5 Bubble Spa 2022

Bokeh by Montcalm East


Montcalm East occupies a prime position between Shoreditch and the City, a short stroll from Old Street. Part hotel, part East London creative hub, Montcalm East invites you to sleep, eat, drink, play, explore, unwind (and repeat).

Montcalm East’s soothing Bokeh Spa is designed to help you rest and reset. Soak off the city in the pool, steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna. If you’re feeling lively, hit our high-tech fitness centre. Expert therapists are on hand to work their magic with rejuvenating rubs and scrubs, indulgent massages, body rituals, expert waxing and pampering beauty treatments. 

Features

  • Family swim times
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Chill Experience Room
  • Gym

Covid-19 Protocols

  • https://clean.marriott.com/

Products

  • Temple Spa
  • OTO
  • OPI

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Part of the Montcalm cluster of London-based hotels, Montcalm East is a striking diamond-shaped building located on Old Street’s City Road, a hipster’s breathe away from trendy Shoreditch.

Designed to mimic the Shoreditch art studios of the 80’s and 90’s, pine wooden archways have been paired with statement lighting and deep blue velvet sofas for a chic retro look.

This particular Montcalm has its own Photo Lab, bookable for creative groups, and a ground floor bar which spills out onto the pavement below – perfect for summer evenings. Moor + Mead is the hotel’s neighbourhood restaurant, where menus change with the seasons; Bokeh by Montcalm East its spa.

On offer

What's on offer?

Bokeh by Montcalm is tucked away in the basement – hit -1 on the lift to glide down. The small reception area has signature artwork above a standing desk - where you will be greeted by friendly staff - peach velvet sofas, a boutique shop and block candles. Try the facial machine outside the shop for a reading of your skin if you dare (we didn’t).  

Changing rooms are light and spacious with a textured white feature wall, and grey half- and full-height lockers operated by a four-digit code. You’ll find your robe and a towel inside; if you’re having an OTO treatment you'll also receive a Montcalm branded bag containing miniature Temple Spa products and a can of OTO’s refreshing green tea sparkling drink.

Both showers are oversized and gleaming, with huge rain heads and Temple Spa products. You’ll find a slim vanity bar opposite the two large sinks with tub chairs, Dyson hairdryers, and Temple Spa make-up remover, toner and moisturiser. Two immaculately clean loos can be found opposite. Help yourself to more towels on the way out.

The spa facilities include a 10-metre pool (rather chilly on our visit) surrounded by rattan chairs, sofas and beds, as well as several large plants and a bubbling Jacuzzi seating six comfortably. Here, too, is the experience room which, as it turns out, is cold. If you can tolerate the temperature, lie back on one of three grey rattan loungers with head pillows. Close the door on your way in or out so as not to blast Jacuzzi-goers with cold air.

There’s a larger than average swan neck fountain at the far end of the pool; nip round the corner for the spa’s sauna and steam room, both larger than average and wonderfully hot/steamy. Hop into one of two experience showers afterwards to cool off, or help yourself to water from a jug behind the Jacuzzi.

The spa also has a large, well-equipped gym; staff have plans to add a partitioning wall to create a place to relax.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried Jet Lag Recovery Therapy (55mins, £155) followed by an OTO Facial (55mins, £120).

My therapist, Gigi, met in the spa reception area and led me to one of five treatment rooms attractively decked out in fern greens, with metro tiles above a sink and textured wallpaper. She invited me to de-robe and get comfortable on the treatment bed, lying face down.  
 
The Jet Lag Recovery Therapy began with a massage using a Theragun, a strange device that looks a bit like a hand-held vacuum cleaner. Gigi ran this up and down my body through a towel, beginning at my feet and working her way up to my shoulders. Despite the dull noise and the rumbling sensation, it felt very relaxing.

Next came the boots: huge canvas things that covered my feet and ran all the way up to my thighs. Gigi zipped them up and turned them on setting them to 50, a good speed for anybody who has walked a lot or been on a long flight, Gigi informed me. As I hadn’t done either, I was interested to see if this new treatment would make any difference.

