In life, it's always the little things that count. Be they the really annoying little habits that drive us crackers or, in the case of The Morton Hotel, the little details that have gone into virtually every aspect of this new boutique style hotel in London.
The Morton is a quiet and peaceful oasis of tranquility set in a fantastic location in Bloomsbury. Just 10 minutes from Euston and Kings Cross and only 15 minutes from the heart of Covent Garden.
We arrived on a very early train at 8am so walked to the hotel hoping to drop off our cases and begin our day in the City. To our amazement however, our room was ready so we checked in and unpacked 6 hours earlier than we had anticipated.
From the moment we entered the hotel it became apparent that the owners here are trying to do things differently. The understated minimalist entrance leads you to a lift which, initially, can only move in one direction - down and to reception. A simple and friendly check in gives you a key card and access to the higher floors of the hotel.
Our room, on the top floor was one of the nicest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in and it's in the guest areas that you can really pick up on the attention to details. From the smooth, warm faux wooden floors to the thick crisp cotton sheets it is obvious that no expense has been spared. The rooms have large flat screen tv's on the walls and a complete Sky TV package. There's also a small clock radio cube and plenty of plug sockets for chargers and straighteners etc!!! Our room didn't have a bath but a large open plan walk in shower unit with a rain shower head which meant that I really didn't want to get out once i had got in!!! However, when I did finally prise myself out, I was able to wrap myself in large, soft bath sheets that discretely bore the hotels monogram. That monogram carries the brand throughout and can be seen on the wallpaper, staff uniforms and as etchings on the glass doors. The hotel has drawn its main inspiration from authors with book references through out and the random collections of framed pictures and book covers on the walls definitely adds to the hotels quiet and quirky atmosphere.
The Morton doesn't offer a restaurant but does have a room service menu and serves a continental breakfast in the mornings ( we stayed room only so I can't comment on the food)
As for negatives, there are a couple but let's not forget that the hotel has only been open for 3 months and it would be insane not to expect a few teething problems;
We had pre-paid for our room so didn't need to provide a credit card at check in. This then meant a rather confusing process for ordering drinks in the bar. Rather than charging them to the room and paying the bill upon checkout. We had to prepay a sum of money that we thought would cover any extras that we wanted to charge to the room and then we had to ask for the balance to be refunded to our card at checkout. I'm sure though, that in time, the hotel will adopt the tried and tested method we're all accustomed to!!
Similarly the reception/bar area has plenty of tables and comfy chairs and is a lovely place to while away the time. However, for a hotel with such strong literary references throughout, it's a crying shame that they haven't thought of adding a bookshelf, a daily paper or magazine or two for guests to flick through!
All in all, my criticisms are pretty trivial and didn't spoil a lovely relaxing break and provided a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of London. The hotel were also happy to store our luggage all day until we were ready to head to Euston. Unlike many hotels, they do charge 50p per item but in the grand scheme of things £1 was a small price to pay to know that we could pop back to the hotel on our way to the station and didn't need to haul our cases around London all day!
In summary, the Morton is a hidden gem but my guess is that it won't stay hidden for long so take advantage and visit sooner rather than later!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Morton hotel has 34 rooms all lovingly furnished with individual charm, to create a comfortable space with a relaxing ambience. Choose between our decorative twin/double bedrooms or our unique one and two bedroom apartments all comprising of sizeable en-suites with shower or bath tub, heated towel rails and under floor heating.All rooms are fitted with 42" flat screen TV and Sky, in room safe, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi access, iPod docking station, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms are serviced daily and our Reception is available 24 hours. ... more less