A weekend with the girls {Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City}

A couple of my blogging friends — Amy from Everything Mummy and Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos — and I had been invited by Mumsnet, to do a little filming job at their Workfest event, which took place last weekend in London.

Although Workfest was on the Saturday, with Sarah coming down from Lancashire and Amy travelling up from Dorset, we decided to book a hotel for the Friday night so we didn’t have to rush the next day.

The event was in Euston Square, so we chose the Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City; just a stone’s throw away from where we needed to be and — quite possibly — one of the most fabulous hotels I’ve ever stayed in (and there have been some amazing ones over the years that’s for sure).

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Welcome to The Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City

We’d booked a junior suite — perfect for the three of us — which worked out at less than £60 a head, with entrance to the Club Lounge, spa and a continental breakfast included.

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The Montcalm is a couple of minutes walk from Old Street tube station, based in an extraordinary looking building. We were greeted on the front desk by Sanjeev — full of smiles — giving us the perfect introduction to our home from home.

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On booking we’d chosen our room scent; (basil and lime, in case you were wondering) and also selected the pillows we’d like to sleep on.

Little touches like this make the world of difference when you’re staying away from home, don’t they? We knew we were in for a treat before we even got there.

And it really didn’t disappoint.

Our room was amazing. Based on the 13th floor we had a spectacular view of the city and more gadgets in the room than the Apple store. A huge TV, mood lighting, music — all actioned by electronic remote controls — plus lots of lovely treats too.

Hermes toiletries plus macarons and truffles, fresh fruit and fresh bottled water — as standard. There was also an expresso machine (complete with complimentary pods) plus a very well stocked mini bar.

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The Height of Luxury

Once we’d unpacked, the girls and I skipped off down to the West End for a little retail therapy. Then back to the Montcalm for a drink and a snack, in the Club Lounge.

This is literally a bloggers dream. So many beautiful things to take photos of — the other residents probably thought we were all mad.

If you’re not into beautiful floral arrangements and fantastic interiors though, don’t despair, their cocktail list and snack menu is divine. And Adam and his team were such brilliant hosts — nothing was too much trouble.

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Shoreditch is such a vibrant part of London — so many lovely bars and restaurants — but my compadres and I decided to make the most of our stay in the Montcalm and eat in one of their restaurants.

We chose the Urban Coterie. A gorgeously stylish setting at the top of the hotel, with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs preparing your food, should you fancy watching a little real-life Masterchef-ery.

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Eats and Treats

Dinner was heavenly.

I had crab to start, followed by cod then the most delicious pudding I’ve eaten in a long while!! A custard tart. Sounds simple but it was to die for. Worth going back again just for that to be honest.

The food, combined with excellent service from Ermina and Annalise, made our evening stress free and memorable.

The next morning we we had a fab continental breakfast, back in the Club Lounge. Fresh fruit and pastries, cereals, meats and cheeses. A really lovely start to the day and a good chance for us to make a plan for the day ahead.

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Then Amy and Sarah went off to the spa whilst I bimbled about, back in our room, and painted my nails.

I don’t seem to have much spare time for things like that, since I had the twins, so it was a real treat to have an hour to myself.

I did pop down with them quickly, to have a look though and made a mental note to book in for a treatment, the next time I’m lucky enough to have a weekend away!

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Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City — spa

Absolutely Fabulous

Although the girls and I were staying on a business trip I would love to come back again. Preferably with my boy; for a romantic, child-free weekend in London.

The Montcalm is such a fabulous hotel. The bed and pillows were the comfiest I’ve ever slept on away from home. And the girls and I all agreed that we all had the best night’s sleep we’d had in ages.

If you’re looking for a base in London, I highly recommend the Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City.

Easy access to the West End for a show or shopping. Or if you fancy a little spa weekend their Versace designed spa is heavenly.

But, to be honest, even just holing yourself up indoors with a movie (on that gigantic TV) and ordering in some room service would be perfect.

I can’t wait to visit again!

Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City — cocktails

The girls and I paid for our stay at the Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City; but were generously treated to dinner and cocktails by the team there.

Pop over to Sarah’s and Amy’s blogs to see what they thought!

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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38 Comments

  1. 18th May 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Oh my word Caro you have soooo many amazing photos of that hotel it looks absolutely beautiful and so glad you three had a ball! I want to go there right now!

    • 18th May 2016 / 2:34 pm

      I took absolutely HUNDREDS of pics!! It was so difficult to narrow them down too!! I have had to leave so many out! I can’t recommend it enough — it was such a fabulous hotel. I rarely sleep well if I’m away from home but those beds are super comfy!! I’d recommend it 100% xx

  2. 18th May 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Ooh this looks lovely!! You’re pictures are fab too, really makes me want to go and try all that yummy food and pick my own pillow! Haha xx

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:04 pm

      It was SO fab!!! I think picking my own pillow was one of my favourite things!! :)

  3. 18th May 2016 / 3:03 pm

    WOW Caro stunning – looks like an amazing stay and what gorgeous hotel and food! Great company too!! Glad you had fun xx

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:05 pm

      It was SO awesome. Really, really worth going down the day before. It would have been such a rush to travel down on the Saturday and the Montcalm was perfect. We couldn’t have picked a better hotel! :)

  4. 18th May 2016 / 3:49 pm

    This looks like the height of luxury, oh to have a bit of time away. Some fab photos you got there, sounds like you had a lovely time.

