There are apparently more Malmaison Hotels around Scotland but I haven't come across them before. The one in Glasgow is like a slightly down-at-heel W hotel, designed for the cool customer who doesn't like the bland decor of a big hotel chain. It's hard to ignore the carpet in the lobby and stairs (purple and ivory in stripes and checks) as you go up and down stairs because there's no elevator. The room I stayed in was a suite and comfortable, but the floor creaked. When I say the floor creaked, I mean it sounded like a haunted mansion. At the Malmaison, you will never be surprised by someone sneaking up behind you. If a body walks by in the corridor, you think there's an earthquake going on inside your room. If you get up in the middle of the night, you will not only wake anyone else in your room, you'll wake the entire floor. They must have done something special to the floorboards to make them so noisy, but the beds are very comfortable and the sheets and duvet are very fine. In the morning, head for the breakfast room along the purple and ivory carpet, then down the circular wooden staircase and into the darkened dining room. There you will find a fabulous breakfast waiting - continental buffet for £14.95 plus a choice of many hot dishes for two pounds extra. The breakfast was so good that I went back to the dining room for dinner and wasn't disappointed - make sure that you try the fresh fruit platter to finish. The hotel is definitely in the 'boutique' category, which is French for 'eccentric' when used to describe the Malmaison - the interior decorator could have been a Highland Laird who painted all the woodwork black so it would contrast better with ivory and purple-striped carpet ends. The staff are charming but were unable to provide an umbrella which seems odd because it is always raining in Glasgow, one would have thought they'd have hundreds behind the counter. I was offered the receptionist's personal umbrella if I promised not to lose it and bring it back before she finished her shift. Wireless internet is free, but slightly unreliable. I enjoyed the Malmaison and would stay there again, but I wish they'd replace the carpet and nail down the floorboards.
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