UK’s first Radisson RED hotel opens in Glasgow

Picture: one of the bedrooms in the newly opened Radisson RED, McAteer Photograph
Picture: one of the bedrooms in the newly opened Radisson RED, McAteer Photograph
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Radisson RED Glasgow has opened in the city’s West End following a £30 million investment by Glasgow company Forrest Hotels Ltd

Radisson RED is Radisson Hotel Group’s upscale hotel brand that aims to inject new life into hospitality through a focus on informal services, the latest technology, and bold design.

Picture: the OUIBar + KTCH, McAteer Photograph

Picture: the OUIBar + KTCH, McAteer Photograph

Radisson RED Glasgow is Forrest Group’s first foray into the hotel business and while ownership will remain in the hands of Forrest Hotels, RED Glasgow will be run and managed by Radisson.

The 174-room Radisson RED Glasgow is also the first new-build Radisson RED property to open in Europe. Located in the heart of the city’s music and art scene, RED Glasgow provides travellers with an ideal base from which to explore the city and is only minutes away from some of the best music venues in Scotland, including the world-renowned SSE Hydro.

From keyless entry to self-check-in and check-out, technology features heavily throughout the hotel. Managed through the RED app, guests can do everything from requesting extra pillows to arranging group transport to the airport. They can even chat to other guests and find out where the best gigs are in town that night.

Responsible for all operations at the hotel, Curator Michael Weston commented: “We’re all so excited to open and introduce RED to Glasgow and the wider UK.

Picture: McAteer Photograph

Picture: McAteer Photograph

“The RED experience is different - we encourage laughter, playfulness and even a little mischief with guests, and we use our spaces as a showcase for some of the best local talent in art, design, music and fashion. We really hope people come to the hotel, love what they see, and come back again and again.”

Radisson RED Glasgow is the brand’s fifth hotel to open around the world, joining RED hotels in Brussels, Campinas, Cape Town, and Minneapolis.

In Glasgow, Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio has increased to three, with both the Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson properties located in the city centre.

Starting at £99, the spacious rooms provide the perfect base to explore the city. Natural materials meet colourful accents and eclectic design pieces.

The bold wallpaper, designed by legendary Glasgow comic artist Frank Quitely, creates a room that feels fun, modern and minimal, with smart in-room technology that’s ready to connect.

The ground floor space with the OUIBar + KTCHN is the hotel’s food, drink and social hub, serving great food, wine and chilled craft beers, the RED way. Open all day and offering food on the go, this is the place for casual meetings, cocktails or a game of pool.

For anyone looking to watch the sunset over the River Clyde, the hotel’s stunning new RED Sky Bar, Glasgow’s first rooftop bar, will be the place to be.

Opening in early May, guests can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the action with a RED cocktail in hand, and tapas to share, and music from some of the city’s best up and coming DJ’s.

The Event and Games studios, where high-spec technology meets playful design, provide everything you need to throw an epic party or simply get your meetings off autopilot. Each of the three events studios – 66sqm, 40sqm and 55sqm – is equipped with modern tech and super-fast Wi-Fi.

Richard Moore, Area Senior Vice President, UK, Ireland & Western Europe, Radisson Hotel Group, said:“Radisson RED is bold and pushes the boundaries of the traditional hospitality experience, and I can’t think of a better fit for the UK’s first RED than the city of Glasgow.

“We’re genuinely excited to give people the opportunity to enjoy RED, and I feel confident that as well as having a fantastic product in a great location, we have the best team in place to deliver a memorable and RED experience for guests.”

Glasgow, famed for its cutting-edge music, fashion and arts scene, is one of the UK’s hottest city-break destinations, with over 2m tourists now visiting the city on an annual basis. Venues like the Hydro and SECC make Glasgow one of the biggest event and conference destinations in Europe. The international airport, and strong rail and road transport links, provide easy access to Glasgow and surrounding areas for business and leisure guests alike.