A former power station in Glasgow was the only Scottish representative at the finals of the European Hotel Design Awards. Hotel Indigo, pictured, the 95-bedroom hotel in Waterloo Street, was a finalist in the Conversion of a Non Hotel Building for Hotel Use category and picked up the only Highly Commended of the ceremony. Hotel Indigo opened in April 2011 following a £15 million investment overseen by Ica Architects of East Kilbride.
At the Scottish Licensed Trade Awards, three organisations picked up two accolades. the Roseleaf Café in Leith came out on top in the beer quality and pub caterer category; Neil Connolly was honoured as licensee of the year after his venue, Moskito in Glasgow, was named independent pub/bar of the year and Ayrshire operator Buzzworks added the title of independent multiple operator of the year to its champion of industry award for Scotts.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh featured twice in runners-up spots at the Telegraph Travel Awards. The Balmoral was behind the Savoy in London for the Favourite UK Hotel award, while the Scottish capital was pipped by the English capital for Favourite UK City.
Glasgow’s Blythswood Square picked up Best New UK Spa in the inaugural SPA Traveller Awards. Blythswood Square’s signature treatments are centred around a “turus” (Gaelic for journey) which combine the natural benefits of Scottish ingredients to provide a complete body and mind experience.
At the Scottish Independent Retail Awards, Eatery of the Year was I Café in Glasgow, while Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year was Perthshire butcher, Simon Howie.