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Get a Room (City, Modern or Gallery) at Radisson Blu Glasgow

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  Site Where: 301 Argyle Street , Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 8DL
April 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Radisson Blu Glasgow is in a modern glass and slate building that stands across from Glasgow’s more somber sandstone early 20th-century Central Station. It makes for an interesting contrast in time periods.

Opened in 2002 and then reno’ed in 2012, the Radisson Blu Glasgow is designed by the same folks who did the Blythswood Square hotelGraven Images – and although the insides of both hotels are distinctly different, you can see the same deft hands at work albeit with a lesser budget, we suspect. Still, if you’re looking for a place to lay your hat for a few days at a reasonable cost, this will fit the bill nicely.

The 247 rooms on offer at the Radisson Blu come in three styles: You got yer Gallery rooms, your Modern rooms and the City rooms.

We have pics of all three so keep on going!

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A Peek at the citizenM Glasgow

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  Site Where: 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 3BW
April 9, 2015 at 7:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

CitizenM hotels are all about the social life of a hotel, and the citizenM Glasgow fits that bill perfectly. Reno’ed in September 2014 the property has a plethora of public lounging areas that take the place of large private rooms.

With seven floors in total, two of them are made up of the well-designed public spaces where you can eat, drink, computer (yes, we think that should be a verb, much like “hoteling” should be), chat, read, or watch TV – pretty much anything you choose to do has a spot for it.

The spaces are beautifully designed with Vitra furniture and distinctive artwork, and blend seamlessly as you stroll through the hotel. Although each area has its own feel it all fits together as a package.

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An Inside Look at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square Hotel

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  Site Where: No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 4AD
April 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you walk into some hotels you immediately get a sense of place, as if the hotel “fits.” This is most impressive when it’s a contemporary hotel, and such is the case with The Town House Company’s Blythswood Square hotel.

Opened in November 2009 in the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club building from 1823, this 100-room hotel has an elegant, modern décor with plenty of shout-outs to its past.

Leading the interior design was Jim Hamilton of Glasgow-based Graven Images and, while many of the fancy architectural details have been preserved, modern bespoke furniture, lighting and textiles ensure the property is au courant.

We’re particularly fond of the lighting in the restaurant: dramatic black-shaded hanging lamps with vintage photo interiors of classic cars and drivers. And then there's the striking scarlet-red banquettes that you see as soon as you walk into the lobby that go with the scarlet lights that hang in the front windows, both features a hearkening back to the days of yore when Blythswood Square (the square, not the hotel) was Glasgow’s red light district.

Tons o' pics in the photo gallery!

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3 Eye-Opening Design Hotels are Coming to Scotland

April 2, 2015 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

With a creative hotel design like this - resembling a coil of ribbons - you'll always be able to find your way back to your room

While Scotland may have failed to declare independence from England last year, it has been making its own way when it comes to the region's hotel scene.

To see what we're talking about, check out these three upcoming hotels (and trust us, there's more to follow) that are raising eyebrows and in at least one case, blood pressure. No confirmed opening dates for any of these places but remember, this is just the beginning.

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Going to Extremes: Blythswood Square's Thermal Spa

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  Site Where: No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 4AD
April 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you think a spa is a spa is a spa, book yourself in at the Blythswood Square hotel’s Thermal Spa in Glasgow. We expect to see something like this in, say, Bath, but Glasgow? Who knew.

This is a full-meal-deal thermal spa treatment with an ice fountain, saunarium and the whole shebang, but here’s the other thing it has going for it: It’s sexy. Full-stop. And it’s not a private treatment so you can go with your loved one. And you’re already in a hotel. (Don’t make us spell it out.)

If you want to do it right, the recommended three-hour rotation goes like this. Start with the Laconium – a black-tiled room where the floors, walls and benches are all heated to a mild(ish) temperature of around 131-140°F. Stay in here for about 15 minutes to get prepped for the hotter stuff to follow (there's no hidden meaning here, well... maybe).

Then stop the slow burn and turn up the heat in the Sauna, significantly more steamy but without steam. That's later. If you can make it to five minutes count yourself among the few. We couldn’t do it.

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Keep Your Booze Bottle With the Bottle Keep at Glasgow's Blythswood Square Hotel

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  Site Where: No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 4AD
April 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

About a year ago the barkeeps at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square hotel (part of The Town House Collection) had the brainiac idea to house a whisky Bottle Keep in The Salon for locals and guests who visit the bar on a regular basis. The set-up is super simple: Buy a bottle at the bar, ranging in price from 135 GBP to 2,500 GBP, store your golden liquid in the hotel’s Bottle Keep, and drinks will appear upon request.

With your purchase you get a session with a skilled bartender who will tell you the proper way to drink your purchase – for example, who knew that Johnny Walker Blue Label (250 GBP) is properly served with shaved ice and water? – or the mixologist will create a signature cocktail tailored just for you, preferably made with your newly-purchased Haig Club whisky (135 GBP).

Why this whisky, you may ask? One reason is that one of the owners is – still-hunky after all these years – David Beckham, but perhaps the more-important reason is that this whisky, only launched a few months ago, is lighter and less sweet than your standard Scotch.

