March 3, 2007
We were offered coffee whilst signing in. Helen seemed to be an old hand at this and before we were finished had maps of the city with directions to the main sights. All the galleries were free, and we even got free passes to nightclubs.
Our bunked twin room had a fridge and a sofa with a TV/DVD player complete with a selection of four videos and a list of others available at reception. Moreover, we were shown to the room and the nearest facilities (none of the rooms are ensuite, which makes it excellent value for money). How much time do you spend in that room anyway?
The beautiful building across the road was the main city library with 100+ free computers for free Internet access. It also had exhibitions and a theatre. The big city park had five galleries/museums around it as well as the architect MacIntosh's house, which was the only one that had an admission charge.
Also within walking distance from the hostel were the Riverside Science/Exhibition Centre and Concert Hall and a Sydney Opera House-type structure in one direction. In the other direction, less than two blocks away, was the downtown area of Charing Cross (it comes from the French "dear queen"). Then Sauchiehaugh, the main nightlife street, where the free passes to A.b.c. club were.
All in all we were in the right place and had a blast. Returned a couple of months later and had another enjoyable time. They have some pretty interesting art work, a burrel collection of posters in the breakfast room, a collection of the exquisite art work of Margaret MacIntonce. Quite a neat little gallery in itself which I did not pay attention too first time around. There is now a little coffee shop run in reception with a good selection of types, all reasonably priced.Another point that I failed to notice first visit is the big selection of herbal tea on offer at breakfast. The place is pretty big on choice, whether it be room size, price or your cuppa.
The final point was that it is incredibly well situated for the best visitor attractions and the free access to the Internet was greatly appreciated by myself. Thanks for making my second stay as good as the first. You are now my Scottish home.
From journal Best Hostel in Glasgow, Planet Fun Has Arrived