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Radisson Blu Glasgow: A Striking Hotel with Luxury and Style-Aplenty

Friday 07th Jun 2024 |

Located slap bang next to Central Station, Radisson Blu is a towering contemporary hotel in the heart of Glasgow with a confident sense of style. With its recently refurbished rooms, vibey restaurant and generous late check-out, it’s an excellent base for exploring the city’s cultural gems and buzzing bar scene. 

It’s also incredibly convenient. Within 5 minutes of stepping off our train from Leeds, we were in the lofty, glass-fronted reception area being checked in by a chatty receptionist. It’s worth noting there is currently some work being done on some of the lifts and other areas of the hotel (the pool and gym reopen in 2025), however, care has been taken to minimise impact on guests. 

The 247 rooms come in various styles ranging from standard through to premium, as well as family rooms and apartments – all of which have recently undergone an impressive makeover. 

The interiors mix clean, monochromatic colour tones with pops of yellow and the Radissons signature blue, creating a calming space that’s both homely and luxurious. Prices start as little as £135 on week nights and around £215 on weekends. 

Our premium room featured an ultra-comfy bed, large TV, table, Nespresso coffee machine, closet space and generously sized bathroom with an excellent shower. We were also greeted with a pair of gin goblets and complimentary G&T’s on arrival, with strawberries dipped in white chocolate – a lovely touch. 

Back on the ground floor you’ll find arguably the hotel’s crowning jewel, The Grahamston Restaurant Bar & Kitchen. So many hotel restaurants can be nothing short of an afterthought and end up being rather forgettable, but this joint is anything but. 

Named after the Victorian village that once thrived beneath Central Station (and indeed the restaurant itself), The Grahamston pays homage to a fascinating piece of Scottish history. Beautifully designed with a large bar and seating area, it’s got a vibe. 

The food menu, whilst not extensive, is packed with tempting globally-inspired dishes with a few Scottish twists thrown in. We began with the fiery Karaage Chicken, which was pleasingly just as spicy as our friendly waitress promised. Served with charred lime and a moreish jalapeno mayo, this was right up my street. I could happily have doubled up on this and had it as a main. 

My companion for the weekend enjoyed the juicy Beef Marrow Burger, served with chipotle mayo, pickled gherkins, kale slaw and fries. I had a cheeky wee bite and can confirm it was delicious. 

My choice of Slow Cooked Beef was also spot on. The beef shin was fall-apart tender, and was complimented with a warming horseradish and celeriac puree, gratin potato, confit shallots and an awesome pan gravy. The extra truffle cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli sides were great too. 

Washed down with an exceptional glass of Malbec, the food was a true delight. Desserts here are well worth a look too – the sticky toffee pudding and Aaran ice creams were both fabulous. 

We rounded off the meal with a round of Honey Old Fashioned cocktails, which were top notch. 

Breakfast here is another thing you don’t want to miss. The hot buffet features everything you need to get your full English fix and fresh eggs the way you like them are cooked to order. There’s also a vast selection of continental treats and even the opportunity to mix your own Bloody Mary. 

Final verdict

The Radisson Blu ticks all the boxes for those after a bit of luxury, with special points going to the effortlessly stylish rooms and the excellent Grahamston Restaurant. The added convenience of its prime location next to Central Station is another plus – there’s countless pubs and bars all within walking distance (Wunderbar is a blast). 

The only thing missing was of course the pool and sauna area, however, this will be back to business next year. An impressive hotel that puts you in the centre of all the Glasgow action. 

Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL. 
Reviewed by Fletch, photography by Northernfoodlad.