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We go behind the grand entrance of Malmaison Glasgow to discover a chic haven

We go behind the grand entrance of Malmaison Glasgow to discover a chic haven

Double bed at Malmaison Glasgow.

Set on the corner of the quiet Blythswood Square, Malmaison Glasgow is an elegant and comfortable base to explore this handsome city.

This was only the second in the Malmaison chain, opening just months after the company was founded by Scottish hotelier Ken McCulloch. You’ll see how the warm welcome, good food, impressive architecture and great location helped build their reputation.


The entrance to the hotel has real wow factor. In a previous life, the building was a Greek Orthodox Church and it retains its beautiful double-height entrance way.

You find yourself immediately transported into the moodily-lit contemporary opulence that marks out the Malmaison brand.

You also get a warm welcome. As we were early, the friendly receptionist stored our bags, checked us in to save time later and gave us some pointers to explore the city.


Dark tones and subtle tartan touches make the bedrooms a relaxing haven.

All the bedrooms have flatscreen TVs, wifi, a kettle and an espresso-pod machine. And the big double beds are every bit as comfortable as you’d expect.

The bathrooms have great power showers. And the decent-sized toiletries are just begging you to slip them in your bag to take home with you.

Breakfast and dinner at Chez Mal

The continental breakfast at Malmaison Glasgow is a treat. Start with smooth coffee or uplifting tea and freshly squeezed juices. Then tuck into their large selection of home-baked pastries, yogurts, berries and fruits, plus batches of freshly made toast.

If you need to set yourself up for a long day, tuck into a proper cooked breakfast. There’s a fry-up, of course, but also salmon and eggs or eggs benedict on fresh muffins with crispy bacon. It’s all served to Malmaison’s brasserie restaurant standard.

Dinner at Chez Mal is an intimate and elegant affair, with good food matched with wine or ale.

Starters include calamari and tiger prawns in a light, crisp tempura and handmade Vietnamese tuna rolls with a zingy chilli dip.

The main course can take you on a culinary adventure around the world. Try the Cornish scallop and crab risotto or the pan-fried lamb from the Yorkshire Dales. Or you can go more exotic with a Moroccan-style spatchcock chicken or perhaps a curry from Kerala, India full of monkfish, prawns, clams and mussels.

Chez Mal Bar

A towering beer barrel wall dominates the double-height Chez Mal Bar. This isn’t false advertising, Malmaison Glasgow has six beers on tap and plenty more available by the bottle.

Naturally there’s also a good wine list and the mixologists can create a range of cocktails for you to sip among the cool, pop-art illustrations.


The Malmaison is walking distance to Glasgow Central train station and just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport.

The location is ideal for exploring both downtown Glasgow and the West End. You can get to either by foot.

Make sure you pop around the corner to see the Glasgow School of Art. It is one of the finest buildings from one of the city’s greatest architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

You’ll also find yourself close to Sauchiehall Street, which has plenty of late night bars and rock clubs. So you are only a few minute’s from Glasgow’s famous music and social scene. The gay district in Merchant’s City is also walking distance from the Mal.

Stay at Malmaison Glasgow

Malmaison Glasgow is at 278 West George Street, G2 4LL. You can get prices, book a room and explore other Malmaison hotels around the UK here.

Read about our favorite Glasgow highlights here.

And you can find general tourist information about the city at the People Make Glasgow site.