Recommended: Malmaison Leeds

A little while ago, when I was heading over to Leeds for the PenDo extravaganza, I needed somewhere to stay. It’s surprising how many places in the UK are devoid of boutique hotels and when that is the case, or I simply haven’t got the time to do the researching leg work, I tend to turn to the Malmaison group for a reliably stylish retreat.

The Leeds Mal wasn’t the first I have stayed in. I spent a brilliant weekend away with a group of work friends a few years back in Edinburgh and have frequented the Birmingham Mal too. They’re always in a great location, and often a notable building, lending character which is always nice.

The Malmaison Leeds was in a brilliant location for my visit, just a couple of streets away from a few of the places we frequented and really close to the station too.

What I like about the Malmaison is the decor. I love that ‘hotel chic’ look and the moody dark look to the public spaces. The bar was buzzing when I came back after a day out with the girls and I found myself looking longingly towards the restaurant and their Brasserie French food when my tummy was rumbling before dinner!

The room was, no exaggeration, massive, with a huge bed and a really warm but stylish look. The bathrooms are stocked with one of my favourite touches, large-sized toiletries that you are encouraged to take away (and I did!) After a long day and an appropriately tiring night it was heaven to sink into the huge bed and slip into a deep sleep with a lie in in the morning thanks to the super heavy curtains.

It was a tough call after THAT bed, but the highlight was breakfast. Again the brasserie was buzzing and I settled into a corner with my copy of the morning paper and a selection from the continental breakfast. I am partial to an egg when I have time for breakfast, so I opted for the eggs benedict. From now I’d like all my butter to come wrapped up in little packages like this please. One lovely touch was the locally sourced ingredients, including yogurts from a West Yorkshire dairy farm. It’s always nice when a chain hotel goes the extra mile to keep things local.

I had such a great stay that I’ll definitely be considering a return trip if I’m in the vicinity or if I’m visiting another city. There are Malmaison hotels in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Reading if you’re looking for a city break and you can often get rooms for bargain rates by booking ahead. I think the Friday Wine and Dine is a brilliant deal – Room, dinner and a bottle of wine for £99. Go on, treat yourself…

Have you stayed or eaten at the Malmaison? I’d love to hear your thoughts as ever…


Disclaimer: Rebecca stayed for one night as a guest of the Leeds Malmaison, but if she wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here.

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11 thoughts on “Recommended: Malmaison Leeds

  1. Hurray, I am staying there this weekend! I love Mal hotels – the continental breakfast served in a gorgeous wicker basket is a particular favourite when I’m too lazy to get up and go down for breakfast! 🙂

  2. I too have a lot of love for Malmaison and have stayed in their Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Oxford, Birmingham, Reading and Newcastle hotels!! (Newcastle was for 3 weeks in a row with work. The staff were lovely the whole time and even gave me a little tour of the suites, definately splash out on one if you can!). In my opinion you can never go wrong with the rooms, food, atmosphere…hence my slight obsession with staying there. I feel the need to stay at all of them to complete the set 😀

    I also love their sister hotels the Hotel Du Vin chain – so far have only stayed in Glasgow, York and Winchester! But really want to stay at the Brighton one. They also do cracking deals where you can stay for £10 on a Sunday if you spend £75 in the Bistro, super easy if you do dinner and wine! xx

  3. Never stayed at a Mal before, but I’ve just been on their website eyeing up the Liverpool hotel for a potential weekend away 🙂 they look fab!

  4. Not stayed at a Mal before – but have attended a work party at the Leeds one and eaten in the restaurant. Was delish!! Have stayed in a couple of the Du Vin’s and loved them.

    Currently contemplating booking the Newcastle Mal for our yearly trip up North to visit Mr P’s family and see the football (sigh!).


  5. I’ve always wanted to stay at the Mal in Oxford. It’s at the castle complex, and is a converted prison. You can actually stay inside a cell! Plus Krispy Kreme is right round the corner…

  6. Never stayed at a Mal but I LOVE Hotel Du Vin so really should give their sister chain a try. Gorgeous toiletries & amazing breakfasts!

  7. I love Malmaison, every year on my birthday my husband treats me to the Manchester one for the spa, cocktails and a stay. Ive been to the Liverpool one too and its lush!

  8. I have to spend quite a lot of time staying in Leeds for work (accountancy block studying – bah!) every year, and my colleagues and I often try to catch a midweek meal deal at the Malmaison brasserie – there were a lot of codes on Vouchercloud last year! Always delish, although we were a bit put out that Thursday steak night had been cancelled one week as they had run out of steaks!

    We’ve booked a table at our local Newcastle Mal on Saturday night to celebrate my husband’s 29th birthday, and am very much looking forward to sampling their fare again.

    We have also been considering a stay in the York Hotel du Vin for our first wedding anniversary in June, so good to hear people recommending them also.

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