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Mal Edinburgh - the original Malmaison
We’re fans of the British Malmaison chain for decent value in interesting locations (all their hotels used to be some kind of cool old building) so we’d be up for trying their latest package – a Tale of Two Scottish Cities.
It’s no quicky break –you’ll spend a whole week between Glasgow and Edinburgh – but you won’t be stuck for things to do in either of those places. Split seven nights either way (we suggest three in Edinburgh and four in Glasgow, for ease of reaching the Highlands in the day time), and for £500 per person, you’ll get one Brasserie meal at each hotel, a bottle of whisky at one, and champagne at the other.
Being from London, when we think about sexy hotels, we don’t immediately think London. We think a little lovenest on the Seine, private beaches on the Med, that kind of thing. But now we are thinking again, because Boundary in little East London just got named the most stylish hotel in Europe at the European Hotel Design Awards.
We’ve kept meaning to visit Boundary since it opened in January, but were put off by the fact that it’s a Terence Conran project and we think of him as a bit posh for our tastes (we once went to his Bluebird restaurant in Chelsea to find we’d missed Kate Middleton – AKA Ms Prince William – by a couple of minutes).
But turns out we were wrong.
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MaMaison Riverside Hotel in Prague.
The latter we are familiar with as we have written about their funky boutique hotels (one is out of an old jailhouse) located all over the UK. But MaMaison had us intrigued.
According to its website, MaMaison has hotels and apartments throughout Central and Eastern Europe, perfect for guests who are looking for accommodations for "one day or one year."
Malmaison's latest hotel opens in Oxford this November.
The property is a converted prison, which now boasts swank rooms and free broadband.
H.M. Oxford Prison, the UK's first prison, was altered surprisingly little by designers-- with its cells, basement and castellated walls largely unaltered, to host the hotel. Don't worry, the designers did add plenty of Malmaison touches, so it probably won't feel prisonesque, let's hope.
Malmaison Oxford is offering an introductory rate for £110 that includes a complimentary bottle of wine.
Good chance to be one of the first to sleep in the now renovated H.M. Oxford Prison.