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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.

Review from Class Magazine




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According to The Good Spa Guide, what men like is classy but understated treatments that are E.A.S.Y, that’s Effective, Active, Sensuous and Youthful.

In Glasgow you don’t get more classy than the Luxury spa at the city’s only AA 5 star hotel Blythswood Square.

Whether you or your partner are suffering with aches and pains of spending too much time hunched over a computer, feel you’ve neglected yourself recently or simply just want to relax, the spacious spa at Blythswood Square offers a wide range of treatments and spa experiences to make you feel a whole lot better.

Whilst Blythswood Square treatments are perfect for both men and women, the spa has created two results oriented treatments for men concentrating on releasing stress, tension and targeting aches and pains.

ila Men’s Vital Energy Full Body Massage – 60 minutes – £80.00
A revitalising treatment that works by stimulating and balancing the natural energy within you through marma massage, lymphatic drainage and the application of Scottish herb poultices. This body massage combines various ancient healing techniques to harness and restore the energy in your body.

ila Men’s Vital Energy Body Scrub – 60 minutes – £80.00
This is an invigorating and revitalising energy-boosting scrub that helps clear the mind and prepare you for busy days ahead.

If you want to look as good as you now feel, then book in for some essential grooming with a natural manicure and, if you are not taking advantage of the thermal experiences, you can whisk away those unsightly hairs with some ‘gentle’ waxing.

In between treatments, take the waters as the Romans did with a dip in the 12 metre vitality pool with massage fountains and test your swimming skills against the endless pool jets. For something more relaxing, float away in the adjoining Dark Pool. Follow this with a tour of the spa’s thermal and ice experience suite to relax both the body and mind before you finish with an invigorating cold drench shower.

After you’ve treated yourself to such an E.A.S.Y day you can enjoy a delicious lunch in the Spa Café or for something even more memorable and ‘classy’, opt for an overnight spa break when you’ll be able to take advantage of the hotel’s lively cocktail bar and popular restaurant.

Blythswood Square spa days start from £125 per person and spa breaks from £260 per room for two people.




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Blythswood Square has become the first hotel in Glasgow to receive the coveted Five Stars from the AA.

The award recognises all areas of the business from front of house to the more operational day-to-day running of the 100 room hotel. A spokesman for the AA Hotel Services said: ‘”AA Hotel Services is delighted to award Five Stars to Blythswood Square: the first hotel in Glasgow to achieve an AA Five Star rating. This is in recognition of Blythswood Square’s consistent excellence across all standards of operation, including housekeeping, service and hospitality.”

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director, said: ‘We have been enjoying a particularly successful period in terms of winning awards here at Blythswood Square, however, this latest one from AA Hotel Services is very special as we’re the first property in the city to receive it. The AA brand is known nationally and internationally and as such the standards required in order to achieve it are very exacting. It is recognition for each member of staff and a great demonstration of teamwork.’




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VisitScotland has today awarded Blythswood Square with a five star grading adding to Glasgow’s offering of luxury accommodation.

Blythswood Square, which opened in November 2009 is the latest addition to The Town House Collection of luxury boutique hotels and offers a 100 luxury bedrooms including six spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It also houses Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

VisitScotland’s Quality Advisor was particularly impressed with the high levels of professionalism enthusiasm and friendliness demonstrated by staff in all departments throughout their stay, coupled with the opulent surroundings of the public areas and the excellent standards in bedrooms and bathrooms citing Blythswood Square as ‘a wonderful new flagship hotel.’

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director of Blythswood Square, is delighted with this latest accolade. He said:

“Achieving VisitScotland’s five star status has always been at the top of our agenda. To be able to do this so quickly after the building was completed is a true recognition of the quality of our product and the hardwork and dedication of our team.
‘Blythswood Square was the first move to Glasgow for The Town House Collection and we have received a warm welcome from everyone from other hoteliers to our guests, diners and those who join us in our cocktail bar each evening.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“We are delighted to award Blythswood Square with VisitScotland’s five star grading. In Scotland we enjoy high penetration rates in our quality assurance schemes, with more than 70% of accommodation providers and more than 90% of visitor attractions participating demonstrating that Scottish tourism businesses really see the value in receiving gradings.

“As a result we have seen quality across the sector improve with research showing that 44% of businesses have made investment following their grading visit. ”

With a growing trend of user generated content on sites such as Tripadvisor, consumer research shows that consumers still very much value the official rating scheme and that it plays a key role in decision making being viewed as a credible benchmark.

VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme is renowned throughout the world as a world leader, with many countries such as Sweden, Finland, Namibia and South Africa now adopting the model.

And quality is very much at the top of the tourism agenda tomorrow night as senior representatives from VisitScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Tourism Service Initiative meet with industry leaders and local businesses to discuss the future of tourism for the city moving forward in partnership through 2011.