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Last updated: 26 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

If your idea of the perfect city bolthole is a place filled with dark, sexy corners and perfectly mixed Old Fashioneds, the Malmaison is for you.

While the exterior is a historic landmark (down to the stone gargoyles that overlook the entrance) the interior is a sultry affair, with a calming, chilled-out vibe that counteracts the bustle of the Cathedral Quarter right on the doorstep.

This former warehouse is an ode to lavish opulence, with dimly lit hallways and dark wooden beams. While its standard rooms are perfectly spacious, the higher-end options come with seductive extras like roll-top baths and fireplaces.

At weekends, the downstairs brasserie buzzes with locals, in for a boozy brunch with bottomless Aperol Spritz, or £6 cocktails at the Friday evening happy hour (their whiskey sours are top-notch).


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Exterior view of the local parliament during the daytime

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