Venue Review: Millennium Gloucester
The Millennium Gloucester is certainly not an intimate hotel. It’s pretty damn big, in fact property takes up an entire block just south of Gloucester Road Station, from where you can get Leicester Square in 10 minutes (nicer destinations are available). If you need somewhere to house a bus load of Germans (tourists presumably) or host a conference for 500 then the Gloucester offers 600+ bedrooms plentiful large meetings spaces. However it’s a more complicated hotel than that because while you have the Gloucester, which to be frank isn’t a pretty hotel, next door you have the Millennium Bailey’s, a beautiful period townhouse hotel offering an additional 211 boutique style bedrooms. This gives you an overall hotel that really does offer something for everyone.
The Gloucester Hotel comes with it’s own dedicated conference centre offering private entrances and 1600SqM of event space across 25 rooms. There are three huge suites seating conferences for 350-500 delegates or banquets for up to 450 guests. The venue also houses a rather unique space, a huge conservatory available for exhibitions, dinners and parties, perfect for those event planners with a fetish for natural daylight. Given that it was designed as a conference centre there are all the amenities you’d expect and the design gives plenty of branding opportunities and spaces for catering or registrations.
The hotels have all the facilities you’d expect and between them house 6 bars and dining outlets, including the outstanding Olive Bar & Restaurant in the Bailey. Kensington is generally known as offering better value for money than the West End or City so prices are keen. It’s also known as being the winning location for foreign delegations, just good luck prizing them out of the shops!