A firm favourite of our series editor Fiona Duncan, The Capital's outstanding reputation has been long established and remains unfaltering. Opened in 1971, and it remains faithful to its original concept, a grand hotel in miniature in the busy and popular heart of Knightsbridge. Guests can be near Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Hyde Park and get relief from the bustle back within the hotel's luxurious, comfortable atmosphere.
  Staff are notoriously brilliant: Clive, the head concierge, can claim to be London's finest, and always goes beyond expectations. Likewise in the cosy bar, César the barman holds cocktail master classes for guests, promising - and delivering - a wonderfully fun evening. The restaurant is Michelin starred and the first London outpost for seafood chef Nathan Outlaw.
    In each bedroom the decoration is typically English, with tasteful colour schemes and traditional furniture. Luxury handmade mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets add to the comfort.
Bathrooms are marble and beautiful, with the attention to detail in bathrobes and toiletries that we like.