Hotel Overview:The Capital Hotel was first opened in April 1971 by David Levin and his family who still own and run the hotel today. In 1973 the hotel gained distinction as one of the first three hotels in London to achieve a Michelin Star.
The hotels location is in the heart of one of London's most upmarket areas between Sloane Street and Knightsbridge. The area has an abundance of chic boutiques, restaurants and bars with good access to most of the major attractions within London. This particular district is known as Knightsbridge (A4/A315) which is actually the name of the major road along the south side of Hyde Park and some 250 yards from the hotel. Hyde Park is the major park in central London offering its own Gallery (Serpentine Gallery), snack bars, themed landscaped areas, statues, tennis courts, horse riding and boating on the Serpentine Lake (weather permitting). Harrods department store has become almost synonymous with Knightsbridge. A store with a reputation of a place where you can absolutely anything while being geared to the more wealthily of shoppers. Even so its a place where many tourists go just to say they have been and is something of an attraction in its own right. Just 200 yards from the hotel. Also close by is the famous Harvey Nichols.
Other local places of interest include Brompton Oratory (0.3 miles), Apsley House (0.5 miles), Wellington Arch (0.5 miles), Victoria and Albert Museum (0.5 miles), Natural History and Science Museums (0.6 miles), Buckingham Palace (0.9 miles), Westminster Cathedral (1 mile) and Kensington Palace (1.2 miles). Also around 1 mile away is the world renowned Kings Road, Chelsea with a host of shopping and other amenities.
Hotel in Detail:Lays claim to being the first London boutique hotel with David Levin claiming to have coined the term boutique hotel.
The Capital Hotel is privately owned luxury townhouse hotel. The intimate feel of the hotel is created from the moment you arrive to find a welcoming liveried doorman. The exquisite interiors incorporate the work of acclaimed names from the world of British design such as Nina Campbell, and David Linley, nephew of Her Majesty The Queen. The lobby features a real fireplace.
All rooms are individually designed with original works of art and an emphasis on refined elegance. Fabrics for many rooms were selected from the Ralph Lauren collection, and each has its own special charm and character. Mattresses are handmade and the sheets are of the finest Egyptian cotton, while consoles by each bed control radio, television and lighting. The marble bathrooms are equipped with a bath and power shower with supplied bathrobes, slippers and toiletries.
Other bedroom amenities include individually controlled Air conditioning with in-room controls, Radio, interactive television with satellite channels, PPV and email, Hairdryer, laptop sized safe, tea/coffee facilities, Mini bar. Guests are even supplied with an umbrella for the unpredictable British weather. All rooms have wireless internet access at an additional cost.
All suites and double rooms have super king-size beds.
The hotel has 8 suites. The Junior Suites have a traditional decor, extra washroom and seating area with double sofa.
Two Bedroom Suites are larger than Junior Suites. Main bedroom has a king sized bed while the second bedroom has twin beds. The suite has two bathrooms, its own kitchen and a private entrance.
Room service 24 hours. Evening turndown service.
Outlaw's Restaurant: (Replaced Capital Restaurant in 2012) Named after chef Nathan Outlaw. Here the focus is on simply prepared, ecologically sound British seafood from Rock (in Cornwall).
Interior designer Nina Campbell has created a sophisticated yet informal space. The huge windows and high ceilings are accentuated by the simplicity of the decor. Natural woods work with shades of teal whilst the elegant place settings on the bare tables hint at the exemplary service and food to come.
The menu frequently changes to reflect the best of the day's catch. Dished include everything from from ling to lobster, and typical dishes include Grilled Whole Lemon Sole with parsley, lemon and garlic dressing, Wild Sea Bass Fillet with saffron, cucumber and mussel sauce, and Chargrilled Venison Chop with smoked bacon and hazelnut dressing and roasted squash.
Open: Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday), Lunch: Noon - 14.30, dinner: 18.00 - 22.30.
Capacity: 38 seats.
The Sitting Room, where one may take morning coffee, afternoon tea and light meals, reflects a traditional country house setting, while the Eaton and Cadogan Rooms are set aside for private dining and business meetings. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the Sitting Room between 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
The Capital has two private rooms, seating 12 and 24 which are available for business meetings or special occasions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Capital Bar offers a relaxing and elegant setting with a range of drinks including cocktails, cognac, whisky and wines that include Levin Sauvignon Blanc, Levin Rosé and Levin Gamay. Inspired by the famous Harrys Bar in Venice. The decor of shiny nickel, panelled leather and granite lends a glamorous feel.
There is wireless internet access throughout the Capital Hotel. There is also a shoe shine service. personal shopper can be requested for Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Business desk for guest assistance.
Access to exclusive The Peak health club and gym at the Carlton Tower Hotel just over 100 yards from the hotel. Preferential rates at Urban Retreat Spa at Harrods.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 77% and the average for 5 star hotels is 87%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Small Hotels across the chain average 78% so this hotel is one of the better rated Small hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 90th from 766 London hotels, 3rd of 7 Small Hotels, and 34th of 106 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) would be the 5 star Bulgari Hotel London, where rates start from £528 and which has an 87% guest satisfaction rating. The Bulgari Hotel London also offers: free WiFi, a gym, a spa, a swimming pool.
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Egerton House Hotel seems like a possible option. The Egerton House Hotel is only 0.4 miles (0.6 km) away. The Egerton House Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 96%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Parking:Private parking is available on site and costs £40 per day.
Internet:Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Bedroom Numbers: 49 (8 suites)
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
London Hotel Awards:
Outlaw's restaurant winner of Best Value Set Lunch Award in the UK by Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014.
Outlaws is a Michelin star holder.
The Capital Restaurant (now Outlaws) Voted best restaurant in Knightsbridge by Zagat 2011
The Good Hotel Guide Cesar Award 2008 "London Hotel of the Year"
Award for excellence 2012, 2013
Conde Nast Johansens
2008: Most Excellent Hotel Restaurant
Conde Nast Traveller
2009: Gold Status for Location
2006: Gold status hotel for food
2007/2008: Bronze award for best small hotel.