Thursday, 23 September 2010

Malmaison - Leeds

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Last weekend, I visited the West Yorkshire city of Leeds in the UK. A couple of hours drive from where I live, makes it an easy-to-get-to city-break. I love to visit different cities to see what they have to offer. By no means my first stay, it had still been a number of years since the last time, so it was a refreshing change.

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The hotel I stayed in this time, was Malmaison. A sister hotel of the Hotel du Vin chain, this is another favourite, which I often go to in my Newcastle upon Tyne home town. I like very much the design, and as a lover of detail, this chain of hotels very much delivers. They offer comfort and style in relaxing surroundings with enticing furnishing in vibrant hues and plush fabrics.

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As luxurious as hotels can look and feel, for some reason I never sleep too well in them. I think it's the unfamiliar surroundings and little noises that remind me I am not in my own home. But although I still slept lightly, I must say that this bed was the most comfortable I have ever stayed in - it was so cosy!

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After dropping off our bags and having a quick look around the room (does anyone but me get totally excited over the mini toiletries?), we then went back down to Reception to learn that there was a 'Home Grown & Local' Farmer's Market on in the hotel. Not at all what you would expect from a boutique hotel such as Malmaison but what a novel idea, having what I would imagine as a captive audience from hotel guests with a high chance of being 'foodies'.

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The restaurant was decorated with a scarecrow at the entrance, hay on the floor and the most delicious array of fresh breads, cheeses, meats, fruit and vegetables. There was a table for the cocktail lover and a tray of canapes to nibble on over a glass of fruit punch. This set us up very well for the afternoon before heading out for shopping and cocktails.

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By the time our dinner reservation came around, thankfully the straw had been cleared away and we sat down to a lovely dinner in the cosy and intimate restaurant. We enjoyed starters of Tomato Consomme with English Mozzarella, Tomato Tartare and Creamed Brie, Apple & Salted Pecans. The main course was Salmon & Maldon Smoked Salmon Hash and Slow Cooked Guinea Fowl Breast with Summer Vegetables and a side order of Cauliflower & Bacon Mornay. My desert was definitely the best part of the meal for me, Chocolate & Muscavado Cake with Bourbon Ice-cream, so good in fact that I took absolutely no notice of my friend's, so I can't even tell you what the other one was! Again, due to dim lighting, I don't have much photographic evidence for you - but let me tell you, it was good.

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After our meal, we ended up having a coffee in the bar area with lots of girly chatter. And like the OAP's we are, just stayed right there in the comfort of the hotel, rather than attempt to hit the town on a chilly autumnal night. This did mean though that we were fresh the next day to enjoy a wonderful cooked breakfast and even more shopping. The hotel is only a 5-10 minute walk from all of the shops, bars, restaurants etc, so if you're looking for a central hotel in a metropolitan city - this is the one for you.

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25 comments:

Shopgirl said...

I get so excited about mini toilettries!! This hotel looks amazing - I keep thinking about going for a stay in a Malmaison - will have to look out for where they are :)

Morgiss said...

It looks great ;o)

Jen said...

I love Malmaison. My friends and I often pop into the bar for a Hendrick's gin and tonic - they make the best in Leeds! Lovely place.

Zara said...

What a fantastic review and stunning pictures. Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope we can welcome you back to the hotel again soon.

Zara Goodwin: Business Development Manager; Malmaison Leeds

janettaylor said...

It looks beautiful and delightful...oh-so-cozy!

❤Cate❤ said...

It looks wonderful.
I used to walk past the Malmasion in Manchester all the time and think how luxurious it was, maybe one day I'll go there for lunch :)

fashion clocked said...

I love the Malmaison.. and Leeds (used to live there), although I have never stayed at their Leeds hotel- the furnishing is always so fabulous and the products such a sweet touch! It sounds like the perfect break and your photos capture it all so beautifully.xxxKatie.xx
fashion clocked

Ena said...

Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love every detail of the hotel captured by you!

*Ena*

SabinePsynopsis said...

As a kid I only wanted to live in hotels all my life and I still love staying in (good!) hotels. (and still totally get excited by the toiletries)

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P.S. Wonderful photography!!!

AX80 said...

I love the way it's all photographed, from the tint to the oversized angle. It sort of reminded me of an Alice in wonderland adventure.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This place looks fabulous! I love all the little details. And yes, I get excited over the toiletries too!

Harriet said...

Looks amazing. There's a Malmaison in Oxford which is in an old prison which I'd love to stay in some time!

Winnie said...

Oooh Malmaison is such a great chain of boutique hotels! There is one in Birmingham and I had a peek into the rooms once when some bloggers were put up in some of the rooms. Gorgeous!

Kristin said...

You go to so many fabulous places! That hotel looks lovely!

Audrey Allure said...

I love the stair case!

Velvet said...

Amazing hotel! From food to decoration, everything is so attractive and even misterious I think.

I really like short trips.

Have a wonderful weekend dear.

Annie @ Wiloh said...

That place looks so dreamy!!

Becky said...

I love Leeds, I grew up just nearby. All the food looks and sounds amazing!

casacelis said...

Love this place!

Lets_go_find_a_Rain_beau! said...

Leeds is such a great city. Do you have pictures of the city as well?

Glad you had a nice stay!

xx

S*

PinkBow said...

zara - thank you so much for having us! and thanks for your comment & email

rain_beau - yes, i took pics of leeds too... post to follow soon

Mat said...

looks amazing, i have been to the one in manchester(not stayed in) but it looks nothing like this. it's much more madern

Victoria said...

Gorgeous pictures ! :)

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