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Learn About the Grand Central Hotel

History

The Grand Dame of Glaswegian hotels has returned to her former glory, thanks to PH Hotels.

Built 130 years ago, the Grand Central was formerly a British Railway Hotel situated adjacent to Glasgow’s busiest rail station, used by millions of people each year. The magnificent building was originally designed by Robert Rowand Anderson, a Scottish architect. Later, it hosted Logie Baird, who sent the first long-distance TV signals from London to the hotel in 1927.

Since then, legions of VIPs have stayed at the Grand Central Hotel: she has welcomed prestigious visitors as diverse as Her Majesty The Queen, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and Frank Sinatra.

Refurbishment

Unfortunately, the Grand Central Hotel eventually began to fall into a state of disrepair. Thus, after PH Hotels bought the property in 2009, we started a massive £20 million refurbishment of the iconic building including:

  • Gutting the hotel from top to bottom
  • Restoring many of the building’s original motifs
  • Uncovering a set of hidden windows when the ceiling was lifted
  • Ripping out carpets and restoring original Italian marble floors
  • Modernising nearly 200 bedrooms and meeting rooms
  • Adding new amenities like bars, restaurant and deli
  • Putting finishing touches like an intricate chandelier

The work was difficult but rewarding. As General Manager Laurie Nicol said: ‘I am very proud of what we achieved. We were able to keep the romance of the hotel alive whilst bringing it up to date with a stylish, contemporary, twist.’

For that, we have designer Charles Leon Associates and architect Donald Crerar to thank. How did the hotel fall into disrepair in the first place? Crerar explains:

‘If you were building a 200-bedroom hotel these days, it would probably be a third of the size. The bedrooms are enormous; the public spaces are very, very big. So as the hotel got older its size became an unmanageable problem for the owners. Instead of it costing them – for the sake of argument – £10,000 for one bedroom, it would be double that. So they spread the money very thinly over the years on cheap refurbishment work, and of course that’s a quick fix.’

The PH Hotels team worked with Historic Scotland during the refurbishment, and today the building is protected as a Category A Listed building. That means it’s recognised as a building ‘of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.’

Awards

The Grand Central Hotel also stands tall above other luxury hotels in Glasgow as the finest four-star establishment in the city. Its crowning achievement? Winning the Scottish Hotel of the Year for 2013.

Chairman of the Scottish Hotel Awards’ judges Gary McLean Quin said:

‘There were again many strong contenders for Scottish hotel of the year, but the Grand Central stood out because of its all-round performance, passionate leadership, staff management and wise future development. It was great to see the old building reopen a few years ago and its plans are marvellous for Glasgow.’

That wasn’t the hotel’s only prize. It also won Events Hotel of the Year and Glasgow Hotel of the Year. Other awards include:

  • Manager Gold Medal for Murray Thomson
  • People Manager of the Year for Claire Cuthbertson
  • Glasgow & Clyde Regional Wedding Venue of the Year
  • Rising Star Medal for Lynsey Eckford
  • Rising Star Medal for Barry Van Den Berg
  • The CIS Excellence Award for Business Innovation (from the recent CIS Excellence Awards)

A Picture Tour

Ready for a brief peek at the pinnacle of Glaswegian hotels?

We added a stately new Champagne Bar overlooking the main concourse of the rail station.

Champagne Bar

We also added a deli with charming, old world style.

Deli

The Banquet Hall, like the rest of the property, benefitted greatly by restoring some of its original elements, whilst adding some classic modern touches.

Banquet Hall

Nor did we forget the rooms: updated with modern amenities and beautiful décor, the spacious rooms represent the heart and soul of the property.

Room

Special Offers

If you’d like to take an in-person tour, we cordially invite you take advantage of one of our special offers currently available at the Grand Central Hotel.

  • Get 20% and free breakfast on 2-night stays when you book direct with PH hotels
  • Treat Your Partner to a 1-night bed & breakfast stay, with drinks and chocolates or strawberries in the room
  • Turn your manic Monday Mellow with a 1-night stay, dinner and a glass of fizz
  • Take a Scrumptious Sunday Break with a 1-night stay, including 2-course dinner with a £10 drinks voucher

For more information about these offers or to book your visit, please visit us at Principal-Hayley.com.

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