June was a very busy month for David and I, and it went past in a whirlwind. I worked loads, we had birthdays and we had trips away.
This is a smart, predominantly business hotel (e.g. airlines use it for their pilots and cabin crew), but it’s still a comfortable, sleek hotel for a weekend away, and is in a perfect city centre location on Bath Street. I think if I was staying in a Glasgow hotel in the future, it would be a lot more of a luxurious and unique one (since I live in the city), but if you are visiting Glasgow, this is a quality and handy hotel to choose for your time here.We were staying in a City View room, which had floor to ceiling windows that over-looked the city. I could see the clock tower at Glasgow Central Station from our room. The room was very comfortable, and was stocked with fabulous Elemis toiletries. When we arrived, staff brought us up an ice bucket for our champagne (that I was given by the guys on Succession), and we settled in with a few glasses before heading down to the bar for some cocktails.The bar at the Apex is tiny, but it’s still well-stocked and they have quite a large cocktail menu – all of which are very affordably-priced. I do love a Mojito as it’s such a refreshing drink. David is a huge whisky fan, and the Apex had a great whisky cocktail made with one of his favourites.After our drinks, we moved through to the restaurant area of the bar for dinner. The menu is a real comfort food one, so I was delighted at the prospect of eating all of the carb goodness. The food at the Apex Glasgow is tasty, but it’s not great. Unfortunately it’s not somewhere you would pick for a special meal. It caters more to the business traveler, which is the main remit for this hotel.I had nachos (£6.50) which were really tasty. It was a bit annoying though that all the parts came as separate components (chilli, sour cream etc) rather than all together in that messy heap you expect nachos to be presented like. David has scampi tail and fish goujons (£6) and he said it was some of the best scampi he’s ever had.For his main course, David had the Grilled Chicken Burger (£12.50), which he was also very impressed with, and arrived looking like a monster, with onion rings on the top. I went for the Macaroni Cheese (£9) and a side of fries. Now, I have eaten a large quantity of macaroni cheese in my lifetime, and I am particularly familiar with the decidedly average M&S one. I was really unimpressed by the Apex mac and cheese as it was exactly like the M&S one (right down to the very thin pasta tubes), but with added cheese on top and baked in an oven dish. Obviously I can’t prove this, but it’s not a dish I would ever order again here.For dessert, I had Creme Brûlée (£5.50) which was very nice and creamy and had a brilliant hard, burnt sugar top just like Creme Brûlée should have. David had Sticky Toffee Pudding (£5.50) which he also really enjoyed.
I went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, but they weren’t the best and they left me wishing we had opted for going down to the buffet instead.
Despite there being some negatives to our stay, we still had a nice, relaxing night away, and we are greatful to the excellent Apex Glasgow staff for their hospitality.
For David’s main birthday meal out, we went to the Black Sheep Bistro, which is famous for its epic desserts – I am still recovering from the £20 dessert platter now. Spectacular sugary loveliness! David also had a 40th birthday party that week. Setting up for it was quite hectic and tiring, but it was a lovely night with our family and friends.
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The night before the party, I went to Mar Hall Hotel & Spa for a girly night away with my Mum. We just wanted a pamper night with good food, so booked ourselves in. We had room service, and I ate the most epic chilli nachos and fries in bed watching a movie – bliss!
To end the month off, David and I took the train through to Edinburgh to visit the Lush Spa, so that I could go for a relaxing treatment. I’ve been here a few times before, but this time I tried a treatment I’d never had before – their first and signature treatment Synaesthesia* (£140 for 80 minutes).The Lush Spa Edinburgh is downstairs, below the Lush store on Prince’s Street. It’s dark and set out like your granny’s country kitchen, which gives it a really homely and relaxing feel. My therapist was lovely, and she sat me down at the kitchen table to tell me all about the treatment.Synaesthesia is a full-body massage treatment, done in time and rhythm with a soundtrack of birdsong and folk music (music made exclusively for this Lush Spa treatment). You can fully personalise the treatment to your current mood and desires, so you could have 11 different experiences if you came 11 times. My therapist explained that I was to choose a work from the blackboard that instinctively jumped out at me without me overthinking it. I immediately jumped on ‘perspective’. As I have chronic OCD, perspective is something I really struggle with. I can blow tiny things into catastrophes in my own mind and struggle to see them as they really are.I was also asked to choose a bottle from the shelf that appealed to me. I chose the ‘forgiveness’ bottle, as I struggle with forgiving myself in my own mind for small things that I’ve done or said to people (that become major things in my own head). I also struggle with forgiving other people – I tend to instinctively lean towards a ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy, but I need to be more accepting and understanding of other people’s flaws.
The words on the blackboard lead to a different, treatment-exclusive massage bar for every word. My therapist couldn’t tell me what was in my ‘perspective’ massage bar (as it’s a secret), but it was very fresh and mind-clearing. I could smell lemongrass and cloves I think – usually I despise anything with cloves in it, but I liked this scent.My ‘forgiveness’ bottle contained another exclusive scent in the form of an oil. The therapist diffused this throughout the treatment room in a lovely scented mist. I could definitely smell calming lavender in this.
So, there is my June 2019. I’m now enjoying a couple of weeks off, before heading to the Greek Islands with David this week for a truly relaxing, and romantic trip. I think it will be a vacation that we’ll remember for a lifetime!
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