Cranley Hotel, London – hotel review

A luxurious boutique hotel made up of three Victorian townhouses, the property oozes character at every turn

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Have you ever dreamt of living in one of the most elegant and exclusive areas of London? Cranley Hotel allows that fantasy to become a reality, set in the very heart of Kensington on a beautiful and tranquil garden square. 

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A luxurious boutique hotel made up of three Victorian townhouses, the property oozes character at every turn. 

Describing itself as “your home in the heart of London”, there is a very intimate feel to this hotel – from the roaring fire that awaits you in the beautifully appointed lounge to the honesty bar stocked with a selection of fine liquors. 

Guests are greeted with a champagne and canapé reception, either in the lounge or can choose to enjoy this in the comfort of their spacious room or suite.

And its once you’re in your accommodation that you really begin to understand what a special location and hotel this is.  Huge sash windows look out across the square and frame the room’s towering ceiling and four poster bed. 

Antique furniture and art blends effortlessly with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a 21st Century upmarket hotel. 

The ensuite bathroom is large and extremely well appointed, and just like every aspect of this hotel is well equipped for the needs of a discerning visitor to one of the world’s great cities. 

The staff are friendly and attentive, happy to offer advice and help within the hotel and to get the best out of the local area. Whilst you feel they are always there when you need them, most of the time the staff melt away into the background, allowing you to truly feel like this is your beautiful house – a rare but pleasing experience. 

Eating and drinking

As well as offering all guests a champagne and canapé reception, Cranley offers a good range of food and drink options in its blue lounge dining facilities or on the summer terrace in the warmer months. 

An extensive room service menu is available 24-hours a day and a fantastic selection of traditional English and continental breakfast choices are available to be eaten in the lounge, or delivered to your room each morning. 

The concierge will also be able to recommend a range of excellent bars and restaurants within the local area, and make you a reservation for these (or any number of other things) during your stay.

Hotel address: 10 Bina Gardens, South Kensington, London SW5 OLA

Official website

Radio Times Travel rating: 8/10

“A luxurious boutique hotel made up of three Victorian townhouses, the property oozes character at every turn” 


Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.

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