Are you seeking a truly British experience? A home away from home that offers traditional English elegance with a hint of modernity?
I certainly was, and the Capital Hotel not only fulfilled, but surpassed each and every expectation I held. This delightful 5-star Boutique Hotel bursts with British culture, providing the feel of a countryside manor in the heart of Knightsbridge. With London’s chicest attractions right on your doorstep, there’s every excuse to explore this bustling city!
A traditional pillared entrance, staffed by a be-suited doorman welcomes you upon arrival. Exquisitely personal service then followed, leaving me feeling no less than royalty. This was maximised as I was escorted to my accommodation, a generous suite filled with a golden light that poured through the vast windows. Surrounded by classic English décor, the suite immediately transported me to the 1900s. Wallpaper featuring meticulously repeated designs lined the room, whilst a selection of beautiful art pieces from the owner’s personal collection were dotted beside the delicate antique furnishings.
Yet, the Capital was far from fusty, dispensing modernity where it was most needed: the bathroom. This sleek, marbled washroom featured a sizeable rectangular bath, the perfect spot for unwinding after a long day. The mirrored walls will provide joy to each and every makeup lover, whilst the stupendous sliding wardrobe is perfect for all you fashion lovers. However, little touches such as the high level toilet cistern illustrated the Capital’s ability to maintain an individuality so many hotels lack.
Although London has a vast number of incredible dining opportunities, the restaurant at the Capital cannot be missed. Before embarking upon my fine dining experience I ventured to the newly renovated Capital Bar. This bijou space had an understated stylishness, emitting a relaxed ambience I thoroughly enjoyed. Make sure to indulge in their ample whisky collection, or simply enjoy the selection of spirits, artisanal vermouths and gorgeous cocktails.
Once I had sipped away my glass of smoky 1997 Bowmore, the front of house team escorted me to a beautiful mahogany dining table. Despite the restaurant’s moderate space, the high ceilings, mirrored pillars and enormous windows created the illusion of so much more. The Capital’s restaurant presented a beautiful ambience and an exceptional menu of British-inspired cuisine. It’s a restaurant that focuses on providing not only the best quality of food, but also on delivering prodigious hospitality. This resulted in a delightful meal, filled with fresh, mouth-watering dishes that, despite being a little on the small side, were outstanding.
In spite of London being a city that never sleeps, my street facing suite was almost silent. This may have had to do with the King size bed draped with luxuriously soft Egyptian cotton sheets, that sent me to sleep within minutes. The next morning, I made my way to the restaurant for the breakfast I had been eagerly anticipating. Opting for a hot breakfast to fuel my day, I relaxed into my armchair. With an iced coffee and scrumptious plate of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, I was armed for whatever the world would throw at me.
By Honor Allen