Why The Milestone London is a great choice
I recently found myself having to book a hotel in the area where I actually live. Having walked past The Milestone most days for years, I decided to throw my budget out of the window and spoil myself.
I was flying in from Dubai and the flight landed at an indecent early hour which put me on Kensington High Street by 10am. I killed an hour in the Wholefoods Store (always a pleasure) and then walked the 200m to the Milestone.
It is actually like walking into someones posh house rather than a hotel and I was greeted by the smiling man on reception in a very friendly and not “stuck up” manner. I explained that I was early and was it possible to leave my luggage there whilst I waited for a room to come free; “No problem at all Sir”.
OK, then came the comment which sold me totally.
“Is that a Blackberry in your shirt pocket Sir?”
“Why don’t you leave me your number and I will call you as soon as a room is available”
I was impressed!
Around noon I got the call and returned to the hotel. I had been upgraded to a Suite, which is always a nice feeling. Bit of a shame my wife was not with me on this trip.
The suite was called the Safari Suite. Very quirky with animal prints and like being in Africa in a posh tent.
The next 24 hours was very pleasurable indeed. I has a quirky suite with views over Kensington Road towards the Palace Gardens and on the doorstep was what I consider to be one of the best areas of London. In the room were home made biscuits, fresh fruit and then the maid brought in canapes. I could do this permanently!
In the evening, I went into the Stables Bar. Its small and comfy and the bar man was very knowledgeable about the Milestone Wine Cellar. Several nice glasses of Bordeaux (Château Mongiron), a fairly large bill and off to bed! He took the time to chat about his wines without being in your face.
Check out was simple and again very friendly.
I felt as if I had been to a spa for a day, I was so refreshed and in such a good mood !
If you get the chance, give it a try.
The closest tube is High Street Kensington which runs directly from Heathrow Airport.
The Milestone is 5 minute stroll from The Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Roof Gardens with its fabulous Babylon Restaurant is 5 minutes away.
For more information go to our Milestone Hotel page.
[Pictures courtesy of the Milestone website]
Find out more about Kensington and where to stay with the Kensington Hotel & Insider’s Guide.