voco Grand Central Hotel shines a light on hotel history in a stunning light show marking the reopening of Scottish hospitality and the hotel’s rebrand to voco

The show, running throughout the week, celebrates the reopening of ‘Glasgow’s most loved hotel’ on Monday April 26 following a multi-million refurbishment to become a voco branded hotel, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, after more than a year of closure due to Covid-19.


Paul Bray, Area Manager for IHG Hotels & Resorts UK North and General Manager of voco Grand Central Hotel said:

“It’s been a really tough year for so many people and as hospitality reopens in Scotland we’re excited to celebrate the rebrand of our iconic hotel by looking back at some special moments from the hotel’s rich history. The word voco is inspired by the Latin for ‘come together’ and this couldn’t be truer for us at Grand Central Hotel, a place where many guests have chosen to connect and spend special times together across the years. As we enter a new era as a voco, we hope many will choose to return to voco Grand Central for those special moments when we can reunite and come together again.

“It’s important to us to honour the heritage of our beautiful building and its history, but we’re also looking to the future with a strong focus on sustainability, looking after our planet as we do our guests, and joining a global family of more than 50 hotels that offer a reliably different experience.”




The free light show illuminates the hotel’s icon clocktower with spectacular archive imagery documenting the vibrant history of the hotel; from the building of the station in 1870s, through the golden age of travel as a British Transport Hotel when Hollywood stars including Gene Kelly, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra stayed as guests, right up to the present day and celebrating the future as a voco hotel. 


Memories and pictures contributed by former staff and guests are also captured in the projection alongside the words of local playwright Laurie Motherwell in audio poetry which celebrates Grand Central’s cherished place at the beating heart of Glasgow for almost 140 years.


voco is one of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ newest brands and is part of the group’s premium collection of brands which aim to deliver a sense of belonging and well-being, with thoughtful details to make every trip matter. Developed in the UK in 2018 and rolled out initially in the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region, the voco brand then went on to expand to the U.S. and Greater China in 2020 and is proving popular with guests, owners and developers alike. The brand has recently reached the milestone of more than 50 signings and openings since it launched less than 3 years ago. 


Watch the video below:



voco® Grand Central Glasgow


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