The new 245-room AC Hotel Glasgow opened its doors this week (Monday13 November).
The George Street hotel is a key element of the £100 million Love Loan development – which will transform of an entire block off Glasgow’s George Square into a leisure and residential neighbourhood that will include bars, restaurants, health and well-being facilities, and Scotland’s first Soho House private members club.
Designed by Hoskins Architects, the new building fills an 80-year-old empty site on the corner of George Street and John Street and features panoramic views from upper floors across the city centre to the east and west including over George Square.
It includes the restoration of the 120-year-old Grade A listed, Victorian former city Parish Halls into 22 ‘heritage’ suites and the building includes a sweeping stone staircase, period cornicing, a glass ceiling dome, and a stained-glass window with Glasgow’s famous coat of arms inspired by the legend of St Mungo.
The AC Lounge®, a multi-functional space at the heart of the hotel, includes seating areas, and a bar offering drinks, light bites, and food from the bar menu. Neighbouring the AC Lounge is Hazel, the 100-seater restaurant led by French Head Chef Eric Avenier, with its centrepiece Hazel tree. Other facilities include the AC Library, AC Fitness, and a 24/7 gym.
The AC Hotel Glasgow is operated by RBH Hospitality Management. Craig Munro, General Manager, said, “This is a special day for all involved in bringing the AC Hotel Glasgow to life. The embodiment of AC Hotels’ ‘perfectly precise hotel’ mantra, its perfect marriage of heritage, history, and contemporary style adds a new dimension to Glasgow’s hotel offering and will provide guests with the highest standard of accommodation when they visit one of the most exciting cities in Europe.
“Hazel, led by Eric Avenier, one of the city’s most reputed chefs, adds a new destination restaurant to the city’s culinary scene, and will add to the truly memorable experience at AC Hotel.”
Chris Stewart, CEO and Owner at Chris Stewart Group, the developer of Love Loan, said, “The opening of AC by Marriott Glasgow and Hazel is a significant milestone in the Love Loan story. The AC by Marriott brand is world renowned, and its arrival in Glasgow city centre is a real feather in the cap for the city and Scotland.
“This hotel means Love Loan will be the first port of call for countless visitors in years to come, and our carefully curated blend of leisure, retail, and hospitality – steeped in Glasgow’s rich history and heritage – will ensure they have the best impression of the city from the moment they arrive to when they leave.”