• At a glance:
  • Stars:
  • Range: Budget,Mid Range,B&B,Accessible
  • Rooms: 40
  • Floors: 3
  • Phone: +44 (0) 141 416 2460

We Say


The Glasgow hotel offers 40 guest rooms all comfortably furnished and equipped with standard facilities. Choice of rooms includes single, twin, double, triple, quad and family sized. Continental breakfast is included in the room cost, but for an additional £3:00 surcharge guests can enjoy a fully cooked Scottish breakfast before embarking on their day in Glasgow.


The hotel has 40 rooms in total. Every room is furnished and decorated to a basic standard. To make you feel more at home each room has the facilities you would expect of a hotel of this calibre. As standard they include the following in all their rooms: Colour television, Direct dial telephone, En Suite showerroom, Hairdryer, Hospitality tray including tea and coffee making facilities, Iron and ironing board on request, polished pine floor and matching pine furniture and a working desk


Guests can enjoy a continental or fully cooked Scottish breakfast. Not far from the hotel’s doorstep are pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants for the guest to eat and drink.


By road:-
If you are travelling westbound on the M8, exit at junction 15 and follow signs to Glasgow Royal Infirmary which you should pass on your left hand side. Castle Street leads onto High Street and a right turn should be taken at Ingram Street. Travel straight on down Ingram Street and turn left at Glassford Street, then 1st right into Wilson Street, then immediately left into Virginia Street. The Merchant City Inn is at the corner of Wilson Street and Virginia Street.
If you are travelling eastbound on the M8, exit at Kirkintilloch keeping left. At first junction turn left and then first right at the traffic lights. At the next set of traffic lights turn right and travel in a south easternly direction down Castle Street turning right into Ingram Street. Travel straight on down Ingram Street and turn left at Glassford Street, then 1st right into Wilson Street, then immediately left into Virginia Street. The Merchant City Inn is at the corner of Wilson Street and Virginia Street.
By subway:-
The nearer subway stations are Buchanan Street and St. Enoch’s, St Enoch’s is slightly nearer to the Merchant City Inn. From Buchanan Street subway, pedestrians should head east for George Square and turn right at Frederick Street heading south until reaching Virginia Street. From St.Enoch’s subway station pedestrians should head east along Argyll Street turning left into Virginia Street. The Merchant City Inn is at the right hand side of the Wilson Street junction.
By bus:-
From Buchanan Street Bus Station bus numbers 203, 240, 255, 262, 263 and 267 have a stop on Virginia Street. This should be confirmed at the station including exact times. First Glasgow, Stagecoach.
By rail:-
Glasgow’s 2 inner city railway stations; Glasgow Central and Queen Street are only a short taxi drive from the hotel.
Glasgow Airport, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2SW.
Distance: Glasgow Airport is approximately 15 miles from the city centre.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Aviation House, Prestwick, KA9 2PL.
Distance: Glasgow Prestwick is approximately 40 miles from the city centre

Hotel Review – 3rd April 2012
Merchant City Inn, 52 Virginia Street, Glasgow G1 1TY, Scotland

The Merchant City Inn……… in Glasgow’s Merchant City…. is what I would describe as budget accommodation in the heart of Glasgow’s thriving business district. Its location in Virginia Street is just off Argyle Street and close enough to all the transport links to make it the ideal place for those passing through Glasgow or planning an extended stay in the centre of Glasgow. The Merchant City Inn has 40 rooms with a mixture of singles, twins, doubles, triples and family rooms, all with ensuite shower rooms and only 5 with baths. It’s Glasgow accommodation on a Bed and Continental Breakfast basis, although guests can pay an additional £3.00 for a full Scottish breakfast. All rooms have digital TV and are furnished with basics such as a table and chair and a wardrobe. All rooms also have wooden floors, which adds to the charm of this 300 year-old building. Although some of the ensuite shower rooms I saw were in need of refurbishment, this is actually in hand and due to take place towards the end of 2012. One aspect of this Glasgow Hotel that is often referred to by guests is the proximity of a few of Glasgow’s nightclubs, and the single glazing does permit some street noise to flow into some rooms.
Overall however, this is excellent budget accommodation in the centre of Glasgow.

I met with Janice Joyes, the Merchant City Inn’s Manager. As the only person on Reception at the time of my visit, 11-15am, Janice was extremely busy, so many thanks to her for taking the time to speak with me and to show me round the Inn. Janice has worked at the Merchant City Inn for 16 years so knows the place extremely well, and was clearly very knowledgable about its history and its strengths and areas for improvement. Prior to focusing on the Merchant City Inn, Janice worked at a number of hotels owned by the same individual, and indeed oversaw the management of them all at one stage. Now, with a change of ownership her focus is on the Merchant City Inn only.

