Hotel in Detail:The Franklin hotel is made up from four red brick former Victorian Townhouses that were made into a single hotel in 1992. Understated entrance on this quiet road so make sure you look for the townhouse with the letter F on the front. Combining the warmth of a private home with the traditional service of a high end hotel. Reopened in August 2016 after a total renovation with the interiors the work of hotelier and designer Anouska Hempel (of Blakes Hotel fame). Design features include grey limestone and Carrara marble flooring as well as Italian velvets and silks. The black and white interiors create a dark and moody atmosphere with mirrors in abundance and can be described as sexy, stylish and intimate. The hotel is owned an Italian company and them modern Venetian influence is felt throughout. The leafy grounds of Edgerton Gardens compliments the striking interiors. Walls have grey stencils of the name "Joseph Herrmann 1907". He was a clergyman who had a secret relationship with Lord Egerton. The reception is a subtle round charcoal grey marble table, not your typical large cold reception desk.
Facilities include a signature Italian restaurant, and Martini champagne and martini bar, as well as a Hamman, steam spa and high tech gym. Free WiFi throughout.
The Franklin hotel has 35 rooms including a 63 sqm Presidential suite.
Superior Rooms: 18 to 24 sqm. Charming and sophisticated with rich Italian fabrics and views over Egerton Gardens or Knightsbridge. Most rooms have king size beds. All rooms feature a large flatscreen TV with Bluetooth connectivity, Jenson phones and Frette linen. Bathrooms with either separate walk in shower or bathtub/shower combo with top brand toiletries.
Deluxe Room: 25 sqm (269 sqft). Elegant rooms, amenities are as superior rooms but with more space.
Junior Suites: 27–35 sqm. All the amenities of the superior and deluxe rooms but with even more space.
All rooms feature air conditioning, bedside telephone, bathrobe and slippers, coffee/tea maker, desk, full size mirror, sound proofing, hairdryer, high speed internet access, music speaker system, large safe and mini bar.
Room service is available (breakfast in room). Daily maid service.
Franklin Italian restaurant: From master chef and Michelin star winner Alfredo Russo. Alfredo brings his zestful, inquisitive approach to life with his cuisine. He takes the beautiful simplicity of Italian cooking styles and gives them a taste, texture and presentation all of his own. His signature is playful, elegant and sometimes outspoken dishes that surprise as well as satisfy. The accent is always on the freshest, finest ingredients and inventive, sometimes seemingly impossible, flavour combinations.
There is also a library room, tea lounge and private meeting room.
The Franklin Hotel features its own secluded English gardens which gives guest something of an oasis away from the bustling surrounding areas. Terrace with garden facing tables available in finer weather.
Bikes are available for hire.
This is a fully non–smoking hotel. Front desk is manned 24 hours.
Other services include express check–in/check–out, currency exchange, luggage storage, concierge service, private check–in/check–out, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, shoeshine, business centre, fax/photocopying, newspapers, safety deposit box and lift.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: South Kensington 0.3 miles (0.5 km), Railway Station: London Victoria 1 miles (1.6 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 4.7 miles (7.6 km). The Franklin Hotel London is situated in the heart of London in one of the more upmarket areas of the capital. On the borders of Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Fulham placing some of Londons best shopping on your doorstep. Harrods is a short walk (0.3 miles, 0.5 km) along Brompton road, while fashionable shops cafes and bars can be found close by at Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Kings Road Chelsea. Also a short walk away is Hyde Park (0.5 miles, 0.8 km). Public transport throughout the local area is good with black taxis always close by for hire, several major bus routes close to the Franklin Hotel and South Kensington tube station only 475 yards (434 metres) way. Nearest attractions include the Brompton Oratory 176 yards (160 metres), Victoria and Albert Museum 176 yards (160 metres), Science Museum 404 yards (369 metres), Natural History Museum 528 yards (482 metres), Royal Albert Hall 0.5 miles (0.8 km), Serpentine Gallery 0.6 miles (1.0 km), Kensington Palace 1 mile (1.6 km) and Buckingham Palace 1.2 miles (1.9 km).
History: Owned by the family Italian Starhotels group.
The Franklin hotel was closed for several years between 2007 and 2016 while renovation took place. The works were originally planned to be finished by 2009. The works saw the room numbers reduced from 40 to 35.
Bedroom Numbers: 35
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 (noon)
Parking:There is no parking onsite.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Branding: Part of StarHotels group.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 88% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore although the hotel is above average for London as a whole this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) . Preferred Hotels across the chain average 89% so this hotel is slightly below the guest rating for most Preferred hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 313rd from 852 London hotels, 7th of 11 Preferred Hotels, and 97th of 130 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar type of hotel (size, rating) nearby (0.1 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 5 star Egerton House Hotel, with rates that start from about £310 and which has a 93% guest satisfaction rating. The Egerton House Hotel also offers: free WiFi.
Howabout an alternative hotel that has scores higher in guest reviews? Then the 5 Star 41 Hotel ticks many of the right boxes being 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the Franklin Hotel London. The 41 Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 96%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (28 Egerton Gardens, SW3 postcode) that we list cover a 0.7 miles (1.2 km) radius. They include 21 five star hotels (average rating 88%), 25 four star hotels (average rating 82%) and 4 three star hotels (average rating 70%). Of the local hotels the highest rated are Egerton House Hotel (5 star) and also the Bulgari Hotel London (5 star) (both joint top with 93%).
Base Rates: See a breakdown of the average starting (base) rates for the area. Base rates are a rough guide to starting rates as they do not include special offers and deals. The average starting rates for the surrounding area are around £197 per night. They range from a low of £59 at Montana Hotel (3 Star, 80%) to a high of £707 at Bulgari Hotel London (5 Star, 93%). The breakdown by star rating shows the following averages: Five Star average: £280, Four Star average: £144 and Three Star average: £86.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors. We have a ranking for Franklin Hotel London 13th (joint) of 50 and 11th (joint) for the 21 five star hotels in the area. Our base rate rank for the hotel is 41st of 50 (14th of 21 five star hotels.). We use the base rate ranking and review ranking for the hotel to get an overall ranking of 21st of 48 for sheer value for money (Draycott Hotel was top).
We note that this hotel is above average locally for 5 star hotels even though its below average overall for 5 star hotels in London.
More hotels from this chainIf your only looking for the Preferred chain take a look at your closest options:
Pelham Hotel: is 0.3 miles (0.5 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 88% and rates start from about £219.
Draycott Hotel: is 0.4 miles (0.7 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 94% and base rates begin at about £184.
The Hari London: 0.5 miles (0.8 km), rated at 94% and with rates from around £264.
The Bentley London: 0.7 miles (1.1 km), rated at 85% and with rates from around £279.
The hotel also runs under the Starhotels brand.
Alternative hotels for this chain:
Pelham Hotel: 0.3 miles (0.5 km), rated at 88% and with rates from around £219.
The Gore Hotel: 0.6 miles (0.9 km), rated at 86% and with rates from around £170.