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London, England - The Milestone Hotel

Review by Mike Keenan

Safari Suite

The Safari Suite, courtesy of The Milestone Hotel

Our Room

Amenities: We were in the impressive Safari Suite, room 506, with a canvas canopy adorning the ceiling and a large bed draped in curtains of natural earthy tones below. The warm colour palette consists of wonderful deep shades of green, brown, gold and orange which complement the dark wood furniture, animal print fur fabrics, exceptional original artifacts and artwork including 'An African Elephant and Her Calf' by renowned wildlife artist Jonathan Truss. This is a large corner suite, enhanced by an adjoining dressing area with woven rattan furniture and numerous windows looking out over Kensington Palace and Gardens.

Bathroom: Marble encased and quite lovely with the finest accoutrements available.

Decor: Staying in the Milestone Hotel, we are strategically located in a lush boutique environment - truly a luxurious experience. And as you step inside, you notice the traditional decor, fine mahogany furniture, richly toned wood paneling and the abundance of natural daylight pouring in from the Victorian leaded windows.

Balcony: No

Hotel Features & History: The hotel takes its name from the old cast iron milestone that stands in its original position beside the hotel. In the mid nineteenth century, it was occupied by the Russian ambassador to London.

As part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, this mansion hotel offers unrivalled service and beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and long-stay apartments, each individually designed with unique character and charm. There are 44 guest rooms and 12 suites, all with marble bathrooms. Each room is individually designed and decorated with unique character and charm.

We found the Park Lounge to be a warm and cozy retreat, with an open fireplace and sumptuous comfort with 'sink and stay' armchairs and sofas. Truly remarkable.

The Milestone was voted the "Number One" hotel in the UK and won the Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice award. It has also been voted the 2nd best hotel in Europe!


Hotel Activities:  See attractions.

Spa: There is a sauna and heated pool.


Breakfast: I enjoyed a traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs along with great coffee and orange juice.

Lunch: Traditional English afternoon tea by the fire in the Park Lounge.

Supper: We enjoyed a meal in Cheneston's Restaurant with terrific service. It derives its name from an early spelling of Kensington. Cheneston's is an intimate and homely restaurant, offering the finest British cuisine. The service was wonderful.

Drinks:  There is a well appointed Stables Bar for cocktails.

Service:  With a ratio of servers at 2:1, one is impressed with the exquisite service, the smiles and good nature and everyone working hard for us to enjoy our stay.

Nearby Attractions: Besides overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, it's only minutes from the Royal Albert Hall and within easy access to the West End as well as shopping. Just a 10 minute walk from The Milestone Hotel, the Royal Albert Hall is the world's most famous stage. Its breath-taking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world's greatest artists in the main auditorium and around 200 per year in the Elgar Room, welcoming over 1.7 million people through its doors each year. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert's vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding. It also offers tours of the building and an extensive education and outreach program.

Lovers of Royalty adore The Milestone - with Kensington Palace, (the former residence of Queen Victoria and more recently Diana, Princess of Wales) directly opposite the hotel's front door. It is now the London residence of Prince William and Catherine, so you have Royal neighbours. William's grandmother, the Queen, also has a home nearby - Buckingham Palace is just a couple of minutes away in a taxi.

The Milestone's location is paradise for shoppers - with Knightsbridge, Harrods and Harvey Nichols only a short walk away. The hotel is on Kensington High Street, one of London's most popular shopping destinations, while a short distance to the south you'll find the long rows of glittering shops along Brompton Road, Sloane Street, and the King's Road.

To the north-west lies the Westfield shopping centre with over 265 retailers from luxury designers to high street labels. Kensington Church Street offers the widest selection of art and antiques in London, with over 60 dealers, while slightly further afield you can search for bargains along the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

To make shopping expeditions even more rewarding they have teamed up with Hiscox Mavroleon, exclusive personal shoppers - after a full English breakfast head off in a Bentley or Range Rover with a private chauffeur to visit London's top fashion destinations and boutiques of the moment for a true 'fashion insider' experience!

London's legendary West End is easy to reach by tube (Kensington High Street station is 200 yards from the hotel) or cab - you are
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Milestone Hotel, Cheneston's Restaurant
photo by Mike Keenan

Milestone Hotel
Milestone Hotel, Cheneston's Restaurant
photo by Mike Keenan

Milestone Hotel
Milestone Hotel, Cheneston's Restaurant
photo by Mike Keenan

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Milestone Hotel, Conservatory,
photo by Mike Keenan

only minutes from vibrant theatres - Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Dive into the warren of narrow streets that criss-cross Soho and you'll find endless old pubs, lively bars and countless restaurants.

A few minutes in a cab and you're in the heart of Whitehall, with Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms Museum and the London Eye. From here you can board a boat and cruise down the river past the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the financial centre of Canary Wharf and on to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. From Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are an easy walk away. Head in the opposite direction and you are soon at Tate Britain.

Room Cost: Range: $1369-$1630 per diem!

Room Tip or Suggestion:  The Safari room was splendid. What a treat!

Address & Contact: 1 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL, Ph: +44 (0)207 917 1000

Hotel Website:  https://www.milestonehotel.com/

Proviso: I was a guest of the Milestone Hotel; however, editorial material above is solely my own and not reviewed by my host.

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Milestone hotel London 5 star

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Milestone Hotel, photo by Mike Keenan

Milestone Hotel
Milestone Hotel, photo by Mike Keenan
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Milestone Hotel, Park Lounge, photo by Mike Keenan

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Milestone Hotel, exterior, photo by Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan is a travel columnist for Troy Media. He produces a travel podcast - http://whattravelwriterssay.libsyn.com/ accessible on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and has been published in every major newspaper across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun. He has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City, Seniors Review and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine. With hundreds of reviews, photos and helpful votes, he has earned Trip Advisor's "Top Contributor Badge" and is considered an "Expert" in both Hotels and Restaurant reviews. Mike posts photos to Pinterest where he has a following of five thousand viewers.

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The View Across The Street - Kensington Palace and Gardens

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The exquisite five-star Grade II Listed Milestone Hotel is located within the esteemed Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, minutes from the Royal Albert Hall and with easy access to the West End.
As part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, expect unrivalled service and beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and long-stay apartments, each individually designed with unique character and charm.
London's Telegraph says:
" Opened in the 1920s, three Victorian townhouses combine to make this 57-room hotel, also offering apartments, situated on west London's busy Kensington Road with views of the park opposite. Interiors are elaborate and well-cared for, and restaurant service is of the charming, old-school variety."

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