London, United Kingdom
The Prince Albert Suite, aptly named after Prince Albert (1819 – 1861), the much-loved husband of Queen Victoria, is one of only two Grand Master Suites of the beautifully appointed, 62 bedroom Milestone Hotel, a Grade II listed English Heritage boutique Country House Hotel in the heart of London.
The suite is a grand statement of elegant style – adorned with fine fabrics, fresh flowers, antique furnishings, and rare artworks. With wonderful views overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, flair and regal sophistication embody the Prince Albert Suite. Features include a four-poster bed hewn from old English Oak with sumptuous silk drapes, high ceilings, a private balcony and large sets of floor-to-ceiling windows allow streaming light to enter the corner suite from every angle.
Suite Talk Q&A
- What is a typical day in the life of a suite? As one of only two Grand Master Suites at The Milestone Hotel (and to live up to my royal namesake, Prince Albert) it’s important that I look my very best for all occasions. When I’m not entertaining guests, my adoring and extensive team deliver the royal treatment, ensuring I’m spotlessly clean, supremely comfortable and decorated with the most beautiful furnishings at all times.
I’m very much a pampered prince and I’m accustomed to receiving the best care around the clock, and am always dressed to impress! I am spoiled with fresh flowers daily, homemade cookies, chilled mineral water, hand-picked seasonal fruits, a host of newspapers and many more thoughtful touches that my guests adore. Every evening, on turndown, guests will be greeted with a personalized treat from the pastry chef, and if the occasion allows, they will return to a romantic turndown with Champagne, candles and rose petals.
- What is your biggest indulgence in captivating new guests? I’m fortunate to be brimming with beautiful features including an extraordinary hand-stitched floral hanging tapestry spanning the length of an entire wall, in front of which hangs a sparkling 12-candle crystal chandelier. Guests will discover tall gold candle stands, a feature fireplace and my extravagant, four poster wooden bed draped in opulent fabric, which takes pride of place.
My spacious marble bathroom accommodates a corner jet bath and the largest free standing walk-in shower in the hotel where guests can douse themselves in Penhalligon’s lotions and potions, one of the most traditional and iconic of English brands. Apart from the many antique chairs and side tables, I’m particularly proud of an original oil painting, hanging in pride of place above my writing desk, of the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, following the death of Queen Victoria.
My warm, inviting ambiance is achieved through soft neutral tones of timeless rich cream, pale gold and understated patterns. I am the epitome of romantic elegance, comfort and luxury, and seamlessly combine traditional elegance with the latest 21st century including complimentary Wi-Fi and SKY television. Guests can choose from soaps from world famous perfumeries and sink into plush bathrobes and slippers.
- Who was your all-time favorite guest? So many wonderful guests have walked through my doors, so it’s hard to pick a favorite! I pride myself on ensuring that each and every one is enveloped in warmth and luxury, and delighted by personal thoughtful touches. There’s nothing that makes me sleep more soundly than knowing their stay at The Milestone Hotel has been everything they’ve imagined and more.
What I can tell you is I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed the company of many a famous singer, poet and performer who have graced the stage of Royal Albert Hall over the years. In more recent years, I’ve become a firm favorite amongst the stars of the silver screen and Hollywood. Here at The Milestone Hotel, discretion is key so I couldn’t possibly divulge any names! The hit TV-drama, Downton Abbey, has certainly raised my profile as many a guest has likened me to one of the rooms at Highclere, and who doesn’t want to pretend to be Lord of the Manor for a week or two.
I’ve become almost famous over the years as the purveyor of fine romantic alliances but children love to count the number of dragons they’re able to spot which are located around my window sconces. It’s a game they play for hours and if they’re happy, I’m happy.
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