Boutique hotel brand Malmaison has completed a refurbishment of its Reading hotel. The venue, which sits alongside the railway station, now includes a newly renovated Chez Mal bar, brasserie and reception area. The Chez Mal features new menus and a range of cocktails amid a setting of low-hanging bulbs, exposed brickwork, natural wood finishes and banquette seating.
Paul Roberts, chief executive at Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said: "We are delighted to unveil the newly refurbished Malmaison Reading. With the new Chez Mal bar and brasserie, guests and visitors will experience sumptuous food and drink in stunning settings. We are hugely proud of what we have to offer to those coming to Malmaison Reading, which is such a great, fun and vibrant city."
Malmaison has 13 hotels in major UK cities.
Reopened 18 April 2016
General manager Marie Warabida
Head chef Mike Keating
Covers 80 in the restaurant, 120 for functions
Room features Mood lighting, en suite bathrooms with baths and power showers, digital TV, wine and nibbles, same-day laundry, exclusive toiletries, ‘vroom' 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, ironing board and iron and complimentary tea and coffee
Starting room rate From £79
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