An Interview with the General Manager
General manager, Dan Grandfield, shares Scotlands must-try dishes and Glasgows best kept secrets so you can make the most of your time at Mercure Glasgow City Hotel.
When did you join the hotel and in what role?
I joined the hotel in November 2015 as General Manager.
What motivates you in the hospitality industry?
The hospitality has a dynamism and variety through any given 24 hours unlike most other industries, this and seeing the team here progress is the greatest motivator.
What makes Mercure Glasgow different to the other hotels?
Our hotel is right in the merchant city one street back from George Square at the very centre of Glasgow.
What dishes would you recommend visitors to try when in Scotland?
I would recommend oysters from Loch Fyne, hot smoked salmon from Perthshire and of course one of the many different types of malt whisky available in Scotland.
If someone had only 48 hours to experience Glasgow, what activities would you recommend?
The musts for a visit to Glasgow are The Peoples Palace, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a Tour of the City Chambers, The Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship Glenlee and if time allows a tour of Central Station (much more interesting than it sounds).
What is your city’s best kept secret?
I think the 2 riverside walks, one along the Broomielaw to see the central part of the River Clyde and onwards up to the Riverside museum and then The Kelvin Walkway in The West End of the City that takes in Kelvingrove Park.