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Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
Formerly home to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, the Monte Carlo Rally starting line was at this elegant row of Georgian townhouses overlooking the Blythswood Square gardens - a winning pedigree from the off. Capitalising on grand proportions in quirky, confidently-contemporary style, you'll find bold colours, chic marble floors and bronze capped Corinthian columns, along with a grand piano loitering in one corner of reception; bicycles to borrow are at the other. The bar and restaurant - soaked in sunlight by day, laid-back by night - serves up cocktails, killer tunes and first-class Scottish seafood. Move upstairs and classy calm prevails, from the elegant residents' lounge to well-appointed bedrooms in a sophisticated palette of soothing shades of grey where luxurious bathrooms come as standard.
We enjoyed a quiet turn around the square after dinner before heading in for a nightcap.
Right on your doorstep are the pretty gardens of Blythswood Square, while Glasgow's city centre sights can be accessed by foot.
By plane: flights from London to Glasgow take 1 hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute drive. Parking costs £27.50 per day. skyscanner.com
By train: 4 hours 30 minutes from London and 3 hours from Manchester. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Glasgow Central station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Perfect for those who consider their hotel at least as important as their destination (if not more so) when planning their holiday. Who could resist scrubbing up to make an entrance down the grand main stair lit by an outrageous long-drop crystal chandelier?
Service & Facilities
The elegant Salon - all Corinthian columns and wedding cake plaster cornices - feels like a delightfully over-sized drawing room and is a lovely place to linger.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Your pet stays free. Beds, bowls, food and a map of suggested walks are provided.
Rooms in the original part of the hotel with their elegant Georgian sash windows and park views are particularly lovely in the autumn. Ingenious sliding shutters between bathroom and bedroom are perfect for carrying on the conversation (and you can watch television from the bath).
Essential Room, Premium Room, Garden View Suite, Georgian Suite, Executive Suite, Penthouse Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Mediterranean blue shell-shaped tiles on the bar were like the scales on a glamorous mermaid's tail. We recommend the well-cooked scallops and meltingly tender pork belly, with the bright zing of fresh green apple.
iasg: modern Scottish cuisine, locally-sourced produce. All-day dining, bar snacks and Sunday brunch. Open daily from 12pm.