The Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport is a treasure, as far as I am concerned. Although it is rare for travelers to rave about modern American chain hotels, this airport hotel is exactly what one needs the evening before taking off for the U.S.A. or other distant lands the next morning. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport recently based on internet searching and found it to be even better than advertised.
Location, Location, Location
It is a truism of the real estate business that nothing trumps location. The neighborhood, the availability of transportation, the schools all make for a valuable property. In the case of the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, its location is its best and overriding feature. It is located just 100 yards or so from the entrance to the airport! There is no need for a taxi or a shuttle. One just strolls across the street!
And even though it is practically in the airport, the hotel is not noisy, presumably owing to the latest in double and triple glazing technology. We were not at all aware of planes taking off or landing during our stay at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport.
We were able to book this hotel months in advance via the Holiday Inn website, obtaining a very reasonable advance payment rate (between 50 and 60 GBPs) for a nonsmoking room. In addition, we entered our US Airways frequent flyer number to earn miles toward our next trip to the UK! (The miles were duly credited shortly after our return to the U.S.) Priority Club Rewards is well integrated with US Airways dividend miles and some other airline programs.
When we checked in at the sleek and professional front desk, we were asked whether a wake up call was desired and fully briefed on the buffet dinner that was getting started in the dining room next door. Ordering from the menu was also an option. We decided to make a reservation for dinner.
We had a lovely dinner in the hotel dining room, which was buzzing with activity and an upbeat atmosphere. The menu offered a wide variety of options, including some traditional Scottish dishes. This was an opportunity for the visitor to sample haggis or scones one last time before departing.
It was not a Michelin five-star meal, but it was quite tasty and competently prepared. The prices were a bit high given the quality (good but not superb), but the convenience was worth it. Once again, it was just what we needed.
Our room was clean, modern, and comfortable, and modestly sized. We watched a bit of television, since BBC Scotland is still a novelty for us. The beds were comfortable, if not luxe, with duvets in the European style. The décor was neutral and restful. The lighting was good for reading. The bathroom was fully updated and spotless with ample towels.
In a hurry to make our flight, we were pleased to find our bill under the door early in the morning. Our room charge and dinner charge were present and accounted for, and everything was accurate. This meant that we could stop by the front desk just long enough to turn in the keys and say “Everything looks in order.”
A Return Engagement
Today I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport for this August so we will be right on site the evening before our return flight from the U.K. Even though our planned trip is centered on Edinburgh, with a side jaunt to the Highlands and four nights on the Isle of Skye, we fly in and out of Glasgow. Glasgow is the U.S. Airways hub and is just one hour from Edinburgh by train. The trains run frequently and are not expensive.
In addition, we have begun to grow fond of Glasgow as a counterpoint to Edinburgh. Formerly a gritty industrial city, it has of late taken on quite a hip, artistic flavor, particularly in some sections. On this trip we plan to tour the Glasgow College of Art Building designed by the famous Glaswegian Rennie Mackintosh.
Flying into and out of the Glasgow Airport has made us more inclined to discover the sights of Glasgow, and that is a very good thing. And the availability of a comfortable, well-run, and affordable modern hotel just a few steps away from the airport concourse is also a very good thing. The Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport is not the Balmoral Hotel, but it is just what one needs when preparing to depart the Scottish Isles for one’s home across the sea.
Website of the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport