The Montague on the Gardens Hotel

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The Montague on the Gardens Hotel

, London
4 star

Rooms: 104

15 Montague Street - London - England - WC1B 5BJ - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02076371001
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Teensy-weensy but comfortable...

from starryskygazer
I stayed here for one night before my Contiki tour in a single room and it was literally a hole in the wall... THE smallest room ever. I barely had enough space to bring in my luggage and I had to walk around it to get to my bed. However, the bathroom was of relative "normal size". I especially liked how clean everything was and the bathrobe/slippers were an added plus. I felt very comfortable despite the small space and I had a good night's rest. My room was facing the garden so noise was not a problem. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The ambiance of the hotel felt very personal and not "franchise-like". I would recommend this hotel to those who prefer a little extra comfort during their travels and if they can afford the rates. If you are travelling WITH someone, I'd consider looking into other hotels which accomodate more space for the same rates... especially if you don't pack light.

Homey and Cozy

from lhotse
I just returned from a 6night stay at the Montague (12/31/04-1/6/05)and was quite pleased with this hotel. The staff, especially the concierge Alan, was very friendly and helpful. My room, though small, was clean, tastefully decorated, and comfortable. I particularly enjoyed the complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea amenities which were refilled daily. The buffet breakfast (included in my AA vacation pkg) was just excellent to say the least as was the service from the breakfast staff. I also enjoyed the gym facilities which, though not extensive, was adequate with two treadmills, a rower, elliptical machine and some free wts.
Many reviews have mentioned the location which I agree, IS a plus-- convenient to most of London's sights and shopping (Oxford Street is only about a 10min walk away)!

Overall, I highly recommend the Montague and would definitely stay here again.

Wonderful hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked 2 rooms for New Year's Day through Laterooms and got a very good deal. One room was on the ground floor at the front but we had no problem with traffic noise despite expecting some. The air-conditioning was efficient and easy to use. The rooms were a reasonable size for London and were spotlessly clean with extra facilities- the bath robes and slippers were a nice touch.
We had booked a meal in the restaurant but were very short of time as we had to be at the theatre within the hour. The staff were wonderfully efficient and helpful and we managed a three course meal within the hour! The food was very good as well although the portions not huge.
Late night drinks in the conservatory were nice but very expensive- £6.50 for a brandy plus a 12.5% service charge (optional, but always on the bill). Next time we will take our own!
Self-service breakfast was included in the price and catered for everyone including fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, ham, cheeses, toast with marmalade etc and hot English breakfast too.
The staff were all friendly and helpful, especially the reception staff. Overall I was extremely pleased with the Montague and will definitely use it again.

Cozy and Warm

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I recently stayed for 4 nights at the Montague. I recommend this hotel highly. The location is excellent right near the British museum and Bloomsbury neighborhood, and in the heart of the West End. The deluxe king room facing the garden was nice, although the layout of the room is a bit strange but I think that is due to the history of the building. The staff is pleasant and helpful and the food is excellent all around. This hotel feels like an elegant B and B in the middle of one of the worlds greatest cities.

Short but Sweet

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I only stayed overnight at the Montague but enjoyed it. The staff fell over themselves to be helpful, nothing was too much
trouble. The room was excellent and although it was on the front of the hotel and at ground floor level we slept very well. The bathroom was all that one could ask for.The full English breakfast offered
a good choice but could have done with being a few degrees hotter !

Small, but good

from A TripAdvisor Member
The service when you enter the hotel is great, including a short tour of the hotel bars and facilities (special mention to Vicento who was great). The road facing room we had was small but very neat and tidy (we only paid £89 on so couldn't moan!) and had everything we needed for a one night trip. Very close to the West End and Russell Square tube, it was just right for our needs. I couldn't face more than 2 nights there as the walls would get a bit close!

Charming old fashioned hotel in great location

from ffxtraveler
We just returned from a four night stay at the Montague and I would recommend this hotel to visitors who want that old London feel to their hotel. The location is on a quiet street adjacent to the British Museum which makes it walking distance to most West End theatres and Covent Garden. The restaurant in the hotel is expensive so we took our breakfasts at one of the cafes across from the Museum. Our room and bathroom were quite small but were nicely appointed. Staff friendly and helpful; we used them to make our reservations for dinner and our visit to the Houses of Parliament.

charming and well-located

from ophelia007
This is a really well-located hotel, walking distance to bloomsbury, covent garden, leicester square, soho, etc. The rooms are tiny but nicely decorated. We did have some noise problems as our room faced the street, but once the windows were closed things improved. It is good value if you can find a good deal (we paid 99 pounds including breakfast) but not worth their posted rates (over 200 pounds).

