Excellent Location & Staff
Travelled to London with my sister (May 3 – May 11 2013)
Staff: If ever travelling to London again, this would definitely be one of the reasons I would chose the Montana Hotel! My favorites - Christopher at the Front Desk (a 28 year veteran) & Kampus (one of the Owners sons). Christopher was always cheerful and his experience was appreciated. He was always willing to help find a restaurant, book us for High Tea, find a specialty shop, and tell us the best place and time to purchase tickets. He’s what I call a “Chatty Kathy” (likes to talk a lot), but it’s great to go on a vacation and get to know the real person. He is kind & definitely huggable. Kampus loves to tell you all about the famous people who have or still live in the area and he is a definite “people person” – easy to talk to, has a love for travel and thanks to his sister, knows every theatre show & restaurant in London! Tell him your budget & he will help you find the right place. The whole staff was friendly, fun and very helpful in recommending places to eat like “Da Mario”, where Lady Di frequented incognito and “The Hereford Arms Pub” for a traditional English dinner – both just a few blocks away!
Location: Situated in South Kensington on the corner of Gloucester Road (Palace Gate) and Cromwell. The Gloucester Road Tub Station was kitty corner the hotel so extremely easy to get around. Also, a Travel Information Centre right across the street, but we found we didn’t need to use it as we had Christopher, Kampus and Oggie to give us all the information we needed. There is 24 Hour store (I think it was a Tesco, similar to our 7-11) a variety of restaurants, cafes and bakery’s and pubs within a 3 block radius. Approximate 1 mile stroll to Kensington Palace, where William & Kate will soon live and was the home of Lady Diana. We flew into Gatwick and it took approximately 1 hour to drive to hotel.
Hotel: The hotel is small & so was our room -7’ x 16’! (we knew that before we left Vancouver, Canada, but still had a good chuckle when we walked in). Our ¾ beds were surprisingly comfortable & we were glad to find a small fridge. Bathroom was very spacious, but being rookies from Canada were disappointed to find they didn’t supply toiletries or facecloths; maybe this is just a European thing??!!?? Unfortunately we were facing the front so the traffic noise was hard to sleep through, so take earplugs. Room & bathroom were kept very clean. There was no need for a “Do Not Disturb” sign like in Canada & the USA as the cleaning staff started later in the morning. Not sure if this was due to the fact it was a smaller Hotel, but was really appreciated on the mornings we needed to sleep in. They do advertise Wi-Fi, but we were not able to connect in our room on the 2nd floor or on the 1st floor. It was evident by everyone sitting in the lobby with their I Pads and cell phones that the only working wireless was there – a little disappointing.
Food: The Montana does have an Indian Restaurant, which we thoroughly enjoyed on our 1st night. We also enjoyed their complimentary breakfast (endless racks of toast, cereals, yogurt, canned pears and peaches, apples, bananas, juices, coffee and tea) – pleasant and great for travellers on a budget.
Getting Around London: We purchased a “London Pass” before we left. This included entrance fees to most of the top attractions (plus many other attractions) the Tub, the above ground and bus transit for 6 zones.. If you keep to the attractions in the book & use the transit systems it would be worth it. Some attractions are $28.00 pounds and the Tub alone is $4.50 a pound one way. We found it very easy to get around with this pass along with the helpful Tub staff. But, if you get side tracked & do other things like we did The “London Pass” isn’t worth it. It would probably have been better for us to get a one week pass (I think they call it an “Oyster Pass”) for The Tube and pay as we go for the attractions.
Theatre Productions: We purchased tickets for “The Book of Mormon” 3 months before we left. You can’t get them in London as they are sold out many months in advance. We loved the show, but just a note if you decide to go – it is very controversial and touchy. We also bought tickets for ½ price from “TKTS” (they were the cheapest) and saw “Wicked” – loved it also.
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