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
Just returned today after a weekend stay on arrival we were greeted by a lovely friendly receptionist.we where given a free upgrade to a junior suite wow it was beautiful it was so big and clean lovely furniture etc thank you for that Ramona we had breakfast included that was delicious there is plenty of choice to meet everyone’s taste all in all a wonderful stay at a wonderful hotel Thank You
My husband and I stayed at the Bailey's hotel for 3 days and had a wonderful time! The hotel is in the heart of South Kensington, and across the street from the tube. We were close enough to walk to many of the sites in the area, as well as take the tube to those that were further away.
The hotel staff was very friendly, and the room was quite spacious.The only issue we ran into is our safe didn't work and when we asked for someone to come fix it, no one came.
Unfortunately we were only here for one night. We were very lucky to get an upgrade to a junior suite on arrival. The room was very spacious and spotlessly clean. Considering we were next to a busy road and tube station it was very quiet. We didn’t try the restaurant but the cocktails in the bar were lovely. We didn’t have the complimentary breakfast as we had an early start , we will have to try it next time we come to stay.
I spent a wonderful week at this hotel. First impressions really matter and this hotel made a great first impression with their doorman. He really hustled to help me with my luggage, was always spot on with great advice, and his cheerful nature was a pleasure. The checkin process was smooth and efficient.
My room was spectacular. It was large and had a terrific bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. It was also reasonably quiet.
The point that really sticks with me is how amazing a location this is. There’s a tube station immediately across the street! That makes so much of London quickly and easily available. There’s also a couple of grocery stores and a drug store just steps away. So it takes no time to pick up little odds and ends.
Again, the staff was so helpful in terms of advice to visitors. They had good information about how to get the best out of my all too short time in London. They did everything possible to make my stay memorable.
This is a smaller boutique hotel that’s an affordable, centrally-located option when visiting London. I would and will absolutely stay here again.
The hotel and Olive Restaurant were lovely. The food and high tea were excellent. The only reason I didn’t give this an Excellent is two things...the front desk staff was quite haughty when we checked in. As travelers who just got off a train from Scotland, we were not dressed up. The staff sowewhat looked downed their noses. I didn’t appreciate that. Secondly, after we checked out, and my credit card was billed, I was notified by my credit card company that the hotel had charged me again for almost $700. I was still in London so I went to the hotel and inquired. They said that the charge was from my original reservation number. This didn’t make sense and they supposedly took it off, but I will be checking with y bank.