Four reasons to visit the luxury Glasgow hotspot

Scotland is synonymous for its historical sites, haggis and hilly greenery, but there is much, much more to the north of the UK than that.

While most people will venture to the capital of Edinburgh for a weekend away to explore Edinburgh Castle, it is easy for it’s neighbouring city to go under the radar and not receive the accolade it truly deserves.

Just under an hour drive away from Edinburgh, Glasgow is certainly one for the bucket list and a stay at Glasgow’s Principal Blythswood Square Hotel will make your visit unforgettable.

Blythswood Square Hotel caters for every guests needs; whether it is a relaxing spa day to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town, an afternoon tea with nutritious smoothies or bottomless Prosecco, a lavish dinner, or a cosy room to put your feet up after a full day indulging in Glasgow’s shopping destination to rival that of London, there will be something to suit everyone.

Here is everything you need to know about the five star hotel…

Rooms range from standard to en suites [The Blythswood Square hotel]

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel The hotel caters for every guests needs from their homely rooms and suits to their pleasant service [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel]

To stay

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel is set just a short walk away from the city centre, but within walking distance to the West End, bustling shopping centres, as well as botanical gardens, cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants.

This five-star luxury resort boasts a variety of rooms varying from standard to suites, all fitted with heavenly en suites, the bed of dreams, and essential beauty products, such as Elemis hair care and body lotions, which instantly fills guests with the warm fuzzy feeling inside making it hard for them to leave when the time to checkout comes around.

The Blythswood Square hotelThe furnishings in the lobby of the five star hotel will blow you away [OK! Online]

The décor throughout the hotel will fill interior enthusiasts with joy, as it is a medley of modern and traditional Scottish heritage with its crushed red velvet sofa in the foyer – fitted in an alcove in between a bouquet with plastic dolls legs spread akimbo – to the black textured booths and Harris Tweed furnishings.

The bedrooms ooze tranquillity with the white and grey muted colour palette and soft pastel furnishings, while the sleek bathrooms are elegant with the tortoiseshell marble fitted with a contrasting white bath tub.

The Blythswood Square Hotel is in the prime location, but the facilities will make it difficult for anyone to want to leave, with the sensual vibe of the spa, three eateries on site, including the main restaurant, The Salon, which is open for brunch and cocktails in the evening, as well as the restaurant in the spa, and the fitness suite.

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel The spa is simply a heaven on earth for guests [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel ]

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel The spa features numerous rooms for ultimate relaxation AND a hydrotherapy pool [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel ]

To do – from the spa to the fitness suite

For those looking for a tranquil stay will enjoy ultimate relaxation at The Blythswood Square Hotel, with their vast array of facilities, including the spa and fitness suite.

The spa offers a variety of holistic face and body treatments, as well as exciting packages and alternative experiences to choose from, all of which are performed using ila or ishga natural products.

There is a vast array of treatments on offer to residents, as well as people outside of The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel, to indulge in; from the hot stone and full body massages, pre-natal massage, to facials, detoxifying or revitalising body scrubs, bio energy body wraps, waxing and nail beauty treatments for both men and women.

The ila Deep Tissue Massage is a must have for anyone whose problems and stresses weigh heavily on their shoulders – literally – as the treatment targets those problem areas, before moving to the back of the legs. However, others may prefer the ishga Express Massage, which lasts for 25 minutes, which is best suited for those with a limited time on their hands.

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel The spa has an area to help bring the body temperature to normal [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel ]

Prior to having the treatment guests can dine in the lounge area, wait in the numerous relaxation areas fitted with reclining loungers or utilise the spa facilities.

Guests can while away hours in the various rooms in the spa, which features a thermal suit, two relaxation pools, including a hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam room, sauna, as well as additional relaxation rooms where the seating has been innovatively designed to bring the body temperature to a normal level.  If that was not all guests can also book in for a seaweed bath.

The nine treatment rooms, as well as the additional relaxation rooms and spa, evoke peace and tranquillity with their scented candles and soothingly dim lights to create a calming zen environment.

The exercise fanatics are not left out either as there is a fitness suite available, which includes cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, as well as a free weights area – what more could you wish for.

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has three places to eat [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel ]

The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel Guests can enjoy everything from breakfast, brunch, light bites and afternoon tea at the restaurant in the spa [The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel ]

To eat

The spa at the Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has a harmonious lounge and café area where guests can enjoy a light bite, brunch or afternoon tea, but there are two main areas for people to dine as well, and each section prides itself with a new and exciting ethos.

The main restaurant at The Blythswood Square Hotel is situated in the lobby and it cannot be missed with its alluring décor and welcoming staff, who are more than happy to advise on the most popular dishes, as well as recommendations on attractions to visit during your stay.  It is safe to say the delightful team truly make you feel at home.

The Restaurant at Blythswood Square Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In the mornings guests can select hot food from the menu, which includes full English breakfasts to boiled eggs and much more, while the buffet is also easily devoured.

The buffet does not leave a single stone uncovered as it includes the continental options, gluten free and vegan alternatives, as well as cereals, pancakes, fruit and yoghurt, as well as some bubbly.

hotel Guests can devour a variety of steaks for dinner [OK! Online]

hotel Visitors can also enjoy a hot breakfast or buffet [OK! Online]

Just one read of the dinner menu will get your mouth watering, from the small plates and salads to main courses and tasting menu, and that is before you even get to the dessert list. The A La Carte menu features baked Scottish scallops, mussels and mushrooms to grilled octopus to honey and pine nut baked goats cheese, bruschetta, as well as other dainty dishes.

For the main dish diners can select from Kintyre smoked cheddar macaroni, shrimp burger, smoked loin of lamb, as well as a selection of steaks with an array of sauces and sides, including light and refreshing garden peas with feta to halloumi fries and roast potatoes, although there are daily specials to make the decision making process that bit harder.  While some may choose a fine wine, Old Fashioned or cocktail for dessert, those with a sweet tooth will not want to pass up on the lemon posset or Valrhona Dulcey Cheesecake, although sorbets are also an option there is also a savoury alternative – the cheese board.

The Blythswood Square Hotel also has another dining area – The Salon. The Salon invites guests to enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge area, as well as a selection of cocktails, beer, wine and other beverages through to the evening, which can be accompanied by a selection of snacks and light bites.

The Blythswood Square hotelGlasgow is tipped to be one of the UK’s best shopping destinations [The Blythswood Square hotel]

To do

The Blythswood Square Hotel caters for everyone’s needs leaving guests struggling to leave their fully furnished and luxurious rooms, let alone the hotel.

However, there are also a variety of sites to see in Glasgow, as well as a bustling night life to enjoy on the site’s doorstep.

Glasgow city centre is just a stone’s throw away from the luxury resort, so guests can treat themselves to a spending spree at the shopping destination to rival London’s hub.

However, other visitors may wish to explore the botanical gardens in the area, as well as the Kelvingrove museum, and just under an hour’s drive and guests can venture to Edinburgh.

To book your stay, and spa treatment, at The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel simply visit the website.

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