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Hotel Montana Excel
Ranked #794 of 1,081 Hotels in London
Reviewed February 27, 2009

This budget hotel is located near a tube. Not the best neighborhood at night.

Check-in was fast and friendly. There is no lift in the hotel.

Small room, worn-out bed, shower was ok. The toilet, which is situated in the corridor could not be locked.
There is only one staircase, so no extra emergency exits available.

No Internet facilities, no gym.

Breakfast is ok, but only available until 9am, also in weekends.

Check-out was again fast. Luggage storage is available, beware though that this storage is accessible for everyone, so it may not be the safest place to your valuable goods.

If you don't expect too much and you are on a tight budget, this hotel could be considered.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 8, 2009

London is well known as the city with the worst value lodging in the world. It also has a reputation for rampant bed bugs (I've been attacked twice, both in hotels over £100 per night) and strange plumbing (what's with those separate hot and cold sink faucets - my right hand is freezing while my left is burning) - based on these criteria, the Montana Excel is really quite a good value.

The hotel is very well located, only a few hundred feet from the Kings Cross/St Pancras Tube station. It's on a quiet street with Argyle Square (a little park) in front. Be aware that Google maps might send you to 16-18 Argyle Street - which is the wrong address a couple streets west. Be sure to enter "18 Argyle Square, WC1H" when searching google.

I stayed on an overnight layover and airport transfer on December 23rd. The Hotel was almost empty and the entire city was very quiet. The receptionist was very polite and she upgraded me to a double room, from my single room reservation, without any second thought. It's worth noting that this location is very convenient for taking the Tube to Heathrow and coming from Stansted.

The room itself (Room G5) was nothing to get excited over. I was on the ground floor, just across the hall from the door leading to reception. The room had a shower and a sink but no toilet. The toilets were just outside the room, only 12 feet down the hall. While I was there I saw no other guests. The toilets smelled and looked clean. The room had good linens and decent pillows and towels. Many low-end hotels wash their bath towels with their kitchen towels, transferring the kitchen grease smell to everything. The Montana Excel's bath towels had only a faint smell of kitchen grease, meaning they likely only partially subscribed to this philosophy.

The beds were comfortable, the window opened to a small center atrium, which allowed in some nice, fresh air. The room had no heating controls, the heat radiated from the walls surrounding the sink. This was effective at heating but really was too much without keeping the window open for balance.

The television was small but worked fine. There was a small fan in the room that didn't work. Nearly every plastic thing in the room, like the tv remote control was sticky or greasy and contained who knows how many microscopic nasties. The shower opened directly into the room with a carpeted floor. If you opened the shower door while the water was running, it splashed all over the carpet.

Overall the room was pretty clean but there wasn't anything in there that was purchased this century, save for the linens.

In conclusion, the Montana Excel offers a very good value and clean room for those who appreciate a well-located, budget hotel. It's very possible to pay twice the amount for hotels less clean and in worse locations in London.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 3, 2009

I stayed at the Montana Excel for 3 nights from the 30th December to the 2nd January. Firstly our room was smaller than my bedroom, as our room was at the end of the building there was also a terrible damp problem which made the room smell stuffy and the walls were wet at all times. There was also no toilet in our room just a shower which was not the best ive ever used. On our second day i went down to the basement in the morning for a full english breakfast to find the was only toast and cereal on offer that day. Overall i was not impressed with the standard of the hotel, although the staff were very nice and polite.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2008

I stayed in a single room at the hotel in November 2008 for 1 night. I found the location great as it is directly opposite Kings Cross station. The staff were really friendly, the room clean with a kettle & TV and the breakfast was lovely; buffet style with cereal and cooked breakfast, tea & coffee. My only bad comment was that the water in the shower could have done with being hotter, apart from that no problems. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled solo
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2  Thank whitbyabi
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Reviewed December 5, 2008

We booked two rooms at the Montana Excel on the 28th of Nov, one single and one triple. Both were clean and neat, but the shower in the single was tiny, if you weigh over 220 pounds you will not be comfortable using it. This hotel is a good value in a great location. If you are staying here try to get a room 'with en-suite toilet and shower.' which will give you a larger bathroom. Wouldn't mind staying here a second time.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank epcnd
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Reviewed September 30, 2008

This hotel is extremely basic, but is ideal for the Eurostar, if your on the first one in the morning and just wanting somewhere to crash for a few hours. At £50 in London, you can't expect much, and there is not much offered.

The room was very small, and had a shower cubicle next to the bed. The toilet was on the floor below, Clean room, but walls are very thin. 2 mins from the train station.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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1  Thank Scarlett-Leeds
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

We stayed 3 nights in Montana Excel. 2 adults and 2 children. (10,12). The room was in the basement. During the day was it warm in London. The room was very hot (no airconditioning),
and the air in the room was stuffy. The bathroom was not clean. When I told the lady in the reception that I was very disappointed about the room she said that I was wrong and that it was a nice room (!!!). After 2 nights we could move to another room. This room was better. The room in the basement is a very bad room, and I want with this review to warn people not to except rooms in the basement from Montana Excel.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Thank chardonnay60
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Address: 16-18 Argyle Square | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8AS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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Ranked #794 of 1,081 Hotels in London
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Montana Excel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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