The Franklin Hotel
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 in the midst of London
What To Know
- Minibars are stocked with all Italian products
- Breakfast – while a feast of Italian treats – is a pricey £35
- The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo
- Free WiFi
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 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 theVictoria & 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
The hotel is small and beautiful, room are like a jewel, silent and clean, the breakfast variety is not competitive compared with Milan.
However I was happy with the location and all the services.
Will come back
After a couple of friends and I had a lovely treat at "The Queen's Park", I sincerely thought that was all there was to getting a luxury hospitality treatment until we checked out this a month after. Such a welcoming atmosphere!!!
My business partner booked us in at the Franklin, for Friday and Saturday night, we were attending Twickenham for the England v Scotland game so we were in high spirits. We arrived late to the Franklin which was located just off the main road to a very warm and friendly reception. We were provided with complimentary drinks whilst we checked in and were shown to our rooms which were stunning. A few evening drinks in the bar which were served swiftly and with style, then out for our evening meal. Breakfast was offered to us at a reduced rate but it was still £25.00 per person but it was a relaxed affair with some lovely fresh pastries, breads, ham and cheeses....there is also a hot menu which was included with our £25.00 per person and I opted for the poached eggs with crispy bacon and tarragon whilst my wife had the courgette frittata. Splendid and flavour some, served piping hot. The whole experience at the hotel was lovely, friendly and classy. We will be back and would recommend to those who want a great location and something a little special. 10 out of 10...
As soon as I learned about the Dior Experience I brought my best friend as a surprise for her.
I was welcomed by the lovely staff and we were offered the best service. I was amazed by the detailed afternoon tea. I ordered a White Tea and my friend a Jasmine one.
We then started with savoury and then landed on the pastry...Wow! The creator of this presentation should be rewarded.
I was impressed by the idea behind the presentation. Everything was like a Dior make-up trousse. I loved it. All delicious and so detailed!
I love when pastry chefs are so creative...there should be more Experience like this one! I would definitely go again!
Loved the place, great decor. Stayed for a long weekend in a superior room. Fantastic boutique hotel in a good location. Clean, comfortable. Staff very attentive adding a personal touch to the stay. Will definitely return again.