Revolver, City Centre Budget Hotel in Glasgow

Revolver glasgow

Discovering Revolver, Glasgow’s LGBT-friendly hotel

Revolver is a hostel that looks more like a boutique hotel in Glasgow’s Merchant city, a short walk from the centre of Glasgow. Revolver is not just budget-friendly but LGBT+ friendly as well, and is steps away from the Polo Lounge nightclub / The Riding Room.

Revolver glasgow

Needless to say, if you are here for a quiet break, this might be the wrong place for you. The free earplugs (and condoms!) might give the hint that this hostel is a place for fun rather than sleeping.

Revolver glasgow

We stayed over on a Tuesday night but it was still a busy night with the thump of the bass from The Polo Lounge and The Riding Room on the ground floor.

Transport

There is no on-site parking but there is a multi-storey NCP car park just a few streets away on Albion Street, which is expensive, especially if you’re planning on staying for a while. We would always recommend public transport for visiting Glasgow, and Revolver is walking distance to the two main train stations: Glasgow Central and Queen Street Railway Station (about 10 minutes walking time). Being in the Merchant City, High Street (on the Queen Street low level line) and Argyle Street (on the Central low-level line) are the two closest stations (5 minutes walk each). The Glasgow underground is also a short walk away (10 minutes to either St Enochs or Buchanan Street).

Sightseeing

Nearby attractions include the GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) which recently showcased the work of Banksy; George Square; Glasgow City Chambers; Glasgow Cathedral; Glasgow Necropolis; and the oldest house in Glasgow, the Provands Lordship. These can all be reached easily on foot from Revolver.

Shopping

The main shopping areas of Argyle Street and Buchanan Street are on the doorstep too. Shopping malls include St Enoch Centre, Buchanan Galleries and Princes Square. Vintage and designer shops are also nearby.

Clubs and bars

Under Revolver are The Polo Lounge and Delmonicas. Nearby you will find other bars and clubs such as The Spiritualist, AXM, Doppio Malto and many more.

Restaurants

El Santo on Miller Street is operated by the same company. Miller Street is a popular food spot with Paesano (Neopolitan pizza) and Thundercat (Detroit pizza) plus Spanish Butcher for those seeking steaks.

El santo glasgow

Back to the hotel…reception is on the first floor. There are stairs and a small lift to get there, however there are a few steps to get to the secure access but narrow front door so it’s not wheelchair friendly.

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The reception is filled with information, and you can pay extra to have breakfast, with food and drink available to buy throughout the day. There’s a communal area here with a selection of seating for eating, playing games, working, or for a pre-clubbing meet up, with a pool table and a big teddy,  which possibly doubles as a slouchy seat.

Revolver glasgow

Revolver glasgow

Revolver glasgow

Bedroom

We stayed in a king double room which had a fun Ab Fab-inspired mural, USB sockets, Alexa alarm clock, heavy curtains – our room looked out onto a courtyard.

Revolver glasgow

The photos above and below shows how bright the lighting is, not very, if you are looking to put on your make-up before heading out. The bathroom lighting was better however there wasn’t anywhere to store anything.

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Here is a photo of the room in the morning, with much better lighting.

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The en-suite in this room was spacious with toiletries supplied.  There are other types of room available including shared dorm-style rooms, and these come with either bunk beds or Japanese-style pods. There are en-suite doubles, family rooms and serviced apartments, with rates ranging from £25 to £300 per night.

Food and drink, including breakfast, can be ordered.

Or bought directly from reception.

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Other facilities

Here is a look at some of the other facilities available.  Rooms with shared bathrooms, so we had a wee peek.

There is also a laundry room for residents20231115_093320

For spring / summer 2024 they plan to open a roof terrace.

Overall verdict

If you are seeking budget accommodation in the centre of Glasgow for a few nights of fun, especially in a group, then Revolver could be ideal for you.

TL;DR

+ Great location
+ Great prices
+ Toiletries and towels provided
+ Free condom!
+ LGBT-friendly
+ Food and drink available from reception
+ Handy for the nightclub downstairs

– The bass from the nightclub can be felt on the first floor (but ear plugs are provided)
– Dark rooms, so not ideal for getting ready to go out
– Steps at entrance and narrow door may put off people with limited mobility
– No parking outside

Where

Revolver, 62 Virginia St, Glasgow G1 1TX,

Book a room

To book, visit revolverhotel.co.uk

 

Emma

Emma

Hello!

I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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