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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and email feature
Hand-stitched mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets