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Girls night out

Lynda Moyo makes a weekend of it at the Malmaison, Liverpool

Written by . Published on August 14th 2009.

Girls night out

This year is reportedly the year of the staycation- a word formulated from the growing number of Brits choosing to stay at home. The benefits are obviously that staying in is much cheaper than going out. Great, if you have a family and can entertain yourselves with barbeques and local attractions. Not so great if you're a single woman in her 20s or 30s whose not quite ready to trade her Cosmo for a cup of cocoa just yet.

Work, family, finances and other commitments mean that you may see your girl friends less often than you'd like. The same goes for getting really dressed up and spending hours getting ready. When was the last time you did that?

The Malmaison in Liverpool has come up with a sort of half-staycation for girls who like to go out and have fun but perhaps don't want to stray too far from home. Their 'Girls Night Out' package consists of a room at the Mal for girlie groups plus things to do in your room, followed by a night out and a well deserved breakfast the following day.

And what a great idea it is. Work, family, finances and other commitments mean that you may see your girl friends less often than you'd like. The same goes for getting really dressed up and spending hours getting ready. When was the last time you did that?

I decided to make a call to one of my neglected best friends, who due to to distance, I hadn't seen for some time. We've known each other since before I can remember and I decided it was high time we got together and had a night to remember. Keen to try a different city for a night out, she ventured out of Leeds and I hopped on the train from Manchester to meet up in Liverpool for the Mal's Girls Night Out.

Liverpool has a reputation for girls that love nothing more than to really glam it up on a night out. I thought it was an urban WAG myth, but on arriving at the hotel, we saw a group of girls in the lobby, dressed up to the nines. One said to the other “We need to go back to the room to put some more fake tan on.” And with that we decided we'd chosen the right city for this particular occasion.

Upon checking-in we were given a selection of CDs and DVDs to chose from and keep us entertained whilst getting ready to go out as well as vouchers to enjoy a cocktail each at the Mal's bar before heading out.

The funky purple, twin room was laid out with crisps, chocolate and most importantly, a bottle of red wine to also help us along. The rooms are well-equipped for girls on the go. With a total of four mirrors, a huge monsoon shower, extra large bath tub, plenty of plugs for hair straighteners as well as the usual brew kit and mini bar; it beats getting ready at home.

The Mal's Plum bar is a table service area just adjacent to the lobby. It's a very relaxing area, designed for hotel guests to unwind, so we downed our free cocktails- one Cosmopolitan and one Mojito- before jumping in our awaiting taxi which the reception girls had booked for us. First stop was Alma De Cuba, a bar designed in what is Liverpool’s oldest church. This place was party central with Brasilian carnival dancers running wild and an impressive exotic cocktail list. Then it was onto Mojo which having been to Manchester's Mojo on numerous occassions, we were a bit worried we may be over-dressed, but quite the contary - Liverpool's Mojo was a bit of a culture shock. We'd never seen such glamourous indie girls. Dirty shots and several rum and cokes later, we were off to Heebie Jeebies. This is a brilliant place to end your night with plenty of space to have a dance, an atrium for smokers and brilliant DJs. Staggering into the Malmaison in the early hours, I have to say is somewhat of a blur, but possibly one of the best nights sleep I've had in a while on the Mal's soft cloud beds.

Part of our package included our choice of breakfast and boy were we glad of it. There's no hangover cure like a cooked breakfast, plenty of English tea, fruit, bread, jam and yoghurts. The Mal's selection is top notch and there's no rush to eat and leave; you can pace yourself.

The Mal's Girls Night Out is a nice change if normally the most you do with your friends is meet up, go for a drink and then go your separate ways. It's a pyjama party meets Sex and the City. Grab your girls and go.

For £65 per person based on two people sharing, the Girls Night Out package includes:

  • A selection of CDs
  • Tempting nibbles
  • 2 x cocktails each at the bar
  • Automatic guest list atThe Newz Bar, Mosquito, PalmSugar or Alma de Cuba
  • 2 x continental breakfastsdelivered to the room thenext morning.

For more information on the Malmaison Liverpool's Girls Night Out package, please visit malmaison-liverpool

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