The Bailey’s Hotel London
What We Love
- Charming Victorian building, complete with stained glass windows and a sweeping central staircase
- Plush, English heritage–style rooms, with dark wood furniture and oversize lamps
- Cocktails in the swank Olives Bar by the open fireplace
What To Know
- A 10-minute walk from some of London's best museums, a short stroll to Hyde Park and a block from Gloucester Road tube station
- Free WiFi in Luxury Rooms; special rate of $16 per 24-hour access in Classic and Deluxe rooms
- Most guestrooms come with a bathtub
- 24-hour room service
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In swank South Kensington, a 10-minute stroll from some of London’s best museums (Natural History, Science, Victoria and Albert), Millennium Bailey’s is an elegant hotel in a magnificently restored Victorian townhouse. Built in 1876, it has plenty of period features, including stained glass windows, a grand, sweeping staircase that spirals up all five floors and antique gilt-framed pictures dotted along the corridors.
Bed and Bath
Guest rooms are an elegant blend of contemporary and traditional; some feature pale cream tones, while others have heritage sofas, lavender-hued pillows and dark wooden trunks; thick curtains keep the rooms cozy and quiet. Plants and oversize antique-style lamps create a calm vibe, and the sumptuous bed linens make for a blissful night’s sleep. Luxury Rooms come with huge fluffy bathrobes plus free tea and coffee making facilities and all rooms have large flat-screen TVs. Most bathrooms come with a tub plus house brand toiletries, and the minibar is purposefully left empty so you can stock it yourself, although housekeeping is happy to fill it on request.
The heritage theme continues throughout the hotel, even in the gold-framed Victorian elevators. Ceilings are high and feature ornate 19th-century cornices, giving the public spaces a stately feel, while quaint touches like antique luggage trunks set a historic tone. The atmospheric Olives Bar and Restaurant (split in two by an open fireplace) is painted gray and gold; at night it’s a great place to enjoy a candlelit tipple or a bite from the à la carte Italian menu. Breakfast is also served here; expect a hearty selection of hot food, mini-pastries and juices. Alternatively head to the Bugis Brasserie, which is located in the Millennium Gloucester (the sister hotel next door) for Asian cuisine.
In the Area
Three of London’s most iconic museums are all a 10-minute walk away: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They’re all free to enter seven days a week and open until 10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. The area is packed with places to eat; for a taste of Italy head to Da Mario on Gloucester Road, or pick up an afternoon treat at the Kensington branch of the Hummingbird Bakery. There are plenty of traditional English pubs to choose from too. The Hereford Arms, which was once a haunt of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, is a top choice for its selection of ales and best-of-British menu. The hotel is a block from Gloucester Road tube station (on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines); Oxford Circus, Westminster and the South Bank are all within a 20-minute ride.
How to Get There
The Bailey's was everything we expected. We slept very well and were able to do our sightseeing after an excellent breakfast. The tube was right across the street. And Harrod's is just a 15 min walk, to the delight of my wife.
The Bailey's Hotel is a terrific place to stay for work or play. The location is perfect, opposite Gloucester Road Station and near to so many restaurants, Kensington Palace, shops... etc.
The staff are brilliant - warm, friendly and always there to help.
Highly recommended stay.
Air-conditioning in our room 436 wasnt enough for London summer heat. Hotel engineering tried repairing but didnt solve matter.
Baileys will remain our preference for its room confort, character of the building, good breakfast and oustanding front desk.
It's all about location and ease of getting back when picking a hotel. This one was close to the evening venue and handy for tubes, buses and cabs. Very smart hotel, this was a bit more than I usually pay but wanted to make a special someone feel treated like a princess. We had a great night, hotel was spot on. Polite staff and good breakfast. Would stay again.
The Hotel is ideally situated in front of the metro in a nice area with everything you need around. It is also very quiet. I had a large bedroom nicely decorated. I forgot belongings in the locker of my room but the reception managed to send them to me by taxi. Very efficient and reliable.