Need to know
Thirty-five, including 19 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $274.25 (£213), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (£35 a person, for a Continental spread plus à la carte options).
At the hotel
Hammam, mini gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, minibar, GHD hair straighteners and hairdryers, Penhaligon’s bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Is it weird to book a room for its minibar alone? We think not, especially when the minibars in question – attached to the Franklin’s Junior Suites and higher categories – are stuffed with champagne, spirits, wine, soft drinks and artisan snacks. Primp your tresses using the suite’s GHDs or loll about in the palatial bathroom, making the most of the fragrant Penhaligon’s bath products.
Instead of a spa, the Franklin has a hammam – your passport to the glowing complexion compulsory for nights at the hotel’s ravishing restaurant.
Saucy smalls; something dashing for the restaurant.
The Franklin shares Egerton Gardens with a gaggle of charming neighbours; sit in its leafy splendour with a cup of tea/G&T and the papers. Perhaps you’ll befriend a lord or lady…
Little Smiths are welcome, but the hotel is better suited to teens – picture crystal vases, glittering marble and plush velvets that won’t be improved by pens, crayons or other ‘embellishments’.