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19.10.12

{LaurenInLondon} A Two Night Stay in Luxury

This time two weeks ago (It's 4.30pm on Friday as I start writing this) I was sat at a table gossiping with Jenny aka Mummy Mishaps.
We were coming to the end of our time at the Butlins meeting and waiting outside, in the pouring rain, was my husband and two boys.
We had decided to make a weekend of it in London and to visit the many attractions available. We haven't been able to have a holiday this year so we were looking forward to having a weekend of family time with no distractions of home.
I was getting incredibly paranoid about our location. Up until 2 weeks before we had nothing booked. Our budget had reduced from what it originally was and we would have to stay in cheaper accommodation than previously planned. Which we didn't mind, except with it being London we knew these places were likely to be a stopping place for stags, hens and boozy students. That would have been fine if it was just the two of us, but we didn't want that for the boys.

Thankfully this wasn't to be the case and we were able to go for luxury due to a very kind man. Around 5.30(ish) we got off the tube at Gloucester Road, made the very short walk to the opposite side of the road to a beautiful building.
We were all feeling pretty tired as we'd left our house at 8 o clock in the morning to make the journey to London. I then had a [boozy] meeting whilst the boys visited the Science Museum, little did we know they were only 10 minutes away from our hotel! The weather was miserable and when faced with that, a busy train, as well as two children and two bags of luggage, we had never wanted to relax as much as now.

As we made our way to the steps the door opened and a very well dressed man greeted us with a smile and offered to help us up the stairs with the pushchair. We walked through the doors and were blown away by how beautiful the lobby was.
Normally in a place like this we would assume there was no way it would be child friendly. This couldn't be further from the truth with regards to the Millennium Baileys.
The reception staff couldn't have been any friendlier. They welcomed us with big smiles and really made us feel comfortable. Asking about our journey and more importantly, making a fuss of the boys. So many other places treat children as an accessory to the adults, I have found. But the staff at Millennium Baileys treated them as though they were as important as us, which was a really special touch. Two members of staff even came round from the back of reception to talk to us and to talk to the boys which was really lovely.

We were escorted to our room, 222, which was on the second floor.
Now baring in mind the hotel is right next to Gloucester Tube station, and has a road either side, both which seemed quite busy, as well as bars and shops opposite we were astounded by how quiet the hotel was. Although, we were just in the corridor at this point but assumed that as we walked into our room, surely we would hear traffic and general street noise.
This again wasn't the case.

We walked into the room. Well, instantly we were blown away. It was HUGE. To the right, as you first walked in, there is a little area which is home to a huge built in wardrobe, a trunk and then the bathroom. Although the bathroom seems small compared to the rest of the room it has everything you need. Toilet, basin and a fabulous deep bath.
The bed was huge and VERY comfy. There was a travel cot set up for Harry and the sofa bed was made up for Charles. He didn't actually end up sleeping in it and ended up in the main bed with us because of his fear of the dark.
The whole room was spotlessly clean and reasonably baby friendly (there was the odd thing for them both to grab and we eventually unplugged both phones) The kettle was hidden away within the cupboard below the television.
There were various lamps so the room was well lit. Lots of storage space, and lots of space for the children to run around!
The decor was neutral with a romantic traditional feel.

There were two windows in our room. One looking out to the pub and shops opposite and the other facing the side of the building, over looking a roof and other buildings down the street. We were really pleased with the view, the buildings are so beautiful in London so I would be surprised at any complaints regarding this.

One of the best things about the room, according to my husband, was the air conditioning.
"It worked, it was perfect, it was refreshingly efficient" is his exact quote.

We all had a good night sleep. Annoyingly we went to bed early thinking we would be kept up all night by traffic or street noise but we heard nothing.

The staff were so helpful, and so happy. It was really refreshing to see staff that were genuinely happy and genuinely couldn't do enough for you.
The boys were treated like VIPs and were given some very special treats.
The fact that both myself and Charles cried when leaving speaks volumes. We really didn't want to leave and cannot wait to visit again.

A lovely little touch in the reception area is the little cat underneath the table. Charles became obsessed with this cat and had to show us each time we went downstairs or came into the hotel.


Over the next week I will be writing seperate posts on the staff, food and the treats the boys recieved, as well as other posts about London with a few mentions of the hotel. Look out for any posts with {LaurenInLondon} in the title.