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Apartment - Entire home/apt · Otago St, Glasgow, G12 8NS, United Kingdom

Charming Victorian Period flat, with designer features but all the modern comforts of a home from home.

Your host, Allan
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Charming Victorian Period flat, with designer features but all the modern comforts of a home from home.

The Space

This newly re-furbished apartment has three new and very comfortable double beds, one with en-suite shower room. All bedrooms and the living room have a flatscreen TV/DVD. The fully equipped kitchen is brand new, with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave etc. There is a separate sitting room with sofa and chairs to relax, and an iPod dock/speaker, which is also a charger. The central heating gives instant hot water, and there is everything you would expect in a home away from home, I have just installed super fast fibre optic wireless broadband, so you can enjoy internet access and emails while you are staying. The username and password are given in the instruction manual once your booking is confirmed. Fresh bedding and towels are provided as standard. Please note that the price is 99GBP for the first guest, with a modest 12GBP additional charge for every subsequent guest up to a maximum of six guests. This is to cover cleaning, laundry and utilities.

Located near to Charing Cross, and very close to Glasgow University, It is almost on the edge of Kelvingrove Park with its Art Gallery. Nearby Gibson Street has endless bars, cafes and late night shops. Byres Road with its restaurants, shops and Waitrose supermarket is an easy walk. Kelvinbridge underground will whisk you into the centre in minutes, but there are also lots of buses and taxis which are quite affordable in this small city.
Please note that as I live in London, you will be given the keys by a friend who lives close by, or the Housekeeper, Jacqueline.
A word about check in/out. You must check out by 11 am at the very latest. Check OUT is very simple, as you you just post the last set of keys through the letterbox when you leave, and send me a quick message to say that the flat is ready for the housekeeper to service. For check in, we will always try to be flexible, and try to meet your arrival time, but do please ask if you think you are likely to arrive particularly late or early. If there is a departing guest on your arrival day, we will need enough time to service the flat before we let you in. This will usually be after 2.30 pm. As the key holder has to be on stand-by, it is extremely important that you arrive at the arranged time, so that he or she is not left waiting endlessly. If you are delayed for any reason, please be courteous and let them know as soon as you can. Once you have a confirmed booking, you will have access to their number and email, so that you can contact them directly.

Parking in Glasgow - it's never simple. I usually have a car when I am up, and here's what I know. Free parking first. There is a little lane just behind the school opposite. If you can get in there it's free. I usually manage this. Alternatively there is free parking on the other side of Great Western Road in Belmont Street. This is a six minute walk from the flat. A little patience will usually get you a space. Then there is the park and ride at Kelvinbridge Underground station. If you are using the underground a whole day's parking costs 5 pounds, and you can leave the car there until 11. 30 pm, when the car park auto-locks. I think you can leave the vehicle overnight for free if you are sure you will not need it until 8 am the next morning. 2 mins walk from the flat. Parking in a metered space is easy and not too expensive - you pay from 8 am to 6 pm, then it's free. It is not ridiculously expensive, and you pay at a meter. I have never yet had to resort to this, but there are always spaces to be had. In short, you will always be able to park, but may occasionally have to pay. I tried for a parking permit, but it is not transferable to another car so of no use to me or my guests. Hope that is some help.

Guest Access

The whole Flat, and all its amenities.

Interaction with Guests

I am always contactable by text or email, and the housekeeper lives very near, and can be contacted in case of emergency.

The Neighborhood

This tiny pocket of the West End is just the best. Literally a few steps away are the shops, cafés, bars and restaurants of Gibson Street, yet the flat itself is quiet, and benefits from great natural light, thanks to the fact that there are no flats on the opposite side of the street, just a rather chic new modern-designed school. The location in on the edge of Kelvingrove park, with its museum and Art Gallery, and ten paces from Glasgow University, with its beautiful architecture, and Hunterian Museum. Also Nearby in A Neo-Classical Church, and The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House - a must-see for any visitor.

