By Ian McConnell

The former Pocotel hotel in Glasgow city centre has been sold from administration from a guide price of £4.5 million to The Address Collective, which has three hotels in the Republic of Ireland.

Property agent Savills conducted the sale on behalf of the administrators of Bracknell Property LLP.

The former Pocotel is on a corner site at 139-141 West George Street. It is a six-storey, B-listed building, which has been refurbished recently, with 91 guest bedrooms, and a restaurant, bar, and meeting and fitness rooms.

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The property includes two income-producing retail units, occupied by Tony Macaroni and Mozza, Savills noted.

Joint administrator Derek Forsyth, of Azets, said: “Not surprisingly the hotel had suffered operationally as a result of lockdown. Our appointment as administrators brought a period of stability, providing us the opportunity to take control of the asset and negotiate with the various stakeholders in an orderly fashion, ultimately bringing the deal to completion within a period of seven months. We are delighted to have concluded the sale of such a prominent hotel and wish the new operators every success in the future.”

The hotel will be renamed as The Address Hotel Glasgow.

Ciara McGettigan, who owns The Address Collective with husband Brian, said: “This purchase demonstrates our appetite to grow The Address Collective brand and we have plans to create a bespoke product that will enhance Glasgow’s hotel offering. The building lends itself to a truly boutique hotel and we look forward to the launch of The Address Hotel Glasgow.”

Steven Fyfe, associate director in the hotels agency team at Savills in Glasgow, said: “This sale demonstrates there is appetite from hotel investors to secure representation in Glasgow, where there is a robust hotels market driven by tourism and business. The market has been significantly boosted by recent events including COP26 last year that put the city on the global stage.”

He also flagged Glasgow’s status as a “preferred events venue”, noting the importance of the ability to host major events at the OVO Hydro and that the city had been chosen for 71 conferences in the last year.

Mr Fyfe said: “Hotel operators recognise this.”

He added: “What is key to success in Glasgow’s hotels market is...being able to deliver the right product. The purchaser here has plans to create a bespoke product that we know to do well and which we believe will enhance Glasgow’s hotel offer. The building lends itself to a truly boutique experience and we look forward to seeing the new owners commence their business plan.”