Having stayed in Belfast a few times before, Malmaison has always piqued my interest but never gotten around to booking into it.
For a special occasion this weekend myself and my partner stayed for a night. It's a little more expensive than similar hotels in the city centre, so I was a little put off about staying unless it was for a special occasion.
The hotel is gorgeously gothic, inside and out, and is a really unique building within the modern and burgeoning Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast. Especially easily accessible if driving as it's just off the westlink if you're coming in on the M1/A1 from the South.
Though the hotel website suggest the nearby Hi-Park Car Park I wouldn't recommend it. I would go literally a street further north to Talbot Street and park in the Q-Park at The Mac/Saint Anne's Square. It cost me just £10 for 24 hours parking on a Friday evening-Saturday evening. Convenient, new, spacious and cheap!
Our room in the hotel was facing the street, though it got a bit noisy through the night and quite a number of ambulances/loud cars passed by it was overall a great sleep, uninterrupted.The walls between the rooms are a little thin and we could hear next door's TV quite clearly all morning but that's something which maybe cannot be helped.
The room was magnificient. Really luxurious and opulent with rich curtains, comfortable bed, neatly stored appliances and even a built-in DVD player. The bathroom was something to behold with a drench shower, lots of own branded toiletries and overall just lovely furnishings.
Only wished we could have stayed an extra night! The breakfast seemed completely overpriced for what was offered so we didn't even toy with the idea. We went about a three minute walk into the city centre and both ate a full, hot, Ulster Fry for less than Malmaison was charging for a contintental breakfast for one. Some improvement there, maybe?
The woman on reception was the same for us for both check-in and check-out and was full of questions about our trip and what we were doing/seeing which made it more personal and she was very professional, helpful and interested in her guests.
Next time we will definitely check out the (24 hours) bar in the hotel - there wasn't a seat free when we tried to go in!
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