The Capital Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Knightsbridge, London, England

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Pros

  • Intimate, elegant atmosphere in the center of tony Knightsbridge
  • Within walking distance of Harrods and Sloane Street boutiques
  • Renowned restaurant with a storied history
  • Marble bathrooms with Kiehl’s toiletries
  • Hand-stitched mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and email feature
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Room decor is dated and somewhat generic
  • Some noise complaints due to thin walls
  • Pricey parking

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

Family-owned boutique hotel exudes charming elegance, though the room decor is downright dowdy

Lobby of the Capital Hotel
Lobby of the Capital Hotel

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.

Guest rooms, however, are somewhat disappointing. Though spacious, they feature dated, generic furnishings that fall far short of the intended look of classic English charm.

 Location

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

  • 3-minute walk to Knightsbridge shopping district, including designer boutiques and Harrods department store
  • 6-minute walk to Beauchamp Place for local dining and shopping
  • 6-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 12-minute walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 13-minute walk to the Natural History Museum
  • 13-minute walk to the Sloane Square shopping district
  • 13-minute walk to the Saatchi Gallery that features contemporary art
  • 15-minute walk to the Science Museum
  • 14-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and the theatre district
  • 17-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
  • 20-minute bus ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
  • 20-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 22-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tate Modern, and the South Bank

 Rooms

Spacious and comfortable, but the attempt at English classicism comes off as dowdy and dated

Living Room of the Junior Suite
Living Room of the Junior Suite

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
  • Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and email feature
  • Hand-stitched mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea makers available upon request
  • Rooms and suites have luxe marble bathrooms with Kiehl’s toiletries
  • Antique adornments and oil paintings in rooms and suites
  • Dowdy mix of patterned wallpaper, wall-to-wall carpeting, and heavy wood furniture in rooms and suites
  • Apartments have a contemporary vibe, with parquet floors and paper lamps
  • Plain wood furnishings in apartments have a generic look

 Features

Free Wi-Fi and three elegant meeting rooms, but few other amenities

The Cadogan Suite meeting room
The Cadogan Suite meeting room

 Food

A renowned restaurant and intimate bar

The Capital Bar
The Capital Bar
  • The Capital Restaurant serves innovative New French cuisine in an elegant, oak-paneled dining room.
  • The Capital Bar offers a fine selection of cocktails and spirits in a sophisticated setting.
  • 24-hour room service

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 22-24 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT United Kingdom

Room Types

  • Classic Double Room
  • Classic Single Room
  • Deluxe Double or Twin Room
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Apartment
  • Queen Double Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 49
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Knightsbridge, London
Address: 22-24 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT United Kingdom
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