The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Retreating to the cozy study with a blazing fire and a cool drink
- Quirky design touches like the rows of mirror-framed pressed herbs that adorn guest room walls
- Up-to-the-minute Samsung flatscreens equipped with Apple TV
- The hotel backs onto the private and quiet Egerton Gardens, a welcome green respite
What To Know
- Minibars are stocked with all Italian products
- The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo
- Free WiFi
Exclusive Knightsbridge boutique with a chic English townhouse ambience by designer Anoushka Hempel
There’s a champagne bar adjoining reception—a sign of what’s truly important at the Italian-run Franklin Hotel designed by Anouska Hempel, perhaps most famous for her work on London’s opulent Blakes Hotel. Inside the connected four Victorian red-brick houses, the palate is monochrome grey and there are mirrors everywhere you look, but soft Italian velvets and silks give everything a surprising European warmth—an effect that manages to be inviting while also extremely chic. There is no shortage of brand names here—the linens are Frette, the TV is Apple, the phones Jenson, the bath products Penhaligon—and everything is as luxurious as possible. In addition to a guests-only hammam and library, there’s also a restaurant where lauded chef Alfredo Russo presents a modern Italian menu worth lingering over.
In the Area
The Franklin’s excellent Knightsbridge location means it’s possible to hit most of London’s most upscale stores on foot. Harrods is less than half a mile from the hotel; walk a few steps further and you’re at Harvey Nichols. The designer boutiques that line Sloane Street can be reached in ten—perfect for escaping back to the hotel for a mid-afternoon rest and cup of tea. If you tire of shopping but still want to look at pretty things, the world’s biggest collection of decorative arts and design at the Victoria & Albert Museum is a five-minute walk from the hotel, while the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are just past that. Hyde Park is also a quick stroll from the hotel, and the nearest tube stop, South Kensington, is a couple of streets away.
How to Get There
Although the Franklin was unable to give us the early check in that we requested they upgraded our room of their own accord. The room was beautiful, a touch small but well appointed. The location was absolutely perfect, tucked away in residential Egerton Gardens but close to many landmarks. Not sure if it was an off day but our room service breakfast was luke warm and disappointing. Despite the lackluster breakfast, we loved our stay, and would recommend to friends and family traveling to London. Our concierge was extraordinary and literally saved the day for us. Upon checkout we did not realize that we needed to arrive at the train station an hour in advance. Our concierge advised us to cancel our Uber and take a proper taxi in hope of getting to the Eurostar on time. He helped us with our bags and walked with us to the main avenue so that we could catch a taxi. Thanks to him we arrived in the knick of time and were able to catch our train to Paris.
My best friend, 16-year old son and I stayed in the executive suite in July and the room was absolutely beautiful. Christian, the butler assigned to our room, was helpful and super sweet. The decor was gorgeous—deep gray walls, original botanical prints, a large soaking tub, all lighting on dimmer switches, a nicely stocked mini bar, a comfortable bed with ultra soft silky Frette linens and generous Penhaligon toiletries. The only thing I would change is that the bed we had added to our room to accommodate a third person was far too soft to the extent that I expect it would be too soft for anyone’s tastes. Wonderful location, walking distance to so much, very nice neighborhood and easy to get a quick uber to Heathrow at 6 am.
This hotel is so well located and is the right balance between London chic and comfort. They are undoubtedly a stylish spot, very 'instagrammable' but also child and family friendly. The staff were always attentive to us, helping us with anything from cabs to recommendations on nearby spa services if I couldn't book a time I needed at the hotel. The private garden is wonderful too. Overall great service and comfort, we really enjoyed our stay even with the AC breaking down for several hours on one day (to be fair it was the hottest day of the year). Good service makes up for a lot.