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
Charming hotel in the center of London
Nice and friendly staff
Gorgeous rooms with high ceilings
Super comfortable beds and very nice bathrooms
Very quiet rooms to rest and to work
Will return here with great pleasure
The hotel is tucked away in the Kensington neighborhood among residential buildings surrounding a private park the hotel can access. It’s quiet though just a tad far from the underground station (~10 min walk). That said it’s quiet and secluded.
I was very impressed by the styling of the place which seemed like a modernized classic luxury design. The staff is all well dressed and very polite and attentive.
The concierge was able to accommodate last minute requests.
The room is beautifully furnished and spacious by London standards.
The breakfast was one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had and the dining area in general is gorgeous.
Would stay here again in a heart beat.
The room was large and beautiful and looked over the courtyard. A free cell phone was provided to call back to the states, etc. A great experience for our first time in London. Safe neighborhood and walking distance to Harrod's.