Situated next to the British Museum in the Bloomsbury section, the Montague on the Gardens defines the essence of luxury and comfort, with top notch service. This is what a hotel is meant to be.
Built around 1815 by the architect Decimus Burton and his father, who also designed the Buckingham Palace Archway. Several famous writers lived in the buildings comprising the hotel, including Virginia Woolf and Arthur Conan Doyle.
As part of the Red Carnation collection of hotels, the Montague on the Gardens provides an elegant and most refreshing stay. The townhouse hotel is a short walk from Covent Garden, the Financial District and the West End. There are many interesting restaurants, shops, boutiques and a rare bookshop in the vicinity.
The hotel includes 88 deluxe guest rooms, in addition to 11 luxury suites each having a rich character and uniquely appointed with careful detail. There has also been a recent addition of 19 Bloomsbury rooms which are individually decorated.
As you are escorted to your suite, you are greeted by a flat screen television which gives you access to all the hotel services and amenities in multiple languages. Each suite is appointed with telephone with direct dial, voicemail, modem and fax access, wireless Internet, television with satellite channels, radio/CD/DVD with alarm, hairdryer, in-room safe, personally controlled air/heat, hospitality tray, a fully stocked minibar, magazines and fresh flowers.
Suites include a desk, reading table and extra chair. Our balcony window overlooked the street below. Some suites have views of the hotel's private garden square.
A Lounge and Terrace Bar is tastefully appointed, providing relaxation for an afternoon tea or to chat with new found acquaintances, often with live piano or music playing in the background.
The Chef's Table Restaurant offers seasonal dining delights, or you may choose to dine at the welcoming bar and garden terrace deck on warm days. Our breakfast provided a menu buffet selection, including cereals, fruit, juice, yogurt, toast, and coffee, with English breakfast of eggs, tomato, pastry, soup, sausage and ham.
There is also a sauna and fully equipped gym, with meeting room for conferences and weddings.
The staff was very knowledgeable and courteous.
Rates range from $311 for a Superior Double to $671 for an Executive Suite (£164 to £354 GBP) per night, depending on size of room and the season (rates are subject to change without notice).
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From Russell Square tube station:
From the Russell Square tube station it is a short 4 minute walk. When departing the Russell Square station, go left. At the stop light, cross the street and walk across Russell Square, then cross the street and Montague Street will be directly on your right.
From Holborn tube station:
From the Holborn tube station it is a short 5 minute walk. When departing the Holborn station, go right onto Southampton Row. Walk to the third street on the left, which will be Great Russell Street, then the second street you come to will be Montague Street.
From Tottenham Court Road tube station:
From the Tottenham Court Road tube station it is a short 7 minute walk. When departing the Tottenham Court Road tube station, go left onto Tottenham Court Road, then the first right, which will be Great Russell Street. After passing the British Museum, Montague Street will be on your left.
Although a short walk from either stations, if you have a lot of luggage, suggest taking a taxi (cost around £5).
If coming by bus, there are several routes that service the area. One bus stop is right in front of the British Museum.
The Montague on the Gardens15 Montague Street
Bloomsbury, London, WC1 5BJ
phone 020 7637 1001 fax 020 7637 2516
The British Museum, the largest museum in Europe and the largest covered area. Houses a huge array of world artifacts which encompasses rare pieces from Greek and Roman times, including the Rosetta stone. Wide selection of Roman and Etruscan helmets, coins, sarcophoguses, seals, jewelry, statues and more. Plan to visit more than one day to fully appreciate.