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BLYTHSWOOD BUBBLES ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON

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Every Friday ease yourself into the weekend with Blythswood Bubbles!

Enjoy a delicious three course lunch from the Market Menu in The Restaurant or a sumptuous Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea in The Salon at Blythswood Square and spend the afternoon sipping Moet & Chandon Champagne.

Priced at £50 per person, Blythswood Bubbles includes your choice of lunch – selecting three courses from the exclusive menu (normally priced at £22) created by Executive Chef, Derek Donaldson, and featuring fresh local ingredients – or the Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea (normally priced at £22) – freshly made finger sandwiches, scones served with cream and jam and delicious pastries – both accompanied by Moet & Chandon Champagne for up to two and a half hours from the time of your booking.

What better way to catch up with friends and look ahead to the weekend.

For further information or to book, call 0141 248 8888

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GLASGOW BUSINESS AWARDS 2012

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Blythswood Square has won the Best Inward Investment category at the 2012 Glasgow Business Awards…

The Award, organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, recognises the business that has invested in Glasgow in the past three years and has made a significant contribution to the local economy.

The five star luxury hotel, part of The Town House Collection, first opened its doors in the city in 2009 and since that time has welcomed guests from all over the world and hosted VIPs including organisers and stars of the Mobo music awards and The Scottish Fashion Awards.

Blythswood Square’s own stylish cocktail bar, The Salon, has served more than 125,000 cocktails since it opened making it one of the most popular destinations for locals too.

In an era when the environment and sustainability have become fundamental to any hotel build, the rescuing and recycling of one of Scotland’s landmark buildings into one of the UK’s top hotels which has brought tourism, corporate business and glamour to its city location have all combined to make Blythswood Square the ‘Best Performing Inward Investor.’

The award was collected by Managing Director Hans Rissmann, he said: ‘To win this award three years after opening is fantastic for us. It proves how quickly the hotel has become established for locals and visitors to the city alike. Since the day we first opened our doors we have been welcomed to Glasgow by our neighbours, the industry and customers alike. We are thrilled that Blythswood Square is making such a contribution to the local economy.’

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NEW CHEF AT RESTAURANT AT THE BONHAM

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Maciej Szymik has been appointed Head Chef at The Bonham in Edinburgh. He joins from The Marine Macdonald Hotel in North Berwick…

Originally from Poland, he is returning to The Bonham where he was sous chef in 2006 and since then he has gained considerable experience in working in 2 AA Rosette kitchens including Abstract in Edinburgh and Inverness and was Chef /Proprietor of the highly acclaimed “The Arch Inn” Seafood Restaurant in Ullapool.

He said: ‘I am delighted to be returning to The Bonham. The menu for the Restaurant here is rooted in local seasonal produce and I will be continuing that tradition. I am passionate about adapting classics flavors for the modern palate to produce dishes that are simple but elegant. The Bonham’s reputation is first-class as a destination that provides a unique and memorable guest experience, and this is recognized by the many awards it has won. I feel privileged to be a part of this team.”

The Restaurant at The Bonham is open for lunch Monday-Saturday 12-2.30pm; Sunday 12.30-3pm and for dinner Monday-Saturday 6-9.45pm; Sunday 6-9pm.

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HEN PARTY PAMPERING AT SPA AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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For every bride to be…Celebrate your hen party in style at Blythswood Square…

Elegant, classy and fun … the three key ingredients needed to make every hen party the perfect send-off to wedded bliss! To ensure every bride receives a memorable hen party, Blythswood Square has created a unique pampering package all wrapped up in a day of ultimate spa luxury.

Enjoy a warm welcome upon arrival and look forward to making the most of having full access to the spa facilities. Indulge in the 11m relaxation pool, leading to the decadent Dark pool where the bridal party can float away in quiet bliss, excited for upcoming events! Alternatively, try Blythswood Square’s Thermal Experience, including a seven stage journey of alternating temperatures taking your body through both wet and dry climates. The changing temperatures from hot (saunas and steam rooms) to cold (ice fountains and cold showers) allows pores to open for a really deep cleanse, the perfect skin preparation for looking beautiful on the big day!

Look forward to an afternoon of ultimate pampering, when you can relax into your treatment of choice at the hands of your expert beauty therapist. Perhaps indulge in Anne Sémonin Phyto-Aromatic Facial for a revitalised complexion or maybe treat yourself to a Turus Seaweed bath where you can unwind in the hot water infused with mineral sea salts, reaping the natural beauty benefits of marine life. Following your luxury treatment, look forward to a sumptuous afternoon tea, where you can further relax, indulging in a range of teas and scones, and of course wedding conversation! For parties of five or more, also enjoy a glass of fizz, allowing you to toast to the upcoming wedding.

Located in a quiet green square right in the center of Glasgow, Blythswood Square is perfectly situated to allow you to indulge in some retail therapy at the city’s designer and high street stores. With the shopping scene ranked only second to London, Glasgow will certainly keep shopaholics entertained, with unique boutiques perfect for vintage vixens!

