Tucked away in Kensington’s delicate and homely Gloucester Road, The Bailey’s Hotel is a quaint English getaway close to all the iconic attractions the capital has to offer. Surrounded by London’s most upmarket district, any trip to the Bailey’s Hotel holds a promise of luxury – and that’s something we can always get on board with. The iconic Victorian building has just undergone a £7.5million refurbishment so there’s no sense of faded, ghostly grandeur here: it’s got old fashioned opulence with none of the worn-out atmosphere of so many historical hotels.
Welcomed with warm smiles and efficient staff, the hotel sets the right tone from the very start – even its lobby is a thing of great beauty. With its high, decorative ceilings, grand columns, and exquisitely gilded walls, it makes for a check-in experience like no other. Walk around the place and you’ll notice that tastefully luxe vibe continues throughout: the distinct whiff of rich, English quality is always a pleasant one. Every floor offers guests a different experience, each with its own artwork, colour schemes and details – it’s always refreshing to see variation in an industry obsessed with uniformity and sameness.
And so, to the rooms themselves: quiet and peaceful, with those all-important eminently comfortable beds (of course). Spacious, yet homely, it’s got the type of character that makes for a unique experience in this world of dreary, “neutral” interiors. Those deep furnishings are complimented by high shine walls and a splash of colour in the curtains and beds. Our bathroom even boasted a vast roll-top bath (made in Mayfair by Perrin & Rowe, as it goes) that proved so roomy, bubbly and relaxing that we almost forgot to leave the suite – almost, this is central London, after all. If you do mange to haul yourself out the bath, head over to the Baileys’ Olive Bar, where a chilled glass of Dom Perignon 2003 can be your reward. Belinda Carlisle was right; heaven really is a place on earth.