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is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Kensington just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube. LondOntheInside paid the hotel a visit for some much need R & R time courtesy of Hotels4U.

The Cranley is formed from three townhouses and blends in perfectly with its neighbours. The reception area oozes the glamour of days gone by with its big comfy sofas, oil paintings, log fire and drinks cabinet. Checking in we were offered a complimentary welcome drink, a nice personal touch which every guest receives on arrival – thumbs up!

Given the keys to our room on the first floor we headed up the staircase checking out the art work and mirrors as we passed. The hotel has a grand air about it, we felt like we were at our rich great aunt Fannies house*.

Our room was a superior double room with a big white bed, TV, DVD player, free WIFI – always a plus, bath robes, slippers and a selection of magazines. The bathroom contained a bath and shower with bottles of toiletries lined up so perfectly I thought about taking a photograph. There was a shoe shine kit, sewing kit, vanity kit and shower cap – they had thought of everything!

Making the most of our time in the neighbourhood we headed to Hyde Park for an evening stroll and bite to eat. Returning to the hotel we enjoyed a big bubble bath, donned our robes, flicked on the TV and climbed onto the big soft bed, we were in heaven!

As the hotel has no restaurant breakfast is served in bed. There is a card left in your room and you simply select the items you would like before leaving the card on your door. The Continental was included so we ticked away. The breakfast in bed was a treat although I do think at £9.95 per person it was a little steep. We personally would ditch the breakfast, and instead visit one of the many cafes close by.

Verdict: We liked The Cranley it is the perfect escape from normal life and everybody needs an escape sometimes. Its location means it is well suited for trips to the National History museum, the V & A, Hyde Park and Kensington high street shops. With rates on Hotels4U starting at £149 it’s not bad value either!

*if we had a rich great aunt Fannie of course.

The Cranley, 10 Bina Gardens, South Kensington, London,SW5

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