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Well, we're finally off!
After a rather stressful last few days, we are finally ready for our big adventure!
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We stayed at the Montague from June 18-26, 2004. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely stay there again.
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!
I was pleased with my stay at the Montague on the Gardens in March 2004. I booked a single room through Londontown.com for Â£109 per night, but when I checked in, I was offered a double room, with garden view, for an additional Â£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.
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!!
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.
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
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.