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In one of the greenest spots in the heart of Glasgow stands the magnificent new five star, 100 room, low carbon and energy efficient Blythswood Square.

This is the latest project of Peter Taylor OBE, one of Scotland’s leading hoteliers, who has overseen the successful restoration of this iconic building transforming it into one of the most environmentally friendly hotels in the UK. The latest in renewable energy technology and conservation has been used to create a hotel that successfully blends old with new to create a unique, memorable experience with a strong social and environmental responsibility.

Having built his own eco home with his wife in Edinburgh, Peter Taylor, chairman of the Edinburgh boutique hotel group The Town House Collection, wanted this unique project to incorporate all the latest in green building innovation. His pioneering approach has successfully retained the architectural features of Blythswood Square whilst implementing advanced green technology that reduces the carbon emissions of the hotel by over 43% compared to a similar building of this size and age.

Peter Taylor comments

“Our vision for Blythswood Square was to retain the essence of this landmark historical building and safeguard architectural features whilst bringing it into the 21st century using the most sustainable methods possible. We felt a responsibility to ensure that this wonderful hotel met the environmental standards for our low carbon future so we closely managed and reduced the carbon emissions and chose to work with suppliers who also had the same commitment to protecting the environment, approaching these kind of large scale projects with a clear sustainability strategy not only benefits the environment but it also creates better business performance.”

John Stocks, manager of the Carbon Trust in Scotland, commented:

“Blythswood Square is an excellent example of what can be achieved by specifying low carbon. The redevelopment of the building has successfully incorporated low carbon design principles, whilst being able to retain the grandeur of the original building. It will not only bring financial savings through the low carbon design solutions implemented, it will also deliver a more pleasurable environment for guests who will undoubtedly benefit.”

Behind the historical façade is a renewable energy supply, rain water harvesting and environmental appliances that reduce the hotel’s energy consumption, running costs and its impact on the environment. The technology embedded in Blythswood Square includes:

Renewable Energy

  • The heating systems are a mix of a Combined Heating and Power boiler (CHP), a Geothermal grid (solar panels), reverse cycle heat pumps, highly efficient chiller and solar panels to augment the supply of domestic hot water.
  • The energy generated is transported around the hotel on an energy loop that interconnects all the different energy sources (apart from the solar energy) resulting in very little energy being wasted.
  • Bore holes have been dug into the ground underneath the hotel with ground source heat pumps to provide the bulk of the hot and cold water

Energy Efficiency

  • All of the sliding sash windows have been replaced with highly efficient micro double glazing which is 300% better than the original sash windows at eliminating draughts.
  • Energy efficient lighting has been employed
  • The roof has been designed with a ventilation heat recovery system
  • External walls have been built 9 stones walls thick
  • Internal walls have also been built using stone for extra insulation.


  • A water conservation system is in place to harvest rain water
  • Water appliances chosen for the hotel aren’t wasteful

Blythswood Square Hotel opened on November 10th 2009, with rates starting from £140 for a room based on two people sharing, including full Scottish breakfast.




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The Spa at the new five star Blythswood Square hotel is set to become the first luxury spa in Glasgow following development of one of the city’s most famous and historical buildings, the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club.

The 10,000 square feet Spa at Blythswood Square has been designed by Jim Hamilton of Graven Images as a discreet haven for the hotel’s residents and day guests. Created to reflect the glamorous style of the hotel and the sociable personality of Glasgow’s populace, the Spa will house a number of exclusive features including the UK’s first indigenous Scottish treatments designed by Spa Director, Matt Laird in conjunction with luxury organic product house, ila.

The Spa will also feature Scotland’s first Seaweed Bath complete with organic seaweed sourced direct from the Hebrides and a decadent Dark Pool where guests will be able to relax in warm waters under the gentle light of a crystal chandelier. A grand hydrotherapy pool provides centerpiece for the marble Heat Suite which offers a range of heat and ice experiences including an elevated glass fronted laconium overlooking the 11m relaxation pool.

