StyleNest’s contributing writer, Helena Wilson-Beevers packed her bags and headed off to review the stylish hotel, Malmaison Newcastle.
Stepping into the reception of Malmaison Newcastle, you could easily forget how close to the famous Quayside hustle and bustle this beautiful boutique hotel is actually situated. The plush décor and serenity of each room provides an idyllic escape, yet once guests are ready to roam, the hustle and bustle of the city couldn’t be closer.
Grand and imposing, the hotel has a striking presence and actually inhabits a piece of North East history, the former Co-Op building. Boasting 122 exquisite rooms and suites, you can have your pick of the view with a Millennium Bridge View Double, Superior Double or Twin. For simpler tastes there is the similarly sumptuous Standard Double or Twin and Superior Double or Twin. Or, if you really want to push the proverbial boat out, why not plump for the Chateau Suite, Corner Suite or Ark Royal Exec Suite. Scenic skyline surroundings include the incredible Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art and afore mentioned Millennium Bridge.
Once shown to our room we explored the hotel’s facilities, discovering there was indeed something for everyone. Gymtonic is a small yet fully equipped gym, neatly placed on the 4th floor. Downstairs there’s a spa, complete with a tantalising treatment menu and is the ideal spot for a decent dose of “me time”. If this was to be a family trip, Mum and Dad would certainly both be catered for. And with such spacious rooms, little ones definitely have the space to relax or run wild.
As we were enjoying a little child-free couple time, we headed to the luxe MALBAR, a cosmopolitan venue with a comprehensive cocktail list. In the evenings MALBAR is your go-to for classic cocktails pre or post dinner. By day, the bar is ideal for business meetings or a super stylish coffee and croissant pit stop.
Cuisine is a big part of the Malmaison experience and The Brasserie is at the heart of the hotel. The menu offers modern, brasserie fair that includes classics such as Moules Frites, Fritto Misto, Steaks and the famous MalBurger. Bottles of wine and champagne are displayed around The Brasserie, as a sneaky suggestion of the superb sips available.
The Brasserie is an atmospheric yet relaxed spot to enjoy a delicious meal after a day pounding the streets of Newcastle.
The Brasserie is also open for breakfast and lunch. At breakfast expect tables piled high with gorgeous pastries and fresh fruits and of course a menu that offers all the classics including waffles, smoked salmon and of course the full English which we opted for– well it would have been rude not to…
We’re already planning another next visit to Malmaison Newcastle, especially as currently there are quite a few offers on. A list of deals can be found over at www.malmaison.com, including Head To Toe Gorgeous spa breaks with a course of treatments starting at £55 and a Dinner Bed & Breakfast Easter Eggs And The City deal from £89.
Malmaison Newcastle seamlessly offers the best of both worlds, a place to relax and recharge in the heart of a vibrant city. What more could you want from a city break ?
Need To Know:
Rooms and suites: 122
Rates: Starting at £89
Check-In Time: 3pm
Checkout Time: 11am
Facilities: Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the impressive Brasserie before indulging in some chic cocktails at the luxurious MALBAR. Get your daily workout fix from Gymtonic, a sleek yet smart state of the art gym. For a relaxing afternoon, take a calming treatment at the Spa and leave the city feeling fully revitalised.
How to get there: Situated on the Quayside, Malmaison Newcastle is approx 10 minutes walk from both the city centre and Newcastle train station. Access via car from the A1(M), whether you are travelling from the North or South. Multi-storey car parking can be found behind the hotel and is available at a reduced rate for residents.
Malmaison Hotel Newcastle, 104 Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3DX