“Built in the Victorian era as two opulent private mansions the Milestone is a classic London hotel containing sumptuous public rooms. It feels like a stately home rather than a hotel being full of character, mahogany furnishings, heavy drapes, vibrant colours, a proper doorman, and full of fresh flowers and antiques. Cutting edge it is not and so guests seeking a contemporary style should stay elsewhere. The ornate and book-lined Park Lounge, with its open fireplace, is ideal for taking afternoon tea.The equine themed Stables Bar has capacious green leather seating and is a restful place for a pre-dinner drink whilst studying the menu.Good service, within a cocoon of luxury, in a traditional setting, is what The Milestone excels at. Most of the bedrooms are generous in size, and the large number of suites have magnificent views and marble bathrooms. However, time has not stood still and the Hotel has a modern and fully equipped gym, sauna, spa treatment room, and swimming pool. Ever popular with North American guests who love the four poster beds, the Milestone is a cosy and well-located choice for international guests seeking a traditional standard of service. The best rooms have views over Kensington Gardens.”
Written by Charles Villiers
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The Grade II Listed Milestone Hotel is renowned for its fine hospitality, traditional elegance and sumptuous rooms. Guests receive a warm welcome and are made to feel like part of the family. ‘No request is too large, no detail to small’ is an ethos that guests can see working in practice with every element of their stay – with a host of thoughtful touches at every turn. Guests enjoy fine British dining in Chenestons Restaurant, relaxing in the Stables Bar, spending time in the sauna or heated resistance pool, sipping cocktails in the Conservatory, or indulging in a delicious traditional English Afternoon Tea in the Lounge.
What is there to do in the area?
The 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 within easy access to the West End. Perfect for exploring London’s many iconic attractions, The Milestone is also moments from an abundance of world-renowned shopping including the famous stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and the boutique and antique shops of Church Street. There’s even a chauffeur-driven Bentley on hand to take you wherever you wish.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Breakfast at The Milestone is a hearty affair. We offer a huge selection of options to satisfy every possible taste and inclination. Cooked choices range from a traditional full English breakfast with eggs prepared however you like, to any omelette you can think of, or French toast, pancakes and waffles served with fruit, cream and maple syrup; to kippers or smoked haddock, with the chef’s signature dish being eggs benedict.
The continental buffet includes fruit options, cereal, luxury muesli and granola, organic yogurts, salamis, hams and smoked salmon, a spread of cheeses and pickles, a wide choice of breads and tempting trays of croissants and Danish pastries. If you really want to take your time, in especially relaxed surroundings, enjoy this indulgent spread in the Park Lounge, arguably the most beautiful breakfast spot in all of London. The light-filled conservatory also makes a wonderful setting for the first meal of the day.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Deriving its name from an early spelling of Kensington, Chenestons restaurant offers award winning English and international cuisine in an intimate and homely setting. Exceptional dishes are complemented by an impressive wine list with over 300 carefully chosen vintages.
The Stables Bar offers a wonderful bar menu with a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, pasta, burgers, traditional fish and chips and a range of tempting deserts. Afternoon Tea is served daily an offers a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, traditional scones and creative pastries – all washed down with tea from an extensive menu, or perhaps a glass of Champagne.
If you’re heading out to eat, you are spoilt for choice with many fine dining establishments and bistros on the doorstep. Our concierge will be happy to make recommendations and reservations on your behalf.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each of our deluxe guest rooms, luxurious suites and long-stay apartments have been individually designed and decorated with unique character and charm – so whether you prefer dramatic style or serene intimacy we can cater for individual preferences.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Hotel Guru readers will appreciate the five star qualities at The Milestone. From its exceptional position opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, close proximity to a wealth of attractions, shopping, parks, restaurants and theatres to the unrivalled and personal service, The Milestone Hotel is an example of traditional British hospitality at its finest.”