Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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e proverbial bloom in the company's boutonniere is e Milestone Hotel in Kensington, London—the city the Tollmans call home. And yes, the entire staff sport red carnations on the lapels of their bespoke uniforms, starting with the jolly doormen who are quick to give directions, open the door, find you a ride or even walk your dog (all of the Red Carnation hotels are dog-friendly). Heart and soul are also spot-on descriptors for the Milestone's hallmark design approach. From the deluxe guest rooms and luxury suites to the recently renovated long-stay residences, no two rooms are alike. My room during my stay earlier this year, the Tudor Suite, can hardly be referred to as a room at all. A study in creamy whites and rich golds, all 667 square feet from its private den to the original, hand-carved stone fireplace, is appointed with a mix of Victorian antiques and more modern furnishings like silk, fleur-de-lis-printed wall coverings and a gilded, four-poster bed. Signature touches like oversize candy jars, fresh flowers and turndown presents (think a mini tome of Oscar Wilde quotes) evoke that "no request is too large and no detail too small" vibe that all of the RCH properties are known for. Always curious about where I hang my hat, I asked for a history lesson from Andrew Pike, general manager of the Milestone. Dating as far back as 1689, the original dwelling that stood where the Milestone stands today was home to Foot Onslow, a Commissioner of Excise under King William III. His son, Arthur Onlsow (1691-1768), was Speaker of the House of Commons for 30 years. From ambassadors and barons to a countess and one braggadocios officer who claimed to be William Shakespeare's grandson, the address of 1 Kensington Court has had quite the storied history—which the Tollmans planned to honor and uphold when they purchased the Milestone property in 1998. us, the hotel underwent a year-long restoration before opening in 1999 with Mrs. Tollman's stamp of approval. My visit was timed quite perfectly around the completion of an elegant refurbishment encompassing two of the Milestone's largest suites (106 Grand Master Suite and e Meghan Suite) e spectacular Art Deco bathroom of the Meghan Suite 48

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