We all know the deal with Airbnb by now – it’s a decent, (usually) reasonably-priced alternative to hotels that gets you a little bit closer to the city you’re staying in, especially if you opt to live-in with a host.
Glasgow might not have Edinburgh’s tourist-centric outlook, but a quick glance at the site’s listings show there’s still plenty on offer.
Read on to discover some of the best budget, quirky and luxurious rooms available across the city.
Located just beyond the city centre (and bang outside Cowcaddens subway station if you don’t fancy walking), this double bedroom is hosted by Daphne, who’s described in the comments as “very kind and helpful” and a good guide to the city. £15 per night
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As many Glaswegians won’t hesitate in letting you know, you haven’t seen the real Glasgow until you’ve visited the Southside. This flat belonging to Mingaile is situated near Queen’s Park and is two minutes from the suburban rail link to the city centre, with a double bed that’s yours for £18 per night.
Deep in the heart of Glasgow’s hip and studenty West End, this “bright & cosy” double bedroom boasts a rain shower and a communal garden, plus a host (Adam) who is “very friendly and really laid-back”. £18 per night.
Another area commonly touted as the “real” Glasgow, Dennistoun in the East End isn’t exactly overflowing with tourist attractions, but it’s not without its highlights either. This cosily-decorated double-room hosted by the “charming and refined” John would be a good base for exploring, and is available from £17 per night.
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Not quite so far from the centre (and thus a little more pricey) is Sabrina’s flat, which is located roundabout the buzzing Merchant City, the historic Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, and the far-too-tempting Drygate craft brewery. The double room’s yours for £25 per night.
While all our budget picks are share-with-host arrangements, these more deluxe offerings give you the whole run of the property – starting with Norman’s two bedroom penthouse in the Merchant City, featuring a private deck with views of St Andrew’s Square. £199 per night.
Located bang in the city centre, Joshua’s “high spec bespoke designed” apartment is geared towards business travellers (facilities include high speed unlimited broadband and a printer) but would also suit those looking for “a weekend of shopping and gastronomy”. £100 per night.
Another penthouse-with-balcony, this one situated in the green and leafy West End. And if the weather’s not so good, the floor-to-ceiling windows around the dining table provide a more sheltered view. £129 per night.
While the Southside might be considered the “real” Glasgow, that doesn’t stop it from having its own super-stylish outposts. Katt’s two-bedroom tenement house in Pollockshaws is bright, spacious, beautifully decorated and just off Queen’s Park. £90 per night.
Nearer the top end of the pricing scale, Joseph’s £500-a-night three-bed apartment isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’ve got a sturdy enough wallet, the stylishly-decorated Southside tenement property (complete with en-suite and dartboard) is yours for the taking.
Located in the reasonably trendy foodie haven of Finnieston, Rob’s unique loft flat is decorated in a pared-down industrial style – check out the bare brick, exposed beams and iron pipe kitchen units. Three bedrooms, £100 a night for the whole shebang.
Don’t want to stay in a hotel but don’t want to forego some hotel perks? Bunk up with Loz & Rob at Spier’s Wharf and you’ll also be able to get acquainted with the building’s gym, spa, hot tub and swimming pool facilities, not to mention their Labrador Pluto (who, according to one satisfied guest, is “the world’s softest dog”). All for £55 per night.
A stone’s throw from the Necropolis, Helen’s two-bedroom conversion flat has one especially striking feature: every wall, ceiling and floor surface are entirely white. Perfect if you fancy a pure, clean and heavenly place to sleep near the centre of town. £97 per night.
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Another Southside property that’s within walking distance of Queen’s Park, Arlene’s “one of a kind conversion” features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, professional interior design, a garden and private car park, good local transport links – oh, and it’s a full-on bloody church. £120 per night.
Modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice, the former Templeton carpet factory is now home to the WEST brewery, one of Glasgow’s homegrown successes of the craft beer revolution. It’s also occupied by Rae’s two-bedroom flat overlooking Glasgow Green – perfect if you want to nip downstairs for a pint. £120 per night.
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