While attending the festival in London last weekend, I also hopped into the 5-star luxury boutique hotel, The Milestone(*) to do a review for an online publication. While I no longer choose to bunk down in 24-bed hostel rooms mostly due to noise and stench, I am certainly not accustomed to luxurious digs and prefer down-to-earth 1-3 star properties or family-owned lodging.
For one, the cheaper the hotel, the more likely they’ll include free internet and breakfast!
Sarah Menkedick has so eloquently (and thoroughly) verbalized my shared feelings on luxury that you best read her post – The Luxury Orbit.
Yes, the property was lavish, attention was paid to every single detail, and the staff was extraordinarily warm so trying to pick apart the hotel and keep digging for negatives when there were clearly no significant misses would be an injustice on my part – personal preferences aside.
Here are a few more pictures from the property…
The main portion of a customized 5-course meal specially designed by the chef. While I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, the surprise bill of 75 GBP that hit me the next morning certainly left me with vending machine-style sandwiches the rest of the day.
No, I did not stay in this room. It is their most expensive at like a gazillion pounds per night.
Another room vibrantly decorated boudoir-style after a French actress from the 1800s, complete with fresh canapes. Again, not my room.
Yet another reason why us mortals shy away from Michelin-starred restaurants – two spoonfuls of food.
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* – My one night room stay was comped.