I am planning on staying in Glasgow for a few nights next August prior to my Best of Scotland Tour. Does anyone have recommendations for a hotel? How about neighborhood - west end vs. city.? Budget is 200 USD max per night.
Premier Inn George Square is worth a look. It puts you right in the middle of everything. Easy walk or bus/underground ride to just about all of the major museums/attractions in Glasgow. Walking distance to great pubs and restaurants, and the Mitchell Library. Some posters on this site have recommended Grasshoppers Hotel, which is above the Central Train Station. It's not quite as centrally located, but it's near Argyle and Buchanan Streets for shopping.
Central Glasgow is very safe, but avoid the area around the Barras after dark.
There are also some very nice B&Bs and small hotels/guesthouses on Great Western Road past the intersection of Byres Road. That's also a good area, as it's near the university, and there are lots of good restaurants in that area, as well. And a good supermarket (Waitrose) plus an excellent M&S food store.
Rooms at Grand Central are noisy. Next to train station.
In August we stayed at Grasshoppers Hotel and were very pleased. Although it is above the train station and our rooms overlooked the station, we were not disturbed by noise at all. The rooms were comfortable, the location was very good for us, the breakfast was tasty and the staff very nice.
Not sure what you plan to do, but I highly recommend The Glasgow Food and Drink Tour. It was a wonderful way to get acquainted with Scottish food and drink, while walking through the West End. We took the tour on our first full day in Scotland, and it helped us identify food and drink of choice the rest of our tour.
I stayed at Premeir Inn Belfast Titanic since our interests were centered in that area. I enjoyed it and it convenient to the central area by a short walk or bus ride.
We stayed at the Grand Central Hotel in a room on the 4th floor. (401, I think) The room overlooked the roof of the train station. We heard train announcements occasionally, but weren’t bothered by them. The hotel is beautiful, rooms are very large, with wonderful bathrooms. The location is perfect. There’s a direct bus from the airport that stops nearby. Tons of pubs, coffee shops, grocery stores just outside. I would recommend it, just be sure to request a quiet room. When you check in, make sure you are above the train station, not looking into the train station.