Malmaison gets approval for hotel in York

THE MALMAISON chain is to open a hotel in York after being granted planning permission.

The Aviva building in York
The Aviva building in York

The Malmaison Hotel du Vin chain says it is taking an ‘exciting and important step’ after York City Council gave approval yesterday for the former Aviva office in Rougier Street.

The company said it would undertake a multi-million pound transformation of the Yorkshire House building into a Malmaison hotel.

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Work is set to begin later this year and the new hotel will offer over 160 bedrooms and suites. The development will generate up to 120 new local jobs.

The hotel will also bring to York the Chez Mal Bar and Brasserie for cocktails and dining.

The hotel will also include the brand’s new meeting and events concept, Work + Play, which offers private meeting ‘pods’.

The news comes at an exciting time for the group, and follows a period of growth over the last 18 months, including the acquisition of four new properties across the UK.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive Office, Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said, “We have long been fans of York, where Hotel du Vin continues to be a favourite for both locals and visitors. The vibrancy of the City means that it is also a perfect location for the Malmaison brand. We can’t wait to get started on this exciting opportunity.”

Richard Jackson, chairman of Yorkshire Ventures, said: “We are delighted to be working with Malmaison and to be part of the team bringing Britain’s best loved hotel brand to the historic and world famous City of York.”

Malmaison has hotels in 15 cities across the UK including Leeds and Manchester. Yorkshire Development One, an arm of Yorkshire Ventures, is behind the York scheme and it is believed that Malmaison has signed a 35-year lease on the property.