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Glasgow's Exciting Hotel Developments

Guest blog post by Lisa Kerr

PwC's latest Hotels Forecast shows Glasgow's hotel sector is growing faster than any other UK city - so it's certainly an exciting time to be working in the tourism and hospitality sector! 

For almost 20 years I have been looking after accommodation for conferences, events and media for Glasgow Convention Bureau.  In that time I have watched the city develop and with that the number and range of hotels grow too. 

Since Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we have seen around 15 new hotels open in the city and have another 12 new hotels due to open by 2020.

Each of these offer something different but check out some of the latest additions which really stand out:

Dakota Deluxe Glasgow

Dakota is a bit of a hidden gem.  It’s an intriguing dark black building on the outside and once you walk through the doors you are met with unassuming luxury with a very trendy laid back vibe throughout. 

The hotel boasts a Champagne room for special occasions and delicious food in the hotel restaurant.

Radisson Red

Radisson Red is the newest addition to the SEC campus and is the first of its kind in the UK.  It's a cool, quirky hotel located in the hippest part of town, Finnieston. 

No other hotel in the city has a unique colour-changing frontage and a partially open roof top bar with views of Glasgow...not to mention a very cute hotel dog named Baxter!  

Motel One 

Motel One Glasgow is now Scotland’s largest hotel with 374 bedrooms.

Playing on its proximity to Glasgow Central station, the hotel's interiors have a train themed design throughout with a live timetable board ensuring you will never miss your train. 

The fabulous public areas are filled with lush fabrics including the unique Motel One tartan and the exterior lights up in a turquoise hue once night falls.  

A stylish addition to the city at a budget price! 

Ibis Styles City West 

The new kid on the block!  This hotel is focused around Glasgow’s music scene and pays homage to Glasgow bands throughout.

The hotel has a quirky interior with local contemporary touches and also features a well-known Glasgow coffee shop, Tinderbox.

It’s the perfect base for the financial district yet close enough to the centre of town and the SEC.

Moxy Hotel Merchant City

Opening November 2018, Moxy Hotel Merchant City Glasgow is only the second in Scotland. 

This hotel is based around fun, offering a complimentary cocktail on check in and lots of games including a football table in the public areas.

All 181 rooms offer contemporary chic surroundings with a real focus on technology – ideal for the modern traveller.

This is just a small selection of the hotels Glasgow has to offer. 

From 2019 onwards, we will see brands such as Maldron, Clayton and Meininger building in the city centre as well as a second Moxy Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott open new additions at the SEC Campus.

Collectively, these openings will have a hugely positive economic impact on Glasgow. As well as creating jobs, it will help us to strengthen our reputation as a major conference and events city by allowing us to attract larger conventions while simultaneously running a number of major events throughout the year. 

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