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Malmaison Hotel
Ranked #87 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 October 2011

We stayed the night at the Hotel after a visit to Martin Wishart's restaurant in Leith.

Firstly, the location is great...very close to loads of great restaurants and bars.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, but the hotel is starting to show its age and looks a bit tied around the edges.

The room (suite) was very nice, but again starting to show age....the wardrobe handles were broken, the hairdryer did not work and the shower in to the bath did not drain quickly.

The bar was busy and fun, drinks were made well and the service was excellent.

Breakfast was very good, good choice and the hot food well cooked.

With a make over this hotel would be excellent, but would still stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

Very solid accommodation in the first malmaison. Staff are mostly eastern European and very friendly. Good quality, clean, and reliable. Standard for malmaison.

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Reviewed 28 September 2011

My hubby and I had a really special 3 nights at the Malmaison in Leith and found the hotel to be excellent in every way. It is set in a spectacular location and is in a beautiful, imposing and historic building.

Our room (117) was HUGE, the bed was the biggest I've ever seen, the decor was fresh and stylish and every little thing you could want was provided. Particularly liked the Nespresso coffee machine and am now hoping Father Christmas will bring me one (I believe it comes with a free George Clooney...). The room was very quiet and we did not hear a peep from any of the other guests.

There was even a tiny creditcard sized waterproof map provided which showed a 5k run from the hotel door which I took advantage of. Not often you get to run across the front steps of the Scottish Parliament!

We had dinner in the restaurant and the service, was prompt, courteous and friendly, and the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. The breakfasts were excellent and plentiful - ate far too much!

The carpark is right behind the hotel (free) and the surrounding area of Leith is full of some really top-class restaurants, bistros and bars that are definitely worth exploring. It is very easy to get into the city centre (we walked but there are loads of buses and taxis) where there is some really fantastic shopping to be had (thanks, Mr B!).

In short, I would happily recommend the Malmaison in Leith to anyone. Go! You'll love it.

Room Tip: I beieve some rooms even allow pets so ask if you want to take pooch for a luxury break too!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

The hotel is lovely nice decor and friendly staff, However it is too far out of the city centre and there is very little to do locally. The room was very big with two double beds and a large bathroom. There was also a good entertainment system and minibar. We were there for the fringe festival and so given the distance from the city we wouldnt return til late we found that the room service menu was very limited especially for vegitarians and also very expensive
I must say that much of the negatives of this hotel were made up for by the friendly helpful staff

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

Living out of hotels I have stayed in many. I was pleasantly surprised by the Malmaison never having stayed in the chain before. Pleasant efficient check in and a very comfortable room and bathroom with Sky sports and audio equipment an added bonus. Drinks easily located, in a cupboard as is often the case with ground coffee a pleasant change from the cheap usual sachets. Comfortable nights sleeps were followed by a wholesome breakfast.
Staff were always pleasant and attentive, and even located lost property for me with a minimum of fuss - thank you. Only downside was that the hotel is the wrong side of Edinburgh for me but is close enough to the centre. Overall very pleased and would revisit.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay at this hotel back in June. Some people might not like the location as it is in Leith, a reasonable way out of the city centre but we loved it. The area is interesting and attractive, and there are many good pubs and restaurants nearby. Parking was also close by and free - amazing for Edinburgh! As regards making your way into town, there is a bus stop close by, and the bus takes you straight into the heart of the city. i can't remember the bus number now, but someone at reception would give you this information.

As regards the hotel itself, I really liked our room. The furnishings and linens seemed of a high quality and we got a decent sleep. The bathroom was a good size too. The price of the room was very reasonable for summer.

As regards attractions in the area, the Royal Yacht Britannia, although pricey, was super interesting and professional. I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

The Malmaison sits in a pleasant corner of the old dockland area of Leith, nowadays partly regenerated and gentrified though still, it must be said, an area in transition. The neighbourhood is home to several of Edinburgh's better restaurants, notably The Kitchin and Martin Wishart. The hotel is in an old, restored building of some character, at least on the outside. It's easy enough to reach from central Edinburgh by taxi (about£8) or bus - best bet is probably the 22, which passes within about 200 yards.

Reception was friendly, helpful and efficient. Other staff were notably friendly. The room I had was reasonably large, with a good bathroom and excellent shower. It was clean. The products in the bathroom were Malmaison's own but seemed of adequate quality. The bed was reasonably comfortable. The decoration was in good condition with only one or two scratches or marks. The colour scheme featured shades of beige and chocolate. There was a television, radio/CD and minibar. The television picture was poor on some channels and radio reception wasn't great, either.

The only sustenance immediately visible in the room was a 500ml bottle of house wine priced at £14.75. There appeared to be no kettle, cups, or anything with which to make tea or coffee, nor were there any complimentary biscuits; the water was priced at £1.75. All of that made the room seem less welcoming than it might have been.

The public areas of the hotel were in good condition, with few marks or scuffs.

Breakfast was served in the Brasserie and there was a buffet featuring various cereals, yoghurts, fruit, croissants and pastries. A cooked breakfast was also available to order. The breakfast service was a little disorganised; I had almost finished a continental breakfast before I was asked (roughly 15 minutes after sitting down) if I wanted anything cooked.

I didn't eat in the hotel,but I did have a look at the Brasserie menu in the bedroom. Whoever is responsible for marketing has decided that there is something 'daring' about the Malmaison and that theme was echoed in various small ways, though I was struggling to identify anything very daring in my beige box, except possibly the price of that bottle of wine. This theme has been carried through into the menu and the chef tells us that he is 'daring to go local', or words to that effect, elaborating on this by saying that produce from Midlothian is being used. These days, there is nothing remotely 'daring' about using local produce; it's practically compulsory in any restaurant that claims even modest competence. So the claim is idiotic. Secondly, try as I might, I could find nothing on the menu that claimed to be from Midlothian. There was beef from Aberdeenshire and smokies from Arbroath, which is fair enough: but why make vague claims about local sourcing without carrying them through into the menu? Whoever's responsible for this vacuous nonsense needs to get out more. The chef needs to tell the marketing department where to go and then focus on producing a menu that really does celebrate the good food to be found in the Lothians.

Overall, then, a reasonably pleasant stay, enhanced by friendly staff but slightly marred by a rather penny-pinching approach and clumsy, witless, marketing and presentation.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Malmaison Hotel

Address: 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh EH6 7BZ, Scotland (Formerly Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Leith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#47 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#53 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#58 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £84 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Malmaison Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's the mother of all Malmaison's. The former house of ill-repute now has a reputation that's second to none, and it's also just a short taxi ride away from Waverley Station. Malmaison Edinburgh bides at Leith (as they say up here), just a stone's throw from the Royal Yacht Britannia, but offering far more funky luxury. Yes, when you want exciting hotels in Edinburgh, this is the King, not the castle. Our Edinburgh hotel puts you close to all of Edinburgh's cobbled splendours, incredible shopping and famous galleries. Then it's back to Mal for Scots dining with a twist, a fine selection of single malts and mojitos in the bar and then back to the slinkiest and most spectacular rooms in the Scots capital. ... more   less 
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