Virgin Hotels opens in Glasgow

UK: Luxury lifestyle brand Virgin Hotels has opened its second hotel Scotland, located in Glasgow.

Marking the second hotel in Europe for group as well as the second property in Scotland, Virgin Hotels Glasgow has launched on the banks of River Clyde. It joins Virgin Hotels Edinburgh which opened last year.

Designed by Teddy Mayer, creative director and VP design at Virgin Hotels, and developed by Silk Property Group, the hotel features 240 rooms, two F&B venues, and several meeting and event spaces. 

The flagship restaurant and bar Commons Club will be led by executive chef Jean-Paul Giraud. It will serve a modern, global menu prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Highyard, located on the mezzanine level of Commons Club, is a dining and entertainment venue fitted with two living walls and a retractable roof.

Additional F&B venues are to launch in the coming months, including Funny Library Coffee Shop and whiskey bar Rocks on Fox Street.

Rooms come equipped with ergonomic beds, Hypnos mattresses, a red SMEG mini fridge, a yoga mat, and a stand alone vanity unit with illuminated mirror. A wood sliding door separates the sleep and lounge area from the dressing room. 

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the opening of Virgin Hotels Glasgow, our second European location. Glasgow holds a special place in my heart, as one of the first record shops I opened was on Union Street and my wife was born here.

“With Virgin Hotels Glasgow, we aimed to capture Glasgow’s unique spirit, offering visitors and locals an unparalleled experience. The hotel’s design truly reflects this as well as the city’s rich history and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the hotel to enjoy all that we have to offer,” he added.

Virgin Hotels Collection CEO James Bermingham said: “Today marks a momentous occasion as we proudly unveil our Glasgow location, a remarkable addition to our growing family of hotels. At Virgin Hotels, we are driven by our passion for delivering innovative design and heartfelt service, and our latest opening is no exception. Every detail has been curated to reflect the dynamic and diverse essence of Glasgow, and we hope the hotel will not only be a home away from home, but a door to the incredible experiences within this exciting city.”

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