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Family-owned boutique hotel exudes charming elegance, though the room decor is downright dowdy
Founded in 1969 by the same family who still runs it today, this luxury hotel has a swanky feel with a homey twist -- from the lovely fireplace in the lobby to the Egyptian cotton sheets on the beds. Classically elegant interiors (think oil paintings and gilded mirrors) complement the luxe feel.
The hotel's surroundings are equally upscale, as The Capital has an exclusive location in the tony Knightsbridge neighborhood. The famed Harrods department store and other high-end shops are less than a five-minute walk away.
A three-minute walk from Knightsbridge tube station and conveniently poised between high-end stores that include Harrods and Harvey Nichols
The Capital Hotel is located on a quiet street in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. It is within walking distance of the area's famous shopping district that includes the iconic Harrods department store. Other nearby attractions include Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum, which can both be reached on foot in less than 15 minutes.
Knightsbridge is an affluent shopping and residential area populated by well-heeled locals. This neighborhood is home to some of London's wealthiest residents, including Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich. High-end sports cars can often be spied on the streets in the warmer months, as vacationing billionaires have their vehicles flown in for the summer.
This area of South Kensington is also known for its French cafes, bookshops, culture institute, and a French secondary school. The neighborhood is filled with French expatriates and Francophiles, and French is often spoken in this part of London
Spacious and comfortable, but the attempt at English classicism comes off as dowdy and dated
Rooms and suites feature a fusion of classic adornments such as gilded mirrors and oil paintings with high-tech amenities that include flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. However, the combination of patterned wallpaper, wall-to-wall carpeting, and heavy wood furniture used to create a classic English feel comes off as dowdy and dated.
The hotel's apartments have a much more modern feel, with parquet floors, paper lamps, and contemporary art prints throughout. The plain, light wood furnishings almost feel Ikea-esque, though, which may not be to everyone's taste.
Free Wi-Fi and three elegant meeting rooms, but few other amenities
A renowned restaurant and intimate bar
This boutique hotel delivers luxury without pretension, thanks to the personalized service and cozy touches. Its location in the tony Knightsbridge neighborhood makes for elegant surroundings and a close proximity to exclusive shops. The decor in most rooms is disappointing, though, as furnishings look more frumpy than fashionable. The property falls short of its advertised status as a five-star hotel, and amenities are few, with free Wi-Fi being the only notable perk.