15 Woodside Place, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 7QL
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Stag / hen parties, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of 15
I love this place. Built in 1834 by esteemed Scottish architect George Smith, for one of the city’s prosperous merchants, this luxury guest house is hidden away on a leafy street beneath the city’s upmarket Park Circus. With a sense of space and style reflecting Glasgow’s new found confidence, this Victorian townhouse has undergone an extensive 12-month restoration and is now a popular choice with those seeking seclusion and organic five-star service. Decorated with chandeliers, lilac and lavender divan-couches and drapes, oak panelling and sash-and-case windows, I think its interior decor far exceeds the standard below-par expectations associated with a city centre b&b. The centrepiece of the reception hall is an original stained glass window by Oscar Patterson, who along with Charles Rennie Mackintosh, became one of Glasgow’s best known glass painters. Indeed, he helped define the interior chiaroscuro style for which the city is famous.
Perfect. Seconds from one of Glasgow’s premier wining and dining thoroughfares, Sauchiehall Street, 15 is a short walk to Charing Cross rail station and – by virtue of a 15-minute stroll through the adjacent Kelvingrove Park – is on the doorstep of the West End’s museums, galleries and burgeoning student life.
Fitted with Roman mirrors, working wooden shutters, Egyptian cotton linens, iPod docking stations, plasma TVs and hand-picked furniture from some of Glasgow’s leading interior design stores – including Galletly & Tubbs – 15’s five rooms have been individually designed to combine tradition with modern convenience. All the bathrooms also feature monsoon rain showers – a big plus point.
A lilac lounge with an original coal fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the surrounding townhouses and public gardens. It can also be turned into an Afternoon Tea salon or Champagne bar for special occasions.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and a selection of Scottish smoked salmon (my girlfriend’s favourite), pastries, cereals or full Scottish fry-up (my favourite) is served to the room. It is not licensed.
None but the facing garden is open to visitors to enjoy when the sun shines.
Owners Laura and Shane McKenzie offer an organic and tailored service for every individual guest.
Romantic couples, wealthy families and celebrities seeking a discreet home away from home.
There is free WiFi and free parking, which is a distinct city centre bonus.
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- Kelvingrove/Charing Cross