I came into Belfast early on a Sunday morning and was recommended Malmaison by chance. I was expecting snooty service, and overpriced, underwhelming quality. I was proved very wrong.
When I said that all I wanted was a coffee and croissant, the receptionist was very welcoming and helpful, and recommended the 'Express Breakfast', which included a large pot of coffee, top-quality croissant, lovely jams, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and two generous bacon roles - all for £5.95. Everything was delicious, and I was stuffed by the end. Superb.
The music and atmosphere was cosy, relaxed and intimate, and the service was perfect. I could have spent a couple of hours in there easily. From my breakfast experience at least, Malmaison is up there with the best - in the UK and elsewhere.
Wow! This has to be one of my favorite new places in Europe. Excellent, chill decor, inexpensive hotel rooms with awesome showers. Only one complaint, the lighting if you actually want to see something getting dressed or read, is nonexistent.
I think their forte' is creating sexy getaway spaces for the hip scene. The restaurant and hotel looked like an Ian Scrager hotel here in the states. I'd definitely go back to up and coming Belfast and this hotel chain.
The price was reasonable at 79Euros for 2 beds, and the service was great. They help you save on cabs and where to go and have all sorts of yummy mini bar and fun suggestions (like, take a run, here).
The first thing that struck me about this hotel was the sheer genius of converting an old warehouse into a very modern and contemporary hotel.
The outside is in-keeping with old periodic features whilst inside is absolutely stunning and in my opinion one of the most contemporary decors in Belfast.
Malmaison offers three luxury suites for guests staying including a romantic love suite, for all you guys trying to get back in the good books with your missus, and a cleverly named Samson and Goliath Suite after the cranes that built the Titanic.
The Samson and Goliath Suite boast a power shower for two a huge 9 foot bed, iPod speakers, flat screen TV and a free standing bath-tub.
However it is the love suite which really stood out for me, from £195 per night, you get to enjoy champagne on ice, chocolate dipped strawberries, aromatic oils, a romantic CD and not forgetting, that all important champagne breakfast in your room.
Now if this doesn't score points with your missus then I don't know what will.
Dinner last night at malmaison & it was awful. Ordered the roasted tomato soup - it was bland but edible & the caprese salad - tomatoes underripe. The real problems were the entrees. The steak frites was an odd very thin sirloin looking cut overdone & tasting of vinegar. The frites were dry. Ordered lamb pink & it arrived overcooked. Got mushroom risotto instead & it was over salted & left an odd fatty residue taste in ones mouth. Everything a la carte. There must be better places than this in belfast.
We stayed here on 23rd December on a pre-pay deal on the Mal website. I was happy with £49 room only as I have always wanted to stay here and could never justify £100+ to stay a few miles down the road.
The bedroom was small, but very well decorated and the bathroom was gorgeous, decorated in black and white. The stuff: (toiletries) were amazing as usual, bigger than usual bottles with they encourage you to take. I had to go to reception to get a moisturiser though, we only had shampoo, conditioner and body wash in our room.
I also borrowed a dvd when I was down there, the rooms have dvd players and you can borrow free dvds from reception.
The worst thing about the room was the bed, it was rock hard. I like a firm mattress, but I felt like I was sleeping on the floor. And the pillows didn't seem to give much support, I felt like my head was just lying on the mattress.
The staff were really friendly and did their best to answer queries.
I would recommend this hotel for it's central location and decor (if you like boutique hotels, some people refer to it as the Adams family hotel due to the dark decor). However I found the bar prices a wee bit steep and the rooms don't have nice views. There is a small gym, but no pool, sauna, etc.
We stayed here for our wedding night. I would like to say that they made it special for us. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I know in this day and age you can't expect miracles, but I would have at least hoped for a complimentary bottle of cheap champers or chocolates on the pillows, or - God Forbid, a room upgrade. Nope.
Once we got over that disappointment - because let's be fair it's your wedding night and you should be happy anyway, we got used to the place. It's very stylishly decorated and plush - apparently Kylie stays here when she comes to Belfast, and there are lovely toiletries in the bathroom, but that's about it. I didn't see why so many people enthuse about it. It was clean and there were all the mod cons you might need, but what it lacked was air conditioning and it was very muggy weather when we stayed there. I feel all hotel rooms should have air con - regardless of what city they are in.
The breakfast was lovely, lots of choice and my poached eggs were good. I think if I had just had one 'ickle' free chocolate on my pillow I would have left more content.
Popped into Malmaison for lunch today as I've heard great things about it and seen they had an offer on of two courses for a tenner. So why not? The menu was the average size you'd expect for a lunchtime offer, a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts- all of which looked awesome! I went for main and dessert-there was chocolate! I chose the steak for my main and chocolate dessert which turned out to be pretty big! But waste not that which is chocolate! The meal was first class! Especially for a special menu. They also were offering bar food at the same time which looked lovely as well. The prices were above average for Belfast but Malmaison is an upmarket venue so that's to be expected. What I didn't expect was that the portions were really pretty big! Not something you normally get with higher end dining so it was great.
Malmaison itself is an exquisite building. It is made up of several different buildings combined into one so there's a real historic feel and look to the place, Its really plush and posh inside with deep purples, black and silver. It has a lovely rich boudoir feeling! Think moulin rouge! The hotel looks wonderful and I'm sure you would have a fantastic experience as a guest. Also the bar is really well stocked with extensive beer, spirits, wines and cocktails- though these are from around £2 more expensive than most places in the town. Overall I would definitely recommend the £10 lunch offer which continues at dinnertime Mon-Thurs as well.
I was pleasantly surprised with this hotel. The lobby is pretty small, but the rooms are modern, large and clean. There is no parking, but there is a structure behind the hotel that you can use. We got a really good deal--something like £115 for the room and included a £75 food voucher! I would definitely stay here again.
One of the nicest hotels we could find online we decided to stay here when we visited Belfast.Originally this was a old warehouse and they converted it and if i must say so myself i think that they did a really great job of it.It is so stylish now.I stayed here with my boyfriend in one of the love suite packages and it was divine.Think chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne on ice.The gym was an okay size not that i used it much with what i had planned for the bedroom.The staff were pleasant enough and the hotel was in a good easy to find location
Great time at the bar, free internet for the fist half hour! Food was fab at the restaurant, will be back next time I'm in Belfast!
Really really nice hotel the bed was sooo comfortable! Food was lovely I had venison which was a little pricey but well worth it!
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