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This morning was the day for museums. We knew central London would be very busy with the Tour de France cyclists finishing today's leg on The Mall and there were road closures and tube delays predicted. We also heard on the news this morning that the Eurostar was having major delays due to a problem with some overhead wires and a train that broke down. As we were booked on the Eurostar tomorrow to return ...
Today it's time to leave the apartment in Kensington and head to the Hilton Metropole. We were planning to travel to Bath but pulled the pin before we left Melbourne...thinking it might be too hard to get back Monday morning in time for the train.
Also had though of driving to the country to see Harry Potter and other sites, but did this on Thursday. So today was a free day.
After spending all morning moving, we thought a quick trip into ...
... myself now too, which is a bit of a relief. Although it's going to be a lot quieter I guess, I won't really have anyone around who really knows me to talk to. Not that that has really bothered me before though. But I guess there is something nice about traveling with someone and sharing things together. We did have some things in common. Oh well. In the morning I was exhausted too. Early morning flights are rubbish, but cheaper normally. So, let the next adventure begin!! ...
... London's Subway) to the Green Park station.
Once I arrived at Green Park, I was greeted by a typical English day, rainy. Despite the rain I pushed onward toward the world famous Buckingham Palace. Although it seems much larger on TV, it was still very impressive. Everything near it was just as opulent. Every gate is covered in gold and Victoria's monument, which sits just outside the front gate, adds to the royal feeling. As with any famous ...
... short, he ****** up.
George, wow. This was a corker. He was pushing 50 and beaten with the ugly stick! Needless to say, I sculled 2 glasses of wine and said adieu within the hour.
Randy Ryan, asking me out for dinner and then letting me pick up the bill. Ummm. No. That's not how it works ********.
James, I thought I'd found my future English husband. Spitting image of Made in Chelsea's Spencer.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cranley Hotel London
Excellent location, wonderful staff
Had a five night stay here 9/03. Loved the location because of the proximity of so many good restaurants nearby. Rooms were lovely although you may wish to avoid the room below reception because of early morning activity there. They were very accomodating about moving us, though.
Cranley was a great choice.
My wife and I stayed here on our first trip to Europe last June. Mo, the concierge was a great help. The rooms are nice, large bathrooms with great showers. Location is great, very peaceful and close to museuams. Check out the Indian resturant next to the hotel!
We were a family of five, travelling to Great Britain for our first trip abroad. Our third, and final stop was London. We were tired after a long day of travelling and were so pleasantly surprised to find that the Cranley Hotel was so perfect. From the moment we arrived, the staff treated us with the upmost warmth and courtesy. Our two rooms, on the ground floor were spacious, clean and elegant. The three children were in an adjacent , very large room with an enormous bathroom. Beautiful linens , marble bathrooms and lovely wallhangings completed the picture. We were immediately served afternoon tea, a ritual that we indulged in every day. We loved the location and found ourselves using the tube exclusively for our travels. Breakfast was delicious and ample. Finally, the staff was amazing. They all learned our names and greeted us warmly. The concierge, Mo, was invaluable. He helped us at every turn, including checking in on our 7 year old when he was feeling a bit ill. We would never stay anywhere else in London again!
The best hotel in London!!
I can't say enough about how wonderful The Cranley truly is. Every aspect of gracious hospitality has been addressed, from the warm greeting & early check-in (a very welcome experience after a long flight) to the sumptuous breakfasts, teas & canapes in the evening. The 24 hr staff are warm & friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. We definitely looked forward to "coming home" at the end of a long day of touring. Not to mention its convenient location; just down the street from the Gloucester Rd. tube station and in a lovely neighborhood with bars, restaurants & groceries. We'll stay there on EVERY trip to London in the future. Fabulous!
A lovely little hotel in a great location, with a truly wonderful staff - warm, friendly, attentive.Returning to the hotel every evening, walking through the charming residential streets of South Kensington, felt like coming home.A few caveats:We were a party of three, in two rooms. The double room was spacious and comfortable, but my single room was so small I had to keep my suitcase in the closet so I could reach the bed. It was attractive and clean, though, with high ceilings and a fully-appointed bathroom.There is an elevator, but it doesn't reach the fourth floor. You have to walk up from the third. Understandable for a retro-fitted Victorian home, but worth noting for folks who can't manage a flight of stairs.The TV-internet access was awkward to set up, and almost impossible to view text on the TV screen. Checking e-mail was laborious & frustrating. I understand it's a relatively new service. Maybe they'll improve it in time.Despite those minor inconveniences, this is a great hotel. Small, cozy, beautifully decorated, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that will certainly bring me back.
Loved This Town House Hotel
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I guess there are about 25 rooms on about 4 floors of this private town house in South Kensington. Service was very good and helpful. Rooms were fairly large and the bed was extremely comfortable. Great water pressure for the shower... Continental breakfast available for a fee. All other food has to be ordered in... Nearest underground is about 5 blocks away (Gloucester Rd.) Knightsbridge (shopping area) is two stops, or a long walk. Plenty of fine restaurants... A few museums are close too...Try it, you'll like it! RD
Don't ever try to cancel a reservation!
Don't ever try to cancel a reservation here. My husband and I cancelled an April reservation back in February(we have the paperwork to prove this),however, two nights were charged to our credit card in April(interestingly these two nights would have been in the middle of our reservation.) For a hotel with such a fine reputation, they are certainly not in any hurry to rectify this appalling situation. We would definitely never plan to stay at The Cranley!
Value for money... Friendly and Efficient
Four poster beds, plenty of light fluffy pillows and best of all a nice quiet environment. The only hotel I know that has your favourite drink available when you arrive. Don't look for the dining room, there isn't one. Breakfast arrives each morning at your room at the requested time. Being Canadian we have to search out value for our money as the exchange rate is murder. The Cranley is a winner.
Tucked down a side street in Kensignton, the Cranley oozes a unique, quite charm. Although they removed their nifty (but small) breakfast room a couple of years ago, things haven't changed a bit through several stays. Actually, the rooms seemed to have been spiffed-up a bit over the past year or two, bringing "very nice" rooms up to great rooms. Don't look for chrome and gaudy...just warm and comfortable. It's not the Ritz, but that's why you stay there.
We visited London in April 2000