The Merchant City Inn
The Inn is now owned by Rest Inn Marketing Ltd, and although they have a portfolio of other interests, this Glasgow hotel is very much a stand-alone venture for them and must stand on its own two feet financially. Formerly a tobacco warehouse, this 300 year-old building is listed and as such is restricted in its development potential. For example, it has single glazing, and no matter how hard the owners have tried to upgrade it to double or even secondary glazing, they have always been met with a firm rebuff from the local council who appear to hide behind the heritage of the building rather than offer a modern solution to an age-old problem of noise and chill.
The Inn consists of two separate buildings, one being the old tobacco warehouse with 34 bedrooms on 3 levels and the other an additional building added 13 years ago with 6 rooms on 3 levels; the buildings are not linked, meaning in winter you have to go outside to get from one to the other.
One striking feature of the Merchant City Inn is the entrance. To get to it you must walk across a small courtyard and facing you is a striking stone turret, which looks as if it belongs to a castle rather than a Glasgow city centre building, and gives you an early indication of what lies within in terms of the age of the building and the likely décor.
Its location in Virginia Street is right in the middle of Glasgow’s Merchant City and on its doorstep is everything you could wish for, from restaurants to pubs and nightclubs. It’s also ideal for those wishing to travel further afield as it’s within easy walking distance to Glasgow’s 2 major railway stations, Queen Street and Central, as well as the city’s main bus station, Buchanan Street. As I’ve mentioned, the enforced single glazing does mean that street and nightclub noise does tend to filter in, but then if you’re tired you’ll sleep, and if not, then why not join in?!

The Merchant City Inn has 40 bedrooms, comprising the following:
- 7 single rooms
- 14 double rooms
- 10 twin rooms
- 1 triple room with 3 single beds
- 2 quad rooms with 4 single beds
- 6 family rooms with 1 double bed and 2 single beds
Each floor of the main building is accessed via a stone-build spiral staircase, an original feature of the old tobacco warehouse. Corridors are narrow and basic, but functional.
With wooden floors throughout there’s a “basic” feel about the bedrooms, although all appear to be clean and fresh. Most of the furniture is basic as well, with the desks looking as if they came from a previous era; in fact they probably did. In some ways the rooms reminded me of my old school classroom, lots of wooden furnishings (desks) and basic décor. The ensuite shower rooms I saw (rooms 301, 401 and 408) are in need of upgrading and redecoration. Some of the tiles were grubby and looked as if they need to be replaced. All but 6 of the rooms have showers only, the rest do have baths, although I didn’t see any on my show-round. They all have wall-mounted soap dispensers, so you don’t know what soap you’re getting, but in some ways I prefer this to the wee bottles or bars of soap you tend to find elsewhere. The addition of shaver points is a useful feature too. All rooms have free WiFi and digital tv, although some of the tvs I saw were quite small and looked older, certainly not flat-screen. Tea and coffee is available in all the rooms.
Otherwise I would describe the rooms as basic, clean but in need of freshening up. This is indeed something that the Inn has in hand though, with interior designers due to complete designs later in 2012, and a programme of refitting of the ensuite space in already in place pending the final design sign-off.

The Merchant City Inn is a “bed and breakfast” Glasgow hotel, working on the basis that they are surrounded with such a large assortment of eateries that guests will probably want to take advantage of that huge choice and eat out. Therefore they operate a breakfast service from their basement restaurant. A self-service continental breakfast is included in the room price, but for an additional £3.00 guests receive a voucher entitling them to a full cooked breakfast. The restaurant itself is in the basement of the main building, and is accessed by the spiral staircase. The restaurant is actually my favourite aspect of the Merchant City Inn, as it has stone walls on all sides and a stone floor, giving a real sense of atmosphere in the basement surroundings. It can sit up to 90 guests (although that would be a real squeeze in my opinion), and features a self-service area at one end.
Breakfast is served from 07:00 till 08:45 on weekdays, and until 09:30 on the weekend.

Some Things You Might Not Know!
Mostly a Business Glasgow hotel, the Merchant City Inn caters for a significant number of nightshift workers, such as auditors and other professions. Therefore the noise from nightclubs and revellers is not a factor for them!
Alan Tennant Our Glasgow, UK Specialist.

Hotel Information

  • Check In: 1:00pm
  • Check Out: 11:00am
  • Reception Hours: 24 hrs
  • Rm Service Hours: limited
  • Air Conditioning: no
  • Tube/Metro: St Enoch, 0.1 miles
  • Airport: Glasgow, 15 miles
  • Bar Hours: n/a
  • Train Station: Argyle Street, 0.1 miles
  • Restaurants: 1
  • Restaurant Hours: Breakfast
  • Nearest Carpark: offsite, £6 for 24 hrs
  • Internet Options: WiFi
  • Breakfast: yes
  • Cancel Policy: A credit/debit card is required to secure your reservation at The Merchant City Inn in Glasgow. There will be no cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled before 10:00 hotel local time 2 days before your date of arrival. If the booking is cancelled later, or in the case of a no-show, the first night will be charged.


  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Lift/Elevator
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa
  • Apartments
  • Suites
  • Deluxe Rooms
  • Superior Rooms
  • Executive Rooms
  • Four Poster
  • King Bed
  • Queen Bed
  • Conference Rooms
  • Mini Bar
  • Fridge
  • In-Room Safe
  • Satellite
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Modem Points
  • Ensuite
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Trouser Press
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Child Minding
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Hotel Carpark
  • Health Club
  • Hair Dryer
  • Late Check Out Option
  • Valet Service
  • ATM Available
Street Address:
52 Virginia street
G1 1TY

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