Refurbishment of famous Glasgow hotel

10 Jan 2009

Hotel and conference venue group Principal Hayley, which runs the George Hotel in Edinburgh, has acquired the historic Glasgow Central Hotel, in the IFSD.

Work has already started on a £20 million renovation and refurbishment programme and the hotel will re-open in February 2010 as 'The Grand Central Hotel'.

The historic Glasgow Central Hotel is perhaps best known for being the place where the world's first long-distance television pictures were transmitted to by John Logie Baird on 24 May 1927.

Located in the heart of Glasgow City Centre, next to Central Station, the hotel will remain closed during the extensive refurbishment programme, which includes a total overhaul of all the public areas and the addition of an extra 30 bedrooms.

Commenting on the deal, Tony Troy, CEO of Principal Hayley said "We are very excited about the addition of The Grand Central Hotel to our portfolio. Strategically, it is an excellent fit to the collection. Glasgow is a thriving tourism and conference destination and the acquisition of The Grand Central Hotel is in keeping with our strategy of offering dedicated conference hotels in key city centre locations around the UK."

  • Detail of Central Hotel and the fireman statue, by McAteer Photograph

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