After spending four nights in Belgium at the end of last year, you would have thought that myself and Nicola would have relished the last few days of the Christmas break in the comfort of our own home. However, that wasn't the case as we spent a very relaxing overnight stay at Hotel Indigo on Glasgow's Waterloo Street.
This came about as I had previously bought a dinner deal for Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (which is housed within Hotel Indigo) from the discount site Groupon, and realised that the deal had to be used by the first week of January. Keen not to lose out on our deal, I booked our table for the 2nd of January and decided to make the most of the Christmas break so booked a room in the hotel too.
After parking in the Q-Park next door to the hotel (residents get a 25% discount from the normally expensive car parking rates), we checked in and within a few minutes we were unpacking our overnight case in a lovely upgraded bedroom.
Each of the floors of the hotel are decorated with Glasgow's rich history in mind. Murals by local artists line the walls of the Victorian building, the original home of the one of the city's first powers station, whilst each of the boutique rooms are beautifully decorated and finished with a luxury bathroom. There was also a complimentary minibar in the room, stocked with wine and beer from the local West Brewery, that we were encouraged to make good use of during our stay. This coupled with the free wifi in the hotel ensured that we got great value for money for our £89 prepay rate.
As I unpacked the case, Nicola let out squeals of delight as she discovered the Aveda products in the bathroom. Nice toiletries don't do it for me however I was hugely impressed with the giant Damask patterned wall tiles and Villeroy & Boch sink. It's safe to say that no expense was spared when the bathroom was fitted.
Keen to make the most of our local 'city break' we finished unpacking and made our way to Buchanan Street to see if we could pick up a bargain or two in the January Sales.
After a short wander through Glasgow's busy shopping streets and a couple of light refreshments, we made our way back to the hotel. We were feeling tired after our recent European city break so spent a couple of hours relaxing in the bedroom, enjoying James Bond on the TV as well as doing our bit to empty the minibar. Refreshed and recharged, we made our way downstairs to the restaurant for the last big dinner of our Christmas break.
After being shown to our table, we started our evening in style with a glass of the house champagne. Keep an eye on the MPW Facebook page as they often run a Fizz Friday promotion in the bar when you can get a bottle of their house champagne for just £20.
Our Groupon dinner deal was for Chateaubriand for two with fries, onion rings, grilled tomatoes, two sides, two sauces and a bottle of wine for just £55 - great value when you think that the average bottle of wine costs over £20 in the chain restaurants.
We decided against starters as we figured that we would have plenty to eat when the main arrived and we weren't wrong! We knew as soon as our perfectly cooked fillet of beef arrived that we would be taking some of our dinner home in a doggy-bag. (Making good use of the mini-bar once again!)
Our beef was well seasoned and wonderfully tender, the accompanying garlic butter and wild mushroom sauce were the perfect foil to the soft, smoky meat. The giant onion rings were as good as I've had whilst the sides of buttered spinach and garlic mushroom rounded the meal off well.
Always wary that when you buy a 'deal' that you get what you pay for, I can honestly say that I was surprised by both the portion size of the meal as well as the top quality food that we were served. Rest assured, I will be buying the Groupon deal the next time I see it for sale!
Suitably stuffed, we made our way through to the bar for a nightcap but the stresses of our trip to Belgium were catching up on us and knowing that our bed was only a few minutes walk away, we only managed the one cocktail before lazily making our way to the lifts. (Although not before we grabbed a cheeky #MarcoChairSelfie
The next morning, after a comfortable sleep, we made our way downstairs for a fantastic breakfast. There is no shortage of choice in the restaurant when it comes to breakfast with plenty of cereals, cold cuts and pastries available. In addition to this, there is also the option of freshly cooked hot breakfasts too. I rounded off my weekend with Eggs Benedict and Nicola had Eggs Royale (like Benedict but with smoked salmon replacing the ham).
Feeling fully charged but ready for a lazy day, we said goodbye to Hotel Indigo, half an hour later we were tucked up on the couch at home catching up on all the Christmas TV that we had missed whilst away.
I'm glad that I took advantage of the Groupon deal and even happier that I booked the overnight stay - we had a great time and were well looked after by the staff on shift during our visit. What a great way to end our Christmas break!
They run competitions every now and again for overnight stays and meals so keep an eye on Hotel Indigo on Facebook and Twitter, as well as watching MPW Steakhouse on Facebook and Twitter too.