The Montague on The Gardens
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Montague on The Gardens London
Good Hotel, Good Location
We stayed at the Montague from June 18-26, 2004. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely stay there again.
The hotel is located on a quiet street, right next to the British Museum, and there are 4 different tube (subway) stops within walking distance. We covered a lot of territory on foot, and the Montague was centrally located. A location in Mayfair or Soho might have been a little more convenient for walking, but it would have been a lot noiser (and probably more expensive).
We stayed in a King room, on the garden side of the hotel. We were on the first floor and couldn't actually see the garden from our room, because we were overlooking the roof of the bar/terrace area. However, it was very quiet, and we kept the windows open round the clock. The room was big enough -- the bedroom area was small, but had high ceilings so it didn't feel claustrophic. The bathroom was a decent size, and there was a good closet. Not much drawer space for clothes. An iron and in-room safe were provided. Very comfortable bed.
We booked our room online at the hotel's Web site (---------------------), using the "Last Minute Offers" package, which includes full English breakfast. The rate averaged 169 GBP/night (for a King room), which was competitive with other hotels for that week (I shopped around a lot).
The staff was very attentive and responsive. The concierges had limited knowledge of the restaurants in the area, so learn about the restaurants before you go. For example, I wanted to make reservations at Brown's Restaurant, and the concierge told me Brown's was closed for renovations all year. We ate somewhere else that night, but walked past Brown's after dinner and saw that it was open for business. That was only one example. Nevertheless, the concierges were very attentive and helpful overall.
We had full English buffet breakfast at the hotel every morning. There's also a continental buffet, which excludes the hot food. The food was okay, nothing special. Some of the pastries and fruit in the continental buffet were not as fresh as they could be. There was anough of a variety that you could find something you'd like, and you could order other items from the kitchen. The coffee was good, and the fresh-squeezed orange juice was very good. We ate dinner in the Chef's Table restaurant at the hotel one night, and it was good, but not great. There are lots of restaurants to choose from in the area.
On my last day, I learned that the hotel as a private car service that will take you to Heathrow for 40 GBP. We were planning to take a bus service that cost 15 GBP/person, and it was definitely worth an extra 10 GBP to not stop at a bunch of hotels on the way to the airport. If you plan to stay at the Montague, see if they offer the car service from the airport to the hotel. It's probably a lot cheaper than a taxi.
Overall, we were very pleased with the Montague and recommend it. The reviews on tripadvisor.com were a great help when choosing hotels for this trip and others. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write a review.
Small - close to British Museum
I only stayed for a night and my experience was neutral - very different than my stay at the Milestone, another redcarnation hotel. I arrived around 7 p.m. and left around noon the next morning. The room on the second floor was small and felt very cramped although I was told that this was an upgrade from my online booking. Breakfast was fine so was the bar. It took me 30 minutes to check out. Overall not a memorable experience but I felt I could recommend this hotel to my company travel dept as an alternative to the Metropolitan. Very close to the British museum. Overall worth another try.
British hospitality ++++
Made the deal over Luxurylink, arrived at 9AM on a Sunday morning for a 3 day stay. Shown to a beautiful garden view suite. Very attentive staff. (I just put a package down out on the sidewalk as I was paying the taxi, then I turned around and the doorman was holding the package!) Bar is excellent- they crush the apples for the apple martinis and light Cosmopolitans on fire! Highly recommended!
