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News in brief:

Glasgow Marriott unveils its refurbished lobby

Glasgow Marriott has unveiled the first stage of a full refurbishment of the hotel, including all 303 guest rooms.

The ground floor has been recreated with the new Marriott ‘Greatroom’ concept, with a large space comprising reception, a new lounge bar and the ‘Cast Iron Grill’ restaurant.

Six new junior suites have been added to the existing rooms. A CGI image of a standard room is below.

To quote:

The Hotel’s interiors are inspired by the local surroundings and reflect the unique character and charm of the area with beautifully appointed rooms, bespoke fabric and carpet designs in a fresh contemporary colour scheme featuring spacious ensuites. Other standard aspects include indulgent Marriott bedding, cosy armchairs, air-conditioning and 55-inch wall mounted flat screen TVs.

Glasgow’s iconic bridges, best known for connecting the city’s districts, music and exhibition and leisure venues form the basis for lobby interiors with curves and linear forms used to bridge the space within the public entrance areas. The mood in the connecting bar area is created through clean lines and sharp detailing with tile textures reflecting the rippling waters of the River Clyde. 

Pops of burnt orange, deep blue paired with light timber tones feature in public areas with a palette of blues, greens and muted tan accents reflected elsewhere. 

Glasgow Marriott room refurbishment

The hotel is located in the financial district near the Scottish Event Campus which includes The OVO Hydro and SEC Armadillo.

It isn’t clear how far the room refurbishment has got although all work is due to be finished by the end of the year. At the moment the website only shows Deluxe and Executive rooms as having the new look and comments below suggest that the bathrooms are not being done.

All rooms, regardless of category, are marked as 14 square metres which seems very small by modern standards.

The Glasgow Marriott website is here.

This is one of three major Marriott projects in key UK cities this year. Edinburgh and Manchester have gained new Marriott hotels, both fully refurbished, which were converted from Macdonald properties. We were at the launch party for Edinburgh Marriott Holyrood on Wednesday and a review will follow next week.

voco Winchester hotel

Holiday Inn Winchester rebranding to voco

Talking of hotel refurbishments, Holiday Inn Winchester is in the middle of a major renovation which will include rebranding the hotel as voco Winchester.

voco is another IHG brand, so the hotel is staying within the IHG family, but with looser brand standards. It will allow the hotel owners to deviate from what is currently expected at a Holiday Inn. In general I would say that your average voco is a better hotel than your average Holiday Inn.

The hotel is still being promoted as a Holiday Inn for now – the website is here – with the work due to end by ‘Autumn’.

The image below is of a refurbished room, which looks substantially better than the ones currently displayed on the Holiday Inn website.

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Comments (21)

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  • Tariq says:

    The rooms at the Glasgow Marriott are fairly small IIRC. From the picture it looks like they’ve achieved more space by taking furniture out of the new design. This refurb will surely put pressure on the Hilton which is really only a block away and wasn’t in much of a different state from the Marriott.

  • Ross says:

    Not really a full refurbishment. Gym isn’t being touched (I used to work out there 14 years ago and it’s still the same sad and tired machines today!!) and the toilets and bathrooms in all the bedrooms are still the same gauche bathtubs with shower curtains and tiny corner sinks. Hideous.

  • Andrew. says:

    The Voco picture looks odd. I can’t quite work out how you get into the bathroom.

    • lumma says:

      There’s a shadow on the wall from the grey/blue wall on the white wall behind the coat hanger. Assume that’s the entrance to the bathroom

  • BJ says:

    The description of the Glasgow Marriott location is stretching it quite a bit.

    • numpty says:

      It is quite a few blocks away from where would be considered the financial district and would require a walk through what is sometimes, apparently, and I am far too naive to know, a bit of a red light district.

      • BJ says:

        Also notvwithin tve boundaries of what most perceive to the evebts campus. I always recommend friends and family to avoid this hotel but if they must to use only a taxi after dark.

        • numpty says:

          Yes, there are so many new hotels in Glasgow at the events campus, riverside, and more central I do wonder why people book the Marriott other than for the car park. If it is brand loyalty, then there is the new AC Marriott just off George Square.

