Ho­tel Re­view

No.1 en­joyed five star re­lax­ation at the ma­jes­tic 19th cen­tury ho­tel

No. 1 Magazine - - CONTENTS -

On a beau­ti­fully crisp win­ter’s morn­ing we made our way to Mar Hall, a mere 20 min­utes from the cen­tre of Glas­gow, the ho­tel is perched at the side of the River Clyde. A splen­did sight, the ex­te­rior is rem­i­nis­cent of a by­gone era. The in­te­rior is no less mag­nif­i­cent, the Grand Hall has sky-high ceil­ings, heavy­weight oak doors and colos­sal crys­tal chan­de­liers, the hall is com­plete with the orig­i­nal fire­places and an­tique ta­pes­tries. As the car wound its way up the sweep­ing drive­way, we in­stantly felt trans­ported to an­other world, a quiet haven, deep in the coun­try­side. Af­ter check­ing in we de­cided to un­wind and take in our sur­round­ings whilst in­dulging in af­ter­noon tea. Scrump­tious sand­wiches, rich crumbly scones, de­li­ciously deca­dent choco­latey bites and mor­eish lemon driz­zle cake were all de­voured in next to no time. We de­cided to take a stroll round the grounds in at­tempt to walk off some of the af­ter­noon’s ex­cess. Our home for the evening was a ju­nior suite, an enor­mous and beau­ti­ful room, with jaw drop­ping as­pects over the River Clyde and the Kil­patrick Hills. The dé­cor was a blended con­coc­tion of con­tem­po­rary meets tra­di­tional. Kit­ted out with a mar­ble fire­place, thick tasselled cur­tains, a su­per huge bed com­plete with the finest Egyp­tian cot­ton, and toi­letries by Ar­ran Aro­mat­ics. Af­ter a quick cat nap and freshen up it was time for din­ner. Hav­ing eaten in the ho­tel be­fore, we de­cided to try out the slightly more ca­sual Ital­ian restau­rant Il Posto, which prides it­self on of­fer­ing sim­ple dishes that show­case the qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents. We started with br­uschetta, which was loaded with beau­ti­fully ripe mar­i­nated toma­toes, sim­ple but ut­terly de­lec­ta­ble. Next up was the week­end spe­cial, a half lob­ster ac­com­pa­nied by clams, mus­sels and prawns with a lob­ster bisque and gar­lic bread to soak up the juices. De­li­cious and flavour­some, the seafood was cooked to per­fec­tion. Suit­ably stuffed we de­cided to split the Ital­ian cheese board, which was served with chut­ney and oat­cakes. We fin­ished off with a quick drink in the Great Hall to round off the per­fect day. The next morn­ing we woke, truly rested af­ter the most peace­ful of slum­bers. A quick bite of break­fast and it was time to hit the spa to com­plete our re­lax­ation marathon. An in­vig­o­rat­ing and in­dul­gent full body mas­sage later, we were suit­ably re­laxed and ready to face the real world again. I can say with con­fi­dence that whether you are con­tem­plat­ing a ro­man­tic week­end away with your other half, or a spa break with friends, be rest as­sured that Mar Hall is the epit­ome of five star lux­ury, guar­an­teed to tick ev­ery box.

We in­stantly felt trans­ported to an­other world, a quiet haven, deep in the coun­try­side.

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