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THE SCOTTISH HOTEL AWARDS 2014

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The Town House Collection, owners of Blythswood Square, Glasgow and The Bonham in Edinburgh are celebrating after receiving four prizes at the recent Scottish Hotel Awards.

The awards recognise hospitality excellence in every department as well as individual employees who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and achievements above and beyond their normal role.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS FROM THE TOWN HOUSE COLLECTION

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Treat a loved one this Christmas to a monetary or experience gift voucher at one of our luxury hotels.

This is the perfect gift for him or her that is sure to leave a memorable impression. Blythswood Square, Glasgow and The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh offer a range of fabulous options.

For foodie friends, you can purchase a delicious afternoon tea or 3 course fine dining vouchers. Cocktail or bubbly vouchers, which start from £25, are another popular gift – perfect for those who love to party. The ideal start to New Year celebrations!

Overnight stay gift vouchers start from £195 at Blythswood in Glasgow and £149 at The Bonham in Edinburgh based on 2 people sharing. This is the perfect romantic getaway gift and is sure to make those Christmas dreams come true. Why not go all out this year and purchase a night in the magnificent Penthouse at Blythswood Square. This experience will quite literally take your loved ones breath away.

The award winning Spa at Blythswood Square offers a range of gift options from a 5 star thermal experience to a range of wonderful facials and massages from £80 per person. With the cold frost outside, this is the perfect time to be pampered and treated like royalty. Why not, #youonlyliveonce

Christmas gift vouchers are valid for twelve months from Boxing Day 2013, so you can buy your loved ones our luxury gift experiences in plenty of time for Christmas without losing out on the validity.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE AWARDED FIVE STAR GRADING

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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.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE UPDATE

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The former Royal Scottish Automobile Club, one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings has been transformed into a luxurious five star hotel. Blythswood Square opens its doors to the public today, Tuesday 10th November.

The £25 million redevelopment of the landmark property has been carried out by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group,The Town House Collection. Peter Taylor, Chairman of the group, said: ‘Our aim was to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“It has been our privilege to have the opportunity to restore this landmark Glasgow property into a contemporary hotel, retaining the unique features and personality for which it became famous.

‘Like all projects of this nature the plan tends to change and evolve once it gets started. We are opening around 12 months later than originally planned with the first of a three phase opening which will run into the New Year.

‘Since first taking ownership of the building we have enjoyed the support of many individuals and organisations in Glasgow including Scott Taylor and his team at the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Cllr Steve Purcell and his colleagues on the Planning Committee in addition to retail outlets and other hoteliers’

‘It’s a magnificent building and we look forward to welcoming our first guests.”

Blythswood Square overlooks one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces. The hotel will boast 100 bedrooms including six 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 is, without doubt, one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

Scottish-based Chard Construction has been working closely with the design team – Ron Galloway Associates. Philip Thomson Associates and Dunwoody Associates – to deliver this landmark project.

The hotel interior, created by Jim Hamilton of Glasgow-based Graven Images, retains its fine architectural features whilst sporting contemporary bespoke furniture by modus, flooring and textiles. This includes the use of Harris Tweed which will be used across chairs, curtains and light fittings. This is the first time this textile has been used for interiors since the QE2 was commissioned.

Formerly the Royal Scottish Automobile Club’s ballroom, the hotel’s main 120-cover restaurant and cocktail bar is 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, Dan Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square will open early in 2010 and will champion 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 brands.

The spa will be home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides. The marble Heat Suite will offer a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool. The 11m relaxation pool will lead to the decadent Dark Pool where guests can float under a crystal chandelier.

This outstanding spa will also house a Rasul, relaxation rooms, 9 spacious treatment rooms including a double suite, all offering the highest level of comfort and warmth.

Additional highlights within Blythswood Square include the stunning marble bathrooms from Italy by IQ Quadro of Livorno, 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 event suites.

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive – Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We are delighted to welcome home one of Scotland most celebrated and modest entrepreneurs, who has helped shape the hotel industry beyond recognition.

“Peter Taylor’s decision to invest in Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city speaks volumes about where Glasgow is heading, and its competitive position on the global stage.

Blythswood Square is unique and will become a landmark trophy hotel for Glasgow, and one of the city’s newest style icons.”

Blythswood Square is owned by The Town House Collection

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PETER TAYLOR OBE BRINGS ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION TO BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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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.

Water

  • 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 LAUNCH OF BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE – ‘GLASGOW’S GLAMOROUS NEW GOLDEN GIRL’

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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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CATERERSEARCH.COM WEB AWARDS 2008

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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 Caterersearch.com 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 Caterersearch.com, the judging panel and the senior editors of the Caterer Group.

Winners we be announced online on November 18th.

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THE TOWN HOUSE COLLECTION REBRAND

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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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