I don’t often do hotel reviews, mainly because I rarely find them particularly special, you generally get what you pay for. If you’re going for a budget style Travelodge/ Holiday Inn/ Jurys Inn type hotel you generally know what to expect but others’ can be trickier, and there’s got to be a reason for shelling out a few hundred quid a night for a decent hotel room.
Me and my other half decided to visit Belfast for the early May Bank Holiday this year and only spent about 15 minutes’s looking into hotels before we reserved the Malmaison. For me this is quite unusual as most of the time I spend ages weighing up locations, reviews, prices, amenities etc but we just hit reserve and that was that.
I didn’t realize before that the Malmaison was a chain of hotels with about 10 or so scattered around the country in awesome cities like Edinburgh and London, this was because it definitely had the feel of a boutique hotel from the images of the hotel right through to the initial feeling when we arrived. The hotel had 62 rooms and suites, which seeing as the building was pretty big wasn’t a huge amount, I’ve seen more rooms than this squished into a tiny Travelodge building. To tie in with the city’s history there’s a connection with the Titanic with a definitely nautical feel about the restaurant area, but it was the location which drew us most in. The hotel lie’s a few minute’s away from the Victoria Shopping Centre where there are loads of restaurants and bars, and only about a 10-15 minute leisurely walk from the Titanic Quarter.
When we first arrived we were too early to go into our room but we were able to check in/ give all our details and leave our bags which meant when we arrived later it was just a case of collecting our keys, our bags had even been taken up to our room for us, a great little touch. We did opt for a decent room booking the Superior King Room but despite this, we were still shocked at the sheer size of the room; it was huge!
There was absolutely everything you could want in the room including the biggest fluffiest bed with some of the best pillows I’ve experienced in a hotel, albeit the fact that we didn’t take full advantage of the whole king bed as we’re so used to a double. I actually had to do more than turn over to reach my phone from the bedside table. The bathroom was fantastic with a great sized walk in shower and some great full sized toiletries, alongside lots of towels. This is a bugbear of mine when you got into a room and there is a tiny hand towel and enough for one towel each. I wash my hair every day so need two towels one for my hair and one for my body and at other hotels, I’m always having to ask for more towels. There was even a fan in the cupboard which was well needed as we almost always sleep with a fan on to keep us cool.
We had continental breakfast included in our stay which included your standard bread, cereal, fruit, and pastries but you had the choice of upgrading to a cooked breakfast for just £2 each which is exactly what I did where we opted for sausage muffins and eggs with toast. We didn’t manage to try the restaurant at night although we did order a room-service dinner after our Game of Thrones tour which made me feel so extravagant as the guy came up with a silver tray presenting us with burger and chips.
There is absolutely nothing I could fault the Malmaison Hotel with and I’ll definitely be checking them out when I make my next trip to Edinburgh.