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Penthouse goals: The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel

800 388 Hamish Kilburn

Glasgow’s only five-star hotel has revealed a stunning new two-bedroom penthouse…

Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has recently unveiled a luxurious two-bedroom penthouse.

Designed by design firm Graven Images, the Principal Penthouse gives careful consideration to every aspect of the interior: the carefully curated selection of furniture has been sourced from iconic brands including B&B Italia, Tom Dixon and Moroso; an L-shaped sofa in the main lounge is the largest single piece of furniture Graven has specified, manufactured by Sancal to easily seat a party of 20; bespoke timber and marble furnishings combine with locally sourced fabrics; bookmatch timber panelling blends perfectly with marble mosaic flooring; and every piece of furnishing and artwork has been hand-picked to create a sophisticated, contemporary abode with a Glasgow twist.

Dark tones of the interiors of the penthouse suite

The spectacular Principal Penthouse stretches over 1,850 sq. ft. It comes with a private entrance and lift ensuring discretion for any high-profile guests staying at the hotel, making it ideal for celebrities, VIPs and press junkets, as well as for cocktail parties and events.

The penthouse also comes with an outdoor terrace that provides views across the city, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, bar and dining room. The master suite has been designed to cater for every need with a dressing room, full marble bathroom including bespoke steam room and sunken bath with integrated TV. The lastest wireless technology has been seamlessly installed to ensure an impeccable sound system that flows to every room.

General Manager, Murray Thomson, said: “This penthouse has been months in the planning and the finished product is even more spectacular than I could have imagined. The property has been completely remodelled to make best use of the indoor and outdoor space resulting in a striking design that will be sure to impress any guest.

“There is a perfect balance between sleek lines and soft furnishings and the private roof garden looks out at the Glasgow skyline delivering one of the best views in the city. Now we are in a position to reveal the new look we can’t wait to welcome guests and let them experience the exceptional service that we are renowned for.”

The newly launched penthouse suite is designed to complement the existing 114 bedrooms and suites and 45 seat private screening room. Blysthswood Square Hotel also boasts a 10,000 sq. ft spa and fitness suite which has also recently undergone refurbishment. The hotel prides itself on using the finest ingredients from Scotland’s larder in its Glasgow restaurant and award-winning The Salon Lounge.

Blythswood Square has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century. Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel’s Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club.

Penthouse Lounge - Hilton London Bankside

New penthouse suite revealed at Hilton London Bankside

1000 666 Daniel Fountain

This month sees the launch of London’s most anticipated design suite at Hilton London Bankside. Created in partnership with London-based architect and interior designer Dexter Moren Associates and interior design practice twenty2degrees, the cutting-edge Penthouse Suite is a stylish finishing touch to the hotel which opened in October last year.

Reflecting the fascinating history of Bankside and echoing the urban character of the area, the Penthouse, which has the look and feel of an elegant and spacious city apartment, is filled with contemporary art and has views overlooking the Tate Modern and The Shard.

Spacious, light and elegant, the one-bedroom Penthouse suite is filled with bespoke furnishings, one-of-a-kind art work and dark oak Parquet floors. The suite includes a large living area complete with a comfortable sofa and chairs, upholstered in blue and grey velvet respectively, giving the room a truly elegant finish. Filled with natural light, due to the floor-to-ceiling windows that cover over half the room, the suite is the perfect place to relax, or for those wanting to work, a dark wooden desk faces the middle of the room.

The central focus of the living area is the large statement black and white photograph by Alexander Khokhlov which covers the interior wall of the suite. Acting as a screen to cover the television, the image not only connects the hotel with the nearby Tate Modern, but also references Hilton London Bankside as a living art gallery. The individual art collection in the Penthouse, and the rest of the hotel, was curated by Peter Millard and Partners Ltd who sought to complement the industrial and urban theme of the property as well as the polished contemporary design of the suite.

The kitchen and dining area is perfect for those staying for longer durations who want to dine in the comfort of their suite. Kitted out with SMEG small kitchen appliances, coffee machine and a generously stocked fridge, it also acts as a great space for entertaining, whether it be an intimate dinner for four or low-key drinks. Another key design focus within this area is the striking bespoke light fixture sitting above the dining table created by Northern Lights who provided all of decorative lighting in the living area.

The bedroom, with stunning views overlooking The Shard, has its own distinct style with copper coloured soft furnishings and Designers Guild fabric used on the cushions dotted around the room. With a gentle nod to Hilton London Bankside’s passion for art and design, the television in the bedroom stands on an easel. The bed, flanked by hanging decorative lights by Curiousa & Couriosa, faces another floor-to-ceiling window which maximises on the natural light.

Through a series of sliding panels above the deeply comfortable bed the light filters through to the en-suite bathroom which is made entirely from Statuario marble. The spacious bathroom includes a standalone bath tub, his and hers sinks, separate lavatory and large shower area. The walk in wardrobe allows guests to completely un-pack and relax with full length cupboards, and beautifully lined shelves giving the Penthouse the feeling of a sophisticated apartment where guests can feel truly comfortable.

The pièce de résistance of the Penthouse is the expansive 30m2 private roof terrace which looks over the Tate Modern and the hotel’s very own roof top Meadow. When Hilton London Bankside was originally being built the hotel focused on integrating green areas in and around the hotel as another way of helping regenerate Bankside. The Meadow is the perfect example of this, full to burst with wild flowers and plants and even its very own bee hives, helping attract wildlife to the neighbourhood. With this unique view The Terrace provides another place to entertain, and with plenty of outdoor furniture, it’s the perfect space for an al fresco cocktail party. For those looking for some quiet relaxation, the terrace is their very own private suntrap from which to read a book and watch the world go by.

The opening of Hilton London Bankside in October last year marked Bankside as a true destination for business, tourism and culture. The profile of this spirited district continues to grow, fuelled by a unique juxtaposition of the historic and the new; from the world-famous Tower of London to The Shard, Southwark Cathedral to City Hall, HMS Belfast to Tate Modern, and Crossbones Gardens to the Borough Market, to name just a few.

A unique property, beautifully designed to represent the city’s historical past and urban environment, Hilton London Bankside is a flagship hotel for Hilton and the benchmark for future hotels from the brand. The hotel serves both international guests and the local community who frequent the Distillery Bar and OXBO restaurant for social occasions as well as the property’s meetings and events spaces for work.

Hilton London Bankside