Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel unveils £4.6m expansion

By Melodie Michel contact

- Last updated on GMT

The Grand Central Hotel's new reception area
The Grand Central Hotel's new reception area

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The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow has completed a £4.6m expansion, adding 46 bedrooms to the venue and creating 25 new jobs.

The programme, which brings the hotel’s room number to 230, also included a redesign created by Goddard Littlefair to celebrate the venue’s Glaswegian heritage.

The new superior double rooms and junior suites feature Italian marble bathrooms, with a mix of rainfall showers and classic ceramic roll-top baths.

Including various reminders of historic Glasgow throughout, the redesign also put the focus on technology, with full-length wall mirrors that turn into large-screen LED televisions at the touch of a button.

The entrance and ground floor reception area have also been renovated to feature a fireplace. 

Tribute to Glasgow

Laurie Nicol, general manager at Grand Central Hotel, said: “Our hotel prides itself on its heritage with the city and our new expansion ensures we pay tribute to that. We wanted to create a look that captures the excitement, style and sophistication of the city. The new bedrooms achieve just that whilst complementing our stunning premises at the same time. 

“Glasgow is already a must visit destination this year and with so many exciting events in the Scottish calendar like MTV EMAs, its popularity is set to rise.  With our stylish new bedrooms and public areas we are perfectly placed to welcome guests from both home and abroad. We look forward to giving our guests an inviting and memorable stay in our iconic hotel over the coming weeks and months.”

Series of investments

This latest investment follows a £20m refurbishment in 2010​, for which the venue closed for nine months from January to September.  

The 2010 renovation emphasised the hotel’s event focus, with the addition of 21 flexible meeting rooms for up to 600 delegates, as well as a 500-capacity Grand Ballroom.

Located on Glasgow Central Train Station, the four-star hotel also features the Tempus Restaurant and Champagne Central Bar overlooking the station.

It was acquired by hotel and conference operator Principal Hayley in 2009.

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