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Redefining the 'comfort experience' at Devoncove

 

When we go through the feedback forms our guests fill out after their stay with us or verbal comments about Devoncove during interaction with our staff or our online reviews, our location turns out to be one of the most prominent reasons why guests choose to stay with us. After all, who wants to spend the precious few days of their holiday running from one landmark to another?

This is the reason—among many others—that Devoncove is the first choice for tourists and travellers when choosing hotel in Glasgow. Just as you step outside the Hotel, you step right into the shoppers’ haven, sprinkled with beautiful little book stores, antique shops filled with souvenirs from times past, apparel stores from some of the most high-end brands from Paris and Milan and food-joints so diverse that you can find everything from authentic Indian to full-fledged Scottish-style pubs.

Only ten minutes' walk away is situated the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre or as it is fondly known as, SECC. Here you can attend exhibitions, conferences, international concerts and theatre performances on almost any topic. Not just a venue buzzing with activity, SECC is also an architectural marvel with its shiny, metallic silver armour like an armadillo. The Hydro, with its spectacular aqua colours and astonishing architectural and sonic aesthetics is the relatively newer yet popular happening place in Glasgow. With famous artists like Rod Stewart having performed here already including the hosting of 2013 MTV European Music Awards, and a glitzy list of international stars like Kylie, Mylie Cyrus, Status Quo, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry lined up for performances this year, Hydro offers just the kind of electrifying environment one needs to make their holiday a memorable affair!

For the more serious souls, mere one stop away is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum! This grand building houses some of the best artistic works from Europe including the famous Salvador Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross, and many other by the Old Masters, French Impressionists and Dutch Renaissance. Regular tours, public events, workshops and art seminars are organised at Kelvingrove. The one place you would not want to miss if you are a lover of history and art.

All these features and many more, combined with the warm and polite hospitality of our Hotel are all you need for your perfect Glasgow City breaks. Although there is no dearth of accommodation in Glasgow, but we are both proud and humbled to be able to say that Devoncove delivers what no Glasgow hotel rooms can—comfort, three-star luxury, boutique experience and a human touch to our every service.


 

5 places you cannot miss to see in Glasgow

 

Necropolis

Translated as ‘The City of Dead’, Necropolis is a vast nineteenth-century Victorian cemetery situated on a low, but prominent hill situated on the Castle Street. Right next to the Glasgow Cathedral to which we shall come back later, Necropolis can be ironically called ‘the beautiful face of death’. If I were to be buried in this kind of place, I would not really mind it so much!

History:

A controversy runs as to what the word ‘Glasgow’ really means. Some say it means ‘The Place of the Grey Rock’ which is believed to have been the Necropolis itself. Before being popularised as Necropolis, the place was known by the names Fir Park and Merchant’s Graveyard. Its design was modelled on Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and was declared officially open in April, 1833. Some of its monuments and sculptures even predate the cemetery itself like the John Knox statue. More than 50,000 burials are believed to have taken place here which would explain its thousands of tombs. Walking the Bridge of Sighs from Cathedral’s end to reach the Necropolis literally feels like an entrance to the majestic city of dead people.


 

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

A quick Wiki search will tell you that Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest fresh-water lake, has numerous isles within it and also comes under the Trossachs National Park, the first of its kind in Scotland established in 2002. Although it is practically impossible to tour the whole Park in a day, it is worth spending two-three days exploring the wildlife here. You can easily spot deer, llamas and golden eagles among other animals on these fields. There is no dearth of activities to enjoy here, with a range of

History:

Some say that Luss, the village situated on the banks of Loch Lomond was the home of an ancient Colquhoun Clan. St Kessog, who brought Christianity to this area in 6th Century is also said to have strong connections to this place. The Trossachs is ‘Rob Roy Country’ where the famous outlaw took shelter in the dense forest.


 

Clyde Auditorium

Also fondly called the Armadillo for its quaint yet architecturally marvellous appearance, Clyde Auditorium is a concert venue, and you are more likely to go here for watching a performance than for touristy reasons. That said, if you are in Glasgow you just cannot afford to not see the Armadillo up and close. Its beautiful lines, impeccable curves and aesthetic integrity leaves you speechless, as much as it amuses you. Armadillo is one of the most powerful symbols of modern Glasgow which is ready to break conventional boundaries and emerge as a prominent city of Europe.

History:

In 1995, the need was felt to create a building that could increase the capacity of SECC complex, so the planning started. The design submitted by the famous architects Foster and Partners is actually inspired from Clyde’s history as a shipbuilding hub. In just two years of time, the building was ready, with an audience capacity of 1,100 people.


 

Glasgow Cathedral

If you are a fan of history and would love to see not just a few remains from the Scottish Reformation but a whole cathedral that survived it unscathed, head for Glasgow Cathedral or St Mungo’s Cathedral on the east end of Cathedral Street. Well over 870 years old, the cathedral houses some of the best stained glass specimens of Britain in its tall arched windows. Whether you want to just hear the centuries old walls whisper silence to you, or for some quiet contemplation or just as a history or architecture enthusiast, the Cathedral fulfils your every wish.

History:

It is believed that the Cathedral was the seat of the Bishop and Archbishop of Glasgow. Built by Glasgow’s patron saint St Mungo in 1136 AD, this gem of Gothic architecture is one of the few churches to have survived the Reformation in 1560s. The king James VI traced back some lands in Glasgow to Archbishop Gavin Dunbar who left them for the upkeep of the church. The building is owned by the Crown now and is no more technically a Cathedral.


