Today I am thrilled to shine the spotlight on the Grand Central Hotel Glasgow, a shining Scottish Jewel in the crown of the Principal Hayley Group.
In the heart of Glasgow, adjacent to Glasgow Central Station stands the historic Grand Central Hotel.
A much-loved icon in the city, the hotel has undergone a £20 million refurbishment transforming it into one of Glasgow’s most stylish, conference, training, wedding, banqueting and short break destinations and once again takes its place as Glasgow’s leading four-star hotel.
It stands proud in the hub of the Style Mile and is close to all major transport links including Glasgow Airport.
Going back to the history of the Hotel, Central Station Glasgow was opened in 1879 and the Central Hotel came shortly after in 1883.
Designed by architect Robert Rowand Anderson in the Queen Anne style, the hotel is a great example of this architectural approach with its picturesque details, intricate gables and multi-paned windows.
Over the years, the hotel was extended and adapted but the main architecture was maintained.
The Central Hotel took its place in history as the venue to which the world’s first long-distance television pictures were transmitted on 24 May 1927 by John Logie Baird.
Since then Central Hotel has entertained most of the world’s leading politicians, from JFK to Winston Churchill and Hollywood superstars including Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra, not to mention Roy Rogers and his trusty Trigger!
It was reported that Trigger had a bigger suite than Roy Rogers!
The Hotel is also renowned for its exceptional weddings and for hosting spectacular proms, graduations, award dinners, charity fundraisers, product launches or intimate birthday and anniversary celebrations.
The Hotel caters for events big or small.
The magnificent Grand Room with its ornate ceiling and marble pillars has a capacity for up to 400 guests, and smaller intimate gatherings can be held in the Regent and Victoria rooms for up to 200 guests.
The hotel is fully licensed for civil ceremonies too.
On occasion the Hotel hold Wedding Showcases where they have all their wedding suites dressed giving couples a chance to see how the perfect wedding will look.
You can sip on a glass of bubbly and sample canapés while meeting with their experienced Wedding Co-ordinators.
After years of wedding planning and hosting, the hotel have come to know the best-in-business when it comes to recommending suppliers, including: florists, photographers, entertainment, linens & chair cover providers but you are free to bring in your own suppliers.
Their highly experienced Chefs will work with you to develop fine menus that suit your needs and your budget too.
From canapés and champagne, to 3-courses dinners, to meals for special dietary requirements.
For you and your guests they now have 230 rooms available having recently added a stunning range of new Superior Double bedrooms and Junior Suites.
Charming and cosy, their Standard Rooms are thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxing environment after a long day of work or exploration.
You can stay productive with free wireless high-speed Internet access or relax and enjoy high-definition entertainment with the Plasma TV.
For the ultimate in luxury and comfort for the superior rooms and suites are exquisitely furnished with top of the range finishes, furniture and high tech equipment.
For dining the Tempus Restaurant has a dynamic and punchy menu serving up locally sourced and seasonal produce where possible across modern and classic dishes.
You can also escape the whirr of the Escape the city with a relaxing drink in the Tempus Bar with a choice of beers and wine or sip a glass of the finest Fizz, Champagnes and cocktails or sample a delicious Afternoon Tea in the stunning Champagne Central.
I can say for a fact that the Afternoon Tea is absolutely sublime.
Delicate sandwiches, amazing scones and lots and lots of scrumptious little cakes all washed down with a refreshing brew or alternatively some fabulous fizz if thats your pleasure.
Other lovely features are Champagne corner, a wee nook just beside the Champagne Bar.
It gives you a great view of the station for people watching and also a great space for time out for families or the more mature guest who need a break from the music and dancing in the function suites.
The Hotel holds a special place in Glasgow history and I remember it from days gone by before its refurbishment.
It was special then but post refurbishment and with ongoing improvements its taking a step up.
Its stunning Victorian architecture, sympathetically restored original features and modern touches combine to create a timeless elegance and glamour and you feel that as soon as you walk through the door.
Its central position also makes it the perfect choice for your city chic Big Day.
I think also from my experience it works hard to provide a very warm welcome to both those just staying for work or leisure and to those couples wishing to host their Wedding day there.
When its your special day you want to feel that you are more than just another couple you want to feel special.
There is a saying in my town “People Make Glasgow” and when you come here you really feel that, its more than a visit, its an experience and one that I hope to repeat soon.
To Contact The Grand Central Hotel
Phone: 0141 240 3700