Fodor's Expert Review Malmaison

34–38 Victoria St., Belfast, Co. Down, BT1 3GH, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice

Living up to its claim to be "a hotel that dares to be different," this transformed 19th-century grain warehouse incorporates trendy decor choices, modern facilities, and elegant finishes, all the while retaining original details like cast-iron pillars, wood beams, and giant portholes (inside) and gargoyles (outside). The newly renovated Chez Mal bar with moody neon brass birdcage lighting is appointed with suede chaise lounges, mustard colored sofas and chairs, and retro furnishings. Cocktails reflect the story of Napoleon and Josephine and are created by their own "Malchemists" (hotel version of mixologists). Rooms contain flat-screen TVs and DVD players, as well as comfortable beds with Egyptian-cotton linens in soft colors. The brasserie resembles a New England beach house and includes tongue-and-groove timber and maritime accessories such as vintage buoys from Nova Scotia, oyster buckets, lifesaving rings, and ships' lanterns.

PROS

  • imaginative and glamorous
  • five-minute walk to major Belfast shopping
  • trendy decor
  • fantastic central location
  • lively bar and good restaurant

CONS

  • lack of car parking
  • if you don't like the bar's subtle darkness
  • bring a flashlight
  • if you don't like the bar's subtle darkness, bring a flashlight
  • dark bar not for everyone
  • service can be inconsistent

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Trendy
Intimate
Central
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-9022–0200

HOTEL DETAILS

62 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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