We are boutique hotel fanatics and have always wanted to stay at a Malmaison. However have always found their rates on the high side. And any "deals" they ave never were never available on weekends or were still quite expensive.
So somewhat suprised to find a good deal on their website which was available on a Fri/Sat night. They usurped our usual Manchester hotel (Hilton Deansgate) who also had a rate which was on the high side.
What we liked
- Friendly reception staff, nothing too much trouble and anything sorted out quickly.
- New restaurant, Smoak, excellent food, excellent atmosphere.
- Fantastic location in the middle of the city on Piccadily. But soundproofind meant it was quiet.
- Breakfast was good. They used quality incredients, you could tell. No buffet, food was freshly cooked. Freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly baked croissants, high end yoghurt.
What we didn't like
- Fantastic meal at Smoak but the set menu price was bumped up a lot with costs for bread, steak sauce, service charge, and the drinks were extortionate. Expensive.
- Rooms are indeed boutique but they are looking a bit old. A lot of hotels now sport a similar look and are smarter and fresher. I think a referesh is in order.
- No real parking, Small discount at the NCP nearby but that NCP doesnt look secure. Tip is to use the station car park which is cheap at weekend and very secure.
Altogether, not a bad stay, but Malmaison need to up their game and not trade on their boutique reputation. Even small B&B's are having hte boutique treatment. And in Manchester their is considerable competition in the hotel market. Just oppoiste is both the Abode and Doubletree hotels.Which look much more sytlish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mal Manchester: In the home of the beautiful game you're about to turn Moulin Rouge. A short trundle for wheel-based luggage from Piccadilly Station and you're at the Mal - somewhere in the mists between Paris and the 24-hour party city. You cross the chessboard reception and suddenly you're a king for the knight. It's your move. Smoak Bar and Grill at Mal Manchester: A grill room and bar quite unlike anything Manchester has ever before seen. Set in the award-winning Malmaison Hotel minutes from Piccadilly station, Smoak is total indulgence for the senses. The amazing aroma of nation's finest oak-smoked steaks and fresh fish, served to a pewter counter or cosy booth. Imagine great imported beers, cocktails and bubbly served from an unusual sunken bar, with highly skilled mixologists serving you while you stay seated. Picture a stylish relaxed but chic interior a mix of booths, banquettes and counter stools. Come lunchtime and it's locally sourced bread, generously filled sandwiches and salads or full blown grill dining for the more adventurous lunchtime escapee. Come sundown the mood changes and we turn the aromas up to eleven. The cocktails flow, the steaks sizzle, the music turns up and the night begins. Ember Lounge at Mal Manchester: We could tell you about the Ember Lounge - an immaculate and opulent cocktail bar furtively hidden to the rear of the Smoak Bar & Grill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malmaison Manchester Hotel Manchester
- Malmaison Hotel Manchester
- Manchester Malmaison Hotel