Hey there! It has been a while since I have updated my website because I was busy with my final year exams ( i swear I am more active on Instagram !). Having recently finished University, I wanted to write today about my experience at staying in Malmaison hotel in London. Malmaison is a chain of boutique hotels operating in 15 cities across the UK (Brighton, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool to name a few). You can check their full list of locations on their website here.
The Malmaison Hotel in London has a very chic and modern look which is evident throughout the premises. The dark and sultry vibe of the overall interior is balanced out with punchy colours found in small details like the union jack rug in the lobby or the velvety pillows in the room. The Chez Mal Brasserie and Bar provide an extensive menu of contemporary French flavours and are a great meeting point for after work drinks!
I stayed at the Mal Club room which is the second biggest room after their executive suite. The room was fully equipped with all the necessities that a guest might need and even some extra amenities like a Lavazza coffee machine and an ironing board. The bathroom was spacious and included a rainforest shower and fig-scented toiletries that you can take with you when checking out (seriously, even the packaging prompted you to do so!). Last but not least, a personalised welcome message and some chocolates were a very heart-warming touch that definitely adds to the level of hospitality of any luxury hotel.
The hotel is located in the area of Farringdon, central-east London, a few steps away from Smithfield Meat Market and is renowned for its many traditional pubs and modern restaurants, especially if you walk in the nearby area of Clerkenwell. Be aware though, as it can get quite busy during lunch and after work hours as you are still in City of London, home to many London’s corporations.
Tip: If you have spare time don’t forget to visit the Barbican Centre (which is architectural heaven) and only 10 minutes walk from the hotel. It also houses a conservatory, open only on Sundays, where you can find exotic fish and approximately 2000 species of tropical plants and fish. It’s literally a hidden jungle between the skyscrapers!
Although not in your typical touristy spot, the area hides many hidden gems for those who are bored of the same London attractions and want a ‘deeper’ exploration of the city. The hotel is very well connected to the London underground and the staff was very friendly and helpful during my stay.