Over 20 years since it opened in 1998,  the Malmaison is still one of the most stylish hotels in Manchester.

The boutique hotel just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Station has been delighting locals and visitors with its sexy, indulgent suites and refreshingly chic brasserie Chez Mal for more than two decades.

Now the Malmaison may be getting a little sibling. Well, we say little. More like a multi-storey, 70 bedroom establishment with views over Albert Square from a rooftop bar.

Because Greenlane Properties have applied for planning permission to transform an empty office block on Princess Street into a brand new Malmaison.

Currently solely occupied by a pop-up shop and a Costa Coffee, the plans for Pearl Assurance House include a seven storey extension to the back of the building, a ground floor bar and bistro and a new rooftop bar and terrace with views over Albert Square.

Last year was a record year for hotel construction in Manchester, with 840 new bed spaces  completed across five schemes.

And the hotel boom is showing no sign of abating, with the total number of city centre hotel rooms expected to pass the 10,000-mark soon.

Recent openings include Dakota, Indigo, and Whitworth Locke with another 3,410 rooms coming to the city centre by the end of the year. Hotels in the pipeline include The Stock Exchange, a QBIC hotel at John Dalton House, London Warehouse and a Meininger hotel on Great Ancoats Street.

The new Malmaison is one we’re looking forward to, if the original is anything to go by. And we can’t wait to give that rooftop bar a try.

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