The Montcalm Hotel

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The Montcalm London Marble Arch
Other information
Number of rooms153[citation needed]
Number of restaurants5
Website
Official website

The Montcalm hotels are a group of luxury hotels in central London, England. The group includes The Montcalm London Marble Arch and The Marble Arch by The Montcalm London, both of which are near Marble Arch, as well as M By Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City, located in Shoreditch. The Montcalm at The Brewery London City and London City Suites by Montcalm, both of which are located in the City of London, round out the hotel chain. Each of the sites is a five-star hotel[citation needed]. The Montcalm London Marble Arch was acquired by Shaftesbury Hotels in 2008.[1]

History[edit]

The Montcalm London Marble Arch was acquired by Shaftesbury Hotels in 2008 and, following a £38 million refurbishment programme, reopened in September 2010. It was previously owned by Nikko Hotels (part of the JAL Group).[2]

The hotel dates from the early 1970s when Piccadilly Estate Hotels Ltd. built it at 2 Wallenberg Place. It opened in 1973 and was originally called The Montcalm, named after the Marquis de Montcalm, the commander of the French forces defeated by the English in the struggle for possession of Canada in the mid-eighteenth century. The link between this battle and the building is the Canadian province of Quebec, which had already lent its name to the original mews (Quebec Mews) at the rear of the building. However, the site's history dates back much farther, as suggested by the hotel's crescent-shaped Georgian façade, which in agreeing to the hotel's construction, Westminster Council insisted should remain.

The façade originally belonged to the building erected as houses at 2 Wallenberg Place on plots leased from the Portman family in 1789. It is likely that each house had four storeys (including an attic storey) over a basement and was three bays wide. All the houses came with stabling in Quebec Mews, accessed from New Quebec Street. During the nineteenth century, exterior alterations were made to the houses, including the conversion to cottages of the buildings in Quebec Mews.

Both Wallenberg Place and Quebec Mews are located within Westminster's Portman Square (designated as a conservation area in 1967). The area, part of the parish of St Marylebone, was covered with trees and marshland as part of the forest of Middlesex until, in 1532, Sir William Portman leased the 270 acres that surrounded it. In 1554 the freehold was conveyed in perpetuity to Sir William and his heirs and, three years later in 1757, when Marylebone Road was sited to provide a route to the City bypassing the West End, the grid of streets that's now recognisable as the Portman Estate was laid out. Shortly afterwards in 1764, construction of Portman Square and neighbouring streets began; the development was completed in 1820.[3]

Hotel properties[edit]

The Montcalm London Marble Arch[edit]

Located in Wallenberg Place, near Park Lane and Oxford Street, The Montcalm has 153 rooms, a grand ballroom (which can hold between 50 and 550 people), a club lounge, an all-day lounge, a champagne bar and a luxury spa (The Spa at the Montcalm), which comprises a fitness centre, a sauna, a steam room, a Jacuzzi and an exercise pool. The hotel also has two restaurants, The Sixtyone Restaurant and The Crescent brasserie.[4]

In October 2015, the hotel became the first in the Montcalm chain to have a 10 Gigabit Ethernet wide area network (WAN) and Internet connection delivered by Internet service provider Exponential-e Ltd.[5]

On 30 October 2015, the World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBHA) ceremony was held at The Montcalm.[6]

The Marble Arch by The Montcalm London[edit]

The Marble Arch by The Montcalm is a smaller site and was once a townhouse.

M By Montcalm Shoreditch Tech City Hotel[edit]

M By Montcalm Shoreditch Tech City Hotel is a contemporary-style, 18-storey hotel capable of holding events for 250 delegates.[7] It contains 288 rooms, a business centre, meeting room space on its second floor, a spa and fitness centre, a swimming pool, two bars and one restaurant on the 1st floor.

The 1st floor restaurant, Plate, is overseen by head chef Arnould Stevens.

The Montcalm at The Brewery London City[edit]

Formerly the site of Whitbread & Co., Britain's first purpose-built mass production brewery, The Montcalm at The Brewery's building is listed and dates back to 1750 when Samuel Whitbread moved his brewing operations to Chiswell Street on the 'eastern rim of Georgian London', now Barbican. The last beer was brewed on the site in 1976, after which it became Whitbread Plc's Head Office and then The Brewery, a conference and banqueting venue.

The hotel contains a gourmet gastropub (The Jugged Hare), a restaurant (Chiswell Street Dining Rooms) and business conference facilities.

London City Suites by Montcalm[edit]

Occupying a Grade II listed building opposite its sister hotel (The Montcalm at The Brewery), London City Suites shares the amenities of the latter site.

Technology[edit]

At the end of October 2015, a mobile app for iOS and Android was launched to allow visitors to plan and book their stay at the hotels, manage their reservations and get updates on latest deals.[8]

In August 2014, the Montcalm London Marble Arch trained its staff to use the Google Glass to enable them to offer advice on local restaurants, shops, travel plans and directions, freeing them from being behind a desk as they do so.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caswell, Mark. "Hotel check: The Montcalm, London". businesstraveller.com.
  2. ^ "Hotel check: The Montcalm, London". businesstraveller.com. March 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Our History". themontcalm.co.uk.
  4. ^ "The Montcalm London Marble Arch". themontcalm.com.
  5. ^ "The Montcalm Hotel selects Exponential-e to bolster experience for hyper-connected guests". incentivetravel.co.uk. 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Fond Doux Wins International Environmental Award". stlucianewsonline.com. November 7, 2015.
  7. ^ McKinlay, Rob (8 June 2015). "M by Montcalm Shoreditch London hotel". citmagazine.com.
  8. ^ "The Montcalm Luxury Hotels Launch Mobile App for iOS and Android". finance.yahoo.com. October 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Newcombe, Tom (5 Aug 2014). "Montcalm hotel staff to use Google Glass". buyingbusinesstravel.com.

External links[edit]

  1. Montcalm Hotel official website
  2. The Montcalm London Marble Arch official website
  3. The Marble Arch by The Montcalm London official website
  4. M By Montcalm Shoreditch Tech City official website
  5. The Montcalm at The Brewery London City official website
  6. London City Suites by Montcalm official website
  7. Official iPhone App & Official Android App