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
Booked and paid in advance directly with the hotel. Yet arriving late at night after a long day (and an early start the next day) not only did Baileys say there was no room available (despite our printed booking and payment confirmation) they offered no explanation and at nearly midnight had to offer another room at another inferior hotel. Follow up with their staff has been extremely unhelpful and unprofessional on their side. A terrible service. If you want a nice stay in London...Do not book this hotel. Under any circumstances.
The Bailey’s Hotel was fantastic! Excellent service from the moment you arrive! The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The location was very convenient to get to Hyde Park, Harrod’s and the tube. Just 9 minutes to get to Paddington Station.
The food was very good, and the breakfast buffet had plenty of options.
I was also part of a corporate meeting and can’t say enough good things about Nigora, our event coordinator. She was extremely helpful and such a pleasure to work with!
Will definitely be back and have already recommended to several colleagues
This hotel is nice and the rooms are clean. The location is excellent as it is near the underground station. Many restaurants on site. I have stayed in this hotel in December and it was almost fully booked and very crowded. The service and customer service at the hotel was very bad and slow. I guess because it was too busy, the rooms were not cleaned as should. When you call the front desk to ask for anything such as : toilet paper, housekeeping.. etc it takes them more than an hour to accommodate your request. The toilet smelled really bad and we asked the hotel maintenance to check the source of bad smell coming out from the sink. Unfortunately, they sent someone who didn’t know his job. I had to teach him what to do to find out the toilet’s smell. I think they should train their staff on customer service during busy holiday season. Not a good experience at the hotel this time. Probably will not stay there again! You can try this hotel but go when its not busy so they can take care of you otherwise you will be ignored.
Stayed at the Baileys Hotel this week for business - chose it quite randomly for location as I have stayed before but a few years ago.
From the minute I walked in, the atmosphere was so welcoming, the Concierge Team (guy with the red hat in particular) were all amazing.
My room wasn’t ready as I was earlier than planned however Ramona / Nora we’re excellent did all they could and managed to find an alternative for me.
Room was nice, good pillows, great amenities, spotlessly clean and a good size so I was happy.
As a regular business a traveller, I stay in many hotels however the Baileys stood out because of the Front Desk Team...so warm and welcoming, Nora was incredibly helpful throughout my entire stay ( I had a small ‘dress issue’ that she (with two safety pins) worked her magic with) nothing was too much trouble for any of the team....Concierge, Housekeeping, Front Desk and Olive Bar staff too.
A great hotel, brilliant location right next to Tube however the reason I will be booking again is due to the Team...of course they were all incredibly efficient and professional but it’s not often you find a hotel with such a friendly/warm/welcoming vibe, something a business traveller needs when away from home so definitely staying again and would recommend !!!
Ps: Christmas decorations are up and they look fantastic !!
This hotel is fabulous the beds were very comfortable staff excellent food was brilliant a high end establishment great location would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a hotel room with class.