For a long time Glasgow has been overshadowed by Edinburgh as the top choice for tourists; serving only as a day trip destination. In recent years, however, ongoing investment and a drive to clean up the city’s image has enabled Glasgow to forge its own relationship with visitors. The hospitality and character of welcoming Glaswegians makes people fall for the city; now the host of a thriving restaurant scene, diverse cultural events and a top shopping location.
Scotland’s largest city has an array of sights to stumble across and events to attend: film festivals, art exhibitions and gigs regularly draw audiences to its streets with attendees looking for accommodation for a short stay. Becoming a destination in itself, Glasgow is struggling to keep up with the growing number of budget travelers meaning hostel accommodation is limited. Below we have highlighted the best options for budget travellers based on considerations such as location, amenities and value.
DORMS FROM £17/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM £41/ NIGHT
Perched at the top of Glasgow’s wealthy Park Circus, the Glasgow Youth Hostel overlooks the city’s Kelvingrove Park just a short walk from the bustling west end and up-and-coming Finnieston area; both popular areas with locals for bars and restaurants. From this central location, Kelvingrove Art Museum is reached quickly via the winding park paths and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes on foot. If the Scottish weather is anything like normal, stations for buses and the city’s subway are located conveniently nearby. The old Victorian exterior is characterful with original interior features intact, but the hostel is furnished with modern amenities. The rooms are clean and have secure access with CCTV ensuring the safety of belongings. Also on offer are self-catering facilities, a TV room and a games room for those looking to relax after a day in the city.
DORMS FROM £14/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM £36/ NIGHT
Overlooking the Clyde, the Euro Hostel has little competition in this prime location so it manages to get away with providing the bare necessities for travelers; location rather than customer service is what sells this hostel. It’s within walking distance of cultural destinations, shops on Buchanan Street and nearby there are transport links to the south and west of the city. The hostel has an onsite bar to socialise in, screens sporting events and offers a breakfast buffet for an additional charge. For visitors who opt to cook for themselves there are self catering facilities as well as a chill out room with pool tables to relax in and meet other guests.
DORMS FROM £21/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM £46/ NIGHT
Central hostel options are limited in Glasgow but there are benefits to staying outside of the busy heart of the city. Located in the West End, 15 minutes from the centre by public transport, the Alba Hostel has links to destinations outside of Glasgow, so it is the ideal choice for tourists looking to go a little further afield; whether to explore Loch Lomond or venture up north. In keeping with the tradition of many of the Victorian buildings in the city, high ceilinged rooms are very spacious and clean. The recently refurbished kitchen, large lounge and outdoor area contribute to the value of this hostel and it is a great option for those keen to avoid the expensive prices usually found in the West End.