There will be nine spacious and tranquil treatment rooms including a double suite where guests will be able to enjoy a full range of face, body and holistic treatments from ila and haute couture specialist, Anne Semonin. Blythswood Square’s Signature Treatments are centred around a ‘Turus’ (Gaelic word for journey) which combine the natural benefits of Scotland’s purest ingredients including Scotch Thistle extract, seaweed and sea lavender, with healing therapies to provide a complete body and mind experience.

The Spa at Blythswood Square also houses a Rasul, a choice of wet and dry relaxation rooms and a spa lounge where guests can peruse the spa menu and choose from an array of beautifully presented, locally sourced, organic dishes created by the hotel’s award winning Executive Chef, Daniel Hall.

Spa Director, Matt Laird says: “The Spa at Blythswood Square will be very much a city spa with a real cutting edge feel to it, blending the best spa therapies with fabulous facilities. We will be sophisticatedly Scottish with a touch of contemporary elegance that Glasgow has become famous for”

Blythswood Square is situated in the heart of Glasgow on one of the city’s few remaining green space. The hotel will have 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and a top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. Blythswood Square will be one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

Blythswood Square spa packages start from £135 for a spa day and £285 for a one night spa break. For further information telephone 0141 274 7418.




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One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings is being transformed into the breathtakingly luxurious five star hotel, Blythswood Square.

Formerly headquarters to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, this landmark property has been redeveloped by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group, The Town House Collection, to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city.

Blythswood Square which is located in the City centre on one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces will have 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

Blythswood Square will be one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

The hotel interior retains its fine architectural features whilst sporting contemporary bespoke furniture by modus, flooring and textiles. This includes the use of Scotland’s famous Harris Tweed which will be used across chairs, curtains and even restaurant menus. This is the first time this textile has been used for interiors since the 1970s.

Formerly the Royal Scottish Automobile Club’s ballroom, the hotel’s main 150-cover restaurant and cocktail bar will be impressive with its high ceilings and grand dimensions. However, the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed, a place to enjoy delicious seasonally chosen and locally sourced food and inventive cocktails with friends under the attention of award winning Executive Head Chef, Daniel Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square champions the latest in cutting edge design offering a number of unique facilities and treatments specially created for the spa. Guests can indulge in bespoke natural treatments using Scotch Thistle extract, Scottish seaweed and a selection of treatments from the luxurious Anne Semonin and ila. The spa is home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides. The marble Heat Suite offers a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool. The 11m relaxation pool leads to the decadent Dark Pool where guests can float under a crystal chandelier. This outstanding spa also houses a Rasul, relaxation rooms, 9 spacious treatment rooms including a double suite, all offering the highest level of comfort and warmth.

Additional highlights within the hotel include a 35 metre Salon featuring two original fire places, columns and cornicing with stunning views over Blythswood Square and a private Screening Room, the first in a Scottish hotel, which will be furnished in over 40 different designs of Harris Tweed.

There is also the RSAC’s original ‘Rally Bar’ named after the Monte Carlo Rally which started from Blythswood Square in 1955. Over the years many high profile racing drivers frequented the bar and it grew a wide reaching and auspicious reputation. The Rally Bar is being restored to its former glory and is available to guests booking the hotel’s conference and event suites.

Blythswood Square is owned by The Town House Collection, owner of four of the finest boutique hotels in Edinburgh – The Bonham, Channings, The Howard and The Edinburgh Residence. Peter Taylor OBE, Chairman of The Town House Collection, commented:

“The chance to restore this landmark Glasgow property tastefully into a contemporary hotel, retaining its unique features and personality has been a wonderful opportunity. It’s a magnificent building and we look forward to welcoming our first guests.”




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Do you find it a struggle to leave your trusty four-legged friend at home or at kennels when going on holiday? If so then Edinburgh hotel, The Bonham now has the perfect solution with its Doggy Dreams package.

The Bonham is a pooch friendly hotel and has recognised the need to offer something for those who don’t want to travel without their faithful companion.

