amount of meat in them. The waffles were tasty, loved all of the syrups and sauces they had to choose from for them.

Bars & Restaurants

We didn't eat or drink in the hotel. They serve lunch and dinner in the bar area, as well as a 24hr snack menu with Pizza and a few other basic dishes. The hotel has a 24hr bar for guests which is open till midnight for non-residents.


(You can see more images on my blog by clicking here: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/ )

Parking

The hotel does not have onsite parking.

There is a fairly ugly car park directly across the road run by Q-Park which the hotel offers a small discount on for guests. I think it is around the 18 mark for 24 hours with their discount. It's pretty pricy, but handy for the hotel if nothing else.

HHonors Benefits

HHonors benefits offered were the standard fairly minimal Hampton options for HHonors Gold and Diamond card holders, you have a choice of either 250 bonus points or a free soft drink and snack per stay. I opted for the drink and snack. I wasn't given a voucher as such, I had to ask about getting them on checkout which wasn't a problem.

With Hamptons it is always worth remembering that you earn HHonors points on your room rate only and not on any incidentals, so any bar or restaurant charges you apply to your bill will not be eligible for HHonors points.

Conclusion

The hotel is a nicely done, brand new Hampton with friendly and helpful staff. The location is in the middle of town and offers easy access to the city.

The soundproofing is unfortunate and makes it less appealing at the weekends in particular. The rates seem to average from round 80-100 per night or 30,000 points/12,000 + 34 on HHonors rewards.

At the current room rates, I'm not sure I would choose The Hampton over Hilton Glasgow for example as there is often only a small premium over the Hampton's cash rates which will get you a full service Hilton with a nicer breakfast, decent soundproofing, room upgrade opportunities and Executive Lounge. For me the Hampton location isn't much more convenient than the Hilton for the places we generally visit in the city. There is also the Hilton Garden Inn which is often cheaper than the Hampton and again offers a better breakfast, and a nice view of the Clyde. The location of the Garden Inn isn't as handy, but a quick train or Uber sorts that. Then there is the Doubletree opening soon nearby to the Hampton which will be the same HHonors category as the Garden Inn and will have an Executive Lounge.

The Hampton is a nicely done hotel with good rooms and lovely staff, but I just don't see it as a compelling option at the current room rates when there are the full service Hilton properties in Glasgow at very similar room rates to choose from.

You can get more info and full size images on my blog by clicking on the this link: http://offonone.co.uk/2016/06/hampto...-hotel-review/
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