Having decided to spend Friday night in our glorious capital city (London) I needed to find myself a cheap bed and breakfast so that I could spend the night and not have to sleep in a train station when for the first train in the morning… In a drunken stupor. As any regular reader to my reviews here on this site will know I am regularly going down to London and, to be frank, I have probably stayed in most of the bed and breakfasts in and around Victoria and King's Cross area. As it happens this Friday I found myself in the Montana Excel and you know what ? It actually wasn't that bad ! The hotel is situated in the Argyll Square area which is just 30 seconds walk away from King's Cross/Euston. There are hundreds of bed and breakfasts all along the square and the surrounding roads. At night time it may seem quite foreboding but don't let that put you off. The bright lights of King's Cross and the Marylebone Road mean that you really are only a few minutes away from the West End. If you decide to walk through the Bloomsbury area to hit West End you will be treated to glorious architecture (reams of Peabody trust estates and some positively ' grand design' type houses spring up in an erratic fashion that really makes London unique. Okay, to business what about the bed-and-breakfast. Well it was raining when I arrived and the (very pretty) receptionist knew that did not want to make chitchat and would rather change at my wet clothes so check-in was done within 30 seconds. I was find it amazing that the bed and breakfasts behind King's Cross have managed to perfect the check-in/checkout process to within 60 seconds yet some of the glorious five-star hotels but exist in London give the impression that they take pride in extending the check-in/checkout process elongating the process to 30 min or so with longer. The rooms are fairly basic affairs. Even though I had booked for a single I was actually given a twin room–absolutely no problem. As is the case of all of these types of rooms you get a standard microscopic television, basic coffee facilities and a heater that pumps out heat with almost thermonuclear efficiency. However, my room (G5) actually happy decent size shower built in - not a Tacked on pod but actual shower Which Was a Pleasant Surprise. And Indeed, The Showers were very good with very decent water pressure and water temperature. Later that night when I returned from my drinking in the West End of the room was incredibly hot and there was a thumping great sound coming from the heater. Indeed, this thumping great sound to give a good impression of being a jet engine in the room. I called the receptionist to come and fix the sounds so that I could get some sleep and he promptly turn off the heat and a few minutes later the sound subsided. In fact I was very impressed with the speed in which he came in and sort out the problem. I also tried the breakfasts in the Montana Excell and to be honest the bloody fantastic !!! Seriously where else can you get a decent cuppa coffee, a bowl of cornflakes and a decent fry up the next to nothing? I would heartily recommend a breakfast at the Montana excel.
ALl in all I have to say I was very impressed with this bed-and-breakfast. The night cost me £50 in total (which includes breakfast) I would stay here again and the place comes very highly recommended.
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- Montana Excel Hotel London
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