Glasgow city centre hotel to reopen after multi-million pound refurbishment



The Grand Central Hotel in the heart of Glasgow has completed a multi-million pound refurbishment.

It will reopen later this month as Scotland’s first voco hotel, part of the IHG Hotels and Resorts Group.

The hotel will welcome guests who need to travel in line with government guidelines from 22 March, a whole year after it closed its doors, as Covid-19 forced delays to 2020 rebrand plans.

The expansive refurbishment has updated the hotel’s 230 bedrooms, meeting rooms and reception areas and has “enhanced the historic charm and existing grandeur of the Grand Central Hotel with bold branding and a distinctive new identity”.

A spokeswoman said the hotel now has a contemporary look, “drawing on a palette of rich golds and royal blues complimenting the original Victorian architecture”.

A new gallery wall in the hotel features artworks of many of the celebrity guests over the years, including John F Kennedy and Frank Sinatra.

The refurbished bedrooms will also introduce soft, high-quality bedding made from 100% recycled materials, with approximately 150 plastic bottles recycled per guest room.

Voco Grand Central will also remove miniature toiletries and move to large-size products, meaning 80% less plastic waste a year.

When the hotel is allowed to reopen for leisure, guests will have an à la carte and enhanced buffet breakfast in the elegant Champagne Central room.

Overseeing the introduction and revamp of the new food and beverage options will be new executive head chef Stewart Thompson, who joins voco Grand Central from McDonald Hotels.

Paul Bray, UK area manager for IHG Hotels & Resorts North, said: “The rich history of this iconic building and the stories within its walls mean so much to many Glaswegians and guests who have visited the hotel, so we are delighted to be able to continue that legacy as a voco.

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“We want locals as well as visitors to the city to be able to make memories here, whether it is an after-work drink, a long lunch or a weekend in one of the UK’s coolest cities.

“The word voco is inspired by the Latin for ‘come together’ and that is particularly poignant to us – post-lockdown, when so many of us have spent such a long time apart from family and friends, we hope many will choose voco Grand Central for those special moments when we can reunite and come together again and we can’t wait to have guests return to the hotel to enjoy our new facilities.”

There are currently six voco Hotels open in the UK, part of 18 globally, with a further 29 in the pipeline to open in the next few years, including voco Edinburgh in Haymarket, which is due to open later this month.

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