Having had great experiences with the 'sister' group - Hotel Du Vin - we decided to spend a weekend at the Manchester Malmaison to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We had heard good reports and how the cliental were often 'famous' so we were expecting something grand.
First impressions were contradictory, part of an old facade on a modern building, moulin rouge style red/black decor, very dark and intimate yet an american, wood and metal style restaurant. Perhaps a little more consistency throughout would have been nice.
The rooms, whilst pleasant were not overly impressive (we didn't have a suite) and style triumphed over practicality in many respects. The bathrrom was far too dark to shave properly and all the mirrors in the bedroom (six I think) had lights or lamps right in front of them!
We had a comfortable nights sleep and enjoyed a meal in the Smoak brasserie, staff were excellent and we have no real reason to be too negative, it was just that after the uniqueness and French relaxed style of Hotel du Vin the Malmaison had a lot to live up to!
By the way, the Spa was excellent.More