    • 18th May 2016 / 5:12 pm

      It was so, so lovely! It’s rare to have time away from the little ones so to stay in such a lovely hotel was a real treat. £60 each for 3 of us was brilliant I thought — I’d like to do it again!! Such a great place to stay in London! :)

  5. 18th May 2016 / 8:25 pm

    What an amazing place to stay – for business or pleasure! The hotel looks incredible x

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:29 am

      It was so awesome Donna!! Such a fab place to stay — particularly as it cost just 60 pounds a head for the girls and I to share a room! Absolute bargain! Would highly, highly recommend!

  6. 18th May 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Oh Caro I just loved the M my Montcalm that bed was so so comfy and the food divine, I cant wait to visit again, I want to spend hours in that gorgeous spa, and eat the meal all over again x

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:24 am

      It was SO comfy wasn’t it? I don’t think I stirred all night — I loved it all!! What a fabulous weekend xx

  7. 18th May 2016 / 9:47 pm

    This hotel looks absolutely amazing – the detail is stunning. Such luxury, what a treat. Lovely review and gorgeous photos. Kaz x

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:23 am

      Ah thanks Kaz — it’s easy to take nice photos when the subject is so amazing! :)

  8. 18th May 2016 / 10:11 pm

    It looks fabulous and certainly one to remember when I’m looking of somewhere to stay . Your photo’s are stunning and really do the hotel justice, love how you’ve found some many details to share.

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks so much Ali. I LOVED it!! And for someone like me, who takes their pillow everywhere with them ;) you would absolutely LOVE it!!
      The pillow was so comfy, I took a photo of the label and plan to buy one!! :)

  9. 19th May 2016 / 6:46 am

    Absolutely stunning photos. I stayed at the Montcalm at The Brewery for Brit Mums last year and it was amazing. Sounds like you had an awesome time :) x x

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thanks so much! I’d love to go to the Brewery Montcalm — their tech city one was so fabulous!

  10. 19th May 2016 / 9:10 am

    What a beautiful hotel, I would love to stay there! You had me with the photos of the macaroons in the room. I love the fact you can choose your own pillows – little touches like that really make a hotel.

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:20 am

      I totally, totally agree Mellissa! I don’t often sleep well at all in hotels — I usually take my own pillow with me, so being able to choose the kind of pillow you want is a winner for me. I’d go back again in a heartbeat! :)

  11. 19th May 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Oh wow, what an experience. This place looks amazing, and the food well my belly is rumbling now.

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:17 am

      It is such a fab find Kellie!! So lovely for a weekend treat :)

  12. 19th May 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Such a beautiful hotel! All of that food looks yummy too!

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:17 am

      Ah you would love it Jemma!! The food really was fantastic :)

  13. 19th May 2016 / 1:18 pm

    WOW! This place does look truly amazing – a very indulgent treat – and much deserved for the odd weekend away from the kids! I’ll definitely suggest it to my friends as a base for my next (somewhat rare!) getaway :)

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:17 am

      It’s so fabulous!! Especially for the price — I thought £60 a head for the three of us was amazing!!

  14. 20th May 2016 / 10:03 am

    That building looks amazing, and being on the 13th floor must have given you great views of London! You make me laugh, I can just imagine you three bloggers taking billions of photos, hehe! Xx

    • 27th May 2016 / 4:37 pm

      It was SUCH a great place for pictures Sabrina!!! Honestly!!! Thank goodness I was with other bloggers and didn’t look too weird by myself!!!!! ;)

  15. 20th May 2016 / 11:06 am

    Super beautiful place, I want to visit! I love the look of that food, and what a great idea sharing the price. Works out a great price doing it that way

    • 27th May 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Aah it’s really worth the visit Steph! I was so, so impressed with it! xx

  16. 23rd May 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Oh wow that does look incredible – what a lovely way to start the weekend!!

    • 24th May 2016 / 5:13 pm

      It was really lovely — so nice to hang out with the girls, in such a fabulous place too!

  17. 25th May 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Wow it looks lovely there! I have always wanted to stay at a Montcalm hotel. I love your photography too! You were right it does look like a bloggers dream!!

    • 27th May 2016 / 2:52 pm

      It’s fab Carly!! Such an amazing place to stay — it made our London adventure even better! :)

  18. Helen Costello
    3rd June 2016 / 7:47 am

    Oh I would really love to stay there. I’ve got so many bloggy friends that have raved about the Montcalm. How posh that you can choose the room fragrance. £60 each is so reasonable- great choice!

    • 4th June 2016 / 6:56 pm

      I highly, highly recommend it! I thought it was really reasonable, split between the three of us :) Can’t wait to go back!

  19. 9th June 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Loved seeing you Caro the photos came out stunning what a lush little stay it was! xx

    • 11th June 2016 / 3:07 pm

      It was awesome wasn’t it? So lovely hanging out with you for the weekend chickie xx

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