We stayed at Malmaison Leeds 1 night for Valentine weekend and thought that it was a more than decent place to stay when visiting Leeds. Although not our favourite (not sure if I am allowed to say the name but check my other review about a hotel in Leeds), it has become a definite possibility when staying in Leeds depending on the price at the time of booking.
The staff at reception are welcoming and efficient. There is free Wifi throughout the hotel. The decor of the hotel in general is quite trendy and elegant. The bar was quite a surprise as we never been in there before and it happens to be a very nice chilled out place to enjoy a cocktail. The barmen know their stuff in terms of cocktails and we will probably go back for a drink there in the future (prices around £8 to £10 sting a little but are about the same than at other similar places in Leeds). Don't get me wrong it is not a partying place but the relaxed and slightly posh atmosphere is a perfect combination for couples, small groups of friends who want a chat or even corporate people.
Although we didn't try the restaurant, our table at the bar was adjacent to the restaurant and gosh it smelt nice! We will definitely try the restaurant next time we eat out in Leeds. It was also very well decorated and candlelit style atmosphere.
I also decided to surprise my husband and got a romance package for £80. That included a bottle of champagne (not bad at all) served in your room with strawberries and melted chocolate, a cocktail each at the bar and breakfast in bed the next day. We were a bit disappointed at first as only the continental breakfast was available for room service so we decided to have our breakfast in the restaurant to have access to the cooked breakfast. But this was actually a good idea as the breakfast we were served was one of the best breakfasts I have had in all the hotels I've stayed at. The coffee AND decaf were proper grounded coffee and tasted great. The croissants and chocolatines were as good as what you would get in France (I know I'm French :-)). Even the jam and the honey were of good quality and not the cheap stuff that you get sometimes. The choice of cooked breakfast is very good and you can get much more if you're hungry from fresh fruits, porridge and cereals and even Nutella (I know it's for kids but it's yummy).
However I only gave 4 stars as we originally booked a superior room which was well decorated and had what you would expect from a superior room except we thought it was a tad on the small size for what you pay (I was lucky to get a cheaper advance rate at £99 but if I paid the normal price of £119 I would have been disappointed as you can get better elsewhere for the price). When I arrived in the room I noticed a smell, and for some bizarre reason the bathroom had a very strong smell of bleach as well. After a few minutes in the room my eyes started to sting which was uncomfortable. My husband thought the smell was paint and asked if they had another room. The manager came to our room and confirmed that the smell was paint as the room had been decorated a few days ago. She explained that she didn't have any other superior rooms available but that we were welcome to stay in a standard room instead. We went for it as even if the room was smaller I wanted to have a good night’s sleep. The change was done quickly but when a hotel gets it wrong you do expect to get at least the same type of room and not be downgraded... I'm hoping they will refund me the difference as I had already pre-paid the room... Our room was on the 2nd floor and there was a fair bit of road noise (cars + drunken people shouting in the street ealry morning). Choose a room on 3rd or 4th floor if you can. To finish the mattress was OK but not massively comfy as you can find in other hotels.
So all in all, Malmaison is a very nice place to stay in the city centre of Leeds. The bar and breakfast were the highlight of our stay but the rooms although very decent are nothing extraordinary.
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