Easy to get to, Blythswood Square is a five minute journey from the train station and the first stop on the express bus from the airport.

The Hen Party Pampering Package includes:

  • Access to all spa facilities
  • 55 minute treatment
  • Afternoon tea
  • A glass of fizz for parties of 5 or more

RRP £105.00 per person. Valid Monday – Thursday. A £30 supplement will apply for Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Subject to availability.

Rooms RRP approximately £140.00 for bed and breakfast (prices subject to change).

For further information call the spa on 0141 240 1622.

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PETER TAYLOR WINS CIS AWARD

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Peter Taylor wins Lifetime Excellence Award…

Peter Taylor, Chairman of The Town House Collection, has received the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Lifetime Excellence Award, making May a very rewarding month for the Scottish hotel group.

After graduating from Strathclyde University’s Scottish Hotel School, Peter worked with some of the world’s largest hotel groups before opening his first property in 1984, the Lundin Links Hotel in Fife. It was only five years later that he created Scotland’s first boutique hotel and from which The Town House Collection was born. Since that time, Peter has been the driving force behind some of the hospitality industry’s most exciting and successful town house hotels.

In 2006 the company made its first foray outside of Edinburgh with the acquisition of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythswood Square in Glasgow. The iconic building is now Glasgow’s only AA Five Star hotel and boasts 100 bedrooms and a world class luxury spa.

Peter Taylor’s vision has always been that The Town House Collection would be one of the best companies to work for; that his team be the best to work with; and that his hotels be the best in Scotland for guests to stay in. He is dedicated to the continued development and management of luxury hotels and the business’ mission is to provide a genuine, personal and memorable experience to customers, suppliers and team members. This results in a culture that both demands and achieves excellence.

Of his award, he said: ‘The hotel industry is not all about bricks and mortar but very much about people – the team – and I am fortunate enough to have a great one! It is a great privilege for me to receive this CIS Lifetime Excellence Award however it is also a true reflection of the efforts of a strong and committed team over a great many years.’

Within the industry Peter Taylor is recognised as a great ambassador for the tourism and business sectors in Scotland. He is a past chairman of British Hospitality Association UK and British Hospitality Association Scotland. In 2005 he was the OBE for Services to Tourism.

Other award highlights for The Town House Collection this month include The Bonham receiving the Boutique Hotel of the Year award at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Blythswood Square winning the Regional Finals of the Thistle Awards. The hotel has won in two categories – Best Hotel and Best Café, Bar or Restaurant for The Salon. Often referred to as the ‘tourism oscars’ the awards are organised by Visitscotland and are designed to discover and celebrate excellence and innovation by the Scottish tourism industry for visitors. The hotel now goes forward to the national final in November.

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BABYMOON SPA BREAK AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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Feel over the moon on your Babymoon at Blythswood Square…

Embrace feeling over the moon as a newly expectant couple and make the most of those last few precious nights together before sleepless ones prevail by stealing away for a one night break in the luxurious Blythswood Square!

Blythswood Square has created a 1 night ‘Babymoon’ Spa Break to give expectant mums and their partners the opportunity to enjoy a totally relaxing one night spa break together before the arrival of their new baby.

The Package includes an ‘Ila Mother-to-be’ treatment a blissful experience for both mother and baby incorporating gentle, slow and rhythmic lymphatic massage techniques to encourage a deep sense of well being, herbal extracts of lavender, camomile and rose oil combine to promote healing energy and warm herb poultices stimulate a deep sense of nurturing.

While mother and baby are relishing this experience dad is not forgotten! An ila Men’s Vital Full Body Massage combines ancient healing techniques to harness and restore energy and revitalise by stimulating and balancing natural energy through marma massage, lymphatic drainage and the application of Scottish herb poultices.

In the evening enjoy a delicious three course dinner from the Market Menu, incorporating fresh ingredients from the local Glasgow markets.

The Babymoon Spa Break includes:

- Accommodation
- Full Scottish breakfast
- A three course dinner from the Market Menu for two (excluding alcohol)
- Ila Mother-to-be treatment
- Ila Men’s vital full body massage
- Full access to the thermal Experience in the Spa

The Babymoon Spa Break costs from £182.50 per person sharing a classic roo, subject to availability.
The Spa at Blythswood Square covers 10,000 square feet and offers the exclusive Blythswood Thermal Experience – a seven stage journey of alternating temperature experiences to soothe, relax and detoxify the body prior to spa treatments or as a restorative therapy and the UK’s first indigenous Scottish treatments designed in conjunction with luxury organic skincare house, ila.

The Spa features nine spacious and tranquil treatment rooms including a double suite where guests can enjoy a full range of face, body and holistic treatments, a decadent Dark Pool where guests can relax in warm waters, a Rhassoul, 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 tapas dishes.

