A peaceful docks location, near the business district. It’s at the other end of the waterfront from the ACC development (which includes the Arena and convention centre) but the distance is by no means insurmountable.
If you’ve been into other Malmaisons you’ll know what to expect, though the USPs here are the river view and corner rooms. Décor is dark with splashes of colour, an offbeat selection of snacks (a big slab of chocolate is £3.95) and in superior rooms, bathrobes and a bigger bed. Bathrooms have small deep baths and walk-in monsoon showers. The toilet is opposite the shower and there isn’t a door in between - I can’t think of any way in which this is a good thing! There are oversized Arran Aromatics toiletries to take away and a small selection of more specialist beauty products to buy cheaply. The two suites are football-themed: show your allegiance in either the Kop or the Toffee Shop.
In the lounge, there’s stylish seating in cuddly coffee shades and a huge feature fire suspended from the ceiling, with free WiFi available in blocks of 30 minutes. There’s a small Champagne bar and seating on the mezzanine. When refurbishment is complete, there’ll be a smart new terrace outside.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant and bar are a key part of the hotel’s appeal for non-residents and guests. The Plum bar, contained within what looks like a giant wooden basket, is all purple velvet upholstery, with bartenders emerging through sliding purple doors with drinks. The innards of the building are exposed in the Brasserie, which has a glass-fronted wine cellar, chef’s table (where the breakfast buffet is laid out) and private dining room. Food is robust and meaty, with the odd dish clearly “for the ladies”.
There is a medium-sized unmanned gym with TechnoGym machines, towels and water but no audio system.
Snappy and not too deferential: staff take pride in the hotel, its quirks and its considerable pulling power.
Who stays there
Couples and businesspeople, with a fair smattering of celebrities: think Girls Aloud and WAGs.
Not all rates include breakfast, which is £12.50 for continental and £14.50 for cooked.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Destination bar and restaurant
- Work currently being done outside
- Odd loo arrangements
- Not as central as some