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Issue 42 - City living

Scotland Magazine Issue 42
December 2008


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City living

We take a look at 38 Bath Street, serviced apartments in the heart of Glasgow.

Let’s play pretend. You’re a successful, stylish young Scot. Maybe you’re an up and coming actor or musician, or perhaps an extended member of the royal family or the offspring of a wealthy clan chief (it’s your fantasy, go with it...) You reside at 38 Bath Street, a trendy city centre pad in the equally trendy city of Glasgow. It is perfectly located for all that the city has to offer, live music, theatre, shopping, drinks or dinner with friends.

The doorman in the foyer of your townhouse apartment always greets you with a nod and a smile as you come and go to another party or celebrity interview.

But inside is your little bolt hole – a modern, quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and your demanding work and social scene. It is everything you would expect from contemporary living: light and spacious, open plan with extraordinarily high ceilings. Artworks in complimentary colours hang on the walls.

There is a large flatscreen television, phone, leather sofas. A breakfast bar separates the living room from your kitchen space with all the modern conveniences we’re accustomed to: cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, and cupboards stuffed with everything else: matching crockery, sugar, tea, biscuits. Above is a mezzanine level with a dining table surrounded by stylish leather back chairs.

There’s a luxurious ensuite bedroom, of course, and guest bathroom down the hall.

And, like any self-respecting celeb, you have a housekeeper who slips in while you’re away and tidies up the place.

Okay, back to reality for a sec. You’re probably a business traveller from London, or a husband and wife team from Illinois holidaying in Scotland for a couple weeks, and I’m a small time journalist conducting a review for Scotland Magazine.

But serviced apartments like those at 38 Bath Street represent the future of city accommodation. They perfectly combine the comfort and personal service of a luxury hotel with the flexibility and convenience of self-catering.

There are 20 apartments in the building, some with one bedroom, some with two.

Each is unique but all are designed to the same high standard.

You can stay for a night, a week, a year or more. No one will bat an eyelid. It has all the pleasantries of a hotel (maid service, conceirge, little bottles of showergels and soaps etc) except that it’s so much more.

A hotel will always feel like a hotel – a maid can barge into your room at any second and the constant attention in some can be tiresome if you travel regularly. Here, you will never hear the words “Will sir/madam be dining with us this evening?” or face a contemptuous glare when you forego the hotel restaurant, because there isn’t one – the entire city of Glasgow is your restaurant. Or, if you want to make cheese on toast and flake out in front of Strictly Come Dancing, then no one will stop you.

Because 38 Bath St is your home. It’s an entirely different experience from a hotel or guest house, it’s a way of life. You’re unlikely to even see another guest and are left to your own devices.

And when you’re ready to leave, you don’t check out – you move out.

Information 38 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 1HG Tel: +44 (0)845 222 38 38 Tariff: from £95-£145

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