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LH Comment: Boutique style hotel situated on a quiet residential side street, so little road noise. Its very convenient for the Gloucester Road area including the tube station, shops and restaurants. Antiques and creaky floorboards add to the experience. Public areas are non existent so regard it as a seriously upmarket bed and breakfast. Kings Road and Fulham Road are both walking distance. Good guest reviews.
About the Cranley Hotel
Built in 1869, The Cranley Hotel offers sophisticated style and design in a peaceful side street in South Kensington. Superb fittings, which echo the elegant Victorian surroundings, ensure that you will have a relaxing and comfortable stay. If you wish to feel that you are waltzing into Kensington's grand past, this converted townhouse has plenty of character and charm to offer you a traditional London experience.
Rooms offered include Classic, Superior, Executive Twin, Executive King, Four-Poster and Junior Suite. All are decorated in muted blue, plum and stone colours, with antique, cosseting beds and brass fittings, for period style with a modern twist. Luxurious amenities such as hand-woven linen, complimentary newspapers, Penhaligon toiletries and limestone bathroom fittings, are combined with LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-fi to ensure you have the ideal balance of comfort and technological convenience. Some guests have reported that basement rooms can be noisy due to staff using the stairs in the morning and creaky floorboards, and rooms on upper floors can be cramped; so it is recommended to request a room on the first or second floor when booking to ensure you get the best deal.
Where the hotel really shines is in the quality and attentiveness of its service. Anything a hotel guest could need is just one request away, whether you require a limousine to ferry you around London (with preferential rates for Cranley guests); 24-hour room service; theatre tickets; flowers and chocolates delivered to your room; restaurant reservations; or even breakfast in bed, the Cranley staff will fulfill your every whim. You might think that with service this vigilant you may have to begin hiding from overly eager attendants, but the staff manage to remain unobtrusive yet helpful. The hotel also offers a thoughtful array of complimentary services for guests, including a welcome drink on arrival and a glass of champagne with canapés in the evenings. The hotel may be a slightly pricier alternative to some great budget hotels in the area, but little extras like this may tip the balance in its favour.
You can enjoy afternoon tea at the hotel (on the terrace in summer and by an open fire in the colder months), but there is no restaurant at the hotel. However, Kensington is renowned for its culinary delights, so there are plenty of eateries nearby to choose from. Indian restaurants Thali and Noor Jahan are both close to the hotel; or if you prefer a European flavour, Coquine and Tendido Cero in Gloucester Road offer French and Spanish menus.
The hotel is well placed to visit many of London's best tourist attractions. Kensington is packed with things to see and do, which are suitable for all members of the family. Whether you decide to visit the museum district (just a five minute walk away), where you can explore the famed Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums; where you can learn about everything from geology to glass blowing in lively, historical interactive settings; or if you wish to splash out on a box at the Royal Albert Hall to watch some of Britain's best live music, you can do so with ease. Kensington Palace and Gardens and Hyde Park are also just a ten minute walk away, where you can sit in a deck chair or go for a horse ride if the weather is sunny, or view modern art at The Serpentine and learn about Kensington's royal residents if the weather isn't so pleasant. You can also enjoy London's second biggest department store, Harrods, which offers everything from luggage to pets over 300 departments; or you can indulge your inner fashionista at Harvey Nichols and Kensington and Knightsbridge's many designer boutiques.
The Cranley's location is also very convenient, situated just five minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station and ten minutes from Earls Court tube station. Both stations service the District and Piccadilly lines and Gloucester Road services the Circle line, from which you have direct links to Victoria Station (where you can transfer to Gatwick Airport); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); Heathrow Airport (direct via the Piccadilly line); and many central London locations. If driving you can reach the hotel via the A4 road, which you can reach from the M4 and M25. Parking isn't available at the hotel, but you can park in the nearby Millennium Hotel car park or the NCP car park on Old Brompton Road, about 5 minutes walk away.
If you are willing to pay a little bit extra for antique furnishings and attention to detail in service, or if you are planning to spend a little more time in your room, you will find The Cranley a convenient and pleasant place to stay.
Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
An honesty bar
Room service menu
Breakfast served in bed in the mornings
A welcome drink
Complimentary glass of champagne each evening
A guest computer and business services