The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - 10

RED lights glow­ing in the win­dows of the Blythswood Ho­tel are an imp­ish re­minder of the days when the leafy square out­side was a haunt of ladies of the night. The street­walk­ers are gone, and the for­mer head­quar­ters of the Royal Scot­tish Au­to­mo­bile Club is now an el­e­gant prop­erty with an award­win­ning spa in the heart of the city. Orig­i­nally a row of Ge­or­gian ter­race houses, the B-listed build­ing is a blend of clas­si­cal fea­tures and bold con­tem­po­rary de­sign. A for­mer ball­room has been turned into an airy restau­rant serv­ing fine cui­sine; a cock­tail lounge has views over the square. Thirty gue­strooms in the main build­ing are lux­u­ri­ous and spa­cious, with Span­ish mar­ble bath­rooms; 70 clas­sic rooms in a mod­ern ex­ten­sion are slightly smaller. The star of the show is the ther­mal spa. More: town­house­c­om­­square.


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