The boutique hotel Malmaison, in The Mailbox, is known for its luxury and hospitality. Even so, when an invitation to ‘the launch party of the year’ dropped into my inbox, I thought that was a pretty gutsy claim! Malmaison are launching Work+Play, their new meeting and event space in the hotel. A couple of weeks ago I went down to the launch party and, I have to say, it may only be May, but their gutsy claim may just have been true!
The launch party was a chance to show off the space and also the kind of catering and hospitality you can expect from Malmaison. On the night, guests were treated to canapes, prosecco ice lollies, drinks, cocktails, goodie bags and an incredibly luxurious buffet meal. We had to hand it to the folks at Malmaison – they really know how to throw a party – there was a great atmosphere on the evening and a DJ set going on late into the night.
The space itself is very stylish. If you want to host a meeting or an event in sophisticated surroundings, or particularly want to impress a client, then I can’t see how you could go wrong at Malmaison’s Work+Play. There are rooms of varying sizes and layouts suitable for many different uses, and of course, a bar in between them all!
The food and drinks on the evening were a reflection of the kind of quality you can expect whichever way you dine at Malmaison, whether in the brasserie, the bar, or at Work+Play. The buffet was beautiful, with everything you could want on offer, from seafood to meat to vegetarian to cheese – you name it. The cocktails too were very well made – I particularly enjoyed the gin gin mule, which had lime and mint flavours but also a bit of heat in the after-taste from the ginger beer.
The launch party of Work+Play summed up everything Malmaison is about – luxury, hospitality and good vibes. It was a great way to really show off the new space, and hopefully got everyone thinking a little differently about how to do business in the city centre. Thank you to everyone at Malmaison for having us, we had a fantastic night and certainly played hard (whether we managed to work hard the next day is a different matter…)!