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Residential facade with swanky interiors and formal ambience
Housed in a typical Georgian townhouse with a gently curving facade, The Montcalm could be easily mistaken for a residential property from the outside. Once through the doors, however, the lobby area screams luxury hotel, with impeccably uniformed staff standing primly behind a reception desk of gray marble. Polished stone floors reflect golden columns, smart modern furnishings, and a contemporary centerpiece chandelier. Hallways continue the theme of smart contemporary, with velvet high-backed chairs and patterned carpeting. The ambience is formal and may be a bit stiff for some. The hotel mainly attracts wealthy tourists and foreign businessmen.
Quiet residential street that is within a 15-minute walk of Oxford Street
Tucked away on a residential street north of Marble Arch, the hotel benefits from a peaceful location that is within a 15-minute walk of buzzing Oxford Street. The busy train terminal of Paddington station is about a 10-minute taxi drive away, while the nearest Underground stop is a five-minute walk from the hotel. The green expanse of Regent's Park and the boutique neighborhood of Marylebone are both within a 10-minute stroll of the hotel.
Five-star amenities with a four-star finish
The hotel's 153 rooms are decorated in a colorful, contemporary scheme with modern furnishings, including seating area, fully equipped desk, and leather swivel chair. Glitzy bathrooms provide luxury Hermés toiletries and rainfall shower heads. Other high-end touches include customizable in-room scents and pillow menus. While rooms contain all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this caliber, the general decor is a bit lacking. The furnishings are contemporary (think clean lines, variegated wood accent, and padded headboards), but don't quite have an ultra high-end finish.
Champagne bar and fully-equipped spa
Just off the lobby, the Crescent Restaurant and Lounge is a bright, spacious room serving a continental breakfast buffet each morning, and afternoon tea on weekends. The hotel's SixtyOne Restaurant serves seasonally inspired dishes in relaxed surrounds, while the Champagne Bar next door serves a range of sparkling wines and cocktails. There is also a wellness center, which includes everything you would expect from a luxury hotel spa, including an exercise pool (albeit small), steam room, heated loungers, and a monsoon shower. There is also an air-conditioned gym with fitness equipment and free weights.
The Montcalm is a luxury hotel situated on a relatively peaceful, residential street that is walking distance from the buzz and bustle of Oxford Street. The lobby, restaurants, and bar exude modern opulence, with chic, ultra-modern furnishings and luxe gold accents throughout. In-room amenities are also impressive. However the room decor doesn't quite reflect the caliber of the hotel. Rooms at the nearby The Arch hotel probably have a nicer finish, and the overall vibe is less stuffy, though it is lacking a spa or pool.