Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 19th April 2021

York Welcomes ‘Boutique’ Malmaison

Malmaison is opening its first boutique hotel in York on 20th May, marking the 17th opening for the group’s ever-growing UK portfolio.

Breathing new life into the Aviva insurance building, Malmaison York says it will be offering stylish bedrooms and modern interior design. The hotel will also be home to new rooftop skybar, Sora, an Asian fusion tapas and cocktail bar, a brand new offering from the Malmaison group.

The hotel will also house the iconic Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar, a popular destination staple of the brand nationwide.
The hotel has 150 guest bedrooms and suites, offering views across York Minster and the famous City Walls. A new extension to the rear of the building will also feature Malmaison’s distinctive Work+Play facilities with meeting pods ideal for hourly use or longer term co-working space, conference rooms and event space for up to 150 guests.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the spa, a fully equipped and spacious Technogym, and on-site Starbucks with an outdoor terrace.

Designers have taken inspiration from the city’s industrial heritage and brutalist architecture, mixing concrete and moody elements with softer textures and confectionery touch points, drawing on York’s famous alumni including the Rowntree and Terry families.

“As a city, York has so much to offer; from Roman and Viking roots to independent retail stores, and is one of the UK’s most coveted tourist destinations. It’s an incredible place and it only makes sense for Malmaison to become part of this story,” said Guus Bakker, CEO EMEA at Frasers Hospitality, owners of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands.

“We are already present in York with Hotel du Vin on The Mount, and look forward to building our boutique offering further with this launch.”

Situated on the corner of Rougier Street, the hotel is a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most famous attractions, including York Dungeons, York Castle and the historic York City walls. York train station and the River Ouse are both a few minute walks away, with the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York’s Chocolate Story Museum, JORVIK Viking Centre and the world famous university a short walk over the bridge.

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