The Cranley brings together the best of established hotel tradition and service, plus the advantages of the most up-to-date technology expected from a top-class London hotel of the 21st century. Furnished with wonderful antiques, The Cranley has an understated elegance and air of sophistication. The colours used throughout the hotel rooms and reception areas - striking combinations of Chinese blue, mustard, plum and stone - are derived from the original 19th-century floor tiles in the hotel's entrance hall.
The Cranley's commitment to service is reflected in the extra hotel amenities offered to our guests. As well as complimentary English tea and afternoon scones and a complimentary aperitif and canapes each evening, an imaginative Room Service menu is also available for hotel guests wishing to dine in the comfort of their room.
Where is it?
The Cranley Hotel London is located in one of the most sought-after locations, South Kensington, The Cranley Hotel is right on the doorstep of London and is ideally placed to enjoy several London attractions, many of which are within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Rest and Sleep
A number of our rooms boast elegant, king-size four-poster beds, whilst the majority are furnished with equally dramatic half-tester canopied beds. However, you will be glad to know that we have dispensed with Victorian horse-hair mattresses in favour of luxurious sprung mattresses. Curtains and bed hangings are natural linen whilst the headboards and valances are hand-embroidered; the beds are dressed with cotton sheets, large, square feather pillows and traditional pure woollen blankets. Every room has an antique desk or writing table with conveniently placed power and telecommunication sockets; most rooms also have a separate table enabling you to enjoy Room Service without disturbing your work.
The bathrooms have traditional Victorian-style fittings combined with a lavish use of warm limestone, whilst behind the scenes we have excellent modern plumbing with pressurised hot and cold water. With every room also having air conditioning, you will enjoy the peace and quiet, and comfort, of The Cranley.
Look on The Cranley as your home away from home. Friendly and intelligent staff will attend to your every need, and with no request either too large or too small, you will want for nothing during your stay with us.
Single Room (1 person max)
Double Room (2 people max)
Master Double Room (2 people max)
Eat and Drink
You can start the day with continental breakfast, including freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee ground on the premises. After your day out you can come back to a complimentary English afternoon tea of warm scones with clotted cream, whilst in the evening you can help yourself to an aperitif and some canapes.
Alternatively, you can order a light luncheon or supper from the hotel's imaginative Room Service menu throughout the day and evening.
The Cranley Hotel is also just two miles from both Victoria and Paddington stations, with the Heathrow Express a fast link to Heathrow Airport from Paddington and the Gatwick Express from Victoria station to Gatwick Airport.
Cranley Hotel London and Travel around London
Earls Court - 1 stop (2 mins)
Knightsbridge - 2 stops (4 mins)
Victoria - 3 stops (8 mins)
Piccadilly Circus - 5 stops (12 mins)
Covent Garden - 7 stops (15 mins)
Heathrow Airport - 13 stops (40 mins)
Albert Memorial, Chelsea Physic Garden, Holland House, Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensington Palace, Natural History Museum, Olympia, Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Chelsea Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Gate Theatre, Royal Court, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington Gardens, Portobello Road Market
I have to say I am not a devotee of the Cranley. I have stayed there twice and have been disappointed both times. Its not that its dirty or in need of a refurbishment it is simply that it is over marketed and expectations are too high. I have looked at Tripadviser "candid" pictures and wondered how a guest managed to gain access to a 4th floor private apartment opposite simply to take a photo of the hotel exterior or who would photograph a breakfast tray so beautifully. Anyway lets look at the positive side of things. The Cranley location is good being located on a fairly quiet side street and convenient for Fulham, Earls Court and Kensington. The condition of the hotel is good as are the excellent beds and the bathrooms. "Antique" furnishings are a bit of a hotch potch, many being modern reproductions. Service is excellent.
Now the downside. The stairs creak like crazy and in conjunction with the gap under the bedroom door letting in light I had a disturbed nights and mornings sleep. There are no public areas unless you mean the couch in the entrance which people exit and entry by. It's cosmetically historic appeal doesn't do it for me, it's overpriced and there are far better options in the area.