          • Toppcat says:

            The AC is pretty decent. It’s my go-to base for a weekend in Glasgow

      • Peggerz says:

        Young Ms. P is booked into The Marriott on her regular trips to Glasgow and hasn’t seen the ladies of the night on patrol nearby. You aren’t harking back to the heady days of Blythswood Square before the Kimpton – which alledgedly has red lights in its windows paying homage to the districts previous clientele – was opened there?😎

        • numpty says:

          No, I’m recalling my friend moving into his new flat along the road from the Marriott being asked if he needed a hand with anything 😉

          Also on the same street my student niece walking along the road to get back to west end after a night out and eventually seeing sense in deciding to getting a taxi, and the driver pointing out where she was.

          • BJ says:

            +1, I would not want my niece in that area alone after dark. Unless things have changed in recent years it was not a good place to be.

    • Toppcat says:

      Agreed! That’s not a very nice location… Certainly not events campus or the financial district!

  • Peter K says:

    “voco is another IHG brand…but with looser brand standards. It will allow the hotel owners to deviate from what is currently expected at a Holiday Inn”.

    I’d say it’s more that they want to trade up without being held to the brand standards of a Crowne Plaza.

    • SammyJ says:

      Agreed, we often stay at that Holiday Inn and regularly comment that it’s so much nicer than you’d expect from a HI. Voco will be a good fit. The rooms are bland in comparison to the lobby/bar so hopefully that will improve.

      Wasn’t impressed with the introduction of the £10 parking fee though, and don’t stay half as much now as I did previously!

      • Barry cutters says:

        I stay a lot too to visit farms in Hampshire , it’s lobby is lovely since the changes made and breakfast is better now it’s moved from level minus one to ground floor to accommodate the spa , spa pool I chargeable and as a spire ambassador , now spire diamond I’ve never had an upgrade there in 30 x 3-4 night visits over the last 3-4y.
        You tend to get quite a few bus loads of Americans / Chinese people in the summer on tours

        I don’t like the food and tend to drive in to Winchester or use Uber eats – Deliveroo doesn’t work as it’s a bit far out.

        Overall the management need to start treating loyal guests better – although can’t see that changing with a move to voco

        • Tim says:

          “Overall the management need to start treating loyal guests better”. Indeed, I stopped staying there years ago. This is the of the handful of Holiday Inns that never ever upgraded me, even when they had Executive Rooms for sale.

  • Mark L says:

    I’m not overly impressed with the Glasgow Marriott refurb. I spent about 50 nights there last year. Room refurb are not great, they have removed all fixed desks, and replaced with a little mobile desk that ban barley fit a laptop and notebook, which isn’t great when you need to do some work. Bathroom has also been done on the cheep, essentially they have removed a shower curtain on the bath and replaced with a glass screen.

    That said, Its just off the motorway and although technically in the Glasgow LEZ zone, the entrance to the car park is before the LEZ cameras so you can park without being fined. Its also very close to the finance area, just 5 min walk. In all my time walking early in the morning and late at night, ive never experienced any issues or seen any ladies of the night.

    The exec lounge is reasonable, with several hours of snacks and wine, which is always a nice touch. Im a bit of a Marriott Bonvoy fanboy, so I will continue to stay here despite it not being the best Marriott, just don’t have high expectations

  • Peter says:

    Holiday Inn Winchester
    This development is next door, very short walking distance to the Hampshire Science Centre and Planetarium. This is an absolutely fabulous place for children. Interactive, engaging with light shows and such an absorbing experience of science. A well worth trip + VG parking.

    • SammyJ says:

      It’s never been open when we’re there!
      Shame the HI now charge £10 for parking.

  • ChrisM says:

    I remember the Marriott when it opened in early 1980s (as a Holiday Inn) being the poshest Hotel around. It nearly didn’t get granted a license as the bar could be viewed from the reception area – how things have changed with the Greatroom concept – I think Glasgow’s licensing laws may have changed too.

    We enquired about having our wedding there in 1986 and they were well in themselves, stating that if they accepted our booking for 100 guests, but an enquiry came along for a 300 person conference, they would cancel us!

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