THE HOTEL:Opened in summer 2018, this 64-unit aparthotel occupies an Edwardian property that was once the headquarters of the Anchor Line Shipping Company (look for historic features like the carved nautical emblems on the outside of the Art Deco building). It is centrally positioned, on Vincent Street, and close to George Square and the Gallery of Modern Art. It’s just 20 minutes (by the Airport Express bus) to Glasgow International Airport and a short walk from the city’s two central train stations.
THE CHECK-IN: The small reception area is on the first floor, up stone steps that have been trodden down by history (there is also an elevator). It was Estonia Independence Day when I visited, which explained the small bowl of sweets wrapped in the blue, black and white colours of that country’s national flag. The receptionist, from Tallinn, was all smiles but initially there was no record of my reservation or dinner booking. Both were quickly located.
THE ROOM: I stayed in apartment 103 (Premium One Bedroom) on the first floor, a few paces from reception. It felt like three apartments in one, with the extensive shower room, cosy living room and large bedroom all having their own separate doors. The main living space featured an iron fireplace, a comfy three-cushion couch, a large TV and a fully-equipped kitchen with an induction hob, fridge, kitchen chairs, and washer/dryer. The eye-catching feature of the bedroom was a walk-in wardrobe that was once a safe – the heavy-duty door is wedged permanently open.
THE FACILITIES: There’s free high-speed wifi but no meeting spaces. Two restaurants are attached to the building. I had dinner, with a French theme, in Atlantic Bar and Brasserie, and breakfast, a full Scottish affair, in Anchor Line. Both were fabulous and hearty.
THE VERDICT: Native’s first Scottish property provided an ultra-comfortable stay in a spacious apartment. Impressive is the way the building’s conversion incorporates original features such as terrazzo flooring, fireplaces and several windows restored by the same family firm that first fitted them in 1906.
THE DETAILS: 14 Vincent Street, Glasgow G1 2DH. Rates start from £85 (+VAT) a night for a Studio and £118 a night for a Premium One Bedroom. There is no minimum stay. Tel: 020 7313 3886.See: www.nativeplaces.com.
Reviewed by Steve Hartridge (2019)