The only purpose-built hotel in this chic chain—most are in renovated older buildings— the Malmaison combines glamourous funishings with sleek industrial design and a great sense of space. A five-minute walk north of the Liver Building, the hotel sits on the waterfront, so request a room with a view. Guest rooms aren't large, but they come in attractive shades of plum and orange. Walk-in "wet rooms" have both a shower and a tub. Public areas are transformed in the
evening when chairs change their livery and candles appear; a cocktail in the Plum Bar is an almost theatrical experience.