The Cranley Hotel
Style Genteel Georgian
Setting A meander from museum-land
Sitting quietly on an attractive South Ken side street, The Cranley Hotel in London is the perfect townhouse-from-home. With its mahogany antiques, Regency-period palette and prettily embroidered bedheads, it's an ideal base for a spot of Anglo-centric shopping, sightseeing and tea-taking.
Need to know
- Rooms 39, including a Junior and a Penthouse suite.
Double rooms from $257.68 (£170), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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- More details Rates are room only, but include a welcome drink, daily paper and glass of champagne served with canapés between 7pm and 8pm. Breakfast is £9.95 a person for Continental; £17.95 for full English (à la carte options are available, too).
- Facilities Laundry, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: handmade beds, flatscreen TV, minibar, iPod dock, Penhaligon's toiletries, slippers, robes. DVD players and hairdryers on request.
- Check-out 12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- Children Welcome. Cots (free) and extra beds (£40 a night) for children under 12 can be added to larger room categories (Executive and above); some rooms interconnect. Babysitting can be booked from £12–£30 an hour (minimum four hours).
- Also In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged, and if you can't do without your daily training fix, the hotel can hook you up with a local gym. Guide dogs only, by prior arrangement.
Food and drink at The Cranley Hotel
There's no restaurant, but you can order dinner for your room, tea in the lounge or breakfast in bed.
- Dress code Thomas Pink, John Smedley and Paul Smith are frequent visitors here.
- Top table There are only a handful of tables downstairs, so whichever's free; in summer, take your drinks to one of the tiny patios in front of the hotel.
- Last orders There's an honesty bar set up in the lounge, and there's almost always someone at reception on hand to pour you a drink. Otherwise your minibar is open all night.
- Room service For a hotel with no dining room or restaurant, the Cranley has a surprisingly good room-service selection on its round-the-clock menu. There are no tea-making facilities in rooms, though, so you'll have to order up hot drinks.
No bar, but you can have drinks in the lounge or in your room; all guests are offered champagne and canapés from 7pm–8pm every evening. Snuggle up on the fireside settee for a nightcap after an evening out.
The Cranley Hotel 10 Bina Garden, South Kensington, London SW5 0LA
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Our favourite rooms
Rooms are all individually decorated in Regency colourways and focus on dreamy Beaudesert beds dressed with creamy, hand-embroidered linens, and a judicious smattering of quaint period pieces. We like all the Executive doubles, especially plum-hued Executive 307, a street-facing room with twin sinks and a walk-in wardrobe; bright, high-ceilinged Four-Poster Deluxe room 107 for sense of space; and the Four-posters, with high ceilings, Frette-dressed beds and bay windows overlooking Bina Gardens. Book the Penthouse and you can peer across rooftops from Imperial College to Big Ben.
Slippers, robes, brollies: all things you don't need to bring with you.
The Cranley's three component townhouses have had some interesting occupants since 1869, including a Crimean War General, Blitz refugees and a Notting Hill perfumer who sold his business to a certain William Penhaligon – his namesake products still sit in every bathroom. Every evening, at turn-down, a selection of home-baked treats is brought to each room.