I don’t think there is a single person in this whole entire world who would turn down a night in hotel. Unless said hotel was grim and grotty and you might catch tetanus from it. I find a hotel stay an incredibly exciting event and I’m pleased to announce that that 2018 marks the year of my most overnight accommodation visits ever! Wild.
My mum and I booked tickets to see the amazing Sarah Millican, with her witty and straight-talking attitude, almost a year ago and I feel like I’ve been waiting on it for ages. We never get to do things that are exciting just two of us (no mum, trips to Sainsbury’s for breakfast and a food shop on a Sunday DO NOT COUNT) and I couldn’t wait to show my mum around Glasgow now I’ve been here almost three years.
We booked into hotel (which had a pool), I picked out somewhere for lunch on the Saturday and I asked my pal Charlotte for all of her best foodie recs for Finnieston for our dins on the Friday before seeing Sarah at the Armadillo.
Having a little Glasgow staycation with my mama was everything this kid needed and here allllll the details.
WHERE WE STAYED
Due to the focus of our little staycation being Sarah Millican we opted to stay at the Crowne Plaza for two reasons. The first being that it is super close to the Hydro so easy to walk home after the show and secondly that it has a car park which was important to my mum as she drove to Glasgow.
The Crowne Plaza is also situated on the edge of Finnieston by the river which means you benefit from the buzz of this area and still have peaceful views out across the Clyde. We decided to stick close for dinner on Friday night so it was best to get about on foot.
It was easy to just hope on the train at Exhibition Centre train station on the Saturday (across the bridge from the SEC and the Crowne Plaza) and you will be at Glasgow Cental low level in a matter of minutes. The trains run pretty frequently, they are cheap and it is a lot quicker than walking into the city centre.
We had a twin room on the first floor which suited us perfectly. It was just the right size and the only complaint I would have is that I would have liked to be a little higher up as the view was a bit rubbish. Unfortunately I didn’t get to make use of the huge shower (not pictured) as I had my shower down by the pool the following morning.
WHAT WE DID
Mum and I are both big fans of Sarah Millican’s so when she announced her Control Enthusiast tour back in June of last year we picked up tickets. It didn’t start till 8 and as Mum picked me up around 4 we spent a bit of time relaxing in our hotel room and then having drinks at the Crowne Plaza.
I treated mum to a couple of cocktails (the passion fruit martini was incredible) in the lounge at the hotel which was lovely as it was so light and warm with the sunshine pouring through the huge windows.
Sarah herself was hilarious and the show lasted around two hours with an interval and warm-up performance from Hayley Ellis. It was so funny but there are so many sex-related jokes you can enjoy whilst sitting next to your mother.
The lovely weather continued into the Saturday (however there was the risk of rain in the afternoon) so we hopped on the train and headed to Buchanan St. Mum had a few shops she wanted to visit so we spent a couple of hours strolling around and popping into different stores including Steamer Trading Cookshop, Monsoon, M&S and Lakeland.
In order to make a full use of all the facilities at the Crowne Plaza mum and I also went for a swim in the little pool in the morning before breakfast. There were only a handful of people in there so it was a proper chilled out way to start the day. There is a steam room, sauna and a Jacuzzi pool which we spent a lot of time sitting in.
WHERE WE ATE
Food was a huge part of our little Glasgow staycation apart from Sarah Millican. Breakfast was included in the rate of our room at the Crowne Plaza and it was delicious. There is plenty to choose from in the buffet style with cooked food to fruit to pastries. The breakfast runs from 7.30 to 11.30 so there is no need to rush anywhere.
For dinner on the Friday evening we booked into Lebowskis after I asked Charlotte for her Finnieston recommendations on Thursday. It was only a 10-15 minute walk from the Crowne Plaza and it was delicious. Mum had the Lebowski burger with skinny fries whilst I had a brie open sandwich with chutney and chunky chips. The place had a real buzz to it and the staff were so welcoming and friendly which made it a really pleasant meal.
Despite going a bit too ham at the breakfast buffet we had booked into Café Andaluz for lunch. We went a little earlier than we had booked for but it was all fine and we got to sit at our table anyway. We shared some bread and oil, patatas gratinadas, queso de cabra al horno and pollo rebozado con miel. The chicken dish was my favourite but the goats cheese one was pretty scrummy as well.
All in all it was a lovely little adventure in my own backyard and I’m so glad to I got to see my mum after a pretty stressful couple of days and just generally feeling a bit rubbish at the moment so a hug from her did me wonders.
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