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The first UK Radisson RED hotel opens in Glasgow

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Radisson RED has opened its first UK hotel in Glasgow.  This new brand is located in Glasgow’s West End close to music venues, The Hydro and the city centre.

This is only the second Radisson RED in Europe and the fifth in the world. Radisson RED is Radisson’s newish brand marketed at millennials with a focus on technology and music.  The Glasgow hotel scene is generally not well regarded so this could be an interesting option.

Radisson RED Glasgow opens

As the token millennial in the HfP office, I have been invited to Glasgow next month to take a look at the Radisson RED brand and what it has to offer.  Keep an eye out for my review.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

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Comments (53)

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  • Seat54 says:

    The description for EK first class and that picture are inconsistent.
    Image is from the cabin where there is only 6 in First

  • Adam says:

    “It returns from Dubai at 9.55 am landing at 2.50 pm the next day.”
    That’s a seriously long Dubai-UK flight. Might be best flying back to Glasgow, which is about 24hours shorter! 😉

  • Rich says:

    Yes Adam, I think Rob means departing DXB at 9:55pm rather than AM.

    • Rich says:

      Sorry Adam, my brain is not working correctly yet – and I see that it’s the reference to next day that’s incorrect – it’s 2:50 the same day! As ever, I’m sure that Rob will edit the text.

    • RussellH says:

      You mean 2155. Forget the am/pm stuff – it is just not clear enough. Airlines in this country have used 24 hour clock for their TTs as long as I can remember, and IIRC, I was only in my teens when the railways here joined the rest of the world (apart from the USA, of course).

  • callum says:

    Is a plane spending 5 hours on the ground really that unusual?

    And it now makes much more sense why I was continually getting that weird Oxbridge advert!

  • ChrisC says:

    It’s not that usual for a plane to be sat on the tarmac for 5 hours at some airports

    BA planes spend upwards of 12 hours at JNB for example and I think South African do it at LHR due to the flight timings.

    And there are those BA planes that sit overnight at eg JFK and BOS that then operate the day flight back.

    And not forgetting all the ones that overnight in European airports so there can be an early morning flight to the UK as well as those that overnight in the UK so we can have an early flight out.

    Perhaps they will have maintenance work done at EDI

    • David C says:

      There’s only a 3h15m turnaround at EDI. The “5 hours on the ground” seemingly happens at DXB – except, that likely won’t happen as the aircraft that returns from EDI will be sent off to a different destination sooner than that, and another (later) inbound aircraft will then be dispatched to EDI. It’s very rare for a single frame to be dedicated to a single route when you have a fleet the size of Emirates’.

      • Rob says:

        The times seem to change. In October it is a 5-hour gap. In November, now I have looked further forward, it changes and turns into the more reasonable 3.15 you mention.

      • ChrisC says:

        Read the sentence again. There is a 5 hour + time on the ground at EDI as per the figures in the article.

        Arrives EDI – 2.50 PM
        Departs EDI – 8.15 PM

        There was also a sentence that it was ‘curious to have a new plane on the ground for so long’ (or words to that effect). That is what generated my post about such layover times being common and not ‘curious’

        That sentence in the article has since been DELETED.

        I do not recall the sentence that is there now about November being there when I initially commented on the article either.

        • ChrisC says:

          “From 1st October there will be a daily overnight departure at 8.15 pm which lands in Dubai at 6.40 am. It returns from Dubai at 9.55 am landing at 2.50 pm”

        • Rob says:

          I changed it. Dave clearly looked at sample November dates which is a 3-hour layover. I was looking at October dates with a 5-hour layover. I added it in.

  • Ian says:

    I wasn’t aware that the “Glasgow hotel scene is generally not well regarded” as I always stay there very comfortably. Both the Novotel and particularly the Premier Inn (right on Sauchiehall Street) offer comfortable accommodation at very reasonable prices. I pay out of my own pocket so this is important. They’re generally quite peaceful too, so this “music focused” hotel certainly won’t interest me!

    • Axel says:

      Yes, Doubletree also has a decent lounge by UK standards and free parking for diamonds.

      • Alan says:

        Agree DoubleTree is excellent – I’ve been upgraded to Exec floor as Diamond every time and decent spread of food. Breakfast buffet downstairs also decent.

    • Ade says:

      Was also surprised by the statement that the “Glasgow hotel scene is generally not well regarded”.

      Most, if not all, the main brands are there plus some nice boutique hotels. Would be interesting to know where Anika got this opinion.

      • Rob says:

        I wrote that line based on a discussion with a friend of mine who goes there a lot.

      • Andrew says:

        In the not so recent past, most of the central Glasgow hotels were in the middle of the red light district. It left a distinctly poor impression on visitors.

        It’s not anywhere near as bad as it was, but I still have the “stay safe” talk with female colleagues and make it clear that I will sign off any Hackney Carriage expenses claim. (I also remind the guys to be careful of IONAs in the hotel bars.)

        • Lady London says:

          @Andrew IONA? can you explain please?

        • Lady London says:

          …. Er… or have I led too sheltered a life? 🙂

        • Jeff says:

          Andrew, do you ever consider what your colleagues think of you?

          • Rob says:

            Good of him to pay taxi expenses incurred by his staff whilst doing their job, I thought 🙂

            I once led a karaoke session for five under-employed Russian prostitutes in a hotel bar in St Petersburg …..

        • Andrew says:


          One of my colleagues was dragged into one of the lanes off Wellington Street and brutally raped. Don’t get me started on wallets, ID badges, laptops, mobiles and IONAs.

    • Chris says:

      I wouldn’t go as far as say it’s not well regarded, however I would definitely say it’s not inspiring.

      There are some nice priorities that are solid, however there is nothing there that I would say really stands out or is “Great”.

      I also think Glasgow is nearing saturation levels with hotels. As someone who stays there regularly I’d say rates are between 15% to 30% lower than they were two years ago. If there is something big on at the SECC or the The Hydro rates are higher but even then aren’t as high as they once were during events. Great for us though I suppose.

      Re the Rad Red my cousin has stayed there last weekend as he was at something at The Hydro. He ticks all the boxes for the target audience. Young, trendy, outgoing etc etc and his response was it’s “Ikea on steroids” and reckons within eighteen months it will look “Pretty old”.

  • Ryan says:

    The Radisson Red is certainly not in the West End. It is located in a nondescript area with very little around other than the SSE Hydro as the article suggests.

    • Ade says:

      Although to be fair to the writer, that is what they state on their website.

    • Relaxo says:

      It’s not in the middle of nowhere. Finnieston 5 mins away has loads of bars/restaurants. It’s right next to a business complex that many SMEs are based in & the west end is only 15-20 mins walk away.

  • Tim says:

    I learnt to have a good food fight in Beckington. I spent three years climbing the walls in Queens Lane after that. The City taught me less. But I prospered. And I learn much from this site about keeping BA Gold whilst running a small cafe on a relatively modest income. Getting into Oxford or Cambridge is not a level playing field. And because of prejudiced opinions, it’s skewed in favour of the state educated sector. If people want to pay a bit to level the field, then why not hey? Though in my day we just got a two E offer. After a lot of hard work.

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