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“Overpriced rip-off”
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Monty Design Hotel
London, United Kingdom
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“Overpriced rip-off”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Monty Hotel took advantage of a room shortage by charging 235 euros plus tax for a small single room for 1 night. The toilet seat was broken. The lid for the bin fell off. The shower head spurted water everywhere. The curtain did not cover the window. Given that it faced a busy noisy road and towards the East where the sun poured in from an early hour -- unacceptable. The room had a mini-bar and they had the audacity to expect guests to pay 2.50 euros for water! The design features were nasty bits of red plastic -- exactly what one might expect a fake bordello to look like. Everthing was slightly grubby as it was in desparate need of a fresh coat of paint. Really unacceptable for the price!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

I ended up in this hotel when booking a last minute work trip when the hotels I normally stay in were all busy. I had expected something quirky, clean and modern.

What I actually found was a jaded and dated hotel, with lots of things that just didn't work properly.

Firstly I was put in what seemed to be a converted garage. The paint on the door was peeling, and there was a manky plant pot used as an ashtray right outside my door. The shrubs were overgrown making it difficult to even get to the room. And then the key didn't work properly.

Finally got into the room to find it was horrible and dirty, the carpet was really thin and filthy. There was nowhere sensible to leave my suitcase, coat or bag. There was only one powerpoint which meant I had a choice of charging my phone, laptop or having a light on. And no mirror in the bedroom, just a tiny one in the bathroom! Or a water glass...

The bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned or dusted in weeks. The towels were thin, small, and smelled! I've never stayed in a hotel with smelly towels before, it made me wonder if they just put them back on the rail without washing them between guests!

I had a terrible night's sleep, the bed was right by a (lovely stained glass) massive window which was a ground level right by the pavement and an extremely busy road. I kept getting woken up by people walking by talking, at about 5am by people standing outside my room and chatting (!) and by passing traffic.

Then in the morning the hideousness of the room became clear. The windowsill was filthy, the bathroom curtain thick with mould.

Breakfast was a strange communal table. Not awful, other than the fact that the door handle into the room was broken. So I spent 5 minutes trying to get out of my bedroom (glad there wasn't a fire in the night...) and then looked like an idiot trying to get into the main part of the house. Finally the manager came over, pointed that I needed to turn the handle in a different direction, and walked off! And incase you're thinking I'm a little dim, it then happened to another lady, except this time I let her in whilst the manager shrugged and walked away.

It was awful, I would not stay there again if you paid me. They need to give it a good clean, put some sensible, working, furnishings in, mend the locks and put a more cheerful manager in. Then it might become the quirky cool hotel it wants to be.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2012

The idea of a low cost "design" hotel is not bad - but it did not work out for me on a business trip. Perhaps it would work out better if I was on a holiday trip where meeting new people was part of the "package". If so I think this hotel could work fine.
For me it did not - and the communal breakfast killed it to be honest. 8 people sharing a breakfast table is a good idea, if they are all between 16 and 30 (or feeling like it) and open for new acquiantances at 8am in the morning :) Well the 8 of us around the table were neither.
The other big negative for me was that the room on the street was only barfely sound insulated by the old windows.
+++ Good restaurants just outside the hotel.

Room Tip: Check in early to get garden rooms - the ones on the street are very noisy,
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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London
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

I have never reviewed a hotel before, but after my 2 day stay at Hotel Monty this past weekend I feel compelled to let others know what they are in for if they choose to stay here...

The hotel interiors were very dated and cheap which I wouldn't have minded this so much if the place wasn't so filthy.The carpets were worn and dirty, the shower curtains manky - even the television remote was covered in grime. When the maid cleaned she didn't actually empty bins or tidy anything beyond making the bed.

Speaking of beds...it was tiny and uncomfortable with scratchy bedding and just one pillow. Neither of us slept properly either night. That could also have been due to the fact that you could hear every other guests movements - if someone comes in the front door, up the stairs or is speaking in the other room...you'll hear it.

The bathroom was also pretty gross - rusted shower taps, tiny paper thin towels and an unattached toilet seat that kept falling off. Also useful for waking up your partner and other guests...

The staff were very unhelpful - they didn't have an adapter or iPhone charger and were not able to offer any advice on where I might be able to purchase one locally. Also, the guy on front desk forgot to make my wake up call at 5:30am which meant nearly missing the train back to London.

Oh, it's also not at all close to Brussels Midi (€20 ride across the city) or the airport - or anything interesting...

I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

I stayed in this hotel for one night on a business trip. It was nice, clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful (they even printed out some papers for me). The breakfas room is like a big dining room in a family house - a big table with everything you may need for breakfast and the guest sit around - really like a big family. Complimentary tea and coffee service is a nice surprise. The big advantage is the free wifi in the rooms and even on the computer in the lobby.
The building looks like a residential building (not like a hotel), you can enter through the small garden (it took me some time to be sure that I am at the right entrance).
It is not far from the EU district (5 minutes walk from metro station Montgomery). The main road is quite busy and noisy but in the rooms of the other side it is OK.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the back of the building.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2011

my sister and I went to Brussels for her birthday and we found this hotel to stay in for 3 days. Staff are friendly, always helpful, approachable and multilingual. there is no elevator but we were on the first floor and we traveled light so that's no problem. It is a small hotel so don't expect big rooms. For us, it is enough. The most important thing is it is clean. Also if you are not fussed about the noise, then it is recommended for a short stay in Brussels. We slept well anyway. It is near the metro station, Montgomery which is like 5-minute walk. Overall I am satisfied.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2011

I have travelled to 25 European states, spent hundereds of nigts in various hotels but never in my life I have seen a ''hotel'' like this. Filthy, noisy, with no elevator, no reception... My happiness was complete the moment I seen the pitfall for bugs next to the minibar... That is what you get during the day. And during the night, when the metro passes, the entire building trembles. In the morning you eat breakfast at the same table with all other tenants, as if in Big Brother house. Oh, did I mention - all of them are taking bread and croissants out of the box with their hands? But once is for sure - I will definitely remember this place - so that I NEVER EVER return here again! p.s. this joyful experience costed me 135€ per night!?

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Monty Design Hotel
Address: Boulevard Brand Whitlock 101, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels 1200, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels > Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Monty Design Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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