I don’t ever rave about anything. I am actively anti-raving, I tend to look derisively and scoff slightly when I read any rave reviews but today I’m about to break that rule. Last weekend I went to my first slumber party in about fifteen years, there weren’t any teddies or sleeping bags; it was grown up relaxed luxury all the way. If pyjama parties had been like this when I was younger I would never have stopped having them.
The purveyors of the luxury were Malone Lodge, the family run hotel in leafy South Belfast. They had asked me, and my fellow Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (FABB for short) if we would like to come and see their new renovations, and even more importantly, if we would like to come to their pyjama party! I don’t think it was possible for me to say yes any quicker!
|Vintage 1980s polka dot dress, pink straw tubular oversize bag|
Malone Lodge is set in the tree lined street of Eglantine Avenue in the University area of Belfast. They had recently undertaken a large refurbishment increasing their room occupancy, adding a function room, overhauling their lobby. I had never been to Malone Lodge before; I had heard wonderful things about it as a wedding venue when I was planning my own wedding. They have won awards for their weddings and as such I was curious to see inside the hotel and get a sense of what it would be like. With my mind working overtime and my nosiness at full peak I pulled up to their beautiful period façade armed with my shocking pink overnight bag ready to have a wonderful time.
|My beautiful bridal suite for the night|
A huge mirrored wooden bed which could easily have held four people, a large bathroom suite with corner bath and shower, sofa seating area, flatscreen, fridge and wingback chairs at the window for you to relax in. Just gorgeous. I threw myself into a chair and looked out over leafy south Belfast whilst I finished my Bellini and prepared for the fun downstairs. Bank Fashion had provided us with Lipsy onesies for the festivities of the evening. Mine was a wonderful decadent bright pink emblazoned with rhinestones. I couldn’t believe how thoughtful they had been.
|The Lipsy Onesie from Bank Fashion|
We were taken by the pajama clad Carla, the general manager and her wonderful staff around the hotel. Starting at the friendly Knife And Fork Restaurant, which not only boasts award winning cuisine from two time Head Chef of the Year, Dean Butler but also a small deli full of locally sourced food and reportedly the best steak in Belfast our appetites were more than a little whetted. Through the Audrey Hepburn styled corridors, plush lobby, and into the Deramore Suite which can hold 240 guests and is able to be adjusted for party size. We moved through the cosy bar, beautiful private party tea room, and downstairs into the all new purpose built Malone Suite space. Ideally put together for civil ceremonies, the mirror clad ceilings and modern wooden beams of the series of rooms allow the party to have the space to themselves.
|Through the hotel|
We were occupying the party space for the night and with our hands now filled with a goodie bag and a Cosmopolitan cocktail we entered the space again. A huge bed filled the entire back of the room and we all clambered onto it. The lovely staff of Skin Medi Spa Belfast was waiting for us along with the hotel’s Managing Director Gareth Macklin who was going to tell us a little more about the hotel’s journey to this point. After we heard the ethos of the hotel, we were shown into the adjoining room where tables had been laid for dinner so we could sample the deli from The Knife and Fork. Our plates were stacked high and we thoroughly tested all of the food, every last bit of it. I highly recommend the lasagne.
|The Girls Relaxing|
Pink champagne and cupcakes from Cakes By James were the order of the day as we relaxed on the bed and Breakfast at Tiffany’s was put on the large screen. The girls were so attentive and charming, bringing around more cocktails and filling up champagne glasses, persuading the reluctant that a little cupcake wouldn’t do any damage. When I thought they had truly surpassed themselves, they upped it again and bowls of popcorn arrived for us all to watch the movie with. I don’t think I have ever felt more spoiled in my life.
|My room and the view|
Bedtime came and I couldn’t wait to climb into my football pitch size bed, before I did though lovely Claire from French for Cupcake called round for tea before bed and we finished the night with a natter. The next morning it was down to The Knife And Fork to sample their breakfast, the other girls had opted for the Irish Breakfast which looked delicious but I had to try the pancakes and maple syrup. I hardly ever make them and they are a firm favourite. I have to say, YUM.
Carla popped back in to see how we were doing and catch up on the evening, Gareth also called in for a chat. It was lovely to have such a warm, friendly atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and approachable and I felt extremely looked after, they didn’t even flinch at us all parading through the hotel decked out in our pyjamas.
I have to say a gigantic thank you to Carla, Gareth and Anna from INC PR for organising such a wonderful evening and really giving us a taste of the Malone Lodge, it is a stunning venue and I have already made plans with Himself to go back.