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February 1, 2012

Four Red Carnation Hotels Voted ‘The World’s Best Places To Stay”

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have again honored four Red Carnation Hotel Collection properties as “the world’s best places to stay.” The Milestone Hotel, 41, and Egerton House Hotel in London; and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa were all named on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2012. This year, as a way to mark 25 years of Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast also celebrated the “superstars” of the Gold List in their Platinum Circle, which includes list members such as The Milestone that have made the Gold List every year for the past five years.

In addition to being named a member of the Platinum Circle, The Milestone was distinguished as a property with the Best Hotel Amenities and received a special distinction as “The Best Sugar Rush.” According to Condé Nast Traveler, “Even the most dentist-averse won’t be able to resist the fleets of sweets heaped on guests at The Milestone Hotel in London: Housekeeping stops by twice a day, depositing different treats – butter fudge, toffee whirls, and Turkish delight.”

In Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, The Milestone Hotel, 41, and Egerton House Hotel all earned high ratings and spots among the Top 40 Hotels in the British Isles. Among the Top 20 Hotels in Africa, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa was ranked 4th with scores in the high 90s for rooms and service and a perfect 100 for activities.

Red Carnation strives “to provide exceptional, memorable hospitality by meeting or exceeding guest expectations and creating an environment where guests, as well as employees, refer to the hotels as their “home away from home.” “No request is too large, no detail too small” is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection, clearly reflected in the stellar ratings their hotels continue to receive year after year.

Situated in the heart of Kensington, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. Earning an impressive 97.6 for service, this five-star hotel opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens has 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments, lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. Boasting 24-hour butler service, restaurants’ offerings ranging from traditional afternoon tea to full course dinners, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.

An intimately elegant townhouse, The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge is a shopper’s delight with Harrods and Harvey Nichols a short stroll away, and the West End theatres ten minutes from the hotel. This luxury five-star hotel boasts 28 individually designed rooms and suites, breakfast dining room, and a 24-hour menu to enjoy in room, lounge or bar. Renowned for its impeccable levels of service, charm and attention to detail, it is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the best of London.

41 is a discreet, haven of style and comfort, residence only hotel overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. A chic black and white design scheme is complemented by the plentiful rich mahogany throughout the hotel, and the Executive Lounge where natural daylight floods in from the glass roof. This intimate club-like property offers the height of five-star luxury: 30 rooms and beautiful suites including two unique hospitality suites, butler service, 24-hour room service, the latest in-room technology, full concierge service, “plunder the pantry” whenever you wish, and an outstanding level of personal service.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary nestled at the edge of the world, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. This five-star Cape Town hotel is only 5 minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and V&A Waterfront. Guests can experience the best of both worlds – vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea- and mountain-facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite; two pools; the award-winning Sanctuary Spa; Azure restaurant; Café Grill; Leopard Bar; and a 16-seater private cinema.

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