Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Best Hotel in London - The Milestone Hotel

Do you see what I did there?  I checked out again for a few days.
I had five posts scheduled for the week,
but my little post-it notes just marched on to a later date.  Again.

I've been focusing on a few big life issues that have taken center stage in my brain.
My Spousal Visa expires next month, so it's time to apply for my Indefinite Leave to Remain.
I'm studying for my Life in the UK test.  I'll post all about the process, once it's complete.
I'm also still taking UK driving lessons, which I don't wish to discuss.

I've ramped up the job search.
I've been going on interviews and meeting with placement agents.
Looking for a full-time job is a full-time job.  It's time to put that accounting degree to good use.

But it's Saturday, so let's not dwell on that stuff.
How about I whisk you away to a five-star London hotel?

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

A few weeks ago I attended a Brit Mums Travel Think Tank at The Milestone Hotel.
Talk about fancy.  It's a luxury, Grade II listed, boutique hotel in Kensington that was voted
the UK's Number 1 Hotel by Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2014.
And after our event and spending some time with the staff there, I can certainly see why.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

I've mentioned before that we usually stay in mid-range hotels.  Nothing too extravagant.
So, sometimes when I think of five-star hotels I think of a stuffy, posh place with
snooty staff where I'll feel like a hillbilly cousin.  This was not at all the case at the Milestone.
The thing that stood out the most was how welcoming the space and the people are.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Someday, I must get dressed up in a sparkly cocktail dress and sip champagne in this incredible Conservatory.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

It's absolutely gorgeous down to every detail.
But, the best part was how warm and comfortable it feels.  You can tell that the staff really love the place.
They go out of their way to make sure their guests feel welcome, at home.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

In 1998, the Milestone became a part of the Red Carnation Hotel collection.
At the heart of this hotel is a love story.  I think that must be why it has such a great feel.
 In the 1950's a young South African beauty fell in love with and married
a hotelier known for always wearing a small red carnation in his lapel.
If you like a good love story, take a look at The Red Carnation Hotels Story.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

As you can see, it's just stunning.  Luxurious and elegant.
We toured several of the rooms, each more breathtaking than the last.
There was a lot of oohing and aahing.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

They completely spoil their guests with a welcome drink upon arrival, round the clock room service,
twice daily maid service, in-room entertainment systems, complimentary wireless,
luxurious bath accessories, robes and slippers, and personal butlers.
They cater to families and business travelers, with thought to the smallest detail.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

With rooms starting at £342 per night, we will be saving this one for a very special occasion.
However, I will be going back soon for their scrumptious afternoon tea.
They also offer a Gentleman's version and a Little Prince & Princess Tea for children.

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

Milestone Hotel in London, UK

I'm thinking that this would be the perfect spot for an upcoming #LDNBloggersTea.
What do you think?

Have you stayed in a five-star hotel in London?
If you have, I'm totally jealous.  You must tell me all about it.


 *The BritMums Travel Think Tank were guests of The Milestone Hotel for tea.
 All photos, writing and opinions are my own.
As always, I promise to be open, honest and transparent with my readers.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 You can find this review and many others in my
London Attraction Guide.


  1. I was looking forward to reading your review as I knew your photos would be gorgeous. I wasn't disappointed.
    Hope all settles down in your life in the coming weeks xx

  2. Oh wow. Beautiful photos. You could just sink into that bed and dream away.


  3. Ooh la la! These photos are just gorgeous, Selena. What a luxurious place, I'd kill to stay there!

  4. Oh heavens yes, let's have our next #LDNBloggersTea there please?! Looks fabulous!!

  5. oh that looks gorgeous!! Am going to look it up and have a further snoop right now!! x

  6. It's so traditional and fancy! Def. for a special ocassion. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  7. I don't know I've ever stayed in a five star hotel! My bf and I were talking about how we really want to though, and I think London has some fantastic options, this looks amazing!

  8. I would definitely love to participate in the next blogger's tea and that place looks amazing!

  9. Your review (and website) looks lovely. Could almost eat it.

  10. Thanks, Kirstie! That was a fun day. I always love getting together with the Brim Mum travel gang.

  11. Lindsay, we would love for you to join us. Send me an email at and I'll get you on the mailing list for the next one. It will be on May 17th.

  12. Someday I just want to really splurge and get the full five-star experience. And I think you're right, London would be the perfect place to do that.

  13. You are more than welcome. I think I'm going to have to go back for another afternoon tea. It's so close to Hyde Park. It would make a great spring day.

  14. It's would be the perfect place for afternoon tea and then a walk in the park. I think I'm going to have Matt take me there one night for fancy drinks and dress up.

  15. I don't think I'd want to leave the room or the hotel. Someday.

  16. Perfect place to hide away from the big city. I wouldn't want to leave.

  17. Thanks so much, Trish! I had fun taking photos in such a beautiful place. Things seem to be settling down a bit. :D

  18. I want to be whisked away there! I want to be whisked away there right now!
    P.S. good luck with your driving lessons, I don't envy you one bit xoxo

  19. Ugh! I'm about ready to give up with the driving lessons.

  20. I completely agree. As long as I have a decent bed and maybe a few extra pillows, I'm good. But, I would love to just splurge on this place someday! It's lovely. What's the link to your blog? I'm intrigued by the name, "Food, Booze & Baggage" :D

  21. Food Booze & BaggageMarch 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Hi Selena! Here you go I would love to splurge when we go on a wind-down vacation...thinking beach :)

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