On a recent trip to London in the UK, I took a chance and booked a hotel online using one of those website that gives you price but not the name of the hotel. I flew on a Friday so I could spend the weekend in London, before heading outside of the city for work. Thus, price was an important factor in the selection of my hotel.
I have never used this type of website booking tool before – which is to say I have always been too scared to book a hotel and not know the name of it before I book it! Eck! But I rolled the dice this time, and wow, was I pleasantly surprised. I hit “book” and then pouf: I’m booked into a hotel whose name I didn’t even recognize. Yikes…
But I was most pleasantly surprised. The Morton Hotel is truly a gem. It is the quintessential boutique hotel – with only 34 rooms, but it’s full of charm and character. It has been completely renovated so I was more than relived when I saw the pictures of the bathrooms. I have to confess – Europeans often have a different standard when it comes to bathrooms – see my very first blog post here – so if you can look at pictures, and think it looks great, then it probably is great. (so relieved…)
It is located in Bloomsbury/Saint Pancreas area of London, right opposite Russell Square, and is literally one street up from the Russell Square tube station. In fact, when I arrived at Heathrow Airport, I just jumped on the Piccadilly tube line and (after almost an hour ride), I got off at the Russell Square station. It was super easy. It is also close to several main train stations, including St. Pancreas, Kings Cross and London Euston.
The main reception and lobby area is in the basement of the hotel and offers a funky, eclectic vibe. My room was actually quite comfortable and spacious, and of course the bathroom lived up to its pictures. I must admit, that even though I am an interior design student by night – the wallpaper was not to my liking. However I can appreciate the affect they were trying to achieve – both historical (since it is a very old building) and contemporary.
The profile portraits on the pillows are a consistent theme throughout the hotel, as the whole area where The Morton is located was once a hot-spot at the turn of the century (the 1900s, that is) for artists, writers and intellectuals.
The location was great, with the tube station just down the road, you can literally get anywhere. I also wandered around the local area too, and like most places in London you can always find great little shops and eateries. The British Museum is just a few short blocks away and is a treasure trove for history buffs, including an amazing collection of Egyptian antiquities. I also strolled down Tottenham Court Road which offers an great array of design shops including Heal’s.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting London who is looking to stay in a different neighbourhood and avoid all the crowds of Covent Garden, Knightsbridge, Kensington and all the other tourist hot-spots within London.