A BOOM-tastic stay with Euro Hostels Glasgow
Becky Day heads to the world’s most friendliest city for two memorable nights with Euro Hostels Glasgow. She couldn’t speak highly enough of their BOOM suites!
Our train pulled into Glasgow Central around midday – it was our final pit-stop on our week-long adventure around Scotland. After plugging ‘Euro Hostels‘ into Google Maps – our resting spot for the next two nights – we were thrilled to find out that it was only a short five minute amble from the station.
Located on the iconic River Clyde, Euro Hostels was a pleasing sight after a three and a half hour train journey. We were slightly early for checking in, so the receptionist kindly let us drop off our bags while we set out to kill some time and become acquainted with Scotland’s largest city. Slightly peckish, Euro Hostels’ handy map of Glasgow pointed us in the direction of the world-famous Willow Tea Rooms, nestled within the bustling shopping thoroughfare of Buchanan Street, only 10 minute’s away. We gorged on the most delicious pecan cheesecake, surrounded by elegant furnishings and décor inspired by Glaswegian designer Charles Rennie McKintosh. Sauntering around Glasgow’s city centre, it was clear to see why it’s such a mecca for shoppers, particularly Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street (dubbed as the Style Mile!).
Upon our return to Euro Hostels, we couldn’t believe our luck when we were checked into one of their super exclusive ‘BOOM’ rooms. Excitedly opening the door, we were greeted with a large, airy room with a cool image of Glasgow’s skyline spray painted onto the walls. The cosy double bed, flat-screen TV and en suite bathroom ensured absolute ‘backpacker’ luxury, especially because we had been sleeping in a tiny wood cabin in the Scottish Highlands for the past three nights!
Guests can upgrade their bookings for just £3 per person, per night to stay in one of Euro Hostel’s BOOM suites, which include those in dorm beds too – you can also access the hostel’s secret garden and swanky lounge areas (shh… don’t tell anyone!). But not to worry, a spacious chill out room, self-catering kitchen and the Mint and Lime bar (which serves cheap food and drink) are available to those who don’t fancy adding a bit of ‘BOOM’ to their stay.
Hitting the town
Once we’d found our feet around the hostel and freshened up, we headed out towards the West End for a highly recommended curry at Mister Singh’s India. Once fed, we made tracks to see what Glasgow’s nightlife had to offer – and it did not disappoint, particularly its gin bars (or what I remember of them)!
Seeing the sights
The following morning – after stocking up on the hostel’s impressive £5 all-you-can-eat breakfast spread in the Mint and Lime Bar – we hopped on board Glasgow’s City Sightseeing tour bus. Twenty-one stops provided the perfect opportunity to discover the city’s rich history and heritage. Glasgow University and its Harry Potter-esque interior was a particular highlight, as well as the surrounding West End area – a melting pot of university students, alternative types, cobbled alleyways, chic boutiques, trendy bars, cute cafes and independent restaurants. The nearby Kelvingrove Park welcomed us with a perfect spot to eat lunch while enjoying the sunshine.
The following morning, it was time to leave, so we filled our bellies with the Mint and Lime Bar’s buffet breakie before catching our lengthy seven-hour train back to Bristol. It was certainly a BOOM-tastic stay at Euro Hostels, in a city becoming increasingly famous for its cutting edge architecture, affable reputation (there wasn’t a Glaswegian Kiss in sight!), and cultural diversity. Euro Hostels certainly knows how to pick vibrant city locations, with Newcastle, Liverpool and Edinburgh also under their sporran. Hmm, which shall I visit next?
By Becky Day