Garden view room was the quietest hotel room I've ever stayed in
I was pleased with my stay at the Montague on the Gardens in March 2004. I booked a single room through Londontown.com for £109 per night, but when I checked in, I was offered a double room, with garden view, for an additional £10 per night. (The check-in person said I was being offered the upgrade because I was staying for five nights; I'm not sure if that means it wouldn't have been offered if my stay had been shorter, but in any event I was relieved that I wasn't treated like a second-class citizen because I had booked through an internet discount site). I had heard that rooms on the street side could be a bit noisy, so I took the upgrade, and I was glad I did, because the room I was given (Room 305) was the quietest hotel room I have ever stayed in: I didn't hear a sound all night, for the entire time I stayed there.Previous reviews have given the impression that the rooms at the Montague are tiny, but I found the room to be a decent size. (Admittedly, I was one person staying in a double room). I especially liked the fact that there were several lights, located in various places throughout the room, so there was always enough light, whether I wanted to read in bed or sit at the desk and write in my travel journal. The bathroom had a good, long bathtub (and shower), and ample counter space for placing toiletries on. The only weird thing was that the hair dryer was inside one of the dresser drawers, and the base was fixed to the drawer, so I had to dry my hair in the sitting area of the room rather than in the bathroom, but I considered that a minor inconvenience.When I stayed at the Montague, the TVs in the rooms didn't get CNN. The person who showed me to my room told me, very apologetically, that this was a temporary problem and should be corrected soon. I didn't mind, because it wasn't baseball season when I was there (so I didn't care about missing the U.S. sports scores), and I got all the news I needed from the newspaper which the hotel delivered to my room every morning. (The paper wasn't complimentary, but for a newspaper junkie like me, it was still nice to open my door every morning and find a newspaper there). If getting CNN is important to you, you might want to check with the hotel to make sure the problem has indeed been fixed.On my previous visits to London, I had stayed at the Basil Street Hotel, but I decided to try someplace different this time because the weakness of the dollar made the Basil Street's rates a little too high for me. I was concerned that the Montague on the Gardens would be a letdown after the Basil Street, but I was relieved to find that it was comparable to the Basil Street in many respects, including the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. I'm not sure I'd pay the rack rate to stay at the Montague, but if I found it on Londontown.com again, I wouldn't hesitate to book it.
Comfortable but not spacious
Spent a week at the Montague in Sept. 2003 as a result of an well priced air/hotel package on redcarnationhotels. We had a King bedded room on the third floor overlooking the garden. The room was cramped, the main problem being too much furniture. Either the desk or table and chair should be removed. The mattress however was wonderful. I have a deformed vertebrae and the wrong bed can cause pain. This one was perfection. The bath was compact but comfortable and the room overlooking the park delightfully quiet even sleeping with the window open. Staff was very helpful with bookings and taxis, breakfast could be taken continetal or British style with lots of fried meats. We enjoyed afternoon tea overlooking the garden which was a very pleasant start to our week in London. We walked to Covent Garden and the theatre district many times during the week for plays and/or dinner. Found a nearby laudrette, a bookshop, grocery, everything we needed. Nearest Tube stop will take you all the way to Heathrow. Recommended if you can take advantage of one of their online specials.
My wife and I stayed for a weekend 14Sept 2003.Bedroom and Public Rooms wre first class.Staff helpful and efficient.A very enjoyable stay,and we got it at a bargain price!!
Wonderful London Hotel
Having been to London before, staying in the "fashionable" Mayfair district, I was looking for a hotel in a quieter, less busy area for a recent vacation trip. I chose Bloomsbury, often referred to as the intellectual center of the city, due to the proximity to the theater district and restaurants and nightlife of Soho and Covent Garden. And, after a bit of research online, I came upon information on the Montague On The Gardens Hotel, a boutique hotel a block over from the British Museum, that seemed to have what I was looking for. After staying a full week, I must say that I was completely satisfied with my choice.
The "Montague" has much to offer for anyone seeking a real British travel experience. I had passed over several established high quality hotel chain offerings in the Bloomsbury area to take a chance on a hotel with a more local flair. The chance I took was well worth it, as I left London feeling like I had really soaked in the City. The hotel is just as its informative website displays. The staff is professional and friendly. The decor is very British, and the rooms, both public and private, are immaculate. Upon entering the Montague, I was impressed from the first moment by the ornate, yet classy lobby. Reception was warm, yet professional. I arrived early, 10:00 AM although check in time is 2:00. I had booked a King bedded room with a garden view (the rear of the Montague faces a quiet garden courtyard, a real plus when considering a stay in noisy London), and I was advised that a room was available. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a Double bedded room.
Since there was two of us, I passed on this offer after seeing the room. As with most London hotels, the rooms at the Montague are small by U.S. standards and after seeing a Double, I recommend it only for single travelers. I returned to reception and they were more than happy to hold our luggage until a King room was ready later in the day. After a full and glorious day of London site-seeing, we returned to the Montague pleasantly exhausted and were shown to the King room with garden view as requested. I was again, immediately impressed. Although a bit small, the room was stunning in it's decor. I usually prefer a minimalist style and I had been somewhat apprehensive about booking the Montague with it's boutique style surroundings, but I was captivated on first look by the room's warmth and truely tasteful approach to the bedspread design, carpet and walls. The bathroom was clean and provided good space (again by London's compact standards). And, there is simply no substitute for a garden facing room. It is well worth the 10 pounds per day additional charge for this feature to say the least. Anyone who has been to London can attest that it is not a quiet city at any time of day or night. The rear gardens of the Montague provide a wonderful retreat from the noises of cabs and buses. The Montague, however, is located on a fairly quiet street, next to the serene Russell Square park, complete with beautiful trees and fountain. Another nice plus.
