Malmaison and Hotel du Vin offset the impact of last year’s snow, which saw falls in occupancy, through gains in room rate. In a statement today the group said average room rates increased by 3% in 2010, whilst overall occupancy for the year at 77.5% compared to 79.3% for 2009. It added that it continued to review options for expansion of both brands into Europe and North America. Last November it was revealed that MWB, owner of Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, had instructed advisors to find suitable sites for Bistro du Vin & Bar - a standalone sister-restaurant to Hotel du Vin.