Fodor's Expert Review The Cranley Hotel

10–12 Bina Gardens, London, SW5 0LA, England See on Map

Situated in a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, the boutique Cranley Hotel plays on its history evoking true London charm with a country house theme running throughout. Great for couples, the location means short walks to the Museums, Hyde Park and the boutiques of High Street Kensington.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some elements of the décor feel a little tired, though overall the public areas are homely and comfortable.


Neutral tones of beige, duck egg blue and pale green create soothing spaces highlighted by big windows that flood the rooms with natural light. The look is all classic elegance and the four poster beds in some of the rooms and suites are a luxurious touch.


Bathrooms are relatively compact — this was a townhouse after all — but the original fittings enhance the neutral décor. Dual bathtub showers are the norm.


Space is tight so the lobby is swapped for a well-appointed drawing room with comfortable velvet sofas, low slung armchairs and a lovely nook in a bay window overlooking the street.


An unexpected surprise, the hotel’s Banu restaurant strays from the usual British classics presenting an intriguing Persian menu.

If Persian cuisine feels a little out of kilter in the classic English townhouse interior of the Cranley, never fear, the restaurant serves a daily afternoon tea for the traditionalists.


Getting Around

A 5-minute walk from Gloucester Road Station, Central London is 14-minutes by Tube, while Notting Hill is the same distance to the west. The area is punctuated by tall townhouses, wide boulevards and leafy squares, which makes wandering the neighborhood a pleasant way to pass an afternoon. Close to South Kensington, the Museums are within walking distance and Knightsbridge is a quick ten-minute cab ride away.


A sort of middleman on the edge of high Street Kensington and South Kensington, Gloucester Road doesn’t have the widest array of restaurants. That said, burger chain Byron (6-minute walk) do a mean patty and bun and if you want finer dining then Wright Brothers South Kensington (8-minute walk) is a fancy seafood and oyster restaurant as chic as anywhere in the city.


Don your best film noir outfit for a trip to Evans and Peel (8-minute walk), a speakeasy wrapped within the cover of a detective agency. The Cranley Hotel might not have a bar but that shouldn’t stop you enjoying a drink in a hotel during your stay with The Kensington’s K Bar (7-minute walk) an elegant spot for a cocktail.


Given the location, rooms here are well-priced for those who value the culture and peace of the Gloucester Road neighborhood. Some aspects of the hotel may be a tad tired but the warmth of the cozy interior and personal, unfussy service is something guests will take to.


29 rooms, 5 suites, 4 apartments
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner Yes
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: 020-7373–0123

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