Hotels in major cities have the capability to attract, host and deliver major congresses, exhibitions and events. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow has this possibility and better still, it is all located on one floor, surrounded by the amenities of a 4-star hotel. Added to which, it is in the very heart of the city center and close to major transport links, making it a property that is always be ‘top of mind’ for organizers and meeting planners. Read on to discover more about why this property makes for the perfect choice for your next conference or event.
Dominating architecture from all angles
Moments from Glasgow Central station, the Radisson Blu Hotel’s curved copper screen facade, is the dominant feature of this modern and angular hotel, whose frontage takes over an entire block. The building’s clever architecture has made the Radisson Blu a Glaswegian landmark and feels as contemporary, both externally and internally, as it did when it opened in 2002.
One of the city’s largest event spaces
The Hotel is quite simply a Congress and Banqueting behemoth, to excite any meeting and events planner. The meeting facilities, sit on a dedicated floor, seemingly suspended over the reception, lobby and bar, which forms a voluminous light-filled atrium. The 15 meeting rooms are spread across 1611 sqm, with the largest space being able to handle up to 800 participants and aptly named ‘Megalithic’! Surrounding the main space are the rest of the meeting room options, able to be configured to offer limitless possibilities, from the grandiose event to the most intimate meeting.
It is the venue for the Scottish BAFTA’s, one of the city’s most prestigious awards ceremonies. The red-carpet is unravelled onto the wide pavement, alongside the lobby’s glass exterior; room enough for celebrities to be photographed and interviewed by the press before entering the hotel for a glittering evening.
One of the UK’s trendiest cities
A music theme runs throughout the hotel and mirrors Glasgow’s growing reputation as one of the Europe’s trendiest cities. Each of the 15 meeting rooms are named after an entertainment venue in the city; the musical murals, posters and décor provides talking points for delegates. Some rooms, such as the ‘Festival’ also include an ‘Ideas Wall’ allowing participants to write and wipe, having shared each other’s work.
Sitting on Argyle Street, one of Glasgow’s oldest thoroughfares, the Radisson Blu is perfectly located to take advantage of all the modern, historic and business orientated sites in the city. The hotel resides within the heart of the ‘International Financial Services District’ (IFSD), but also a stone’s throw away from the shops, vibrant restaurants and bars of ‘Buchanon’ and Sauchiehall’ Streets.
Tilt your head upwards and Victorian edifices of yesteryear come into focus. Admire St Enoch’s or Blytheswood Squares and walk beneath the Merchant Arch, one of the oldest quarters of the city. For lovers of design and architecture, this year is the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with a city wide programme to showcase his impact on the art nouveau movement. Similarly, the 'Gallery of Modern Art’ should definitely be part of any itinerary. Housed in an iconic and colonnaded 18th century building, the acropolis-style venue is home to contemporary art collections.
Glasgow’s legacy from the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games and MTV Music Awards in 2014, plus the continued regeneration of the Clyde Waterside, especially the ‘Scottish Exhibition Campus’ (SEC Centre, The SSE Hydro, SEC Armadillo) has fostered greater demand within the MICE sector. The dedicated meeting and events team at the Radisson Blu are always on hand to meet this demand.
Why Radisson Blu Glasgow?
The Radisson Blu Hotel has the capacity, competence and gravitas to host everything from major events through to the boardroom presentation. Even the cluster of comfy seating areas in the lobby provides another informal meeting area while the glass frontage allows the hustle and buzz of Glasgow city life to be on display without the noise. Maybe this is the hotel’s greatest strength, bringing the influence of this dynamic city into the modern, luxurious and state-of-the-art setting; ideal for your next event!