Hotel du Vin Glasgow
1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 0UX
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Luxury - Expert review of Hotel du Vin Glasgow
One Devonshire Gardens has long been one of Glasgow’s premier addresses. A series of five Georgian townhouses converted into a lavish gentrified boutique hotel, the Hotel du Vin needs no introduction to Glaswegian natives like me. William Burrell, the city’s most famous philanthropist and owner of one of the world’s most famous collections of art, once lived in townhouse number four in the 1890s and the building regularly plays the beguiling host to visiting A-list celebrities and Hollywood stars. Its specially commissioned stained glass windows, ornate corniced ceilings, marble pillars and sweeping staircases evoke a bygone era of Glaswegian art and history.
The proprietor’s love of the grape and grain also runs deep. With a temperature-controlled walk-in underground cellar stocking more than 600 bins of the finest wine from across the globe and a whisky snug boasting 300 of the world’s best whiskies, it is definitely for those who appreciate a tipple and the finer things in life. Inside, it may well be the closest a visitor can get to the décor and service of one of Scotland’s famed country estates. Like the royal family’s summer residences in Scotland, this five-star hotel really is fit for the Queen. Somehow, I managed to feel right at home.
Shaded by the tree-lined avenue of Great Western Road, one of Glasgow’s central arteries, a taxi or car can ferry a visitor straight into the city centre or to attractions further afield like Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Within walking distance is the city’s Botanic Gardens and busy Byers Road café life.
With 49 individually decorated bedrooms of all shapes and sizes, the building maintains its original Victorian structure, wooden panelling and idiosyncratic features that would not be out of place in a Jane Austen novel. Suites have four poster beds, delicious roll-top bath tubs, paintings of lairds, lords and lassies, fleur de lis French wallpapers and quirky golf putters and putt-returns. Lofty ceiling-to-floor windows make its rooms effortlessly bright and airy and every room is named and partially inspired by a particular vintage wine.
Boasting a whisky snug, social bar and bistro, luxurious reception waiting area, an outdoor cigar shack, private walled terraced gardens and a secret garden, I was spoilt for choice and frequent got lost in the mazy corridors. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and Jack Vettriano prints for sale are dotted about the walls.
Rated as one of the best restaurants in the city, the award-winning Bistro Deluxe serves classic and modern dishes with a distinct Scottish a la carte flavour. Expect fresh caught lobster, Scottish grouse and dry aged Aberdeenshire steaks, not deep fried Mars bars and tinned haggis.
As one would expect of a luxury five-star hotel, the building houses both an air-conditioned gym and a spa treatment room. No swimming pool onsite.
Kilted doormen and white-gloved sommeliers lead a five star team who are consistently on hand to indulge your every whim.
Sophisticated, mature guests who love attention to detail and nostalgia. Weddings are also exceptionally popular in the private function rooms.
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- 1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 0UX
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Wine cellar, Whisky bar, Cigars
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service
- Glasgow West End