Missing the Montague

from doctorkris3
Just returned from a wonderful 8 days in London - and am ready to move there. Need a research psychologist/academic? Despite the crappy conversion (how hard is it to go to the American Express office with $500 in traveler's checks and have them give you L250?), this city rocks. I don't usually feel that Boston is provincial, but ... well ... it isn't London! I booked the Montague because I read the reviews and they were, for the most part, quite accurate. I have also heard a number of people complaining about their London accommodations (as recently as yesterday, regarding Thistle hotels on route to Heathrow). So this is my candid review:

1) I booked 2 non-smoking rooms (2 adults, and a room for my two 16 year old sons). I emailed after the booking (through American Airlines vacations) and requested a "garden room" after reading a review that said they were quieter. I'm a light sleeper with health issues. When we arrived - exhausted from an overnight flight on which we didn't sleep - we were given two SMOKING ROOMS, and the room for myself and my husband was on the street, despite my request a month earlier. Not a great start. I have bad allergies (among other things), and this wasn't going to fly, so I went back to the desk. Understand that I am not a "going back to the desk type." If you bring me the wrong meal and it looks good, I generally eat it. But a basement room that reaks of smoke? Come on. After a few hours we were moved into two non-smoking rooms on the first floor, and they were fine for the 7 nights we were there. Still on the street, but fine. The kids room was actually much larger and on the garden side. Lucky them.

2) The hotel is directly across from the British museum. This is about a 20 minute walk to Trafalgar Square (if you are in good shape) and 40 minute walk to Westminster or Buckingham Palace. We walked this and more, but you should know that most folks would need to bus or tube. There is a bus stop right at the Museum, so not a problem. But we walked ... to Harrods and back!

3) Through the American Airlines vacation package we received a great discount on the 2nd room, full English breakfasts for the week for the four of us (including mass consuming teenagers), and a dinner for 4. This was a great deal.

4) The Montague is probably as quiet as you can find in London. We came to feel it was like home, despite the incongruities of any hotel (who designed the showers that leak all over the floor?) But it is quaint, and not a Thistle or a Novotel or a Ramada. It has character, and some charm, and a pretty nice staff - despite the booking disaster.

If we had initially received what we had booked (when we were tired and cranky), I probably would have given the Montague the highest review. Except for the ridiculous showers....

I would book it again - confirm the room IN WRITING, and ask for additional BATH MATS!! Otherwise, can't wait to get back. There is also a reasonably priced Thai restaurant around the corner with very good fare, as well as several Italian restaurants (Prezzo) that stretched our reduced dollars a bit further. If you want pretentious, this isn't the place. But it is very clean, with surprisingly good food and service. And the location allows you to visit a number of enchanting neighborhoods and boroughs, from Soho to Fleet Street. I've never felt more reluctant to head home....

Loved this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My 13 year old daughter stayed at the Montague for 4 nights beginning June 16th. We really loved the hotel, the location and the staff. Our plan was to stay at a small hotel in London and then stay at a large, elegant hotel at our next stop in Paris. After the trip we decided that from now on it will be small boutique hotels for us all the way! The room was not large, but comfortable and very nicely decorated. The bathroom was large and very clean. The staff was great, and I felt very well taken care of. There is a cozy bar downstairs, just perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. I would stay here again.

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Where to book Most definitely use all the websites specialising in hotel bookings - shop around for the best deals as they can really vary from website to website. Also phone them as they can give good advice and recommendations. Definitely recommend as a good website to use.

Try and leave it til the last minute to book your hotel... Hotel prices in London seem to leap up every year for no apparent reason, save that the hoteliers obviously believe that a high price will be perceived as equating to good quality. My tip? Always leave it until the last minute to book if you can, because there will always be an overpriced room available in London that someone is trying to shift and you can pick up some good last minute bargain on the internet. Also, avoid anything below 4* if you can, because you're bound to be disappointed.

Go to Harrods on a Saturday afternoon If you go to the Food Halls in Harrods on a Saturday afternoon you may very well find some great fresh food bargains that have to be got rid of before they close. We came across cheese offers and huge legs of cooked york ham reduced from £99 to £10 (this is not a typing error!). Have a good search and you could land yourselves some good bargains.


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  • Address: 15 Montague Street - London - England - WC1B 5BJ - United Kingdom
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