In other words, it’s made specifically for the cocktail lover. This recipe is stored with your bottle and you can partake of it whenever you’re in a cocktail mood.

If, however, whiskies are not your thing, don’t despair. The Salon has a wide array of delicious cocktails on offer, and all can be found in the recently-begotten Bar Book. Already in its third installment since the hotel opened in 2009, the book is a collection of cocktails unique to the hotel along with some classics that have withstood cocktail culture’s test of time.

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Aloft is Preparing for a British Invasion

March 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

ALoft Liverpool

The UK’s second (and third, and thereafter) cities don’t often get much of a look in when it comes to attracting Americans – whether visitors or investors. But all that might be about to change with the news that Aloft is preparing quite an aggressive British invasion.

According to C&IT, in this article which was sent to us by one of our wonderful readers, Starwood plans to sign off on three UK Alofts this year: Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Note to Hotel Managers: Being a Jerk on TripAdvisor Will Get You Fired

January 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

For some time now, we've been skeptical of the reviews on TripAdvisor, especially after a few scandals broke out about hotels manipulating reviews or worse, bribing guests to write good reviews. But at least one person was still keeping it real on TripAdvisor. Too bad it got him fired.

Tnooz picked up on this story about a hotel manager at the budget Georgian House Hotel in Glasgow who was mocking reviewers who complained about his hotel. Some choice retorts that he posted on TripAdvisor include:

· "What do you expect for so little cash?"

· "If you want a good breakfast go to the Hilton and pay £100.00 a night. You pay little you get little."

· "Thanks for your money, sucker. Long may the idiot line continue."

· “With only one person to look after the place what do you expect. Think about what you paid.”

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easyHotel Glasgow is Back and Asking for 9 Quid a Room

January 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the city undergoing a major urban renewal project and in the throes of an aggressive new tourism campaign, Glasgow is going to need a few more hotel rooms to accommodate its (hoped for) mass influx of visitors. Lucky, then, that easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is planning to reopen his easyHotel, which closed early last year.

The 125-room hotel on Hill Street in Glasgow's city center will reopen on February 1st and, true to the budget airline ethos, rooms will be solidly frill-ree (your room only gets cleaned if you pay an additional fee) but going for ridiculously low prices. Rates will start at £19 a night from Sundays through Thursdays and £29 per night on Fridays and Saturdays. Following the usual "easy" format, the earlier you book, the lower the rate. Additionally the hotel is running a special promotion offering the first five cheapest rooms at £9 a night every night during February and March.

The easyHotel chain has 15 hotels throughout Europe and even as far afield as South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

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British Airways Offers Two Free Hotel Nights With Roundtrip UK Ticket

Where: Various Hotels, United Kingdom
January 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

British Airways announced today its "Big British Invite," a promotion that offers two nights free accommodation in select UK hotels when you purchase a roundtrip ticket between the US and the UK.

You can book this deal through March 31, 2013, and the free hotel stay is valid for travel from January 9 through May 31, 2013. In other words, you must book the airline tickets by March 31st for travel between now and the end of May.

There are participating hotels in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh, and while there are an abundance of Holiday Inns on the list, you'd be silly to pass up the extra nights. Hotels in London include the Royal National, President, Aloft London ExCel and Rembrandt.

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Hotel Indigo Glasgow Is Open But It'll Cost You

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  Site Where: 75 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 7DA
April 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

Well, that told us. No sooner had we expressed doubts that Hotel Indigo Glasgow would be opening on schedule last Monday, what with the website not accepting bookings and no staff around to answer the phone when we called to reserve, someone from the hotel told us we were wrong, and that the hotel did in fact open as planned on 18 April. Our bad. Maybe having some staff on rezzie duty three days before opening might have solved that confusion.

Anyways, a room tonight will set you back £129, whereas last time we checked, they were going for £115. It’s an odd decision to up their prices, seeing as Malmaison, which is probably the hotel they’re most likely trying to challenge, has rooms for tonight for £89, or, if you spend £75 in the restaurant, they’ll give you a room for £10.

Alternatively, you can score a room at the delicious Hotel du Vin Glasgow for £75 tonight. And that, don’t forget, is not only among our top sexy hotels evah, but also comes with free sightings of The Great Piers Morgan thrown in on the side.

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Hotel Indigo Glasgow May Not Be Picking Up The Phone As Scheduled On Monday

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  Site Where: 75 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 7DA
April 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM | by | Comment (1)

Ruh roh, are we looking at another delayed hotel opening? This time it’s the turn of the Hotel Indigo Glasgow, which was scheduled to open on Monday. Only problem is, that although the website states that the opening date is on track, it isn’t showing any availability until the following Monday, 25 April.

It does, however, have a note saying that for reservations before 2 May, you're meant to call them. So, to give them the benefit of the doubt, we gave them a call today (during office hours - at 3pm Glasgow time no less) and found the phone ringing, ringing... and going straight to voicemail. Not answering the phone at 3pm? That doesn't sound like a hotel opening in three days time.

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