Chances are if you spend much time in East London, you know the M by Montcalm — it’s the sharp, triangular shaped building that stretches up above City Road, just off of Old Street roundabout. You know the one, right? Now as many of you will know, when it comes to Shoreditch hotels I’m obviously in camp Hoxton, but that’s not to say it’s not worth checking out the competition, hence Ed and I spent a night at M by Montcalm in Shoreditch last month and it was lovely.
I do love staying in hotels in London. There’s the initial luxury of not having to travel far or even get up Google Maps, then it’s just nice to spend a night in a luxurious environment, away from your own clutter, and not a worry in the world about the washing up/ the laundry/ cleaning the bathroom duties.
Being just off of Old Street roundabout, the hotel is obviously well located and with great transport links — as a regular city breaker, I for one know how hugely important that is! You’ll bounce through the hotel corridors to your room (the carpets are plush!) and the 8 different room classes vary in size and luxury. We stayed in a Junior Suite which was massive, complete with arm chairs, a desk, big windows, electronic curtains, mood lighting, lots of wardrobe space, and a large, lovely bathroom complete with Hermes toiletries. The mood lighting and iPad-controlled everything were a bit much for us but I can see how they appeal to some.
The pool and spa are both really lovely — small in size but a luxury nonetheless, complete with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relaxation room. It’s a bit of a hidden gem really, looking up at the building from the outside, I’d have never thought there was an intimate spa hiding in the basement!
We went out into Shoreditch for dinner (some recommendations below) but there are 2 restaurants in the building that I’ve tried before and are both great; Urban Coterie on the top floor is the fancier of options, whilst Tonic and Remedy is more relaxed, bistro style cuisine.
They’ve mastered the soundproofing because we had a soundless night’s sleep, despite the fact we were hovering above City Road, and the bed was huge and very comfortable. Once you’ve mastered switching off the many light switches using the iPad (we struggled!) it’ll be dark in there too. I loved opening the curtains in the morning, being greeted by Old Street, and remembering that we were slap, bang in London city. You don’t get that same city buzz opening the curtains where we are in Clapton; that’s another perk of hotel life.
Breakfast is included, and served buffet style at Tonic and Remedy — a restaurant with wraparound windows so you can peer down on the pavements of City Road whilst eating your bacon and eggs. Ed had to get off to work and I was meeting my mother so we didn’t get chance to venture down to the spa again, though I’d have loved a little morning dip.
Where to eat in the area:
Urban CoterieThe swanky restaurant on the top floor of the hotel – expect fine food and great views. Read my full review here.
CevicheLike Peruvian food, love Ceviche. Martin Morales set up a second location of his original Soho restaurant, this one much larger and a mere 30 seconds from the hotel. Don’t miss the chance to knock back a few Pisco Sours.
DineramaA street food haven, with many of the best traders in the capital, Dinerama is a casual, fun-loving hangout with plentiful food options, good music and good drinks. Don’t expect to leave sober.
Hill and SzrokA butchers-turned-restaurant it’s a meat eater’s paradise and a stone’s throw from the hotel.