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HOTEL REVIEW: House of Gods, Glasgow, Scotland

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Sister hotel to the already established Edinburgh establishment, House of Gods Glasgow opened its doors in January following a three-year renovation of a stunning five-storey Edwardian sandstone building. A huge neon sign welcomes guests to the stunning building which once housed a Chinese restaurant.

Once inside your eyes have to adjust to the dark wood-panelled lobby and its a bar and lounge area.

House of Gods reception

With hand-painted 24 karat-gold embellished de Gournay wallpaper in the lobby along with impressive god-like statues,  designed to seriously impress. To top it all you are presented with a glass of fizz to send you on your way.

House of God statue

House of Gods statue

House of God’s hotel is a loud and proud hotel with fun very much at the heart of the experience.

Who for

House of Gods is a real one-off hotel for guests who like a quirky, yet luxurious stay in one of its 28 bedrooms.

From classic bedrooms to the rockstar Presidential Suites on the top floor where guests can “party like they are famous” with show-stopping amenities including a private cinema, massive ensuites kitted out with spectacular twin baths and sprawling his and hers shower rooms. There is the option to enjoy the whole floor too.

Accommodation

The bedrooms are lined with bespoke wood panels and cabinets, with a four poster bed, custom cashmere blankets and a “naughty” red LED light which runs around the frame. The smallest rooms are a take on the cosy cabins of the Orient Express, while the classics are Versailles-inspired.

House of God Bedroom

House of God Bedroom

If you buy a £99 “Treat Me Like I am Famous” package, the bed is covered in plastic gold rose petals and House of Gods balloons. A bottle of prosecco and box of box of luxury chocolates awaits, along with a £40 bar tab which can also be used for room service.

The bathrooms are marble-clad, with a powerful shower and the bedrooms kitted out with curated mini-bars and a large mirror which transforms into a swanky television. A console to summon more prosecco, milk and warm cookies or a butler sits waiting to be rung.

It’s all been cleverly designed to impress and it succeeds. 

Food and drink

It’s all about being extravagant. A secret gin-based taster is served up for the “Treat Me Like I am Famous” guests and the Sacred Garden rooftop restaurant has a Vogue-like book of cocktails based around rock n roll icons and includes a sake-based House of the Rising Sun and House of the Gods Number 5 which is served in a Chanel No 5 looking bottle.

The food selection is excellent from small plates (£8-10) including jamon croqueta with parmesan; charred beetroot and rocket salad, shakchuka loaded fries and Scandi-style meatballs to Scottish mussels in white wine and garlic.

And to encourage love, there are sharing boards including oven-baked camembert, orange marmalade and sourdough (£18); a charcuterie selection of prosciutto, chorizo, smoked duck, chicken parfait and chilli jam (£18) or a seafood fruit de mer of hot smoked salmon, mackerel pate, crab, king prawn and lemon aioli (£20). The cheese board has the delightful smoked Lochnagar, Blue Monday, brie de meaux, manchego and pear chutney (£16). Desserts include sugared doughnuts, cardamom chocolate and vanilla ice cream and champagne sorbet.

Breakfasts come via table service and include the usual granola, fry up, eggs Benedict and smashed avocado and sour dough bread, with the extra spice of a champagne sorbet and berries to cleanse the palate.

The rooftop “Garden of Eden” inspired restaurant and bar is colourful, with eccentric Greek God statues, outrageous vases of flowers and a great outdoor area where you can sit and watch the world go by.

How much

Prices start from £129 per room per night to £183 depending on the size of room with lots of adds on from morning mimosa’s to prosecco celebration packages on offer.

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What’s nearby

Slap bang in the heart of Glasgow with the underground and railway just a five-minute walk away. There are museums, restaurants, bars and cafes within walking distance and if you get lost, use the traffic coned statue of the Duke of Wellington as a landmark.

Verdict:  Fun and fancy, The House of Gods Glasgow is about luxury all the way and a fabulous change from the norm.

 

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