Lynne Coates heads up north for an indulgent weekend in one of Glasgow’s most prestigious hotels Blythswood Square

Lynne Coates heads up north for an indulgent weekend in one of Glasgow’s most prestigious hotels Blythswood Square

You know when you’re given an iPad to operate settings for lights, TV’s, and various gizmos, that you are in a high-tech, high-spec, hotel room.  I prefer a simple wall switch myself, but my other-half was in tech heaven as we settled into the sensational penthouse suite in Blythswood Square Hotel.

A prestigious address since the early 19th century Bythswood Square’s Georgian townhouses were originally owned by Glasgow’s wealthy merchants.  They were later turned into the headquarters of The Royal Scottish Automobile Club.   These days, Blythswood Square is one of Glasgow’s best-established, luxurious hotels, with an AA five-star accreditation, and a plethora of awards. Recently given a multi-million pound makeover, it boasts a luxurious new spa, and a VIP Penthouse suite.  I was excitedly looking forward to a weekend stay at Blythswood to see if it lived up to all the hype – it didn’t disappoint.

We were upgraded to the Penthouse Suite – a very nice surprise!  Stepping out of the private entrance lift we entered the spacious hallway leading into the most luxurious pad that was to be ours – for a short time anyway!  With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, walk-in wardrobe, media lounge, ten-seat dining room, kitchen and a private roof garden with spectacular views of the city, it certainly has the ‘wow’ factor.

Designer Jim Hamilton has creatively incorporated Glasgow’s great architectural heritage, using bespoke timber and marble furnishings and  locally sourced fabrics in sumptuous shades of beige and brown.  Together with cutting edge contemporary styling, imaginative quirky touches and a distinctly Scottish twist, I can see why the Penthouse has earned so many accolades.

I was blown away by the master suite and the super-sized marble bathroom with its sunken bath, shower and combined sauna, integrated TV, not to mention the multi-coloured lighting effects, plus, my favourite, generous sized Elemis toiletries – I could hardly wait to sink into that bath!  Whilst I was having serious bathroom envy, my other half was busy playing technophobe with the i-pad in the main living room – ‘I’ve worked out how all the lights work’ he triumphantly announced – he likes a challenge!   The size of the penthouse means it is perfect as a venue for small events, like a family celebration or hen weekend.  Leading directly from the dining room and kitchen, the roof garden is ideal for an alfresco party, and catering can be easily organised with the hotel’s restaurant.

We could happily have spent the weekend in the suite, but we were here to visit Glasgow and this impressive cultural city has so much to offer.  Blythswood is ideally located, just a short walk from the city center and all its attractions.

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