It must be disconcerting for patients in Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to look across Old Street to the new M by Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch London Tech City gradually taking shape on the other side of the road. The design with its angular architecture and sloping windows gives the effect of a building about to topple over.
Once inside though, whilst still a hard-hat site, the hotel is gradually taking shape and is planning to open 30th March 2015. It promises to be just as futuristic inside as out. The five-star luxury boutique hotel will reflect its location at the heart of London’s Tech City, a stone’s throw from Silicon Roundabout.
First of all M by Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch London Tech City - the facts:
The 269 bedrooms will be sleek and stylish. They will comprise 100 deluxe and 100 club doubles plus 69 suites. They will each be tech-ready with an in-room i-pad to control the mood lighting, the electronic curtains, the wall mounted 37" HD LCD television with international cable and satellite channels. Lifestyle amenities will include a pillow menu, an in-room aroma selection, a fresh fruit selection on arrival and a luxury rain shower in the bathroom The décor was described as ‘masculine’ and whilst it comprises various shades of grey I think chic and contemporary is a better description.
There will be a suite of modular-styled conference and meeting rooms on the first floor, all with natural daylight and the latest technology. The main suite will accommodate up to around 250 delegates theatre style and this will subdivide to accommodate smaller meetings.
The mezzanine floor will share a brasserie restaurant and cocktail bar with an open staircase down to additional restaurant seating on the ground floor. The lower ground floor spa is close to completion and promises to be very impressive with a 20 metre swimming pool and gym plus a range of spa treatment rooms. Spa and pamper days will be on the menu.
But probably the highlight of M by Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch London Tech City will be its 17th floor roof-top Sky Lounge and Restaurant - this will boast some magnificent views across London and is sure to have people talking.
We look forward to viewing again once M by Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch London Tech City is open.
Meanwhile, walking back to Old Street tube station I passed ‘Silicon Roundabout’. It struck me that considering its name the roundabout could really do with living up to its image, rather than being simply a workmanlike traffic roundabout – and apparently it is. Plans are afoot to transform it into a pedestrian and bike-friendly zone as part of £4bn road modernisation plan, effectively demolishing the roundabout. We will arrange a site inspection in due course.