Design Focus: Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow

21st of February, 2018 | Posted in Design Features, Glasgow Email Article | Print Article

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow has unveiled it’s refreshed and reimagined guest rooms and suites. The refurbishment includes the creation of a new, two-bedroom penthouse suite, plus a new design for all entry level, deluxe and Georgian bedrooms as well as the addition of 12 new guest rooms.

The re-design, undertaken by Jim Hamilton of Graven Images, who originally designed the hotel, has brought the guest rooms bang up to date.

Says GM Murray Thomson, “Jim has brought his usual attention to detail to the refreshed bedrooms – from the luxurious silk blended curtains to the signature heritage leather chairs, and new lighting. He has definitely put the lustre back into the rooms.”

Murray continues, “We did the sensible thing and asked customers what they would change if they could improve their rooms. People wanted bigger TV’s, better lighting and reliable wi-fi. The latter has certainly been an issue since the hotel was first built. But we have listened and now guests can stay logged on, without their signal dropping off. We’ve put new TV’s in which are larger, and the rooms are now brighter too. The lighting allows guests to put their make-up on at the mirror.”

As you would expect each guest room is now a sophisticated sanctuary and has been tastefully redecorated and where necessary repaired. For example, the marble in the bathrooms has been re-polished up and some of the original cased goods also have new marble tops.

Two new rooms have also been created on each floor and they all have a classic design.

Blythswood Square Hotel

The Georgian rooms have been completely refreshed – even the windows have been refurbished and replaced. The red lampshades have gone, now the windows have sheer blinds which mean guests have the privacy of the blinds dropping down, but their view of the Square has not been blacked out. New luxurious silk blended curtains frame the windows. The Harris tweed soft furnishings have has been phased out and new textiles have been introduced. All the Georgian rooms feature newly commissioned pictures Murray comments, “There is a story behind every piece of art.”

But it is the penthouse that Murray is looking most forward to seeing completed. He told Hotel Scotland, “I believe our new penthouse will be the best in the country. We aim to have it finished in March. It will be larger with a new dining area, as well as an extra bedroom. It has a luxurious bathroom – we have had to have the new bath brought in by crane, and it will also have a lovely outside terrace.”

Elsewhere in the Blythswood Square Hotel, the restaurant will also undergo refurbishment as well as the first-floor Salon bar. The work is expected to be completed by mid-Summer.

Murray concludes, “We are committed to offering our guests an unrivalled five-star experience and this new multi-million-pound investment allows us to do just that.”

You can view more by visiting the hotel’s website here.

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Hotel Scotland is a new publication (2017) from the publishers of DRAM - Scotland's leading on-trade magazine. Hotel Scotland is a newsy magazine which covers all aspects of the industry in Scotland. From who's who, to industry issues and refurbishments.

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