City lights: Clydeside Hydro View, Glasgow

Published: 12 Jun 2015 09:30

Growth Strategies: Business Travel & Conferencing

GLASGOW has never looked so good. If you’re looking for a room with a view, this is it.

From two separate balconies on the 7th floor, the Clydeside Hydro View serviced apartment provides what must be the most spectacular Clyde-side view in Glasgow.

From one, you’re met with landmarks synonymous with the city: the Finnieston Crane, Armadillo, and the SSE Hydro – businesslike and industrial-looking by day and colourful by night.

From the other, you can expect a more tranquil view of the Clyde, its boats and their pilots, and the seemingly ever-congested Squinty Bridge.

This abode in Finnieston Street offers a near-panoramic view of what is also the media heart of Glasgow, with the Daily Record, STV studios and BBC Scotland on its very doorstep.

Privately-owned, the suite, which sleeps four, is marketed by Reserve Apartments – a rental specialist with properties conveniently located across Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.

It offers real value for money – particularly if you’re staying with friends, colleagues or family.

In fact, it’s such a great holiday let you’d be crazy not to take the family, even when travelling on business.

This spacious apartment, with its sliding glass doors separating the second bedroom from the main open-plan living space, offers privacy and contemporary comfort.

It’s kitted out with all mod cons, including a dishwasher, washing machine, fan-assisted oven, HD TV screen and, of course, the all-important Wi-Fi.

And while the adjacent SECC offers a great choice of meeting rooms and conference facilities, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the dining table – overlooking that great view I mentioned - could easily double up as a boardroom table and ultimately save you money while impressing your clients, colleagues and associates in the process.

Every small detail has been covered and nothing left to chance, from the pizza cutter and corkscrew to the baby monitor and even emergency toiletries.

It’s a real home from home which, I’m not shy to admit, has me converted from a frequent hotel guest to a fan of self-catering serviced suites.

And trust me, I put this place to the test.

I did business AND I took the family – all four of them, including the other half, 16-year-old, eight-year-old and the baby.

I even cooked a roast dinner.

The place was spotlessly clean and furnished to a really high standard.

The overall feel was that of a penthouse suite, with its own secure car parking and, believe it or not, in-house Indian restaurant on the lower floor.

The other residences are occupied by locals, long-term lets and business travellers – who are, ultimately, the neighbours.

And despite the suite’s location in the busy conferencing and events hub of Glasgow, when the floor-to-ceiling windows are closed you’re hard-pushed to hear a peep from anyone else, including the traffic below.

It’s surprisingly tranquil and yet still a great vantage point from which to view the comings and goings of this part of the city.

But if I had to pick holes, the howling gale rattling through the metal balconies kept us up at night.

Not half as much as the baby, however, and we did stay on what was probably the windiest June night on record.

Review by Lynda Hamilton

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