The Milestone steeps itself in all things Anglophilic. First is the location on the southern edge of Kensington Gardens—upper-floor rooms have a view of Kensington Palace itself. The hotel is actually three townhouses that have been combined, so each room is distinct in size and shape, and the furnishings—antique paintings, rich rugs, enormous beds, fat couches—make you feel like you're staying in a rich relation's country mansion rather than a citified hotel. You're awash in thoughtful amenities, from a welcome cocktail in the glass conservatory to a small bag of prunes and another of handmade hard candy waiting bedside at night. Staff, from the top-hatted doormen to the butler that attends to higher-level rooms, is alert yet unfussy. High tea in the plush lounge is a treat here as well.
The Milestone Hotel
1 Kensington Ct., W8
Our Rating Neighborhood Kensington Transportation Tube: High St. Kensington Phone 020/7917-1000 Prices Rooms from £292 Amenities Restaurant; tea room; welcome beverage; bar; conservatory; fitness center; spa, indoor resistance swimming pool; room service; free bottled water; free Wi-Fi. Units 63 units Web site The Milestone Hotel