The Capital Hotel: London, England
With exclusive neighbors such as world-renowned retail icons Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and only a short stroll to the beautiful and historic Hyde Park, The Capital Hotel is a premier boutique, luxury property in the center of all that London's stylish Knightsbridge has to offer! Established in 1971, by Scottish proprietor David Levin, The Capital Hotel is to this day a family-run hotel catering to discerning guests with a recognized “warmth, intimacy and attention to detail, which only a privately owned hotel can afford - a truly grand hotel in miniature.” Moreover, the Capital Hotel Restaurant and Bar is nothing short of one of London’s top fine dining establishments. Offering not to be forgotten feasts with a “distinct French influence,” Capital Hotel Restaurant has been attracting foodies for over 35 years and boasts a wine menu that includes their very own vineyard, 'The Levin Winery' in the Loire Valley of France!
Melanie Ehlert is the Director Marketing and Sales for The Capital Hotel. The Capital Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
The Concierge Questionnaire: Melanie Ehlert, Director of Marketing and Sales
What is your favorite word to describe London? Buzzing.
What word best reflects the people of London? Citizens of the world.
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in London?
The top of Primrose Hill.
Primrose Hill, located in The Regent's Park, has a wonderful view of Central London.
What is your favorite outdoor activity in London?
Picnic in one of the parks.
London boasts eight Royal Parks with 5,000 acres of historic land!
What is your favorite indoor activity in London?
Visiting a new exhibition. The Royal Academy of Arts recently had a great Van Gogh exhibition, but generally they feature international “not to be missed exhibits”.
I also enjoy the Tate Modern, mostly for the empowering feeling you get when you enter through the turbine hall and the views over the Thames.
The Royal Academy of Arts:
Burlington House, Piccadilly
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 10am-6pm (last admission into galleries 5:30pm) and Friday 10am-10pm (last admission into galleries 9:30pm)
The Tate Modern: Bankside
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am–6pm (last admission into exhibitions 5:15pm and Friday-Saturday 10am–10pm (last admission into exhibitions 11:15pm)
What is your favorite sound or noise in London?
Black cabs going by.
London’s black cabs, or hackney cabs, are traditionally all black, although they are produced in other colors – most notably, 50 gold cabs were built in 2002 for the Queen's Golden Jubilee!
What is your favorite smell or taste in London?
Salt and vinegar.
What drink best reflects London?
A White Cosmo (severed with white cranberry juice), because it's different from a regular Cosmo. The word Cosmo describes one main character of the city and it's delicious, like the city.
What song or type of music best reflects London?
We Will Rock You.
If Heaven were London, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? You'll be glad you’ll never leave.
The Capital Hotel: London, England • 22 Basil Street, London, England • Phone: 44 (0)20-7589-5171 or 800-525-4800