What singles out the Milestone Hotel from a clutch of other five star luxury London hotels is the staff. Two to one ratio is good, but what really stands out is not quantity but quality.
From the beaming butler who showed us to our junior suite, the chatty barman who dispensed cocktails and nightcaps with panache, the wise waiter who knew exactly what time we had before our show started, the smiley Spanish waitress who served our full English breakfast – including baked beans and black pudding – and the canny concierge working out the best route to avoid those dreaded planned weekend engineering works on the railways to the Usain Bolt of a doorman who chased me down the street me when I’d forgotten something at check-out, all are at the top of their game.
And then there are those lovely if eccentric touches: traditional wrapped sweeties on the dining table, a regular treat of prunes by the bedside – much healthier than chocolates, a gift of sandalwood soap and a little savoury dish on our return from the Royal Albert Hall.
If only we could have spent more time in our suite with its silvery grey and crimson décor and luxurious fur throw under which to snuggle as we drifted into dreamless sleep on down pillows
But we were on a mission to attend an evening performance of the spectacular Cirque Du Soleil-Kooza down the road at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the many packages dreamed up the Milestone Hotel to enhance a stay in the centre of London, in pole position for culture, retail therapy and Kensington Palace and Gardens.
Upcoming treats include learning how to slice the cork off a Champagne bottle with a sword and lessons on English etiquette. For royal baby watchers there’s a Babymoon offer – running till the end of April – for expectant parents to soak up some spa action and enjoy a show during their stay opposite the royal apartment at Kensington Palace where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await the impending birth of their second child.
Gill stayed at The Milestone Hotel in Kensington, London, located opposite Kensington Palace & Gardens and within close proximity to the Royal Albert Hall. Rates for a Superior Queen room start from £384 per room per night.
With the impending Royal birth why not try their Exclusive at Kensington Palace package which includes: overnight accommodation in a beautifully appointed bedroom or suite, two tickets to visit Kensington Palace (entry for children is complimentary), and a unique and bespoke £50 gift voucher to buy gifts in the Palace Shop, priced from £422 per room per night.