If you follow me on twitter you will know that I recently won a competition with my local radio station to attend the Ideal Home Show at the SECC in Glasgow last weekend. Part of the prize was also a luxury over night stay at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.
For the past two weeks Glasgow has been having some unexpected weather, we’ve been experiencing 20 degree weather for over a week now and it has been most welcome!
Since it was the bank holiday weekend, we decided to use our tickets for the Sunday. Our day started on the train heading down to the SECC to see what the Home Show had to offer.
I’m not really a home ware/domesticated person, but the Home Show had something for everyone, from furniture and food to hot tubs and houses! As you can guess, we spent the majority of our day in the food section – trying all the free samples and buying cheese and tablet! We also visited the abookononepage stall a couple of times before buying this beautiful Peter Pan poster with the entire story printed around the figure there in the middle.
After the show, and since it was a rare scorching hot day, we went a walk around the Clyde side to get some photos of our local tourist landmarks, including the Finnieston Crane, the squinty bridge and the SSE Hydro. These are all a must-see for visitors to Glasgow! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to wander down for some photos. Sitting in the heat, eating and drinking our purchases from the Home Show, we decided it was time to check into our hotel. (Plus with my pale skin, it was only a matter of time before I started to turn red ha!).
Despite passing the hotel every day on my way to work, I had never actually been up close to the iconic building never mind stayed in it. The building is quite well-known and easily identified as a sort of mirrored tower alongside the forever-busy Kingston Bridge. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a spectacular lobby area that stretched up above two floors high with spectacular chandeliers dangling down over the waiting area.
Our room mirrored the luxury that was visible down stairs. We were given a Queen Guest room on the 14th floor, facing out towards the Anderston and Finnieston – the very area we had spent our afternoon. Breakfast was a traditional breakfast buffet with plenty of Full English ingredients alongside cereals, yoghurt, fruit and tea and coffee. We couldn’t have asked for more, and it certainly set us up for another great day in the Glasgow sun.
We spent our night sitting out in the sun sipping on beer from Glasgow’s Bavarian beer hall, so were unfortunately unable to take advantage of the hotel’s leisure and spa facilities.
Overall, we had a fantastic day out exploring Glasgow as tourists, something we would never have done if it weren’t for the tickets and hotel stay.
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Do you enjoy being a tourist in your own city?