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Principal Blythswood Square Hotel

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The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel

Glasgow’s only five-star hotel has revealed a stunning new addition to the city. Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has taken the wraps off a luxurious two-bedroom penthouse.

The Principal Penthouse officially opened in May 2018 and comes equipped with a number of innovative design features and luxury amenities. The space is spread across 1,850 sq. ft. and includes a private entrance and lift ensuring discretion for any high-profile guests staying at the hotel, making it ideal for celebrities, VIPs and press junkets, as well as for cocktail parties and events.

The penthouse also comes with an outdoor terrace that provides views across the city, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, bar and dining room. The master suite has been designed to cater for every need with a dressing room, full marble bathroom including bespoke steam room and sunken bath with integrated TV. The latest wireless technology has been seamlessly installed to ensure an impeccable sound system that flows to every room.

General Manager, Murray Thomson, said: “This penthouse has been months in the planning and the finished product is even more spectacular than I could have imagined. The property has been completely remodelled to make best use of the indoor and outdoor space resulting in a striking design that will be sure to impress any guest.

“There is a perfect balance between sleek lines and soft furnishings and the private roof garden looks out at the Glasgow skyline delivering one of the best views in the city. Now we are in a position to reveal the new look we can’t wait to welcome guests and let them experience the exceptional service that we are renowned for.”

Designed by the distinguished team at Graven Images, the Principal Penthouse gives careful consideration to every aspect of the interior: the carefully curated selection of furniture has been sourced from iconic brands including B&B Italia, Tom Dixon and Moroso; an L-shaped sofa in the main lounge is the largest single piece of furniture Graven has specified, manufactured by Sancal to easily seat a party of 20; bespoke timber and marble furnishings combine with locally sourced fabrics; bookmatch timber panelling blends perfectly with marble mosaic flooring; and every piece of furnishing and artwork has been hand-picked to create a sophisticated, contemporary abode with a Glasgow twist.

The newly launched penthouse suite is designed to complement the existing 114 bedrooms and suites and 45 seat private screening room. Principal Blythswood Square Hotel also boasts a 10,000 sq. ft spa and fitness suite which has also recently undergone refurbishment. The hotel prides itself on using the finest ingredients from Scotland’s larder in its Glasgow restaurant and award-winning The Salon Lounge.

Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century. Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel’s Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club.

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PRINCIPAL is a collection of city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom. The distinctive heritage and resulting relationship between the properties and their surroundings are the cornerstones of the PRINCIPAL brand.

Each of the hotels has a story to tell – of its history, its design and architecture, its quirks and characters, and its role in shaping the city and forging relationships with local partners, whether corporate or creative. From the elegant Georgian townhouses that form the core of The Principal Edinburgh George Street to the clock tower that’s synonymous with The Principal Manchester and its history as the headquarters for the Refuge Assurance Company – Principal Hotels define their cities and neighbourhoods.


Spa Laminates Ltd

Born and bred in Leeds, Yorkshire, Spa Laminates Ltd specialises in the supply of bespoke veneered products. Established in 1974 by the late Anthony Forster, Spa Laminates Ltd is a family-run business with access to hundreds of beautiful, exotic wood veneers and stunning man-made alternatives.

Spa Laminates Ltd works closely with architects and designers and has supplied many fit-out companies on prestigious hotel projects and luxury residential properties. The company also has a long-standing relationship with some of the best yacht building companies in the UK, providing them with specific veneers and bespoke products.

As a leader in the field, Spa Laminates Ltd has the expertise to provide intricate veneer work and marquetry to create something truly unique. Most recently, the company has turned its attention to the Principal Blythswood Square Hotel project where it became a valuable member of the project team.

Tim Bradley, Spa Laminates Ltd, said:

“Spa is proud to have worked with Graven and Thomas Johnstone Ltd on the Principal Blythswood Square Hotel. It has been a great project for us and we are delighted with the results.”

Tim added:

“At Spa Laminates we are proud to provide a reliable, efficient and cost effective service to all our customers.”


Astro Lighting

Astro Lighting is an acknowledged designer and producer of contemporary lighting for high-end domestic and hospitality markets.

Founders John Fearon and James Bassant came together in 1997 to create Astro with a shared commitment to British lighting design and a passion for quality and precision. Astro’s creative ethos has remained consistent throughout – that good design demands simplicity. Their business ethos is similarly straightforward, being based on a passion for quality which goes far beyond technical excellence and demands the highest possible standards of customer service.

Astro were delighted to win the prestigious Queen’s Award for Export this year. This marks the second time they have won the award and fantastic recognition of their commitment to international trade.

As an established, dynamic and growing supplier whose products sell in over 90 countries, Astro lights can now be seen within inspirational design schemes throughout the world, including some of the largest hotel groups such as Hilton, Rocco Forte, Starwood, IHG and Radisson Blu. Based in the UK, Astro’s extensive range complements every aspect of luxury living and hospitality, from bedrooms and bathrooms to living areas, corridors and exteriors.

A number of Astro designs were recently specified for the Principal Blythswood Hotel by Graven, including Enna Wall reading lights and Ravello Floor lamps for guestrooms, as well as Kiwi Wall and Cortona pendants for bathroom spaces. Astro are delighted to have been chosen to complement such a beautiful and inspirational design scheme, by a well-respected design practice such as Graven.

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