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REVIEW: Malmaison gets a refurb

REVIEW: Malmaison gets a refurb

Malmaison Farringdon

Here’s another reason to pitch a stay in the bar-lined streets of Clerkenwell; the Malmaison Hotel has undergone a trendy refurbishment, adding lots of natural light and trendy finishes. Transforming into a design-led mecca with quirky, cosmopolitan features, even the entrance with its azure walls and egg chairs is a breath of fresh air.

From here you can slink into the Lounge Bar and sip sharp cocktails on plush sofas or head downstairs to the Strip restaurant, which is modelled on a New York steakhouse. The American feel is there thanks to its exposed brick and neon signs, but it’s classy, stylish and sets the scene for the DJ who crops up to entertain.

Malmaison Farringdon

But the key thrill of the Malmaison is in its outstanding bedrooms, which balance an almost industrial feel with plush, warm furniture. Think brick wallpaper and exposed lightbulbs against a rich purple and grey palette, made more indulgent with velvet textures and a leather recliner and footstool.

The Wi-fi was free which, bizarrely, is a perk in busy London, where even large chains tend to hike up prices and charge you daily fees. In fact, there’s even a work desk should you be here on a business trip, and shelves supporting a range of books and current magazines.

But it’s not the just the flat screen Samsung TV that’s the big plus at this hotel, nor is it the humorous toiletries (one bottle reads: ‘Take me home, I dare you’), but rather the feel that here, you’re away from the hustle bustle, and yet, a short tube ride will land you in the centre of London’s tourist spots.

My verdict? Set within quiet walls in a London square, this is a go-to for well-heeled young couples seeking a city break. It’s brimming with charm and an urban feel that makes it a cool stopover, yet those huge beds, plush and welcoming add a cosseting, cosy feel.

Zara Kenyon

Where: 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH

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Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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