The Milestone Hotel opened in the 1920’s and takes its name from the old cast iron milestone that stands outside and comprises three tall Victorian townhouses. The first of these townhouses, No 1 Kensington Court, has fine original features, including carved window frames and a black-and-white tiled floor. It sits on busy Kensington Road, near where it becomes Kensington High Street, with views of Kensington Park opposite. I even took the opportunity to walk around the area (mainly the park) and found that it was one of my favourite experiences in London.
In this article, I’m going to show you my experience of The Milestone Hotel and why I think it might just be London’s best hotel.
— Julien Macdonald (@JulienMacdonald) April 15, 2016
Upon Arrival, I was greeted by extremely well trained staff and warm welcome. I had arrived far too early for my check-in so a few of the team gave me a tour of the hotel and provided me with the stories and rich history held within. After the tour, I was taken to the Jockey Room. This quaint bar area encapsulates everything horse racing and features intricate decor and a warm feel.
While I was in the Jockey Bar, I was approached by a member of staff who offered me a drink. After much deliberation, I decided to go with The Milestone Hotel’s most renowned drinking experience, The Milestone Old Fashioned. What I was to experience at this moment, blew up on our social media. Take a look below!
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It was an experience I will remember for a very long time. The back story of what it takes to make such a drink fascinated me and the barman spend almost 40 minutes of his day explaining why he is passionate about cocktails and working at The Milestone. I was beginning to see a real pattern in the attitudes of the staff members, and it was an extremely positive one.
After my wonderful experience with the Old Fashioned, I was taken to room 101 where I was provided with a brief room tour by yet another proud and happy staff member.
The images you see below are of the features I thought important to showcase. I think the decor is of a unique taste and probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I truly feel I wouldn’t have experienced the hotel in the same way if the decoration was different. You make your own opinions, but understand that the staff and hotel experience are necessary in creating a fair evaluation.
After a long day in London, I returned to the hotel just in time for dinner which I was to eat at Cheneston’s Restaurant where I was about to have not just one, but many unique first-time experiences. Located in a ultra-cosy corner of the hotel, this restaurant is easily the most cosy and relaxing dinner setting I’ve ever experienced. Take a look at my view form my seat below:
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After the variety of complimentary bread and butters, it was time to order my starter. I chose to have the Duo of Irish and Scottish Smoked Salmon which was to be hand carved at my table. This was both a delicious and educational experience as the waiter explained some of the key differences between Irish and Scottish Smoked Salmon.
For my main course, I opted for the Gressingham Duck Breast which you can see below. It was perfectly cooked and tasted like heaven in my mouth. The duck almost melts in your mouth!
For dessert, I went for the Milestone’s speciality honeycomb ice cream. I’m not really an ice cream type of person but I took the recommendation of the waiter and was not disappointed. Whether you’ve had honeycomb ice cream before or not, I can assure you, this is the highest quality ice cream & honeycomb you’ll find.
I have experienced many highly rated hotels in London and all have strived to impress with one main thing. For the Shangri-La in the Shard, this is their superior view for example. The Milestone goes at it in a different way. The Milestone Hotel focuses on staff well-being and happiness by providing them with incredible training and even away days with the hotel owners! Every single staff member LOVED working there and it became the single most impressive thing about this hotel. I truly think The Milestone Hotel could be London’s best hotel.
- Rooms: Starting at £283.20 for superior double
- Website: www.milestonehotel.com
- Address: 1 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL, United Kingdom
- Phone: +44 20 7917 1000