Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Kensington, London, England

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Pros

  • Calm, peaceful quarter in London yet centrally located
  • Original Victorian architecture and decor lends an authentic feel
  • Traditional, individually decorated rooms with boutique charm
  • Relaxed on-site dining at Olives Restaurant and Bar
  • Very close to West London's finest shopping and dining districts
  • Convenient location across the street from Gloucester Road tube station
  • Extra amenities at sister hotel next door, including fitness center

Cons

  • No free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • Limited on-site facilities
  • Parking garage next door at sister hotel

Bottom Line

The Millennium Bailey's Hotel is located in a calm, peaceful quarter of London. All 211 rooms offer period charm in an original Victorian building. West London's shopping and dining districts are close by, and with the Gloucester Road tube station across the street, all of London is easily accessible from this property. Rooms are traditional and individually decorated, and although the hotel has limited facilities, a fitness center is available for use at the sister hotel next door. Olives Restaurant and Bar provides on-site dining. While rooms aren't huge, the Millennium Bailey's is a good pick for value, location, and charm.

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 Scene

Modest luxury and Victorian elegance with boutique quirks

Lobby of the Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington
Lobby of the Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Originally built in the late 19th century by former Member of Parliament Sir James Bailey, this hotel has retained its owner's namesake, some original Victorian furnishings, period fireplaces, and the original elevators. The original central staircase sweeps up all five stories in grand Victorian style and beautiful stained glass windows provide a wonderful sense of history. All of this atmosphere sets the stage for a relaxing stay within easy access to other areas of London. Rooms are a deliberate mix of old and new, combining traditional oak furnishings with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Olives Restaurant and an intimate club lounge -- for guests of club or suite level rooms -- provide space to relax without leaving the property.

 Location

Across the street from Gloucester Road tube station, in a quiet quarter of the Kensington district

The Millennium Bailey's is located in a quiet, wealthy quarter of the Kensington district. The immediate surroundings of the hotel are safe and welcoming for exploring on foot, by tube, or even by rented bicycles. The neighborhood is a mixed population of native English, immigrants, tourists, and wealthy businessmen who all breeze through the area on a regular basis. While Gloucester Road itself doesn't have much happening, it is bordered on all sides by West London's most popular shopping and dining districts as well as some local charming museums.

  • 10-minute walk to the Natural History Museum
  • 15-minute walk to the Royal Albert Hall and Science Museum
  • 2 tube stops on the Piccadilly line (7 minutes) from Knightsbridge shopping district
  • 2 tube stops on the District or Circle line (7 minutes) from Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Gallery
  • 2 tube stops on the District or Circle Lines (7 minutes) from Notting Hill
  • 3 tube stops on the Piccadilly line (10 minutes) from Hyde Park and Kensington gardens
  • 5 tube stops on the District or Circle line (14 minutes) from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 5 tube stops on the Piccadilly line (14 minutes) from Piccadilly circus and the theatre district
  • 6 tube stops on the Piccadilly line (16 minutes) from Chinatown
  • 6 tube stops on the District or Circle lines (16 minutes) from Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the Southbank
  • 7 tube stops on the Piccadilly line (19 minutes) from Covent Garden

 Rooms

Rooms of all shapes and sizes styled with traditional charm

View from The Club Room
View from The Club Room

All of the rooms at the Millennium Bailey's are different shapes and sizes, as well as individually decorated. There are many original Victorian antiques in the 211 rooms, juxtaposed with modern touches like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The overall feel in some rooms, though, is a tad bland. A building with this much history is bound to have certain quirks, such as the fact that bathrooms only have one sink, and hot and cold taps are separate.

  • Standard Rooms with a full-sized bed or twin bed option
  • Club Room offers ample floor space, king bed, small lounge corner, and iPod dock.
  • Guests of the Club Room are allowed exclusive access to the Club lounge for free minibar items and free Wi-Fi.
  • Luxury Suites are grand, comfortable rooms with separate seating and dining areas.
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Minibars

 Features

Club lounge and board room

Bailey's Boardroom
Bailey's Boardroom

The historic Millennium Bailey's Hotel is light on features, but guests are welcome to use the facilities of the sister property next door. On-site there is an intimate lounge available for club and luxury suite guests and a small board room. Next door at the Millennium Gloucester there is a small fitness center and business center.

  • An intimate lounge for Club and Luxury Suite guests with flat-screen TV and free breakfast, snacks, drinks, and canapes
  • Small board meeting room
  • Small fitness center at the sister hotel next door
  • Business center at the sister hotel next door, with full business services including document binding, scanning, laminating, fax, and photocopy

 Food

Rustic Italian restaurant

Olives Restaurant and Bar
Olives Restaurant and Bar

The Millennium Bailey's has one restaurant, Olives Restaurant and Bar, serving rustic Italian food. In addition, club and luxury suite guests can take advantage of the Club Lounge, a space with free minibar, breakfast, and snacks.

  • Olives Restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner
  • Humphrey's Bar is located next door at the Millennium Gloucester and is open for breakfast and afternoon tea

 Bottom Line

The Millennium Bailey's Hotel is located in a calm, peaceful quarter of London. All 211 rooms offer period charm in an original Victorian building. West London's shopping and dining districts are close by, and with the Gloucester Road tube station across the street, all of London is easily accessible from this property. Rooms are traditional and individually decorated, and although the hotel has limited facilities, a fitness center is available for use at the sister hotel next door. Olives Restaurant and Bar provides on-site dining. While rooms aren't huge, the Millennium Bailey's is a good pick for value, location, and charm.

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Address

  • 140 Gloucester Road, London, , SW7 4, GB

Room Types

  • Club Room
  • Luxury Suite
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 212
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Kensington, London
Address: 140 Gloucester Road, London, , SW7 4, GB
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