Radisson Blu Glasgow, Glasgow $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
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).