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Fashioned like a Gotham city skyscraper, the imposing Malmaison is one of the city’s better high-end chains. Typically with the Mal, the bar and restaurant are key to this slick operation. The plum bar (very purple) is animated and atmospheric, and the restaurant is excellent.

Rooms, some overlooking the Mersey, are funkily furnished, but some are small. Good deals available for two nights or more, and well placed for Albert Dock, Liverpool Arena and waterfront attractions.