Designed by architect Percy Johnson-Marshall & Partners
Owned by John and Bridget Brannan
Over the past three years, Glasgow has nurtured a fair amount of design initiatives, no doubt the legacy of the Glasgow 1999, City of Architecture and Design. Stylish restaurants, bars and cultural venues have sprung up as a testimony to the local design talent. Yet unlike London, the concept of boutique hotels is still in its infancy, an interesting niche in the market waiting to be tapped.
Edinburgh architect Percy Johnson-Marshall & Partners was commissioned by John and Bridget Brannan to conceive “an urban retreat”, that would appeal both to business guests and sophisticated travellers. Having no previous hotel “brand image” meant the clients were open to innovative concepts.
The architect was responsible both for the building and the interior design. Located in the city centre, Port Dundas Place, the £10m newly built hotel features 100 bedrooms spread over five floors. “The clients wanted to attract a mix of customers, but appeal particularly to those in their 30s and late 40s,” says Kaye Cullinan, interior designer at PJMP. “There are only one or two around [boutique hotels in Glasgow], so there is very much a space in the market for this kind of concept.”
The hotel also features the B bar and a California-style restaurant Las Brisas, open to the public as well as hotel guests.
While the B bar has a strong purple palette and is furnished with leather seats upholstered in Bute fabrics and bespoke furniture by HB Design, the restaurant offers a more intimate experience, with softer tones of sand, pale blue and green and a dimmable lighting system to create ambience throughout the day.
All the hotel’s floors are colour-themed and contain a mix of bedrooms and suites. The first floor bedrooms have extra height ceilings with the sleeping area on an upper platform and the working/ seating area downstairs, and the fifth floor offers three individually designed duplex rooms.
Oshi, the 650m2 spa, features treatment rooms within a Zen-like decor of waterfalls and monolith stones. “The feeling is luxurious,” says Cullinan. “We wanted to give clients something another hotel could not provide.”