The Doggy Dreams packages, includes a welcome toy and treat, and in room meal prepared by The Bonham’s chefs and their own dog bed. Dog owners will also be offered the Concierge’s information on nearby parks for walks, pet shops and grooming parlours.

The Doggy Dreams package is priced at £170 per room per night and whilst your pooch is pampered you will receive a night’s luxury accommodation plus a full Scottish Breakfast.

For further information or to make a booking call 0131 274 7418.




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The Town House Collection are delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards – ‘Best Hotel Group Website’ and ‘Best Digital Marketing Campaign’.

The shortlist of nominations for the inaugural Web Awards has been announced and The Town House Collection are delighted to have made the list for two awards -

Best Hotel Group Website and Best Digital Marketing Campaign.

The awards, which are in association with Nestle Professional, were launched earlier this year to recognise the tremendous growth of the internet as a tool for business.

With 12 categories they will reward the organisations and individuals involved in designing, managing, marketing or promoting them, judged on a criteria including visual design, innovation, content, interactivity, ease of use, commercial success or potential and overall user experience.

While a shortlist has been drawn up for the first 11 categories, the Website of the Year will be chosen by the readers of Caterer and Hotelkeeper, the online users of, the judging panel and the senior editors of the Caterer Group.

Winners we be announced online on November 18th.



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Congratulations to The Bonham hotel who celebrated its 10th Birthday in May.

In 1998 The Bonham opened to great critical acclaim, winning national awards of excellence. One magazine has dubbed it “One of the Coolest Hotels of the Twenty First Century”. A remarkable achievement indeed, given those very walls continue to stand proudly into their second century.

A recent birthday party at the hotel was a huge success with friends, neighbours and colleagues all enjoying a specially made birthday cake by House of Sugar, Music by tenor group Incognito, Goodie Bags providing by Coco Chocolates, Whisky tasting by Balvenie and various raffle prizes including Jo Malone gifts and one of the Main Attractions of the night a Diamond Necklace, kindly donated by Limeblue.

The raffle raised £750 on the night, which has been donated to The Town House Collections chosen charity Fareshare.

In keeping with the Bonhams’s dedication to encouraging local up and coming artists an exhibition was included for the evening, with work from The Leith School of Art, and our very own Tilo Stengel.




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The Town House Company rebrands as The Town House Collection.

Founder and chairman Peter Taylor established The Town House Company in 1990, creating an entirely new category in the hotel industry in Scotland. The collection of 4 and 5* luxury boutique hotels has become the concept and standard against which many others have been judged and have emerged.

Eighteen years later, the company now owns and operates four properties in Edinburgh – described as the hospitality industry’s most exceptional and successful town house hotels – with fifth property, Blythswood Square in Glasgow, due for completion in the spring of 2009.

As The Bonham celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and the company’s new property Blythswood Square gets ready to open, Taylor has decided to readdress the group’s identity and re-brand the company as The Town House Collection.

In addition, the rapid growth and change that the company is experiencing has led Taylor to consider future objectives and development. This includes the appointment of two new directors to the Board, Hans Rissmann, who has been promoted from operations director to managing director, and Doug Brotherston, financial director.

Over the past five years revenue has increased by almost 50% and occupancy sits at an average of 84% year round, placing it at the top of the industry league tables.

The success of The Town House Company is built on Peter Taylor’s own vision and desire to provide guests with a genuine, personal and memorable experience.

Taylor commented: “Channings was our first hotel and quickly became one of Edinburgh’s most fashionable places to stay. However, The Bonham definitely led the way in terms of ‘chic’ and ‘cool’ hotels, and there is no doubt that this property further endorsed The Town House Company within the hotel industry in the UK.

“Our next major achievement will be the opening of Blythswood Square in Glasgow which will offer the same levels of luxury and service, with the addition of a world-class spa.

“There is no doubt that we have great opportunities ahead and it’s important that the business is structured appropriately. Therefore, I have decided to update our corporate look and feel with the introduction of The Town House Collection brand.”

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