With its 38 rooms, the Cranley looks more like a large family residence than a hotel. There is neither a restaurant nor breakfast room; everything is served in your room or (in the case of tea or champagne) in the small reception-lounge area decorated in a completely traditional 100% English manner. It is primarily a recommended destination for couples, as the hotel does not offer much in the way of entertainment.
The Cranley Hotel is a few minutes away from Gloucester Road and South Kensington underground stations, to the south of the sophisticated South Kensington neighbourhood. The famous Hyde Park is a short 10 minute walk from the hotel and there is a shopping street a little further on, where tourists and locals crowd into boutiques, English pubs and fast-food restaurants. From the hotel it only takes around 15 minutes to reach the centre of London and the main tourist attractions as the borough is served by three tube lines, namely the Circle Line, the District Line and the Piccadilly line.
The Cranley's story began 15 years ago with the acquisition of two Victorian houses. 8 years later, a third house was bought and integrated into the hotel. Since then the hotel has seen several renovations, the latest of which was focused on the wall-to-wall carpets in the corridors...
As you climb the steps of one of these ancient Victorian houses, you feel as if you're stepping into a family reunion. The reception hall resembles an old fashioned office and sitting room. Numerous guests relax here between walks and enjoy the comfort of the armchairs and sofas. It's a place that will inspire pleasant dreams, much like the terrace when the weather is good! Tea time here is typically English, and very enjoyable, with little snacks and a glass of champagne offered by the establishment. It also has a small conference room.
Despite the small size of the place, the Cranley houses 38 rooms that come in five categories: superior simple, double, executive, "Four Poster King Room", and junior suite. They all include a safe, a mini bar, central air conditioning (with settings), a flat screen TV and a nice bathroom with a hair dryer, bathrobes and a shower or bathtub. The executive rooms are more spacious and include a larger TV set. The suite has a small interior courtyard which is quite romantic! The interior is typically English and includes some antique furniture. The contrast between ancient and modern is a success, as seen in the flat screen TV and old fashioned taps...
The restaurant was closed to make room for two extra accommodation units, but the Cranley did not go so far as to sacrifice its kitchen, so its guests can always order some food when they're hungry. Continental breakfast is ordered the night before and is served in the guest rooms. Room service also includes some light snacks till 10:30pm. After that, you'll have to go to one of the many restaurants or snack bars you'll find within a 5 minute radius of the establishment.
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