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Principal Blythswood Square Hotel

Tranquil Blythswood Square is a Georgian enclave in central Glasgow home to this sophisticated hotel which merges the high ceilings, ornate stuccowork and grand chandeliers of the original building with sleek, minimalist design. From the chic, Art Deco-style reception hall with its black-and-white marble floors and slender white columns to the understated rooms and spacious spa, you can expect top-notch service and facilities.

Each of the rooms is individually styled with clean lines, pale hues and muted soft furnishings. All are calm and uncluttered, and feature vintage photographs of the area, all modern amenities, a welcome basket of local snacks, and high quality toiletries.

Service is impeccable throughout and The Restaurant, set in a grand former ballroom, is highly regarded for its menu of classic Scottish dishes with a modern twist. The Salon bar serves inventive cocktails and a wide range of wines and beers, while the extensive spa offers an array of holistic treatments as well as ample options for relaxation in the thermal suite.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

The 140 rooms are all contemporary in style with clean lines, soft hues, comfortable furnishings and striking black-and-white vintage photos. Muted purples and dusky pinks in the headboards, armchairs and cushions add a hint of vibrancy to the pale greys, and while each room is individual in size and layout, all are equipped with modern amenities such as digital TV, free Wi-Fi and an MP3 system. Higher room categories are considerably larger and have marble bathrooms, Harris Tweed fabrics, Egyptian cotton sheets and duck-down duvets and pillows.

Location

A prestigious square of Georgian townhouses just northwest of the main train station in central Glasgow, Blythswood Square is a convenient and tranquil location. It is just over a ten-minute walk to the Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow City Chambers, and about a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Food and drink

The Restaurant, set in the former ballroom of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, is the hotel’s main dining venue. Its understated elegance and muted tones are matched by a menu offering a modern take on classic Scottish dishes using local ingredients such as Isle of Mull cheddar, Shetland mussels and Highland venison. The Salon is a chic bar which serves morning coffee, afternoon teas and evening cocktails as well as light dishes such as sharing plates and sandwiches.

Facilities and activities

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has an extensive spa located underneath the hotel. It offers a range of treatments and amenities, including relaxation and hydrotherapy pools and a thermal suite. There is also a well-equipped gym.

Our opinion

We love this refined hotel and think its location is one of the best in Glasgow, offering easy access to the sites and shopping of the central area, within a peaceful and attractive Georgian square.

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