A haven of Glasgow prairie : – Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow.
What to expect
Set back from the bustling city centre of Glasgow, and overlooking a quiet, lush green square (the namesake of the hotel) the Blythswood Square hotel looks like something from a Jane Austen novel. The beautiful Georgian
building is both spacious and glamorous and still has some of the features of when it was the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club. The hotel interior is a rich mix of marble, statement lighting, and splashes of colour in the Harris Tweed accessories. The grand lobby has an impressive spiral staircase that leads to the Salon bar area, which is very popular for afternoon tea.
The rooms are decorated in the style of the hotel in a muted palette with an oversized Harris Tweed pendant light and contrasting Harris Tweed cushions and chair, with added touches such as a Johnstone’s of Elgin
cashmere throw and Ila Spa toiletries found in the luxurious marble bathroom. Our twin bed room on the first floor overlooked the square and was bright and airy – ideal for relaxing in after a day’s shopping in the city.
The dining options/the food and drink
Dinner is served in the ground floor restaurant, which was the former RSAC ballroom. We enjoyed three courses from the Market Menu, which is served from 5pm. Starters of Salmon Gravadlax with Horseradish and Dill Cream, Rye Crisp and Carrot and Ginger Velouté Herbs, Crème Fraiche were tasty and light. Our mains of Roast Butternut
Squash Risotto with Garden Peas and Amaretto Foam and Pan seared Hake with herb crushed potatoes, lemon and pepper dressing with roast cherry tomatoes were delicious and left enough room for a shared Spiced chocolate tart served with vanilla mascarpone and compressed pear.
If pampering is your goal then head to the luxuriously decadent spa. Guests in the hotel can use the thermal facilities between 7-9am and 6-9pm daily, and these are comprised of a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and pool, all darkly lit and sleekly designed. Treatments use the hotel’s signature seaweed range, isha (as found in the hotel bathrooms),
Which was developed on the Isle of Lewis and contains all natural anti-oxidant, healing and anti-ageing properties. We were treated to an ishga hot stone massage, which is a full body massage incorporating heated Basalt stones that instantly relax the muscles and allow for the treatment to work at a deeper level. A seaweed base oil with lemongrass, lavender and juniper detoxifies and regenerates the skin. The friendly and helpful therapist was extremely knowledgeable about the products, not to mention as excellent masseuse.
If you’re not too relaxed after the spa then we recommend a drink in the Salon. The expert staff can mix up any drink and the atmosphere lively and relaxed. Here the Harris Tweed club chairs found dotted throughout the hotel feature, as do the signature pendant lights. But if you are looking for something a bit different, ask about screenings in the hotel’s cinema – a 40 seat private room with Harris Tweed covered chairs, it can be hired exclusively or enjoyed during a Square Eyes Screening.
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