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.
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.
Facilities include a signature Italian restaurant, and Martini champagne and martini bar, as well as a Hamman, steam spa and high tech gym.
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 85% 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) . Design Hotels across the chain average 90% so this hotel is slightly below the guest rating for most Design hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 430th from 845 London hotels, 11th of 12 Design Hotels, and 110th of 125 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 £266 and which has a 97% guest satisfaction rating. The Egerton House Hotel also offers: free WiFi.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (28 Egerton Gardens, SW3 postcode) that we list cover a 0.7 miles (1.1 km) radius. They include 22 five star hotels (average rating 88%), 24 four star hotels (average rating 82%) and 4 three star hotels (average rating 69%). Of the local hotels the highest rated is Egerton House Hotel (5 star) at 97%.
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.
Of the nearest fifty hotels we have base rates for 49 of them. The average starting rates for the surrounding area are around £169 per night. They range from a low of £49 at Montana Hotel (3 Star, 79%) to a high of £564 at Bulgari Hotel London (5 Star, 95%). The breakdown by star rating shows the following averages: Five Star average: £228, Four Star average: £124 and Three Star average: £76.
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 24th (joint) of 50 and 17th (joint) for the 22 five star hotels in the area. Our base rate rank for the hotel is 47th of 49 (19th of 21 five star hotels.). We use the base rate ranking and review ranking for the hotel to get an overall ranking of 42nd of 46 for sheer value for money (Draycott Hotel was top).
More hotels from this chainIf your only looking for the Design chain take a look at your closest options:
Knightsbridge Hotel: is 424 yards (387 metres) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 92% and rates start from about £254.
Pelham Hotel: is 0.3 miles (0.5 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 87% and base rates begin at about £166.
Number Sixteen Hotel: 0.4 miles (0.6 km), rated at 91% and with rates from around £174.
Blakes Hotel: 0.7 miles (1.1 km), rated at 83% and with rates from around £228.
The hotel also runs under the Starhotels brand.
Alternative hotels for this chain:
Pelham Hotel: 0.3 miles (0.5 km), rated at 87% and with rates from around £166.
The Gore Hotel: 0.6 miles (0.9 km), rated at 85% and with rates from around £144.