A smile and a cheerful welcome from the doorman, Tom, who immediately took our bags and ushered us into the hotel where an attentive and youthful staff quickly checked us in. The Blythswood is one of those high-design hotels, with a contemporary edge yet somehow the modernity is comfortable and restful. My room continued the cutting-edge design theme -- but everything contributed to a feeling of ease and functionality. Once I'd figured out the many lighting and audio options (hidden speakers in the bedroom and bathroom) I found the room very relaxing, with everything a traveler might need, including robe and slippers. Lots of towels, hot water and TV channels (including Italy's RAI which got my vote). The shower itself was unusual for a British hotel. First it worked, and second it had one of those huge monsoon shower heads. Amazing. Comfortable bed, crisp sheets and working AC. My room was above West George Street -- there was little to no traffic noise. The building used to be the headquarters of the RAC -- a motoring organization, so they have wonderful old photographs of veteran rally cars and race cars throughout the hotel, and some of those old photos have been incorporated into the massive lampshades in the bar/restaurant. It's a very cool concept. The bar and restaurant continues the contemporary design, with the chairs covered in Scottish Harris Tweed -- very hard-wearing but comfortable and different. Service in the bar was excellent both nights I was there -- the manager was extremely pleasant and made sure we got a good table. Here I have my only quibble. Not that keen on the food -- but maybe I made a poor choice and went too adventurous. One of my colleagues went for the classics -- the shrimp cocktail and the steak looked fantastic. I tried the risotto -- and the wild mushrooms let it down a bit. My appetizer seemed to be salmon sashimi with a side dish of greenish foam. It looked fantastic -- should have taken a photo -- but it didn't win any prizes in the taste stakes for me. But I'm not a 'contemporary foodie' guy so what do I know. The breakfast? Wonderful. Great buffet, and the hot breakfast -- wow. (I had boiled eggs with 'soldiers' -- pieces of toast for dipping into the soft yolks). The servers were attentive, yet not fussy -- and we were lucky enough to be looked after by a young Irish lady who had a great sense of humor -- something that's very welcome in a 5-star hotel where often you get service that is either 'distant' or over-attentive and annoying. Nothing more to add. Great experience in a hotel that is clearly working hard to exceed expectations. I didn't mention the 'spa' -- not my thing, but it's supposed to be state-of-the-art.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blythswood Square is more than a hotel and is an exciting addition to Glasgow's city centre. Not only does it have 100 stunning guest rooms but it also houses an amazing spa, restaurant, salon bar and private event areas, a true 5 star proposition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blythswood Square Hotel Glasgow
- Blythswood Square Glasgow, Scotland