London’s exclusive Kensington neighborhood, located near the center of the vast capital and within easy reach of many cultural and historic sites on the itinerary of any traveler to London, is an excellent location to serve as home base for your visit to this magnificent city. The Milestone Hotel, situated in the heart of Kensington near such sites as Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall, offers exceptional access to all that London has to offer while feeling very much like a home away from home.
The building, formerly a private mansion that has occupied the site in one form or another since 1689, is very special, having been converted from private home to hotel without losing any of the home’s intimacy and homelike atmosphere. With a small number of guest rooms, suites and a few apartments, all decorated in the Victorian style of the hotel’s exterior but in a fresh and comfortable manner that affords the guest modern comforts like large en suite bathrooms, free WiFi throughout, as well as a spa, fitness center, sauna and indoor pool, this hotel feels like a true luxury home. The impression of being a guest in stately home is accentuated by the friendly staff who make a point of greeting you by name. I enjoyed staying in the Princess Suite where fresh flowers, a jar of candy, deluxe turn down service, 24-hour availability of room service and spa treatments as well as the exquisite decor and furnishings all spoke to the quality of the service the Milestone Hotel provides to guests.
Dining options at the Milestone Hotel are equally high end and in keeping with the property’s provenance. Cheneston’s Restaurant offers five-star preparation of classic British cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner while a less formal option, The Conservatory, serves breakfast, a light snack menu throughout the day and a sumptuous Afternoon Tea for which the hotel is well known. The Milestone’s comfortable and club-like cocktail bar, located in the mansion’s former carriage house and thus known as the Stables Bar, offers a comfortable place to unwind after a busy day of sampling London’s many cultural, historic and business destinations.
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