Friday, 14 June 2013

Things To Do Before I'm 40ish?

Last night myself, my gorgeous wife and a few other bloggers were guests of the Glasgow luxury hotel, Hotel du Vin. The night had been organised by Hotel du Vin Glasgow's sales manager, Nan Li, who was keen to meet up with local bloggers with the hope of raising more awareness to the charms of the wonderfully converted nineteenth century terrace of five townhouses on Devonshire Gardens in the West End of Glasgow.
The event was kicked of with wine, canapés and some introductions, Nan Li keen to know more about the people behind the blogs. Fresh oysters were served alongside roast beef & horseradish in miniature Yorkshire puddings, and wonderfully light Mediterranean tartlets. The arrival of the oysters created quite a buzz as some of the bloggers had unfortunately received food poisoning from eating oysters at another event earlier in the year. The cause of the food poisoning is suspected to have come from the highly contagious Norovirus from contaminated oysters that were served on the night. Hotel du Vin use Cornish Assured Oysters which have been put through a rigorous purification process in order to remove the threat of Norovirus food poisoning, and we seen the documentation to back this up. The previous oyster issue was still fresh in people's minds and as a result there weren't many people wanting to revisit oysters so soon, which was good news for me as I slurped my way through the salty mollusc's.
With our introductions over and the canapés finished, Nan Li went to get some room keys and we started our tour.
The tour started in No 5, where the hotel is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies, as well as double up for meetings, conferences and private dining, before we moved on to some see some of the gloriously decorated bedrooms and suites. As we clicked away with our cameras, Nan Li gave us a running commentary as we oohed and aahed as we worked our way through the hotel.
If I wasn't already impressed by the luxurious surroundings, the framed miniature Picasso on the wall of Glengoyne lounge made sure that I sat up and paid a little respect.

All of the 49 bedrooms are named after wine producers, keeping in line with the hotels name, and the first bedroom that we viewed was named after the late American vineyard operator Robert Mondavi. Mondavi was highly regarded for the way that he moved technology and marketing of the Napa Valley wineries, this grand suite that has been named after him is a true reflection of bringing the classic decor into the 21st century with plush sofas, tin bath and chaise longue being paired with an iPhone speaker dock and a Nespresso coffee machine in a way that I'm sure Mondavi would have approved.

The next room that we entered was a wonderful duplex studio with a comfortable living area with its own conservatory that extended into its very own private fenced garden, whilst the modern bathroom was stowed away downstairs.

The next room was my personal favourite. The dark chocolate colours, matched with deep reds and creams in this huge bedroom made the room feel cosy and welcoming. There was also a beautiful roll top bath and ornate fireplace that gave the room a proper homely feel to it. This suit was also a duplex with a stairwell running behind the top of the bed to a huge bathroom with a massive double shower cubicle.
If I was staying in the hotel as a guest, I think I'd feel comfiest in here. In fact as we were moving on, Nicola was almost locked in as she was downstairs taking photographs - although this may have been a ploy to spend the night in luxury.

The last room that we were shown around was in The Mews, a newer part of the building added onto the back of the townhouses. As we made our way there, we passed a huge lounge area that had two fantastic armchairs with an elephant motif that I instructed Nicola to photograph. All other photography in this post was also taken by my gorgeous assistant. (If Hotel du Vin are ever throwing the elephant chairs out, please bear me in mind.)

The last suite that we visited was the most expensive room in the house! This luxury house suite, complete with a king-size four poster bedroom and separate living room with dining area. A large bathroom with marble surround Jacuzzi bath, aqua TV, large walk-in monsoon power shower and sauna. Plus a separate shower-room and private gym area. I'm not kidding when I say that this room was bigger than the swanky one bedroom flats down on the Clydeside. This suite also overlooks the Secret Garden.

The Secret Garden is an overgrown, yet manicured outside seating area where guests can relax with a glass of champagne or enjoy a cigarette or cigar away from the bar and lounge areas. The focal point of the garden is the wooden roofed bothy fitted with a fire and plenty of comfy chairs, allowing guests to sit outside in comfort until the wee small hours, if they wish to do so. The bothy in the secret garden was definitely a place where I could unwind with a glass of bubbly, maybe I could get one built at my new home?

We came back inside from the chilled Glasgow night and Nan Li took us down to the well stocked wine cellar. the cellar was as I imagined it to be, with dusty vintage wine bottles stack from floor to ceiling and wooden champagne crates piled high. As well as the obvious storage of wine, the cellar is also used for as the setting for wine tasting event, when up to 12 people can come downstairs to sample, learn more about and enjoy some of the wines in stock.
As we climbed out of the cool wine cellar, we had reached the end of our tour of this beautiful establishment. The evening was an eye opener for me in the sense that I had assumed that Hotel du Vin would not be the type of place that myself and Nicola could relax. From the moment we walked in the front door, until the time that we left, we both felt comfortable and a little in awe of the charm and beauty inside this boutique hotel.
In addition to the accommodation side of the business, the food at Hotel du Vin is held in high regard. The bistro was recently awarded 3 AA rosettes, and caters for guest and visitors alike. The hotel also run various events including chef demonstrations alongside some of their high end suppliers, and wine matching meal nights. Check out the website for more information on what's happening at Hotel du Vin Glasgow.
On behalf of myself and Nicola, I would like to thank Nan Li and the staff at Hotel Du Vin for giving up their time to show us round the hotel and making us feel so welcome. The night has certainly given me some food for thought and I can't wait to get back to One Devonshire Garden and enjoy the experience as a fully fledged guest, although as my fortieth birthday is only nine weeks away, I better get my finger out!
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1 comment

Unknown said...

I am really glad to seeing this pictures of hotel bedroom , these bedroom are looking very wonderful and luxurious style they are fully decorated and the bedroom bed for couple , I am going to be say that this is the perfect room for spending your honey moon nights. The bedroom bed is looking very soft and big because the hotelier use the high quality mattress like Memory foam mattress topper for their bed which gives beauty and comfort to bedroom bed.

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