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In true Malmaison fashion, the company has re-purposed an unlikely building - a city-centre 1960s office block - into a fashionable hotel, but this time with a striking edgy feel rather than the typical Malmaison moody blues and purples. Full of bright colours and pop-art references, it feels youthful and fun, with a big open-plan bar-restaurant, and - a first for the city - a swanky rooftop bar. It's a big hotel - 150 rooms - so room décor is pretty standard throughout (room sizes vary) but it's bright and punchy, even if the semi-open bathrooms may not be to all tastes. Dining is either the standard Mal brasserie or Pan-Asian tapas in the rooftop bar; definitely worth booking a table here. And there's a small spa, plus 24-hour gym.
Within two minutes you can be up on the walls, away from the traffic, with clear views over the city.
Centrally-located hotel beside the city walls and the river, with most attractions no more than a 15-minute walk away.
By car: 45 mins from Leeds, 1 hour 20 mins from Sheffield and just over an hour from Middlesborough. There is private on-site parking for £25 per day.
By train: York station is a five-minute walk away, with services from Newcastle (1 hour), Leeds (1 hour 15 minutes), London Kings Cross and Edinburgh (2 hours 30 minutes). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This is the hotel for the city-slicker who wants a high-energy weekend - or a cool place for a business meeting. The framed pop-art and Andy Warhol-print wallpapers raise the hotel above the standard corporate four-star.
Service & Facilities
Nowhere else in the city can compete with the rooftop bar with its staggering views across the city to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. Crazy as it sounds, we love the 24-hour gym - or, rather, the fact it's open 24 hours so we can pop in any time we feel the urge.
- Rooftop bar
- Two restaurants
- Free Wi-Fi
Several rooms are pet-friendly for an additional charge.
Some rooms look directly to other buildings; ask either for a city-view or walls-view room - or upgrade to a Club room. Hiding the TV behind a sliding pop-art print is a neat idea.
Standard Room, Standard Twin, Mal Club, Mal Club Twin, Mal Club Deluxe, Family Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Watch your cocktail being prepared - try the cherry blossom negroni - in rooftop Sora. Their miso-glazed black cod is a winner - if very sticky to eat!
Chez Mal Brasserie: À la carte options include pot roast stuffed guinea fowl and and winter squash and sage gnocchi. Open daily for dinner and weekends for lunch. By reservation only. Mains from £14.
Chez Mal Bar: Cocktails and bar snacks. Open daily and till late Fri, Sat & Sun.
Sora: Asian-style tapas and sushi; a dining experience on the seventh floor. Open Wed, Thu & Sun 12pm-12am; Fri & Sat 12pm-2am. By reservation only.