 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

A gem situated in the West End area of the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery features more than 20 themed art galleries exhibiting about 8,000 artefacts, all for your viewing pleasure. This is the gallery that proudly houses works by painters like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Turner and Whistler including the famous Christ of St John of the Cross painting by Salavdore Dali, Sir Roger the Elephant and some 300-million years old fossils. In the Museum’s exhibition hall you can see various exhibits on Natural History/Zoology, Archaeology and History.

History:

Initially the gallery opened as Palace of Fine Arts in 1901 as a majestic red sandstone building designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen. Its construction was primarily funded by the money from the 1888 Kelvingrove International Exhibition. It has hints of Spanish and typical Glaswegian architecture, and is one the most loved buildings of Glasgow by both the locals as well as the tourists.


 

Preserving Glaswegian tradition of hospitality for the Games

 

Perhaps the international media has not caught the whiff of it yet, but the Scottish media has lately been reporting intensively on the soaring prices of accommodation venues in the city of Glasgow. The phenomenon that has emerged in the wake of upcoming Commonwealth Games set to take place from 23 July to 4 August next year has raised grave concerns among the organising committee.

While on one hand Glasgow is promoting the games as ‘within reach’ for everyone with more than two-thirds of the seats being priced under £25, the increased prices of hotel accommodations are making the Games seem like a very expensive affair for visitors both national as well as international.

Glasgow City Council’s Graeme Hendry stated earlier this week that this is more of an unfair stunt on the part of travel websites rather than Glasgow hotels in general. Hotels of the city had previously expressed their refrain from creating a situation like London Olympics when hotel prices went right through the sky.

According to a recent news piece in The Scotsman, hotels have registered a whopping jump of 1,282 per cent just for the Games. Whether it disguises the profit-making epidemic of travel websites or the hotels of Glasgow, the fact that the culprit is still hiding behind the veil of ambiguity would do little to assuage a major portion of the sports enthusiasts who are expected to throng the city in 2014.

Expedia, one of the most busy travel websites, explains that the confusion has emerged because the hotels have not yet decided and updated the prices they will charge during the Games. In a scenario such as this, it is by default that the highest prices offered by that particular hotel are automatically uploaded; and if customers happen to book the rooms at the price mentioned on the website during such a phase, the high price is what they will have to pay no matter what. It is therefore advisable to wait till such a time when the hotels upload the final prices which will be much lower than their highest price currently seen on travel websites, and then make a booking

If the information is not spread out there properly, Glasgow, one of the friendliest cities in the world can subsequently fall victim to the perception that the city is all set to take undue advantage of its host city status with prices for accommodation going up as high as £ 6,000 for the whole duration of the Games. As hotel owners, it is our duty to act quickly and fast, be decisive and present to the tourists exactly what the world expects from Glasgow, a memorable Commonwealth Games teeming with Glaswegian hospitality, courtesy and friendliness.


 

Top 5 Hotel Problems Faced by Travellers

 

Every time you are travelling to another country, or even another city—the first thing that most of us do is to book an accommodation. Purpose of the trip may be anything ranging from high school reunion to corporate merger but one thing that we all expect without any variation is the quality and hospitality of our hotel. Some things do not come mentioned on the brochure or hotel’s website but it instantly uplifts your tired spirits & your first impression of the place when you see fresh flowers in the lobby, a smiling and polite receptionist at the front table and fuss-free check-in on your reservation; but then, hey! You cannot put a price tag on these things, can you?

However, if you are also a frequent traveller you would know how easy it is for quality hotels around the world to overlook such simple requisites of being a good host. Consequently, it does not matter whether you are in Delhi or Denver, you always come face-to-face with the same issues over and over again. If you are going to be travelling soon, the following list of five most common problems faced by hotel guests can help you recognise the accommodation that will compliment your trip and not complicate it.

1. Inconvenient Location

Tip: The biggest disadvantage of far-located hotels also remains that the taxi service you find right outside the door will be extra-expensive due to limited commuting options for guests. Always try to book a hotel in the central location of the city or somewhere near to that. Not only will you have quick and easy access to most of the tourist places, you can also be sure of safety here.

2. Unfriendly staff

Tip: Read online reviews to gauge the general staff behaviour. If you are going to be staying more than two days, indifferent attitude of the hotel staff can totally ruin your trip. If you can, call the hotel up to make the reservation and you can tell so much just by the way they attend you over the phone. Staff at some really great hotels will even help you book taxi, arrange for maps or direct you to venues as per your interest.

3. Troublesome mattresses

Tip: Although the payments are made online, you should always make a reservation over the phone. Since not many people do that nowadays, you will stand out from the regular crowd of guests. Plus, you can make prior request for a nice bed and warm towels which eliminates the need to waste your vacation time arranging meagre things.

4. Dull Breakfast

Tip: Enquire about breakfast arrangements AND the timings thereof at the time of reservation. If they serve breakfast at a time that suits you, great! If they do not, you will have time to browse places around the hotel you can catch a quick bite. Try booking somewhere that serves a full-fledged, indigenous breakfast so that you can experience the city or the country starting breakfast!

5. Boring surroundings

Tip: Picking a hotel is a very subjective decision depending upon the purpose of your trip. On a business trip, you would want to stay somewhere that takes you to the venue easily and in short time. For a holiday trip, choose somewhere that gives you easy access to major places you have on your itinerary or convenient transportation options to there like buses, subway, taxi etc.

Taking care of these few simple points can go a long way in helping you avoid a hotel fiasco and enjoy your trip to the most!

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The Devoncove Hotel

931 Sauchiehall Street
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