Sunday, 13 November 2016

Effortless chic: a benchmark for big city boutique hotels

London addresses do not come any more stylish, or convenient, than the family-owned and -operated Capital Hotel, just around the corner from Harrods and two-minute walk to the nearest tube station.


Knightsbridge is an ultra-chic quarter and The Capital matches that vibe, being wonderfully understated and offering personalised service from impeccably mannered staff, plushly comfortable rooms and a one-star Michelin restaurants, Outlaws at the Capital

Elegant, luxurious, and exclusive, it is a home away from home for Australian winemakers like Peter Gago of Penfolds, Brian Croser of Tapanappa and Levantine Estate owner Elias Jreissati. Members of the Royal Family have been known to drop by for supper or a drink (seriously!).

This five-star townhouse has been owned and operated by the Levin family since 1971 and David Levin MBE also owns vineyards in the Loire Valley, hence his friendship with winemakers from around the world.


The wine list in the bar offers a selection of fine wines from around the globe, including some of the Levin family's own, a range of whiskies, spirits, cocktails and a bar menu for casual dining in a very cool space.

There are 49 guest bedrooms in total, including eight suites, seven deluxe doubles and one two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite. Each of the air-conditioned suites and bedrooms are individually designed with superbly comfortable beds.

All rooms have Interactive television systems, mini bars, large safes, bathrobes and toiletries by Templespa, umbrellas, complimentary wi-fi and some have Nespresso machines. There is 24-hour room service, same-day laundry and pressing service and twice-daily room servicing.


A concierge service can arrange private car hire, theatre and restaurant bookings, travel reservations and personal shopping service (Harrods and Harvey Nichols are both on your doorstep).

For those wanting more space, The Capital Hotel also has its own apartments, and the family also owns The Levin Hotel on the same block.

Outlaw’s at The Capital is renowned chef Nathan Outlaw's one-hatted London outpost, focusing on simply prepared seafood from Cornwall. It is open Monday-Saturday with three courses from the a la carte menu costing £55 per head, while set lunches are an affordable way of enjoying a little luxury. There is a very serious wine list on offer.


There is also an outstanding afternoon tea. 

The Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum are all within strolling distance, as is Hyde Park; perfect for summer picnics.

This was my second stay as a guest of the Capital and its service levels stand as a benchmark for boutique hotels around the globe. 
   
The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT. +44 207 589 5171. www.capitalhotel.co.uk. 

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