05/11/2010 12:01 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Hotel Review: The Malmaison, Leeds

One of Northern England's most stylish cities, Leeds isn't short of boutique hotels. But for a spot of chic that's stumbling distance from the bars and shopping, the Malmaison's quirky history fits the bill.


The USP: The converted bus and tram company offices, with its vaulted ceilings and fabulous architecture, has been named The Yorkshire Tourist Board's Hotel of the Year. As well as the usual Malmaison stylish touches, there's a great bar, fantastic restaurant and you're only a short walk from the city centre, plus the bars of The Calls.

Book it now if: You want a city-break with your other half or a night out with the girls. Leeds isn't known as the Knightsbridge of the north for nothing, and one of the city's main live music venues and clubs, The Cockpit, is literally feet away.

Bedding down:
All different sizes, thanks to its past as a transport company office building, there's ultra-high ceilings in many of the rooms. You'd hardly believe it was once the site of a dreary nine-to five though, with huge windows, rich aubergine and velvet decorations and an ultra-powerful shower in the black and white tiled bathroom, along with bespoke toiletries.

Feed me:
The brasserie boasts local and seasonal ingredients in its stylish menu, with unusual options like rabbit terrine or smoked venison, while there's something for everyone whether you fancy the pulled pork burger or slow cooked guinea fowl. The bar next door is all mood lighting, comfy leather seats and cosy alcoves and a huge wine list, courtesy of top sommelier Johnny Walker.

Easily bored:
Wander up Briggate which takes you directly into the pedestrianised city centre. Harvey Nichols is five minutes away, or had towards the revitalised Corn Exchange with its independent shops and restaurant. Check out our Starter for 10 guide for more tips.

What's the damage:
Rooms cost from £89 per night. Suites cost from £195 per night. Check out the Girls Night packages, both £65 per person based on two sharing on Friday nights. The Staying In option includes two 50cl bottles of wine, nibbles, a bar of chocolate and breakfast delivered to the room, while Going Out gets you automatically onto the guest list at The Oracle or The Living Room, CDs for getting ready to, two cocktails each at the bar, nibbles and breakfast in your room.

Point me in the right direction: 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG (0113 398 1000,