The Montague's public rooms are similarly well-appointed, all exuding the charms of elegant British decor. A lovely conservatory facing the gardens, opening to a back patio area, provides a wonderful area for afternoon tea or a drink from the hotel's classy bar. A buffet breakfast is provided in the Blue Door Bistro, a beautiful restaurant where a full array English breakfast items are provided along with a nice selection of cereals, fruits, yogurt, etc. The staff was wonderful each morning, providing excellent service and a sincere smile. A great way to start each day. We had dinner one night at the Blue Door.
Although not inexpensive, the food was excellent, and again, the staff was friendly, yet truely professional. A stay at The Montague On The Gardens is also not inexpensive, but, no good hotels are cheap in London. However, a check of the Red Carnation Hotels chain website reveals some nice deals that make a stay at the Montague very worthwhile. Finally, the Montague is located close to transportation.
The Underground (subway) is a few minute's walk through Russell Square park. Cabs can be easily flagged right outside the hotel and anywhere up the block (the doorman will be more than happy to grab one for you).
A nice bonus is the bus stop for the Heathrow Airport express bus just a few steps around the corner. This is an excellent alternative to taking a cab to the Airport which can be very costly. The bus is the A2 Airbus and is just 8 pounds per person. On neither the trip from the airport or on the return trip was the bus crowded. It is a double decker, so you can sit up top and get the nice benefit of a tour view of many neighborhoods upon entering and/or leaving London. The Montague on the Gardens is highly recommended by this reviewer, who left London well-rested and thoroughly satisifed with my stay.
A lovely venue to celebrate a wedding anniversary
We recently celebrated our 25th wdding anniversary in London and stayed at the Montague on the Gardens. It is a small classy hotel with richly appointed rooms and public areas where the staff is very helpful and some got to know us by name. Our room featured a queen bed and a thoroughly modern bathroom with recessed lights. After a day of touring London and an evening at the theatre, it was nice to get back by simply walking the three blocks from the Russel Square Tube to the hotel and unwinding with some tea in our room. The hotel is a two minute walk to the British Museum, which should be seen over several visits because it is huge. There are many restaurants in the area, but the hotel's restaurant has a wonderful menu and you can dine on a terrace overlooking a generous garden. Their breakfast was perfect for the ambitious day ahead. - Esdras & Sonia Tulier
Doubt we would go back to the Montague
My husband and I spent our last night in London at the Montague in July 2001. It is a well appointed hotel just down the block from the British Museum. For the price (over $200) we found the room very small, almost claustrophobic. The room was beautifully decorated but the ceiling was so low my husband could touch it with his outstretched arm. We barely had enough room to walk around the bed and had to be creative to find enough room for our suitcase. Our room faced the street that seemed quiet enough until we tried to sleep. The double paned windows did a good job but the air was so close in the room that in the middle of the night we opened the window to get real air. Then the constant traffic noise from the adjacent street intruded. The hotel has a lovely garden and a room facing the garden probably would be much quieter.One unpleasant surprise was that upon checking out we discovered that the price quoted to us on the phone did not include the 17.5% VAT. This was no doubt naive on our part but it was also a lesson to us to be sure and ask ahead of time. We did ask for information about the special bus to Heathrow (the A6?) and the staff could only recommend a taxi or limousine service, apparently knowing nothing about the bus. We found the bus stop around the corner from the hotel about 50 yards away! Maybe this transport was too plebian for the hotel. At any rate, I doubt we would return to the Montague. Even in pricey London there are better values for the money.
We loved the Montague on the Gardens!
My sister and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Montague on the Gardens Hotel. The hotel is beautifully appointed-the rooms are lovely and the public areas are also well decorated. It is a small enough hotel that you get a feeling of warmth-like the staff really cares about your welfare. Everyone working at the Montague was very friendly and the breakfast was large and very tasty. The bar was a fun place to relax at the end of a long day of sightseeing. The barmen, Paul & Jamie, were great (notice I remembered their names). You will also love the hotel's location as it is centrally located near the British Museum, 2 tube stops, and not far from Covent Garden and the West End. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
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