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“Good Hotel and Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Cranley Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10-12 Bina Gardens | South Kensington, London SW5 0LA, England (Earls Court)   |  
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Ranked #274 of 1,065 Hotels in London
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good Hotel and Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We recently stayed 4 nights.

- 2 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station. You can get the Piccadilly line from Heathrow. Takes about 40 minutes so probably quicker than Heathrow express and cheaper.
- The location is excellent. Good pubs, restaurants, tube etc are all close by.
- Staff are friendly and helpful.
- The bed was soft which I don't like but my wife likes.
- Room was lovely and my wife likes the styling.
- Room was warm.
- Food is pub quality so best to eat out.
- Breakfast is expensive and not that good so we ate breakfast at the Diner on the way to the tube station.
- No tea making facilities in the room. We returned one day and asked if we would like a cup of tea. My wife accepted and I think it was £3.30 for a cup of tea delivered to our room.
- No dining room and only a lounge in reception but it is quite nice to sit by the fire and relax but not good to eat a meal.

Overall we enjoyed the hotel and will stay again but only as a base and wouldn't eat there.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I stayed here on my birthday with my mum in a superior double room, on arrival we were offered tea and coffee, our room was ready and the tea was brought to our room. Room was a standard size for London hotels with a wardrobe built in, dressing gown, safe, mini bar, draws and writing desk. Television, room didnt have much of a view but this didnt bother us. Bathroom was small, but aqequate for one night. Penhaligons for soaps in the bathroom, very comfy bed. Breakfast was included which was toast or equivalent, hot and cold drink, you could then add extras for a further suppliment. This was brought to our room in the morning also a paper was put on the door. You could eat in the lobby but it we prefered our room. The decor was elegant with a antique peroid mix, if this is your kind of thing. Steps up to hotel situated in a street in the Kensington area, about 15/20 minutes walk from Harrods, near by shops and restaurant, close to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a 10/15 walk to the Kings Road of Chelsea

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cranleyhotel, Front Office Manager at Cranley Hotel, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for taking your time to rate us. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the hotel.
We do hope to have the chance to welcome you back soon.

In the meantime, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We were visiting London to meet our son for a Birthday lunch together and simply wanted somewhere pleasant to stay the night before. This delightful boutique exceeded our expectations. Excellent location, staff were very courteous and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely return. Good value for money with some nice complimentary extras. A simple breakfast included - just what we needed as going out for lunch - but more substantial options available on request. The only complaint perhaps would be the extreme heat in the bedrooms over night which, even after attempting to turn it down, made for a rather restless night.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cranleyhotel, Front Office Manager at Cranley Hotel, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind review. It is a pleasure for us to read such lovely words on the hotel and staff and we are happy that you had a lovely stay.

We would love to have the chance to welcome you back to the Cranley with the hopes that it will be very soon!

In the meantime, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Kind regards,
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Stayed for 1 night, pre-booked via SecretEscapes as a treat for our anniversary. Our deal included breakfast, a hot beverage on arrival and bubbly with canapés between 7 and 8pm. Tea was promptly brought to our room while we settled in, which was nice. Room was very hot; had to open the window to cool it down. Tried to turn off the radiator, but didn't succeed. The double bed was 2 single beds pushed together and made up with double bed sheets. Mattress comfortable and plenty of pillows. Mini bar and snacks overpriced as can be expected from hotel rooms. It wasn't clear if the still water bottles on the night stands were complimentary, as there were identical ones in the mini bar which cost £2 each. So we decided not to touch them and drink the tap water (which was fine). Only one of all the toiletries (shampoo, etc), which is unusual for a room occupied by 2 people. Breakfast had to be ordered before going to bed, as it is served in the room at a specific time. Quality was mediocre, and there was no sugar on the tray for tea. A complimentary newspaper was hung on the door knob, not mentioned or brought in by the person bringing the breakfast, which seems a bit odd. FAR weirder was the choice of paper. This aims to be an up-market, 4 star hotel. Why do they provide the Daily Mail as a newspaper?! Something neutral like the Times or Independent surely would make more sense, or asking people which paper they might like. I found it bizarre and quite a mark against them. The champagne/bubbly (didn't see the bottle) was nice and a good way to start the evening. Unfortunately there isn't enough space in the front room for all the guests to sit comfortably to enjoy this. The gas open fire is nice in winter. The canapés were rather odd: out-of-season unripe strawberries with a piece of cheese in the middle. While aesthetic, the flavours didn't go together at all. When canapés were mentioned I had expected something like multiple little oven tartlets, not 1 strawberry each with a little piece of cheese in it. Staff were polite, but not warmly welcoming. Conveniently located for local restaurants of a variety of cuisines. Ok, but not as nice as a much cheaper and less pretentious country B&B in Exmoor (see my other reviews). Glad we didn't pay full price, but got a money-off deal.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed at the hotel for one night, prebooked with a request for veggie breakfats (cooked) - We got cold undercooked egg with sliced white bread. Having charged an extra 36quid - I expected more. The hotel claimed that they couldn't find vegetarian sausages anywhere in London.
Second gripe, I happened to notice a few days after my stay that I had been charged £25 for something... On calling them they said we must have had drinks from the mini bar. We hadn't. The hotel did refund but it shouldn't have happened.
Rooms ok. Bit tired in places. Nice sheets!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cranleyhotel, Front Office Manager at Cranley Hotel, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for your valuable feedback.
I am very sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with the breakfast services experienced at the hotel. I would like to assure you that this is not the standard at the Cranley hotel where we do strive to offer the best personalized service possible.The matter is currently under investigation, and I would like to invite you to please contact me directly to further pursue and arrange ammendment for this issue.
Once again, our most sincerest apologies.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance.

Best regards,
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Pros:
Great Staff
Good Location
Quiet Rooms

Cons
Rooms are way too hot
Bedding of a very poor standard
Beds are very uncomfortable
Breakfast is poor

I would say the hotel is very over priced for the standard you receive .

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We chose this hotel because of the reviews. When we arrived we found our room to be quite small and uncomfortably warm throughout the night though it was clean, if a tad shabby in parts. The staff were merely polite, the breakfast was fine, except for the tea which could have been hotter! it was served in our room as there is no communal dining area. I do not think we would stay there again as we did not think the Cranley is worth the cost and in fact is overrated in our opinion.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10-12 Bina Gardens | South Kensington, London SW5 0LA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Earls Court
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#189 Luxury Hotel in London
#234 Business Hotel in London
#257 Romantic Hotel in London
#305 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cranley Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting quietly on an attractive South Ken side street, The Cranley Hotel in London is the perfect townhouse-from-home. With its mahogany antiques, Regency-period palette and prettily embroidered bedheads, it's an ideal base for a spot of Anglo-centric shopping, sightseeing and tea-taking. ... more   less 
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