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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Sophisticated, mature guests who love attention to detail and nostalgia. Weddings are also exceptionally popular in the private function rooms.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Superb hospitality
- Rooms are enchanting and effortlessly romantic
- Visitors keen to explore may become reliant on taxis