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Modest luxury and Victorian elegance with boutique quirks
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.
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.
Rooms of all shapes and sizes styled with traditional charm
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.
Club lounge and board room
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.
Rustic Italian restaurant
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.
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.