GLASGOW: Blythswood Square Hotel is a relaxed and delicious break from the busy life in Glasgow. With luxurious rooms, first-class breakfast and one of Scotland’s best spa you basically just about anything you need. The hotel has five stars and is considered one of the most luxurious in this country. Years ago this area used to be the red light district, it is easy to imagine that the red lights are placed in the windows is a memory of the past.
Location. At Blythswood Square, 150 meters from the pedestrian streets in the city centre. The main railway station is about 500 meters away from the hotel, and next to the shopping area.
Rooms. Spacious with modern décor and comfortable beds made me sleep well as the city does not exist. Air conditioning, hi speed internet connection, TV with free access to TV channels and movies, sitting area, minibar and a small refrigerator are all part of the room. The bathroom is large and delicious, and the bath with marble tiles gives a sense of luxury. It’s also great closet space.
Food & Drink. Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant you can choose between various egg-based breakfast dishes from an a la carte menu. In addition a buffet consisting of smoothies, fruit, cereals, homemade ham, bread, pastries and jams. The buffet is presented in a fun and different way. At night it turns into a cosy restaurant. Here you can order individual dishes, or two-and three-course dinner respectively 18, 50 and 22 pounds. The staff has qualified knowledge of the food and it’s a good idea to follow their recommendation. If you fancy a drink or two, head up to the bar in 2nd floor. The staff won several awards for its cocktails.
The Spa. Guests have access to the spa every day between 07:00 and 09:00 and 18:00 and 21:00. If you buy a spa treatment you have access to the facility throughout the day. The private closet has slippers, a towel and a water bottle. Dressing and enclosed showers make wardrobe experience very delicious. The spa area offers a heated pool with massage facilities, classic sauna, steam sauna, showers, steam room and an ice fountain. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, and here’s all the city noise and stress forgotten. Treatments cost from 45 to 270 pounds.
Service. The service is impeccable. Staffs are helpful and have good knowledge about their own products and about Glasgow. Feel free to ask about what should be experienced and possibly what you should stay away. The hotel has limited parking for cars.
Plus. Spa combined with luxurious and delicate room means you have very comfortable stay. With free access to movies and TV there is nothing to suggest that one needs to leave the room if you want to relax. The location is great, close to shopping area and restaurants.
Minus. The hotel’s one and only elevator is a time thief and the stairs were hard to find. Poor communication between the hotel and the spa area in the basement led to a lot of unnecessary confusion, which unfortunately destroyed much of the overall impression. The contrast from being welcomed in the lobby and the feeling of not being wanted in the spa area was unacceptable and should be improved
Worth the money? Price for a double in June was 220 pound breakfast included. Even the room rate made us very welcome. This is a five star experience.
Pictures by Sarah Elise Gjemdal