Grasshoppers

Glasgow, Scotland

An Edwardian railway office building seems an unlikely place for a hotel – but buzz an intercom and take the lift to the sixth floor, where a warm reception, cupcakes and affordable Scandi-style comfort await. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

An Edwardian railway office building seems an unlikely place for a hotel – but buzz an intercom and take the lift to the sixth floor, where a warm reception, cupcakes and affordable Scandi-style comfort await. This penthouse enterprise was the brainchild of owner Barrie Munn, and designed to strike a perfect balance between character and efficiency, to be well run and welcoming, spotless but not clinical. Bedrooms – some overlooking the station’s 48,000-pane glass roof – have a handmade king-size divan bed, a handmade desk, a Caledonian oak floor, Italian lighting, a Grohe power shower in a pod-like bathroom, Arran Aromatics toiletries and blackout blinds. There is a small bar in the sitting room, but the beating heart of the operation is the kitchen, where tea, coffee, home-made cakes and other treats are on offer. Breakfast includes porridge, freshly baked breads, eggs and bacon from local delis, with kedgeree on certain days. You can have supper here too (soups, salad, perhaps lamb curry), but it’s best to book. Parking for guests costs just £8 for 24 hours at a nearby Q-Park.

Hotel details

Address

87 Union Street
Glasgow
G13 TA
Scotland

Telephone

0141 222 2666

Bedrooms

29.

Open

all year except 4 days at Christmas.

Facilities

breakfast/supper room, sitting room with small bar, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for cot or extra bed for under-12s if space allows (request at time of booking).

Dogs

allowed (no charge).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £85, singles from £75, triples from £115. À la carte £17.

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Comments about Grasshoppers

Very accurately described in the Guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and took advantage of the very pleasant and modestly priced suppers on both nights of our stay. The Patron was very welcoming. A great find. - Michael John Blakely - June 2019
Though basic, it represents excellent value for money. It is clean and modern ,and superbly located for travellers either staying in or passing through the city. My room was pod-like but clean and functional.The tiny shower occupied a corner, separated by a solid wood sliding door. A delicious hot buffet breakfast, served and cleared via an adjoining galley kitchen by a friendly female Glaswegian. - Robert Gower - December 2018
Grasshoppers has a lot going for it, but the room we were in, though nice, was too hot at night, even with the roof-fan on, and could have done with air-conditioning. The food is good (both dinner and breakfast) but eaten in a cramped room. Good views, handy location for sight-seeing, and friendly helpful staff. - MS - August 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide