New Malmaison Dundee opening date yet to be announced


UPDATED WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4: The opening of Malmaison Dundee, Scotland has been delayed following a "severe" flood, with bookings cancelled and a new launch date yet to be announced. 

The multi-million pound conversion of the old Tay Hotel into a boutique hotel was due to officially open on Sunday December 1. 

In a statement to Boutique Hotelier, general manager Claire Livingston said: "Unfortunately, due to a severe flood last week the hotel has suffered damage to several rooms, the brasserie and reception areas.

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"This has meant the developer has been unable to turn the property over to Malmaison. A programme of works is being finalised and agreed with the developer."

She said a new opening date would be announced at 12pm on Tuesday December 3, and did not provide further details on the cause of the flood.

A statement issued later that day — at 6.30pm — did not disclose a new opening date, but said: "Malmaison Dundee (we) are liaising with the developers to establish when the repairs will be completed.

"In the meantime we are personally contacting our clients to inform them of any cancellations and working with them to offer alternative locations for their stays and events where possible," it continued.

"We appreciate everyone’s patience at this time as this accident was out of our control and we’re doing our best to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. As soon as we have any further information we will issue a statement."

An article in The Courier said the hotel had cancelled all bookings after the flood was reported last Thursday, including a 170-seat reservation for Dundee FC’s 120th anniversary dinner.

The Malmaison Dundee website states that the hotel will be opening soon.

Speaking to Boutique Hotelier in September, Malmaison Group CEO Gary Davis was positive about the new hotel’s prospects: “There’s a huge amount of EU money and Scottish development going into the market.

"There’s the first V&A Museum outside of London opening there and the waterfront’s being redeveloped so we’re quite excited about Dundee, we think that it is going to be a great market for us,” he added.



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