The Cranley Hotel
- Style Genteel Georgian
- Setting A meander from museum-land
Perfectly placed for all of South Kensington's renowned high-end shopping and Anglo-centric sightseeing, the Cranley Hotel is a genteel London home-base. The interiors of this handsome Georgian townhouse are all decked out in Regency colours and mahogany antiques; each historic room is distinctive, though all feature hand-embroidered linens. There may be no official restaurant, but a very good all-day room service menu, as well as complimentary canapés and champagne served in the evening, supplement the neighbourhood's excellent dining options.
Need to know
- Rooms 39, including a Junior and a Penthouse suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $253.81 (£155), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- 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.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips Slippers, robes, brollies: all things you don't need to bring with you.
- Also 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.
Food and drink at The Cranley Hotel
- Hotel restaurant 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.
- Hotel bar 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.