Corporate guests are given a Tantrum Doughnut in their room, which is both a nice sugar fix after travelling and a great way to support Glasgow’s independents – it definitely worked as we ended up buying more on our last day in the city. Every Native aparthotel fits the rooms with books relevant to the area – in this case, Dear Green Sounds is a nod to Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music status, while there was also a cookbook of Glaswegian grub and a pocket-sized book dedicated to the Glasgow Boys painters.
I was in room 606, a premium studio with fittingly premium vistas overlooking Glasgow’s gothic rooftops, particularly dramatic on a moody weather day. The room was spacious and the king-sized bed was extremely comfortable, with minimum 200-count Egyptian cotton. There’s also a sofa at the end of the bed, which is ideal for lounging, or watching the large TV. Thankfully, the pillows are firm and you won’t be disturbed by noise or light – heavy curtains and soundproofing windows are very much a bonus.
The only downside is the lack of light in the kitchen, a result of the navy blue walls – this, however, seems to be improving as Native are looking to change the paint colour. A large wardrobe had ample space for hanging clothes and there’s a full length mirror to check you’re ready for the day ahead.
Each apartment has its own fully equipped kitchen, with a very user-friendly induction hob, combi-oven, small fridge freezer, kettle, dishwasher, crockery and cutlery. Tea, coffee, milk and a bottle of water are provided, along with dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid. If you’re not in the mood to cook, however, the Native building has you covered. There are two restaurants in the building, while Glasgow has a burgeoning food and drink scene, with Native recommending its ‘neighbourhood heroes’ in a leaflet in the room.
Breakfast takes place at the ground-floor The Anchor Line, a swanky restaurant (accessible from outside) that could be plucked straight out of the Big Apple. Eating here has the added benefit of a museum visit, with original artwork and memorabilia from the ship’s heydays adorning the walls – check out the old school trunks and uniforms en-route to the toilets downstairs.
We sat in one of the plush booths and enjoyed a brunch-style breakfast, with Eggs Royale (£7.95) and a very reasonably priced Full Scottish (£8.95) replete with a mega black pudding. While my guest was defeated by the latter, we both had room for the slab of melt-in-the-mouth tablet fudge that arrived with our pots of Earl Grey tea. There’s a generous list of breakfast cocktails too, including the punny lemon-based ‘When Life Gives You’, but we opted for the more sobering (and British) tea.
For dinner, we headed to the lower ground floor restaurant The Atlantic Bar and Brasserie, located directly below The Anchor Line. Much like its sister restaurant, it has a rich history, having opened in honour of the Empire Exhibition in 1938. Now, it boasts a contemporary menu of French-inspired dishes, with an open kitchen giving you a glimpse at the action.
We were served the £30 set dinner menu, with a reasonable choice of dishes, though it didn’t quite match up to the standard at the Anchor Line. For starter, we enjoyed a lentil soup with baguette, and flambéed King prawns with Calvados apple brandy, beurre blanc and chilli oil. This was followed by spit-roasted chicken marinated in lemon, honey and paprika, served with roast potatoes, honey roasted vegetables and gravy. I opted for a pearl barley ragout, advised that it resembled a risotto, though it lacked flavour despite its description reading as a list of delicious ingredients (white wine, sunblushed tomatoes and mint oil were just a few). Dessert, however, was divine – a greedy sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, definitely big enough to share.
Native also host events in one of their largest apartments (Room 101 – but not at all like the TV show), ranging from drinks receptions to product launches and cocktail making classes. It was particularly heartwarming to hear that the hotel invited former employees of the Anchor Line to the building to see how it had changed.
There are no gym facilities on site. Native recommends cultural highlights such as the nearby mural trail and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut live music venue.
Native Glasgow is a very reasonably priced aparthotel, which caters to both business and leisure travellers with its generous-sized apartments, convenient location in the city centre and great restaurants on your doorstep.
A heavenly night’s sleep in very comfortable beds
Neighbourhood recommendations from the friendly staff