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.