19 January 2016 City in the spotlight, On a shoestring, Travel hacks, Insider’s Guide

Do you like saving money? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? But saving money can be tricky while on holiday or a short city break. You’ve forked out on getting there, forked out on travel insurance, you’ve finally arrived and the bank balance is beginning to look a little threadbare. You haven’t even considered accommodation or getting on with the small matter of enjoying yourself whilst there yet.

Worry not, prudent one. We’re here to help. 

easyHotel are in the business of saving you money. Be that with our always competitive room prices or advising you on how you can save a pretty penny while staying with us. If you’re planning on visiting Glasgow and staying at easyHotel Glasgow City, here are some tips and tricks to getting the most for your money during your stay.


Walk back in time

It can be hard to come across old Glasgow. By which I mean relics of the era before the industrial revolution turned the city into a powerhouse of manufacture. On top of that you have a lot of modern architecture, it can be tricky to find anything really old. Not so in the Necropolis, Glasgow’s hauntingly atmospheric cemetery. It is estimated 50,000 people’s remains lie below the surface in this part of town.  Headstones jut out of the ground, like miniature obelisks immortalising those that reside beneath. Wander around the vast cemetery and find some of the vast memorials left to some of Scotland’s finest citizens, such as the priest John Knox, chemist Charles Tennant and sculptor Robert Forrest. A short walk around the corner is the cathedral precinct. Here you can see the striking Glasgow cathedral, darkened, gothic, and nearly a millennium old.


Escape Glasgow

By which I don’t mean get out of the city. No this fun game for up to five people is well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare in the city. At £66 for the hour’s experience this is serious value for money, especially when split across five participants. In fact, that’s just over £13 per head. But what is it you ask? Have you ever played those online escape the room games? Well this is that, in real life. You and your four buddies are locked in a room and given an hour to work out how to access the door key locked away in a safe. Can you do it? Have you got the mental agility to escape? Find out by booking for your visit. 


Explore vegan options

The Glaswegian diet… The mind wanders to haggis, deep fried mars bars and munchy boxes, washed down with two litres of Irn-Bru. Certainly not what you would class as healthy, or particularly ethical. But to tar a whole city or nation with the same artery clogging brush is to do a disservice to the culinary delights you can find in the city. This is especially true if you focus on vegetarian and vegan food. It tends to be meat that drives up the costs of a meal, regardless of whether cooking at home or eating out. Avoiding it altogether is one savvy way of saving a couple of quid. Luckily with Glasgow you find yourself in an – admittedly unexpected – haven for vegan meals. Try Mono, a 20 minute walk from easyHotel Glasgow Central, for one of the most lively atmospheres you’re likely to find, to eat vegan food in the city. Alternatively try Usha’s Indian Street Food, who have a whole meal dedicated to vegetarian and vegan options, did I mention it’s also extremely well priced.


Soak up some free culture

Whilst you’re at it meet some real Glasgow royalty, Sir Roger. The knight is a stuffed Asian elephant who stands majestically in the main hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Take a closer look at the trunk and you will notice the less than perfect repair job that was needed after a toddler knocked it off in 2013. This is the third most popular visitor attraction in all of Scotland and is well worth a visit, and it lives up to the name. With over 8,000 objects to pore over you’ll be getting your money’s worth, especially because it’s absolutely free. There are temporary exhibitions that do charge, so check ahead of time to see if there are any that warrant parting with your cash. Donation boxes line the entrances and exits and if you feel you’ve enjoyed it then maybe consider donating the shrapnel in your pocket to keep it free for the next thrifty explorer.


Use pedal power

Nextbike is the bike sharing network set up across Glasgow, it offers 170 bikes spread over 31 locations, dotted around the city centre. In fact, the nearest to our hotel is just a 7-minute walk away on Killermont Street, just outside the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. From here you really can head anywhere but for us the best cycle has to be along the north bank of the River Clyde. Start in the west of the city at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre, from here you cycle, practically unhindered by roads or traffic, all the way east to the south eastern edge of Glasgow Green. If you would like to divert from the beaten path you can roll up to The People’s Palace & Winter Garden on the green itself. The cycle end to end takes roughly 15 minutes so you certainly won’t be struggling for breath by the end.


Catch a Celtic Show

Liven up your January with a taste of Celtic musical traditions at the Celtic Connections Festival. Running annually over the last two weeks of January, events take place across the city in 20 different bars and music venues. Prices vary and some are even free to attend with a signup required. This is a perfect way to explore some of the lesser known artists that grace the streets of Glasgow and the rich musical heritage to be found in Scotland. For the uninitiated, it is always good to start with the free but ticketed BBC Radio Scotland opening shows that kick the festival off.

We hope that we’ve found you one or two activities that shouldn’t burn too big a hole in the pocket. Remember you can start saving before you even arrive by picking a room in the conveniently located easyHotel Glasgow Central.