San Francisco, May 15, 2019: Consistently voted as one of the top cities to visit in 2019, Glasgow is the perfect blend of sophistication and grit, and is now home to the latest property from global leader in boutique luxury, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants.
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is situated in a landmark location with a storied past. The hotel exudes class and elegance with original architectural features, such as marble fireplaces, rich wood paneling and lofty ceilings. In true Kimpton style, the hotel offers a luxury experience full of signature perks, brought to life with Glaswegian charm and personality.
The exterior Georgian townhouse architecture at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel offers guests an impressive welcome. Once inside, modern, playful and edgy art pieces bring a soulful edge to the grandeur of the hotel. The 113 rooms and suites offer a sense of warm sophistication with marble bathrooms, luxury amenities, natural light and a refined design that serves as the ideal backdrop for any Glasgow getaway.
Bo & Birdy at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is the newest Kimpton restaurant and bar, joining the award-winning, seasonally-inspired portfolio of restaurants around the world. Inside an elegant dining room, guests can enjoy the best of Scottish ingredients in a relaxed, informal setting. Under the culinary guidance of the first female Executive Head Chef of a luxury hotel in Scotland, Gillian Matthews, signature dishes include the Bo & Birdy shortcrust pie and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar macaroni & cheese. The cocktail menu focuses on much-loved favorites, but offers an exciting twist; the signature Bo & Birdy cocktail comes complete with a Peacock feather garnish. The Salon is an equally stylish spot for afternoon tea or a local whisky, with impressive views of Blythswood Square gardens.
Murray Thomson, General Manager, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel commented on the opening, “Glasgow is one of the UK’s most exciting cities; it’s bursting with culture, music, history and personality, making it a great location for the newest Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant. Bo & Birdy will offer a unique new dining experience in the city, bringing to life soulful, hearty dishes using the best of Scottish produce.”
Tom Rowntree, Vice President, Global Luxury Brands, at IHG commented “As the UK’s largest luxury operator, we’re excited to continue expanding our presence across the UK, with Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel marking our third Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant opening in the UK, and second in Scotland this year.”
For an elevated stay at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, guests can choose from a 50sqm Junior suite, 65 sqm Executive Suite, or the 153sqm Penthouse Suite; a stunning, two-bedroom apartment with its own private lift and entrance. The Penthouse Suite includes a master bedroom with a sunken bathtub, a walk-in wardrobe and unrivalled views of the city. Ideal for groups, there’s also a dining room that seats up to 10 guests, with an adjacent kitchen and a private roof garden. The hotel also offers an in-house cinema, which can be used for private events.
The state-of-the-art spa at Blythswood Square provides guests and locals with an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The luxurious space offers the city’s only Thermal Spa Experience including a hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam room, relaxation pools and nine treatment rooms.
The hotel offers guests Kimpton’s thoughtful, signature perks including a nightly hosted evening social hour, free bikes to explore the city, in-room yoga mats and Kimpton’s ‘Forgot It, We’ve Got It’ service of essential travel items, ensuring guests want for nothing. Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is also a pet-friendly hotel, welcoming pets at no extra charge.
Lively, bustling, distinctive and full of character, Glasgow is a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theater of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is the second Scottish opening for the brand following the opening of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh this March. Later this year, Kimpton will continue its European growth with highly anticipated debuts in Manchester and Barcelona. There are currently* 68 Kimpton hotels open globally, with 27 in the pipeline*.
Double rooms at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel start from $200.
For more information, please visit: kimptonblythswoodsquare.com
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IHG currently has 349* hotels operating under eight brands in the UK, including: InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™ Hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites®, with another 26 in the pipeline.
*Numbers as at 31 March 2019
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About InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG
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About Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants:
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.
Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As a result, Kimpton has been awarded, “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power three times. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
About Kimpton® Restaurants:
Kimpton manages over 80 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges across major metropolitan cities, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Caribbean and Europe. Helmed by renowned chefs and skilled bartenders, each Kimpton restaurant and bar is an original, from the cuisine, to the craft cocktails, to the décor and ambiance -- creating a truly immersive experience for guests. Set in warm and welcoming spaces, Kimpton’s restaurants and bars are a gathering place in the communities and reflect the local flavors of each location. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com/dine.