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Pipers' Tryst Hotel

Glasgow & Clyde

30-34 McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. G4 0HW.

Tel: +44 141 353 0220

http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Our review

This hotel has been reviewed and described as “A wee Scottish gem” in a 19th century Italianate church that has been transformed into the National Piping Centre. A magnet for bagpipers the world over, as well as tourists seeking a Scotch experience. Fortunately, piping is not allowed in the rooms, and rehearsal rooms in the adjoining centre are soundproofed.

Whilst staying in the hotel take the chance to visit the Piping museum its very interesting and gives you an insight into the heritage of the great Highland Bagpipe.

The hotel is located at the northern end of the city centre (near Theatre Royal and Buchanan Bus Station), fine for strolling to shopping and entertainment areas.

Its compact, check in is carried out at the bar, and you are treated to a ‘wee nip’ and shortbread round on arrival. Nice touch as you check the other malt whiskies on the bar shelves!

Eight identical rooms are simply furnished, but comfortable with en suite facilities, TV and Wi-Fi. Fabrics and soft furnishings are in Piping Centre tartans, and great pipers of the past in full highland regalia gaze from limited edition prints.

The hotel has a separate guest entrance which allows the privacy of coming and going at your leisure without feeling the whole world knows your business, quite an attraction for the business traveller. This allows the hotel to ‘lock up’ at night excluding the provision of a night porter or late bar service.

In the Bar/Restaurant is a varied menu with local produce with classic local dishes featuring haggis, Cullen skink, Scottish beef and fish of the day, served to a background of lilting Scots traditional music. The quality of the food is to very high standard and friendly service makes for a very pleasant experience and represents very good value for money in the restaurant scene of Glasgow. The Pipe Major’s full Scottish breakfast at £9.75 is excellent value and alongside this are several a la carte items such as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

The hotel is not wheelchair accessible as the B-listed building status does not allow the installation of lifts.

Children welcome, extra beds and cots available and kids’ menu in the restaurant.

The hotel boasts a fine ballroom and are well known for their Scottish Weddings, arguably the highest ceiling for a function suite in the city, nice use of the original architectural features creating a unique space for ‘the special day!’

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