I recently stayed at the Montana for two nights in a single room with shared toilet and bath facilities. The hotel is in what I consider a perfect location. Steps from the Gloucester Road Tube station. I used the Piccadilly line from Heathrow T1 to get to the hotel and the same back to T5. There are some stairs at the Tube station which I was able to navigate without incident with my luggage. There is a good selection of places to eat in the area around the Tube station. Also a convenience store, a grocery store, pharmacies, etc…etc.
The hotel is small and the room I had being a single was also very small. It was clean and had a in-room safe, flat screen TV and a vanity sink. It was one floor up from the lobby with an obstructed view of Gloucester Road. There is an elevator but with luggage it is a one at a time device. You need to get out of it to change your mind. The shared toilet was down some stairs and the shower etc was down the hallway and then down some stairs. Both were clean but not elaborate or high end. The shower was in an old style tub with high sides ( 1940's or 1950's vintage ) that took some effort to get into. The shared facilities are only shared by two rooms so I never had to wait. My only comment is that the facilities were further from the room then I had envisioned. The TV service was a little disappointing. Their movie service was not available. If the station offerings were boring then you had limited choices. WiFi was free but it did quit on me a couple of times, probably due to heavy use. Anyone trying to stream videos or movies would have a problem.
One odd thing was the room key. It was an electronic card like most hotels today but it was attached to a large key tag. I was expected to turn the key in to the desk each time I left the hotel.
I did not use the restaurant. I went to a near-by pub for fish and chips on one occasion and Used Garfunckel's across the street for two breakfasts and a dinner meal. At a total cost of 150GBP for the two nights I have nothing to complain about. My wife and I have another trip planned with her parents for 2014. On that occasion we are staying in the same area but a 4* hotel. The cost will be significantly higher.
In summary, a acceptable choice of hotel in a very good location. The staff were always friendly and helpful. The main sights of London are quickly reached from this location. Young and energetic people could walk to Buckingham palace from this hotel. Harrods is a few blocks away, The V&A museum, the Natural History Museum,and the Science museum are all a couple of blocks away.
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