Need to know
39, including a Junior and a Penthouse suite.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $154.03 (£118), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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).
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.
At the hotel
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.
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.
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; the hotel is non-smoking.
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).