REVIEW: Malmaison Hotel, Charterhouse Square
As a student at the University of Leeds, I had the pleasure of visiting Malmaison Hotel when my parents opted to stay there while visiting for my graduation ceremony. I was immediately struck by the impressive facade and dark, moody decor – it was the perfect place to escape my busy schedule.
Now graduated and living in the capital, I longed to try out Malmaison London, nestled in the calm oasis of Charterhouse Square. A short walk from Farringdon tube station, I’d say the location is close to perfect – a stone’s throw from the Barbican Centre, Smithfield meat market, countless cafes and restaurants and my new favourite pub in London, the Fox and Anchor. After work, I caught the tube from Oxford Circus and arrived ‘home’ in 20 minutes – the dream commute!
Walking into the square, I was pleased to see that the hotel’s exterior is as striking as its Leeds counterpart. The beautiful red brick building and its white window frames greet you from behind the square’s plentiful greenery, and it’s a wonderful feeling to step off the busy streets into an area of immediate calm.
Stepping inside, an air of slinky, understated luxury creeps in as guests lounge on the sofas and squishy chairs scattered across the lobby, and the clink of dinner plates can be heard from the subterranean bar and brasserie. A very helpful member of staff checked me in, happily catering to my diva-like demand for a toothbrush.
Once in my clean and spacious room, I enjoyed reading the tongue-in-cheek notelets accompanying everything from the shower products to the mini bar fodder. I won’t spoil them for you, but some made me chuckle! Highlights from the room include the atmospheric lighting, bottle of wine (unfortunately not complimentary) generous bathroom products and thick, overlapping curtains, all instrumental in blocking out the hustle and bustle.
After a long bath and a quick order from the 24 hour ‘Vroom’ service I retired to bed, for a truly great night’s sleep. The next morning called for a brisk power shower (the best wake up call) and a delicious breakfast – I ordered Eggs Florentine from the menu, but checked out the Continental spread too. All manner of breads, pastries, fruits, cereals and juices are available to guests, along with the ubiquitous tea, coffee and toast – a great contrast to some of the sadder breakfast spreads I’ve come across in the past.
The end of breakfast sadly meant the end of my stay, but as I lingered over my second cup of tea I was cheered by the thought of my quick journey back to work, highlighting just how brilliant the hotel’s location is. If you’re looking for somewhere stylish and central to rest and play on a weekend sightseeing, you can’t go wrong with Malmaison.
I’d definitely visit again, especially since discovering the ‘Girl’s Night In’ package launching across Malmaison’s 12 hotels. Grab a girlfriend and spend a decadent night in at the hotel for just £129 between you, including breakfast, 2 cocktails and Mal Munchies in your room. Go on, treat yourselves!
Amy @ FashionBite.co.uk xx
To book the Girls Night In package, call 0845 365 4247 or book online using promo code GNIN.