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New Five-Star Hotel to Open in Glasgow

November 6, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings is being transformed into a luxurious five-star hotel, to be called Blythswood Square. Formerly headquarters to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, this landmark property has been redeveloped by Scotland’s luxury boutique hotel group, The Town House Collection.

Located in the city center on one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces, Blythswood Square will have 100 bedrooms, including four suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house a restaurant, bars, a private screening room, event facilities, and Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments.

Blythswood Square also will be one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions. (Nice local touch: Scotland's traditional Harris Tweed will be used on chairs, curtains and even restaurant menus. This is, we hear, the first time this textile has been used for interiors since the 1970s.)

The hotel’s main restaurant and cocktail bar will be under the attention of award winning Executive Head Chef Daniel Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square has unique facilities and natural treatments that utilize Scotch Thistle extract, Scottish seaweed and more. The spa is home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides. The marble Heat Suite offers a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool. The spa also houses a Rasul, relaxation rooms, nine treatment rooms (including a double suite), all offering the highest level of comfort and warmth.

Blythswood Square is owned by The Town House Collection, owner of four boutique hotels in EdinburghThe Bonham, Channings, The Howard and The Edinburgh Residence. Room rates at Blythswood Square start from approximately $200, including full Scottish breakfast for a Wee Classic room based on two people sharing.

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