One of Glasgow's five-star hotels, the Hilton Glasgow, photographed in 2003. The 20-storey granite and glass structure is the highest hotel building in Scotland. The western facade, illustrated here, faces the northern approaches to the Kingston Bridge. In the background, right, is the Marriott Glasgow, another large hotel from an international chain adding to the number of beds in the city.
Opened on St Andrew's Day 1992 by Lord Provost Robert Innes, the Hilton Glasgow has 319 bedrooms, three top floors of executive rooms, three restaurants, a large ballroom and extensive conference, business and leisure facilities.
The decision to build a Hilton hotel in Glasgow was taken against the background of a doubling of overseas visitors to the city, and the opening of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in 1985. Glasgow's ability to attract its share of the increasing number of conferences and corporate events was enhanced by the presence of a member of the highly-rated international hotel chain in the city.
Reference: Illustrations vol 48, p 13
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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