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Hoxton Hotel Owner Ennismore Buys Gleneagles

July 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

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.

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Would You Stay at This Former Nazi POW Camp in Scotland?

June 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

There are jail hotels, there are dark tourism hotels, and then there’s this: a hotel to be made out of a prison camp for some of the most evil members of the Nazi regime.

Cultybraggan Camp, an army property in Perthshire, Scotland, functioned as an unlikely prisoner of war camp in WWII, holding 40,000 German and Italian prisoners, including high up members of the Nazi regime, including, it’s said, Rudolf Hess (Hitler’s deputy).

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Now You Can Take Gleneagles Home with You, If You Like Leather

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  Site Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH3 1NF
April 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Gleneagles in Scotland is best known for its golf and its big political meetings, but even icons want a change of focus sometimes, so the hotel is going fashion – now it's redone its rooms, it's launching a new range of leather goods.

The Gleneagles Collection includes everything the classy politician/golfer/hotel aficionado might need, form handbags and travel bags to iPad cases, luggage tags, wash bags and even shoe bags – all in fine leather. There are three collections: The 1924 (the date the hotel opened), The Summit (after all those political summits that have taken place at the hotel) and The Traveller (presumably for mere civilians).

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Copy Andy Murray with a Wedding at His Cromlix Hotel

April 13, 2015 at 8:53 AM | by | ()

Forget the Royal Baby – the big news in Britain over the weekend was the wedding of Andy “tennis champ” Murray to Kim “parental advisory” Sears in his hometown of Dunblane. They got married at the cathedral, but held the reception at Murray’s hotel, the Cromlix. So, what did they get?

The couple were unusually (and wonderfully) open and happy to be photographed for the ceremony, but the only squeak we’ve heard from the reception so far is Murray’s gran, who said it was fantastic, that they had a first dance (which Andy's amazing mother Judy did not crash), and that the families holed up in the hotel, and were only starting to leave Monday.

If you want to get married like Andy Murray, we can’t promise you Dunblane Cathedral, but you can actually get married at the Cromlix. Here’s what you get:

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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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 at 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 | ()

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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Pay What You Want for Your Stay at This Scottish Borders Hotel

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  Site Where: Edinburgh Rd, Peebles, United Kingdom, EH45 8PL
March 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

Pay for your room what you think your stay was worth. A brave initiative that was recently tried in Paris and now has made its way across the Channel and up to Scotland.

Cringletie House, a castle hotel in the Scottish Borders outside Edinburgh, has just launched a “20 in a bed” promotion. And before your minds end up in the gutter, know that it’s simply the opportunity to invite 10 couples to stay – in individual rooms – and, basically, let them know how they’re doing.

The stays are bed and breakfast, and there’s no set fee – they simply want your opinion, and you’re free to pay as much as you think it’s worth.

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'Indigenous Heathers and Silvery Lichen Greens': Meet the New Rooms at Gleneagles

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  Site Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH3 1NF
January 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Gleneagles. You might know it for its golf. You might know it for its summit. But what you might not know is that the Scottish hotel has just stumped up £1.1m to refurbish some – just some! – of its rooms.

The money covers 36 of the 232 bedrooms. That’s a lot of money for not many rooms. So what is that going to get you?

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Donald Trump's Scottish Hotel Is Officially Five Stars

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  Site Where: Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM | by | ()

It’s not really a surprise, though it pains us to say it on a Monday morning: Donald Trump has just been awarded five stars for his Scottish hotel.

Macleod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire has been given the full shebang by Visit Scotland, who called it a “marvelous achievement”. Apparently they particularly like the range of options in the bar and restaurant (which are hopefully a little less overpriced than Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel).

The hotel is an adjunct from last year to Trump’s golf course, the creatively named Trump International Golf Links course. It has 19 rooms, ornate Italian marble-clad bathrooms (how very… Scottish) and a “whisky snug” in the basement for booze sampling.

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5 Hotels in the Scottish Borders That are Still a Part of the UK

September 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh displays both the Union Jack and Scotland flags and will continue to do so.

It’s official-- the United Kingdom is still a family of four, now that Scotland's independence was voted down by the people. (The UK also includes Wales and Northern Ireland.)

There are important arguments that could still be made in defense of Scotland and the situation is still quite tense, but for now, the Royals don’t lose a huge fan base, soccer matches between England and Scotland will sell out before they are scheduled, and hotels (hey, we needed a segue) will not have to spend money reprinting anything that has their address on it.

Given the events of this week, one of most interesting places in the UK right now is the line of separation between England and Scotland, known as the Scottish Borders. We’ve put together a list of some great hotels and inns in the borders that should be hopping for some time, so if you’re traveling in the area, stop and have a pint in the pub, some sure to be interesting conversation, and of course, a room for the night.

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