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ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square hotel opens

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Hotel design pays homage to local landmarks

Inspired by the beating heart of Glasgow – say hello to culture, humour, style and swagger at the new ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square hotel, which opens today.
Stepping inside ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square – which will be operated by Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel management company – guests are transported on a whistle-stop tour of the cultural milestones that have shaped Scotland’s largest city. In synergy with the ibis Styles brand, the hotel tells the story of its city location and showcases its bold personality. 


From the grit of the Clydeside shipyards and the creative genius of Glasgow’s most famous sons, to the hilarious traits of “The Big Yin” himself, Billy Connolly, the ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square captures the city’s bountiful banter throughout its design.  

ibis Styles is the boutique budget brand from the ibis family. Whilst ibis budget and ibis hotels offer standardised features, fixtures and fittings, the ibis Styles brand enjoys greater flexibility when it comes to its uniquely designed hotels. As a result guests can experience all the fun, quirky elements of a boutique property with the quality assurances of a large and well-established hotel brand. Each ibis Styles hotel boasts its own distinct design, great location and ‘all-inclusive’ offer at a great price with loads of little extras!  

Inge Van Ooteghem, SVP Operations Economy and Budget Hotels, comments: “We are delighted to open ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square – a hotel that perfectly blends humour and creative flair throughout its design. Whether guests are here for business or leisure, they’ll experience the vibrancy and charm of Glasgow through the fabric of the hotel walls.”  

“Now is a very exciting time for ibis Styles, with a further two hotels set to open this month in Haydock and Barnsley. ibis Styles is a growing economy brand in the UK, which places design and style, alongside comfort and quality, at its heart. It’s always exciting to see how the exceptional story and personality of each hotel will unfold and be embraced by guests.”  

Glasgow-based Redefine|BDL Hotels has recruited an expert team to create the best guest experience possible. It will be led by general manager and experienced hotelier, Rory McAleece.  

Ross Morrow, Redefine|BDL Hotels’ Chief Development Officer, said: “It’s fantastic to see the hotel completed and welcoming its first guests. And as this is our first Glasgow property, it’s like a homecoming for Redefine|BDL Hotels, as we’re based in the city.  

“The finished hotel looks fantastic, perfectly captures what Glasgow is all about and, to top it off, is in a fabulous central location. I’m confident the team will make it a firm favourite in the city.”  

A city where visitors are welcomed with a warm hug and a wee dram, ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square is adorned with more than a few wry icons of Glasgow. Inspiration has been taken from the Duke of Wellington statue sporting the obligatory traffic cone atop his head, local hero Billy Connolly’s outrageous big banana boot and Glasgow’s proud industrial past.  

Style meets substance, with bold design features and subtle touches throughout the hotel. Walk along the corridor and you are transported down memory lane as the carpet detail comes alive with quotations from the local shipyard works. Weaved within them is the beloved rose emblem, a subtle nod to the world-renowned Glaswegian architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  

Once checked in at the industrial-inspired lobby, guests will be greeted in their room by a digital print headboard featuring iconic images of the city and traffic cone lights. There are also stencilled crane illustrations in the bathroom mirrors and on the bedrooms walls, giving the impression the TV is suspended from a height. ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the fun filled personality that radiates from this dynamic, Glasgow-inspired hotel, after a day exploring the great city itself.

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