Recently I was invited to stay at the fabulous CitizenM Glasgow hotel – if you haven’t heard of CitizenM before now, their hotels aim for affordable luxury by getting rid of all the unnecessary extras you often find in hotels like trouser presses, in-room teas and coffees and chocolates on the pillows and instead focussing on what REALLY makes your stay a comfortable one, like wall to wall beds, free movies and blackout blinds.
Sean and I have decided to get married in Glasgow, and because we’re based in Edinburgh we’ve had to make a few trips back and forth to visit the venue and speak to suppliers. Most of our wedding guests will also be travelling to stay the night for our wedding, so we’ve been looking for hotels to recommend. CitizenM Glasgow has definitely jumped to the top of our list – it’s only a 10 minute drive from our venue and the room prices start from just £69 (with breakfast available for an extra £10.95 for anyone who manages to drag themselves from the super comfy duvet in time).
So why exactly were Sean and I so impressed? Let me give you a little virtual tour.
The very first thing you notice when you walk in the room is the absolutely humongous bed at the other end. It really is wall to wall – and whilst you might think that would feel a little cramped, there’s so much space that it’s impossible to feel closed in. In the photo where I’m sitting on the bed, Sean was sitting on the other corner with the camera, and it feels as though he’s miles away! It’s also THE comfiest bed I’ve ever slept in – I can tell you I’ve never been more disappointed to go back to my own bed after a night away.
The second thing you’ll notice is the iPad on the bedside table. This iPad controls everything in the room, which I had great fun messing around with! You can change the brightness and colour of the lights, raise and lower both sets of blinds, put music on, set alarms, choose movies or a TV channel…welcome to the future everyone, it’s great! You can also select from preselected ‘moods’ like party, romantic or movie. Sean was a bit disappointed that selecting the romantic option didn’t cause Barry White to immediately blare out though…
We had dinner reservations a few streets away later in the evening, but we had a few hours to kill and Sean was tired out from being dragged through various jewellers looking for wedding rings, so we decided to settle down and watch a movie. There’s a fantastic selection – we were torn between watching The Jungle Book or the newest Bourne film for a while, but eventually we decided on X-Men Apocalypse. By the time the film had finished, we had to physically force ourselves to leave the hotel for dinner (not that you’d have to if you didn’t want to, there’s a great selection available in the hotel ‘canteen’ – and we even saw someone having pizza delivered to the foyer as we left!)
There’s only one more aspect of the room that I have to mention – the shower. Shut away in the little light up pod in a corner of the room, it’s not got any bells and whistles, but it’s all that you’d want. The rainforest shower was so amazing that we’ve decided to get one for our own bathroom and there are bespoke toiletries available for use, with different scents for daytime and nighttime. Last but not least, the towels. Huge and soft and I had to physically restrain myself from sneaking one out in my suitcase, not gonna lie.
I mentioned that it was possible to have breakfast included in your stay right? Well I would highly recommend it – it’s basically all you can eat (Sean took slightly more advantage of that fact than me) and you can choose from cooked breakfast items, which are of much higher quality than you usually get at a hotel buffet, along with continental items like croissants and even waffles.
They also make a great coffee by the way – get a cappuccino made for you to really set you up for the day ahead. Or if you’re not a coffee person, there’s also a fantastic selection of teas (I’d recommend the Earl Grey, personally).
I know that there are some people that maybe feel like they wouldn’t want to book a hotel without the complimentary teas and coffees or the shelf full of miniature toiletries that you can stuff in your handbag – but lets face it, when you’re on a city break, a lot of the time you only want your hotel to sleep and shower in – and CitizenM do those two things VERY well and at a VERY affordable price. They have hotels in London, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Paris as well, so if you’re ever in any of those neighbourhoods, check out their site and get yourself one step closer to that absolute dreamboat of a bed!