The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London, England
What’s so great about this pool?
This is a compact resistance pool in a small, but very classy, boutique hotel. The pool pushes water, so that users have to swim against the pressure. This gives superb exercise. Not only is a dip in this pool refreshing but, if you want, it will give you a great workout.
- The pool is a resistance pool – you swim against a jet of water
- The pool is 6 metres in length
- It is kept at a pleasant 30 degrees Centigrade
- Users can adjust the flow of water to suit their needs
- The pool can accommodate two or three swimmers at a time
- Only residents at the hotel are allowed to use the pool, so it’s never crowded
- Opening hours are 6.00am to 11.00pm daily
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So the pool’s fab – what about the rest of the hotel?
The Milestone Hotel is built in one of those charming mansion blocks that sprung up around Hyde Park around the end of the 19th century. The hotel is in the heart of Kensington and is aimed at a luxury market. It has 44 rooms, 12 suites and six long-stay apartments. The rooms are all completely different in appearance and are furnished with artworks and antiques. It boasts that it has two staff for each guest and pets are welcome. Cheneston’s Restaurant does fine English cuisine in a delightful Victorian dining room, while The Conservatory does light snacks and fine breakfasts. There is also a gym and the hotel can offer a personal trainer and a yoga instructor
What else is there to do around there?
The Milestone Hotel is in Kensington – probably London’s most upmarket neighbourhood. It’s on the edge of Hyde Park – probably the finest of London’s royal parks. In summer it’s a wonderful place for a picnic or simply to watch the people and the horse-riders who use the track at the edge of the park. The hotel is just a few minute’s walk away from the major London museums – The Science museum, The Natural History Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s very close to Kensington Palace and a short walk across the park from Notting Hill and the lively Portobello Road antiques market.
Kensington itself has stacks of famous restaurants and some of the finest shops in the world – including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. And Kensington is a short bus or underground train ride away from the West End of London.