I’ve been working a lot recently, not that I’m complaining, but if you’re the kind of person who like's to keep their nose to the grindstone you’ll know you have to take time to relax where you can get it. Ever since this Radisson popped up next to the SSE Hydro I've wanted to give it a try as it’s only one of five in the world under the RED brand.
This new addition to the Glasgow skyline is an impressive sight, the building actually changes colour as you walk towards it, no really, it shimmers from gold to red depending on how you look at it.
Check-in is informal, you stand next to your host as they talk you through your reservation, the staff all wear comfortable closes to match the chill vibe. The reception areas is vast and full of sharply angled art, exposed concrete and information screens that climb up the walls.
The basics. There’s 174 rooms, restaurant, Sky Bar (Glasgow’s first), meeting spaces, gym and it's only a short walk into the centre of the town. It's location is ideal as you're close enough to get to the nightlife but far enough not to be bothered by it early in the morning.
The views from my window were of the Finnieston Crane and the SSE Hydro, quite a coup in terms of business for Radisson as those traveling for a big name at the premier Scottish venue can book a room that's only a short walk to their seat. The room was clean and contained all the expected amenities but by far the most impressive thing about it was the artwork. Well I say artwork, it was the whole wall rather than one picture hanging above the bed. The wallpaper, designed by legendary Glasgow comic artist Frank Quietly add a unique Glaswegian touch.
Personally, one of the ways I judge a hotel and especially a new build is by how well it's technology works. The Wi-Fi was fast, the TV easily connected to my phone so I had Netflix running in minutes and not only were there plugs by the bed and table, but USB ports as well. These small details can be all it takes to greatly improve a stay.
I was living for the rainfall shower in this chic bathroom, rainfall showers are second only to large bathtubs. Accompanying the clean fluffy towels were a cute set of rainbow toiletries and a vanity mirror above the sink as standard.
One particular thing to note about the service. On my way out after checking in, one of the staff asked if I liked my room. I said it was great but pointed out it was odd that I’d been booked into a twin. (this was the booking systems fault, not the hotels). She asked for my room number and said 'leave it with me'. When I arrived back that night the room was changed round to a King. No fuss customers service. Just a delight.
Radisson Red’s are aimed at ‘millennials’ and what they want when they stay at a hotel; easy, informal, technologically capable and Instagramable and I found all of this to be true and would love to stay again.