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$200-$299
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Abode Glasgow
129 Bath Street
Glasgow
Scotland
Tel: 44 141 221 6789
www.abodehotels.co.uk/glasgow

If you can't get into Malmaison, this is the place to book. Constructed in 1911 and converted into a hotel in 1999, this former Department of Education office building (on the historical register) was reopened by hotelier Andrew Brownsword and Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines at the end of 2005. Thanks to clever, subtle renovations, the boutique property retains its Arts and Crafts detail—tiling in the entrance, bronze lions rearing up on the walls surrounding the grand staircase, a wrought-iron elevator, and a waterfall. Its 60 rooms, decorated in shades of green and robin's-egg blue, are divided into four categories—Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable, and Fabulous. To avoid being stuck in a somewhat cramped space without much daylight (so much for "comfort"), spring for an Enviable or Fabulous room—they're bigger and have original touches such as cornicing and stained-glass windows. Throughout, bathrooms are small (the curse of older properties), but there are handcrafted beds, satellite TVs, DVD players, and free broadband. In the basement, the informal MC Café Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Vibe is a cool lounge with sheer curtains and subtle lighting, where DJs spin until 1 a.m. Eminem and Beyoncé have both tucked up in bed here. Separately.

$199 or less
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Brunswick Hotel
106–108 Brunswick Street
Merchant City
Glasgow
Scotland G1 1TF
Tel: 44 141 552 0001
enquiry@brunswickhotel.co.uk
www.brunswickhotel.co.uk

In the middle of the trendy Merchant City, the mod, curvy-copper-roofed Primavera Building sits in a row of Victorians. This 19-room boutique certainly looks pricier than it is, thanks to the dramatic lighting, modern upholstered headboards, and rooms in rich reds, browns, creams and oranges. If you don't mind the cramped conditions in the smaller rooms, the Brunswick offers one of the best deals in town (for about $60 more, your room doubles in size). The most spacious accommodation can be found in the duplex penthouse under the copper eaves with a mezzanine gallery, sauna, and kitchen—which, as top suites go, is a relative bargain. There's a well-priced café-bar that buzzes at night with a laid-back thirtysomething crowd. It's also where you can fill up on a European breakfast: a pretty basic, self-service affair, but it's hard to complain at these rates.

$300-$399
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Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire
1 Devonshire Gardens
West End
Glasgow
Scotland G12 0UX
Tel: 44 141 339 2001
Reservations.odg@hotelduvin.com
www.hotelduvin.com/hotels/glasgow/glasgow.aspx

Set in a grand 1886 terrace of five three-story town houses in the genteel West End, One Devonshire is generally reckoned to be the finest hotel in town. A recent $3.8-million makeover added an upscale bistro, while the acquisition of the final house in the terrace—once owned by the shipping magnate and art collector Sir William Burrell—has increased the number of rooms and suites to 49. The spacious rooms are individually furnished, some in airy cream and silver, others in opulent chocolate and crimson, with silks, wools, rich woods, and judicious use of Victorian-patterned wall coverings. Many of the Classic and Grand rooms have four-poster beds, open fireplaces, and huge bay windows. The hotel's elegant suites are exceptional; our favorite is the Mews Suite, a private duplex with its own entrance, sauna, and bar facilities, as well as a door to the hotel's magical garden. Downstairs, settle into one of the Whisky room's leather sofas and enjoy a dram—there are 300 to choose from, ranging from $6.50 to $148 a nip. One Devonshire does traditional in a thoroughly stylish way. Perfect example: the bell boys who manage to look wonderfully hip in straight-legged Cameron of Erracht tartan trousers.

$200-$299
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Malmaison
278 West George Street
Glasgow
Scotland
Tel: 44 141 572 1000
glasgow@malmaison.com
www.malmaison-glasgow.com

Part of a gradually expanding hotel chain that makes a big deal over its boutiqueness, this hotel is housed in a handsome 19th-century deconsecrated Greek Orthodox church in the business district and near the city center. Its 72 rooms (8 of them suites) vary from fab to difficult depending on their size and location; ask for the Big Yin suite (named after Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly), which has a tartan stand-alone bath in the living area, or one of the standard rooms in the original building, which have higher ceilings than those in the extension. Generally, the decor is dark and moody, featuring gray or mahogany tattersall checks, black-stained wood paneling, and a lot of purple. In-room amenities include free Internet access, their lovely own-brand aromatherapy toiletries, and good wines in the minibar (Malmaison is affiliated with the estimable, self-explanatory Hotels du Vin chain). There's a small fitness room and a rather marvelous stone vaulted brasserie in the old church crypt next to a Champagne bar with a partial-glass ceiling.

$200-$299
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Radisson Blu Glasgow
301 Argyle Street
Glasgow
Scotland G2 8DL
Tel: 44 141 204 3333
Tel: 800 333 3333 (toll-free)
reservations.glasgow@radissonsas.com
www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-glasgow

This purpose-built glass-fronted low-rise with a concave blue-tiled facade isn't going to have you e-mailing home with excitement on your iPhone, but it does have some great little perks. Efficiency and clean Nordic modernity are the order of the day in the 250 rooms (including 12 business-class rooms, three suites, and one apartment). These have floor-to-ceiling windows covered in sheers and drapes of either taupe, beige-and-blue, or screaming orange, from which you may get a great city view—the hotel is next to Central Station (on the other hand, you may face inward, with no view at all.) As for the extras: Bathrooms have heated floors and mirrors, minibar prices have virtually no markups, there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and there's a basement health club with a sizable pool (which you don't get in the boutiques). Upgrade to one of a dozen business-class rooms and they throw in unlimited in-room movies. Art and design feature heavily in the hotel's three bars and two restaurants, including the Collage restaurant, which offers modern Med cooking along with art by Sir Peter Blake (the Brit Pop artist who put together the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper cover).

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