The last Friday in June saw my husband and me enjoying a rare afternoon and evening adventuring together just the two of us. The site for our adventuring was London (I was heading to BML16 the next day) and I say adventuring, I think that may be pushing the experience and your expectations of this post past the point of reality. It was not a day for adventuring, it was a day for mooching, pottering, resting.
First up in our bid to relax and soak up the sights of our capital was the choice of a bus ride from London Waterloo to our destination. I grant you this may not be absolutely everyone’s idea of a relax, but what other way can you cheaply and slowly (very slowly on a Friday afternoon) see the sights? Taxis are too expensive to be truly relaxing; the tube is efficient but viewless and the idea of getting my husband on a ‘Boris Bike’ is frankly laughable.
After a short distance and long journey we bundled ourselves off outside the monolithic maze of the Barbican and took a short stroll to our destination for the evening: The Montcalm at the Brewery, London City.
As guests approach the entrance of this hotel they are met with what seems to be a real feature – a helpful and friendly member of staff. After pleasantries and when you’re through the door I would recommend looking up first – there’s a pretty snazzy chandelier – then eyes right at the water wall…I love a water wall…
If you haven’t tripped up by now you can make your way to another friendly and helpful member of staff – my husband counted eleven members of staff at this point all ready and willing to offer assistance of some sort. Find yourself a check-in person and commence with your official arrival…
You will next find yourself escorted to your room and possibly provided with a map. The hotel is situated in The Brewery – a puzzle of a historic building with corridors, steps, roundy-bout bits and bridges.
At your room, you will be farewelled and left to enjoy whatever you find inside…
For us we had a feeling it was going to be pretty lovely – not sure what gave it away, it might have been when the receptionist elegantly delivered the news of an upgrade or maybe it was when we saw the room plaque:
We were not disappointed…
The room boasted a lovely four poster bed with a thoughtful addition of a special pillow for me (and a mobile phone should it be required on your adventuring round London):
A good sized lounging area:
And a snazzy ensuite:
This wasn’t our first stay here and an abiding memory of our previous visit was this fun window from the bedroom to the ensuite (there is a blind you can bring down for moments when you may want a bit more privacy!). I think it’s really clever as not only does it makes a small room seem more spacious (not that this particular room was small), but, if you’re so inclined, you can sign language to your roommate for bathtime refreshments…perfect!
I’m not sure we maximised our time in London especially, but the room was so well equipped we didn’t really feel any need to go anywhere. Friendly knocks on the door at various intervals proved to be charming offers of refreshments such as this scrummy welcome basket (which has got me addicted to dried cranberries):
…a fruit bowl, along with orange juice and water, and finally these delightful morsels, like little smiles on a plate:
We made a dent in all the offerings, we peered at the swish coffee machine and enjoyed the wonderful selection of teas…those lovely ones that are in those little silk bags with loose leaves inside. At the risk of sounding like my son with fireman poles at playgrounds, however, there was no teapot. I do love a teapot. BUT, unlike a fireman pole at a playground, I’m quite sure a teapot would have been provided in a flash if it had bothered me enough to ask.
So to conclude this ramble round our hotel room…it was fab. Our hotel stay was turned into a hotel experience thanks to the kindness of the staff, the warm welcome and the comfort of the room. My jaded sportsman husband who has spent far too much time in hotels around the world, and doesn’t find them anywhere near as exciting as most people (ok, me…and my son), also concluded that it was pretty special. So if you find yourself needing to stay in the City of London anytime soon I would highly recommend this hotel. I’m quite sure we’ll be back for a third visit at some point.
You can find out more information on the hotel amenities, room types and booking information here.
I received a discount for my room this trip (which was then upgraded on arrival) but all opinions and cronky photos are my own!