Bright new look for Chez Mal

The Chez Mal bar at Malmaison hotel in Belfast has just unveiled the results of an eye-catching renovation programme.

The uber-chic space is now a mix of bright colours with comfortable sofas and a quirky vibe. Visitors can enjoy Instagram-friendly, custom-made neon artwork, stunning metallic chandeliers and a ceiling adorned with luscious foliage and hanging plants.

To go with its new look, Chez Mal has also introduced a new ‘Malchemy’ cocktail menu. The available concoctions are inspired by the story of Napoleon and Josephine, and their passionate time together at the Château de Malmaison in Paris. Cocktail aficionados can try Power is My Mistress, with Belvedere vodka, Lillet Blanc, sugar and vanilla bitters, or That’s Amore, with Amaro Montenegro, Italicus, lemon, orgeat, and egg.

Chris McLaughlin, general manager at Malmaison Belfast, says that while the local bar scene has been booming in recent years, he hopes that the improvements unveiled at Chez Mal will make the venue the ‘go-to’ destination in the city.

The refurbishment project is part of a broader investment into the boutique hotel. Work is currently underway to transform all the bedrooms, which will be completed later this month.

The work comes at a time of significant expansion for the Malmaison brand, with three new hotels set to open over the next 24 months. These include Bournemouth, where the brand is in the early stages of developing a ‘new build’ hotel; Edinburgh, where renovation work has already begun on the Grade A Listed Buchan House, which will be the brand’s second site in the city; and York, where work is underway to open a new 150-room hotel.

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