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How is that for a surprising headline? Gleneagles, the luxury golf resort in Scotland that hosted the G8 summit and the Ryder Cup last year, was just bought by Ennismore, the group behind Hoxton Hotels. Yes, those Hoxton Hotels: the original in Shoreditch, last year’s addition in Holborn, the new opening in Amsterdam next week, and future hotels in Southwark, Paris, and Williamsburg.
Before you think that means the 232 rooms and suites will go all affordable chic and the two-Michelin starred restaurant will be replaced by a Chicken Shop, don’t worry – that won’t happen. It will be run as a “standalone” business, but will be at the receiving end of “significant sums” of investment.
If it's good enough for George Bush, it should be good enough for us too. Host of the 2005 G8 Summit, Scotland's Gleneagles Hotel has always sounded pretty posh, but a recent Guardian review made it sound, well, a bit posh, but also quite a lot of fun.
The opulent touches are there at this famous golf resort: there's a heavily-booked, 2-Michelin-star restaurant, floor heating and remote control curtains. Still there's a lot of fun to be had here, with activities like minigolf, falconry (getting those massive birds to land on your arm, that is), and even shooting, all with instructors available--well, all except the mini-golf.
The Guardian reviewer wasn't happy with the state of the too-much-concrete spa, or the 90-minute limit on bicycle borrowing, but other than that, Gleneagles got a big thumbs up. Another surprise is it's not prohibitively expensive: a current deal for April offers double rooms including breakfast for $380. Obviously not the same room that George Bush stayed in.
[Photo: Gareth Harper]