Travel: The Franklin London

Along Egerts garden, tucked away on a quiet court in Knightsbridge yet sandwiched by London landmarks, Harrods and the V&A museum, is a group of Victorian mansions that have been seamlessly blended into one glamorous home away from home. One of the newest kids on the London hotel scene, the ultra-refurbished The Franklin Hotel reopened its doors after a long closing for renovation, however, as they say, all good things come to those who wait and anyone who was waiting with baited breath for the new franklin hotel, will be more than excited.

As a part of the fabulous Kiwi Collection, uber posh yet somehow cozy, the decor is dark and moody thanks to Anouska Hempel’s elegantly opulent interiors which reflect that of the gilded era. Think, mirrored or iron rod four-poster beds, steel blue velvet throws and silk pillows along with navy crushed velvet ottomans and heavy curtains completed with gold trimmed glass coffee tables. To juxtapose these ultra-glamorous fixtures, cool slabs of white and grey marble are formed into tables that perfectly align the windows overlooking the gardens with modern green planter centerpieces,Venetian stone floors and mirrors that help to reflect light creating bright and airy spaces.

The bathrooms are spacious and luxurious. Marbled from top to bottom, in order to be as efficient with the space as possible, the shower is held within a spa room where two rain forest showers are opposite a 7×9 space and next to it, a jacuzzi to soak in. The room can be enjoyed as a shower or bath individually or you can shut the door after a long tiring day and create a steam room effect to melt your stress away.

Then there’s the staff. Forever accommodating and never more than one call away, they tend graciously to room service requests and work tirelessly to make sure that no matter how long your say or what room you’re staying in, you know there is a higher level of care and concern than we’ve found at plenty of other 5-star hotels. The food speaks for itself. With michelin star chef, Alfredo Russo, leading the way, as one with a limited diet, they easily changed up recipes (pumpkin soup with no dairy? no problem) and cooked everything to perfection like soft boiled eggs, berry-filled pancakes and tenderly steamed sea bass with roasted veggies sans butter and oil. Oh and if you need a cocktail fix, the stunning bar with over 40 varieties of champagne and another 20 types of bourbon to choose from should do the trick.

And while so many hotels here in London have a hard time finding the sweet spot between the ‘classic’ – beautiful on the outside but thin walls with little to no amenities and a snobbish staff on the inside – and ‘modern’ – teeny tiny rooms w/ lots of extras to pay, meant only to sleep in (if that) everything here has been perfectly customized to suit your every wish and whim without taking away the comfort of feeling at home. We urge you to book your next stay here without a moments notice.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m