Minutes from the shopping centre, seconds from the city’s best nightspots, Malmaison Belfast is in a 19th-century former seed warehouse still sprinkled with original features. Beyond the 62 bedrooms and suites, there are a couple of function rooms. Overlooking the hotel’s main bar, Mal1 is set up for meetings, private dining, drinks receptions and more. Grander in name but smaller in size, Chateau Mal has an LCD TV, gas fire and natural daylight. Once the day’s work is done, the Bar & Brasserie serves a decent pint of the black stuff. The next morning, Belfast Central train station is a 10-minute walk away and the airport is but four miles down the road.