As the boots began filling with air and releasing at intervals, I felt like my legs and feet were going through a blood pressure check - albeit a 20-minute one. While they pulsated away, Gigi positioned an LED mask over my face and let it run through a spectrum of colours from red to blue, each with a different function (anti-ageing, moisturising, etc).

Rather than leave the room, Gigi asked if I would like a hand and arm massage (I would) and set to work making me even more relaxed - the alternating lights coupled with the moving boots and the massage made me feel like I’d entered the Pearly Gates. Sadly, cramp in my right foot brought me back to reality, and Gigi removed the boots as quickly as she could. My legs immediately felt lighter and – dare I say it – slimmer.

For the OTO Facial, Gigi began with an exfoliating jam which she removed with hot mitts. Next came a serum which Gigi applied to allow two moulded bamboo pieces to move easily around my face – the rounded edge to smooth and the edges to lift and sculpt.

Gigi then applied a face mask; while this worked, she chased hot and cold stones around my face which felt nothing short of sublime. Dots of eye cream and another serum came next, followed by a thorough massage using a combination of smoothing, tapping and flicking to get the blood flowing. A scalp massage and a slick of lip balm ended an incredible two hours.

This particular facial concludes with a sparkling OTO drink of choice – I sipped a balancing elderflower variety before floating out of the room with lighter legs and a dewy face.

My spa partner enjoyed his Go Guy Facial (55mins, £120) so much he claimed that he would happily have paid for it.

Bokeh by Montcalm East offers a range of signature treatments – M3; My Kinda Mood - alongside massages, scrubs, facials from OTO, reflexology, and treatments for men and mums-to-be.

Food facts

Food Facts

Spa-goers can lunch in their robe in the 1st floor Moor + Mead restaurant with its stark 80’s décor and balcony overlooking the reception area and bar. Grab a seat around the corner for striking city views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

On the lunch menu: light, nutritious dishes as well as sides and desserts. My Truffle humous with flatbread was sufficiently hearty for my light main course of grilled Mackerel with roasted beetroot, horseradish cream and pea shoots, served with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

My spa partner tucked into a starter of Burrata, sundried tomatoes and sourdough toast before being defeated by a main course of pork belly, roasted hispi cabbage, apple sauce and a black pudding croquette.

We returned to Moor + Mead for dinner where a different menu had us both tempted by the Onglet steak with frites and a black peppercorn sauce, served with a glass of Malbec. A portion of Pardon Peppers for the table added a salty pop.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The view from our 17th floor room: as poet Samuel Johnson once said, if you’re bored of London, you’re bored of life.

Our treatments: despite being rudely interrupted by cramp, two hours went by a in a blissful flash.

The sauna and steam rooms: if only all heat rooms were this well thought-out and spacious.

We didn’t love

The absence of a relaxation room for a post-treatment snooze.

Some fruit teas and pieces of fruit would make a nice addition to the cucumber water on offer in the spa.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Business travellers: we saw several suited and booted guests during our stay.

Locals: lunchtime or after work swim/gym session or spot of lunch/drink anyone?

Tourists: shun those bland centrally-located hotels in favour of this bustling bolthole.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Bokeh by Montcalm East a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubbles for its large pool (by London standards), results-driven treatments, city views and creative design.

Stylish Spy visited in June 2022 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"The spa itself is a wonderful experience even if a bit pricey. My partner and I got phenomenal massages and enjoyed the sauna, steam room and cold room. However, our package came with a 2 course meal at the restaurant a few floors up, which was a waste of time. We were there an hour and 40 minutes and only got our drinks and soups while another couple from the spa had fully eaten their starters, main courses and desserts for having been there just a few minutes longer than us. Terrible service, as it took us waiting 20 minutes and flagging a server down to even order our drinks and food choices. A shame because it would have been a great way to top off a lovely spa day."

Bismah

  • June 21, 2022 at 4:19 pm

Voted: A social spa Romantic


Spa Location

Spa location

151-157 City Road, ,
Shoreditch,
London ,
EC1V 1JH

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Extra Information

Travel and Parking

No onsite parking.

Finsbury Park NCP carpark available, 15 minutes walk from hotel

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151-157 City Road, ,
Shoreditch,
London ,
EC1V 1JH

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