From the yellow submarine dangling in the foyer to its prime spot on the former Princes Dock, you’d struggle to find a more OMG, we’re in Liverpool location than this. Malmaison’s first purpose-built hotel feels very glam from the get go – when we went, the raging fire feature in the lobby made for an excellent antidote to the outdoor chill. Decked out in moody purples and blacks, the rooms have a sexy boudoir feel that lends itself to a romantic getaway, and the bathrooms are sleek and well equipped. Don’t overlook the buzzing in-house brasserie, Chez Mal – the hearty scallop risotto and Argentinian steak come strongly recommended.
Here on Princes Dock, you’re just north of the striking Three Graces (the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building) that hark back to the city’s trading heyday. The museum district around Albert Dock is a scenic 10-minute traipse away, and Liverpool Lime Street station is walkable, too.
1. Mersey Ferries: For a hop-on-hop-off cruise that takes in all the major waterfront sights.
2. Liverpool ONE: For quirky independent boutiques and high-street names in the UK’s largest open-air shopping complex.
3. Museum of Liverpool: For a lesson in Liverpool’s complex history at a dazzling harbourside museum.
Time Out tip:
Head down to the hotel bar before dinner – far from characterless, this place packs out with locals come evening and is a great spot for a glass of prosecco before a blowout brasserie meal.