Blythswood Square is situated in the heart of Glasgow on one of the city’s green spaces. The hotel has 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and a top floor penthouse. It also has a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. Blythswood Square is one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

For further information telephone 0141 248 8888

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£60 DIAMOND SPA PACKAGE

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To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the Spa at Blythswood Square is delighted to announce it has launched a limited edition £60 Diamond Spa Package available for June 2012 only. Why not take a friend or loved one and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee by enjoying our limited edition £60 Diamond Spa Package which includes an indulgent Afternoon Tea, a file and polish and full access to the ‘Thermal Experience’ in the Spa, a seven stage journey of alternating temperature experiences to soothe, relax, detoxify and restore the body The experience will leave you feeling like royalty – pampered and polished! The Spa at Blythswood Square covers 10,000 square feet and offers the exclusive Blythswood Thermal Experience and the UK’s first indigenous Scottish treatments designed in conjunction with luxury organic skincare house, ila. The Spa features nine spacious and tranquil treatment rooms including a double suite where guests can enjoy a full range of face, body and holistic treatments, a decadent Dark Pool where guests can relax in warm waters, a Rhassoul, 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 tapas dishes. Blythswood Square is situated in the heart of Glasgow on one of the city’s green spaces. The hotel has 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and a top floor penthouse. It also has a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. Blythswood Square is one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions. For further information please contact a member of our team on 0141 240 1622.

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SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS 2012

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Sponsors of The Scottish Fashion Awards 2012…

Blythswood Square is the Official Hotel Partner of the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards and will play host to some of the ‘A’ list celebrities who will come to Glasgow.

The event, has become established as the most glittering and stylish hosted by the City of Glasgow. Hans Rissmann, Managing Director of Blythswood Square, the only AA Five Star Hotel in Glasgow, said: ‘The Scottish Fashion Awards is always a high profile and glamorous event. It is therefore a perfect association for Blythswood Square and we’re delighted to be part of it.

‘We are looking forward to welcoming all our guests and to helping to make their whole experience of the event truly memorable.’

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Media partner Sunday Herald recently used Blythswood Square as a backdrop for a fashion shoot to launch the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards.

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ONE OF THE BEST BARS IN THE WORLD!

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Cocktail Bar at Blythswood Square rated one of the best three bars in the world!

The cocktail bar at Blythswood Square, Glasgow’s glamorous 5 star hotel, has now been officially rated as one of the best three bars in the world! A recent review by Class Magazine awarded the bar 5/5 and only two other bars in the world, a bar in Russia and Milk & Honey in Manhatten have been deemed worthy of 5/5 before.

Mal Spence, Head Bartender at Blythswood Square says “It is an honour to be rated 5/5 by Class Magazine. This is a great achievement for the loyal and dedicated team we have here at Blythswood Square, we aim to give our customers an unforgettable experience and it is fantastic that our efforts have been rewarded in this way.”

Class Magazine has reviewed and rated thousands of bars all over the world, from New York to Tokyo, from Russia to Singapore. Class has been an Industry bible for nearly twenty years and Simon Difford, its owner and editor in chief, is one of the most respected and well known people in the global bartending community, his opinion is widely regarded and his influence spreads globally, where he judges in International Cocktail Competitions and Awards.

The bar at Blythswood Square was honoured with 3 nominations at the yearly Class Awards this year, twice for UK’s Best Hotel Bar and once for UK’s Best Cocktail Menu, which they won in October.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE WINS AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR SCOTLAND

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Blythswood Square picked up its biggest award yet when the Glasgow hotel was named AA Hotel of the Year Scotland.
First introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to those that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. Entrants can be small, family-run hotels to the most ambitious commercial ventures and hotels of every size and style are considered.

About Blythswood Square, the judges said: ‘Lovingly restored by the present owners, this hotel has everything you would expect from a five star hotel. Throughout the bedrooms and the public areas décor and objet d’art reflect this aspect of the building’s history creating a focal and discussion point.’

Peter Taylor, Chairman of The Town House Collection, owner of the five star property, was naturally thrilled to receive the award. He said: ‘It is exactly a year ago just now that we completed the transformation of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club to Blythswood Square, and what a wonderful way to mark the anniversary!

‘Since we first came to Glasgow and began the restoration of this ‘grand old lady’ it has always been our intention to create the best hotel in the city. With this award from the internationally recognised AA I believe that we’ve achieved that. This is a true testament to the skill, dedication and hard work of the team and to the support that we have enjoyed from all our customers and guests since we opened our doors.’

AA Hotel Services manager, Simon Numphud, said, “Blythswood Square was selected as the winner of this award because it is a stunning new addition to the hotel scene in Glasgow. Any new hotel opening has many challenges, but Blythswood Square has had more than its fair share and the amazing result is a true testament to Peter Taylor for creating such as wonderful hotel. It is certainly a worthy winner.”

The AA Hospitality Awards bring together some of the most influential people within the hospitality industry to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of high-achieving AA establishments and individuals. The award event also sees the launch of the 2012 AA guides to UK hotels and restaurants, which contain details of all the winning establishments

For further information contact us on 0141 248 8888.

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