THE CAPITAL MELROSE HOTEL REVIEW

Looking for accommodation in Johannesburg? The Capital Melrose is part of The Capital Hotels and Apartments group and is located next to the Melrose Arch precinct in Johannesburg. The hotel only recently opened on 1 May 2019.


I stayed in the 1 bedroom apartment at the Capital Melrose recently and here’s everything you need to know about the hotel.







Apartment-style hotels




This is yet another apartment hotel by The Capital Hotel Group. Apartment-style hotels are very limited in South Africa and yet increasingly popular among business travelers or anyone who wants a more home-away-from-home experience with the conveniences of hotel living. 

Location




Especially in a big city like Johannesburg, location is so important. The hotel is right next to (And walking distance of) Melrose Arch, a precinct bustling with high end fashion stores and cafĂ© culture. You can go for coffee at Starbucks, enjoy a brunch at Paul, have ice cream for dessert at Haagen Dazs and have dinner at Jamie’s Italian. The feel and vibe of the area is very high end and feels very London Chic. Sandton City mall and surrounds is about 5km away, making it close enough to the main business district if you’re in town for work. O R tambo is about 20km away. While Jo’burg CBD is about 10 minutes away.



Facilities



The hotel has a pool and gym.





Room



The property has standard rooms (for up to 2 people), studio rooms(for up to 4 people) as well as 1 bedroom apartments(for up to 2 people). I stayed in a one bedroom apartment and will provide more information mainly on that. However ALL room options have a flat-screen tv with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, a desk and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Since it’s a new hotel, I should mention an added benefit being that everything looks and is brand new!




The one-bedroom apartment



The one bedroom apartment is one of the most equipped apartment rooms I’ve stayed in. Firstly, it has a kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom, all of which are fully equipped.

The kitchen has a sink, fridge with a freezer (not just a bar fridge), kettle, stove, sink and all the crockery and cutlery to go with it. It also had a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board. While you don’t have any detergents in the room, you can apparently arrange to get them with reception. You also have a dining table with 2 chairs.




The lounge area has a couch, large flat screen tv with dstv and a coffee table. I didn’t have much time to make full use of the tv so I can’t really comment on the channels available. The lounge also opened up to a balcony. My balcony had a view of the street and Melrose arch precinct – true city living.




The bedroom had a large king size bed and large flat screen tv while the bathroom had a bath tub, shower, toilet, sink and mirror (The mirror I absolutely loved – it had a built in light which made doing my makeup super easy). I don’t think I even need to go too much into detail with my description – the pictures do the talking!





Food





I only had breakfast at the hotel on one occasion and the hotel offers a buffet breakfast. The buffet had lots of options, taking into account, it was a week day with probably a smaller variety than you can expect on a busy weekend. There was the usual breakfast options but also lots of pastries and treats like donuts (Hey, if you’re on holiday you can indulge in a donut for breakfast).








Service

The staff at the Capital Melrose really stood out for me. I was alone during my stay and the staff did their upmost to make me feel welcome and at ease. They were so friendly, and in general, so kind and sweet! I felt even sadder leaving because I felt like I was saying goodbye to new friends. I must also mention the manager, Daniel, who made the time to chat to me about the property and what they’re all about.


The only “hiccup” during my stay would be that when I arrived (at around 4pm) I had a half hour wait for my room to be ready. However, the staff did try to accommodate me by putting me in a temporary room for the time being. 






Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Capital Melrose. I think it’s a great choice if you’re a business traveler or young professional looking for convenience, efficiency and a home-away-from-home experience.



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