Getting around

The best thing is that you can walk to Byres Road, or into the town Centre, via Charing Cross. However transport is amazing. There are buses from nearby Gibson Street, the underground is a mere 4 mintes walk, and in four stops will whisk you into the City Centre. Taxis are also remarkably affordable, and arrive very quickly thanks to a central telephone booking system. Just call (phone number hidden). They can also be booked in advance for airport or train departures.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $21 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1049 /week
Monthly Price: $3879 /month
Security Deposit: $353
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • This was a lovely place to stay - three friends and I were attending a conference at the university, and there's nothing closer than having a flat on Otago Street. The flat itself had soft, comfortable beds, a relaxing and light-filled living room, beautiful decorations, and a compact though adorable kitchen. Check-in was very simple, and we thoroughly enjoyed having Allan's home base to come home to after a long day of exploring Glasgow. No shampoo, so bring your own - otherwise, really a delightful Airbnb experience!

    July 2014
    Response from Allan:

    I'm so sorry the shampoo had run out - we are on it big time! There will always be shampoo/shower gel - a lesson learned!

    July 2014
  • Communication from Allan before and during our stay was excellent, he even provided us with a phone for our Seattle friend to receive in coming calls. His flat is lovely, very comfortable and roomy. The area is great, lots of places to eat within a few steps and loads more not too far away. We hired a car but you could manage with public transport easily. If you intend going to Edinburgh and have a car, drive to the park & ride and jump on the tram, much cheaper and easier tab the train.
    Will stay at Allan's again in the future.

    July 2014
  • Great location to serve as a base for various Glasgow activities. The flat was very clean and well appointed. The decorating style was superb. Everything was as advertise, and Allan communicated with us throughout the stay to make sure all of our needs were met.

    June 2014
  • Great apartment - fantastic area. Really fab fit out and very spacious - better than the pictures. Very nice host who was very helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend staying here.

    June 2014
  • Allan's apartment was beautifully decorated, fully equipped and in the perfect location. The beds were super comfortable and we loved the local bars and restaurants.

    Booking through air bnb was so simple and allan's communication was great. We had a wonderful stay and would definitely stay again when we next come to glasgow, and would recommend allan's place to our friends.

    Thanks again Allan!

    June 2014
    Response from Allan:

    Thank you so much. It really does make it all worthwhile knowing that you had a good stay, and liked my interiors! Please come again sometime!

    June 2014
  • Having stayed in Allan's apartment for a number of weeks, I have no quibble with expressing that the place is fantastic. Beautiful flat, super clean, well facilitated and great location. I felt very comfortable, a home from home. Fantastic ensuite shower! The surrounding area (westend) is full of great restaurants and cafés (best coffee I've had in artisan just around the corner). Easy to walk into the city centre. Good communication with Allan who was always very generous and kind. I would very happily stay there again, as would my fellow colleagues that stayed there with me. Many thanks, Allan!

    June 2014
  • We had a great time in Allan 's apartment . Even we didn't meet him personally Allan, he arranged our arrival and was very helpful in providing advices for restaurants and visits in the neighborhood (which is actually great and close to the University). His apartment is lovely and matches the photos. I definitely recommend this place

    May 2014
  • We were with 4 colleagues in Glasgow for a conference. The appartement of Allan was wonderfull. We all had our own bedroom and enough space to have breakfast in the 'dining hall' and working space in the living. Also, the appartement is very nicely decorated. You feel at home the first minute you enter the appartement. Besides working, we had some time to walk around the neigbourhood, which is beautiful and very lively and we had dinner in some nice restaurants, just 1 minute walking from the appartement. Next time, when i visit Glasgow, I defenitly come back to Allans Appartement!

    April 2014
  • Allan's home is fantastic. I had a few questions about the area prior to arriving and he answered them right away. The flat is in a great location, and is great find. We can't wait to visit Glasgow and we'll definitely stay here again.

    April 2014
  • Allan's home is lovely and is exactly as shown in the photos. Centrally located and within easy walking distance to restaurants, tea shops, and supermarkets. A great find and we highly recommend it. Would definitely stay here again when we return to Glasgow.

    April 2014
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Français, Italiano
Douglas Academy, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
English National Opera
I am a professional opera singer and singing teacher, and I run my own antiques business specialising in silver, glass and jewellery. I once trained as a chef, and love cooking. I have a garden, which is a real passion also. My interests also run to art and interior design, and I have just finished refurbishing a flat that I own in Glasgow, Scotland. I am an avid reader, I like to meet people, and entertain, and I speak fluent french and Italian.
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