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Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow is now open

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IHG has now officially rebranded its Blythswood Square property in Glasgow as Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel following the completion of refurbishment work.

This makes it the second Kimpton property in Scotland, following the Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, and the 3rd in the UK following Kimpton Fitzroy in Russell Square, London.  I wrote about my tour of Kimpton London here.

Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel glasgow

Blythswood Square was the only AA-ranked five star hotel in Glasgow.  Whilst I can’t comment on the location or service, the photographs – see above and below – look very impressive, with the usual ‘budget no problem’ approach that former owner Principal Hotels applied to all of its UK renovations.

Kimpton Blythswood Square London open

The IHG website has yet to be updated – if you look at the booking page here it is still unbranded.

As an alternative, my recent review of IHG’s Hotel Indigo Glasgow is here.

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Comments (96)

  • qwertyknowsbest says:

    Can anyone advise if an Ambassador free night certificate can be used beyond 12 months from issue provided the booking is within the 12 months?

    Appreciate any confirmation.

    • Jim Thompson says:

      You’ll now see the expiry date very clearly if you login to your account. There’s a new ‘Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night’ section which shows the expiry date.

      • Jim Thompson says:

        …and you must book and stay before that expiry date.

    • Lyn says:

      I doubt it, since it is redeemed when you actually stay at the hotel, rather than when you book.

    • Rob says:

      No, stay must be before expiry date.

      • Alejandro says:

        I have booked a stay at IC Amstel Amsterdam using an Ambassador free night certificate but my travel plans have changed so need to cancel. Will I lose the Ambassador free night certificate if cancelled? Can’t find anything in T&C. Thank you

    • Jason says:

      Hi have managed it once a couple of years ago when the hotel didn’t notice when I handed it…I had a covered with a voucher in date

  • BJ says:

    Blythswood Square is in the city centre but not very convenient for Merchant City, railway or bus stations, or airport bus. On the plus side it is convenient for anybody going to a show at King’s, or visiting the Mitchel Library, Tenement house museum amongst others. Shopping-wise, it’s close to Sauchiehall Street, and not too far from Royal Concert Hall and Buchanan Galleries. I would just like to suggest that readers not overlook the IHG Grand Central hotel, I always had a soft spot for this old dame, even before the refurbishment, the location cannot be beaten and the prices can be amazing value. So anybody wanting an old-time railway travel experience complete with railway hotel, this is a great option.

    • Kris says:

      It’s just over a 5 minute walk to Charing Cross station & a 10 minute walk to Queen St Station

    • IM says:

      Blythswood Square is not a bad location. The Royal Concert Hall is across the road from Buchanan Street Bus Station, and it’s 10mins away, and Queen Street Train Station is about a 10min walk straight down West George Street.

      The airport bus stops 5 mins away on Waterloo Street on the way to the airport and stops 5 mins away on Bothwell Street going into Glasgow. It’s also about a 10 mins walk to Buchanan Street underground Station which gets you to the West End.

      • RussellH says:

        It is interesting how things change. It is a pleasant location these days, but in the early 1980s I often found myself walking between Queen St Station and the Goethe Institut on Park Circus. Sometimes a diversion would take me across Blythswood Square – it could be a quite unsettling experience. Though there was one member of our class who often went there very deliberately after we had had a quick drink somewhere else…

        • Shoestring says:

          Hampstead Heath of Glasgow?

          • RussellH says:

            Well, it is not a heath, being in the city centre, and G was looking for ladies, while I have always had the impression that Hampstead Heath was favoured by gentlemen.

        • BJ says:

          That’s exactly what he meant but before you ask I wasn’t Russell’s friend, and my knowledge of either place is entirely second hand for want of a better expression 🙂

  • PaulW says:

    Hilton has summer sale live too. Given the accelerate targets I had were so crap I know where my money is going!

    • The Streets says:

      I was gutted about the latest Hilton points devaluation such as the one in Kuala Lumpur

  • Jamie says:

    The website still doesn’t let me register for Accelerate; given my trips plans for next month, this will be an IHG own goal.

    • BJ says:

      My partner has same problem. No idea if it is a glitch or intentional.

      • Rob says:

        That’s nonsense.

        • RedEyeDonkey says:

          It may be but… quite a few folks seem to not be able to register for it (me included) so if it’s not targeted now it’s unofficially targeted via IT issues…

      • Fenny says:

        I tried to register on several occasions, but couldn’t. Complete own goal from IHG. Although I’m not planning any stays in the near future, I wouldn’t use them as first choice now.

        I did have a 3 night booking with them in London in early June, but plans changed and I only needed one night. As I had Melia points that were expiring, I’ve ended up switching my booking to the White House.

    • Charlieface says:

      +1 I also can’t register. They need to sort this

      • Mark says:

        Also couldn’t register (as a relatively new account) but received a different ‘New Member Offer’ that has an Accelerate style dashboard and bonus for completing all the targets.

  • Navara says:

    The Esso -Nectar answer maybe to use your Tesco Creditcard and swipe your Nectar card

  • David says:

    Tesco clubcard points will still be available at all Esso Tesco Express sites. Nectar points will be given at the majority of Esso sites apart from approx. 200 sites who have chosen to not participate in the Esso Nectar Programme – these sites will not issue Clubcard points either.

  • Lochlann says:

    When I was involved in a long-term project in Glasgow a few years ago that involved lots of overnight trips a few of the senior people involved got the Blythswood added to our approved hotel list – it’s good. Didn’t have a gym as I recall, but had some deal with one nearby that you could access.

  • Luckyjim says:

    Has anyone ever managed to get free room under IHG’s Best Price Guarantee by booking a room just before the sale starts?

    • Jonathan says:

      You don’t get a free room, just the difference between price paid & cheaper price refunded plus 5x points for the stay (approx 20% rebate at 0.4p/point). You also have to find the cheaper price with a non IHG site I believe. It’s a lot more complicated than scheme but I’ve found in the USA particularly it’s pretty easy to find a cheaper rate for Kimpton’s. Make sure you read & follow exactly the T&C’s though as they give you no leeway (& expect to chase the refund/extra points).

      • luckyjim says:

        Interesting. When did that change I wonder?

        I used to get free rooms all the time but it became almost impossible a few years ago with their dirty tricks.

        • Rob says:

          Years ago. A guy I know got over 100 free nights out of it …. I got IC Cannes and IC Paris for free during that period – Paris was a junior suite.

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