REVIEW: The Capital Melrose

The Capital Melrose

Our features writer Fundiswa Nkwanyana tells us about her stay at the trendy upmarket The Capital Melrose hotel in Johannesburg.


The fairly dull exterior that resembled a block of flats made me doubt the fact that this was a luxurious hotel. But, all this changed when I entered through the reception doors. I was immediately taken in by the urban chic decor with a luxurious touch of a deep-rich green colour theme, mirror walls and abstract art on the high ceilings. The reception area had some refreshing welcome juice, water and sweets, which I was happy to indulge in while checking in. The guest relations officers were friendly and informative, making me feel welcomed. During the check-in, I couldn’t help but notice a wall installation with abstract art and perfect lighting, strategically placed to take pictures for social media. I was also happy to be escorted to my room because I needed help with my luggage.

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The distance from the reception to my room was a fair stretch. The self-catering room was decorated with comfortable and modern furniture in luxurious earthy rich tones. I particularly loved the kitchen table with a marble finish, and the minimal furniture in the lounge. The bedroom, complete with an en-suite bathroom, was simple and elegant. The shower head was amazing; showering felt like I was getting a full body massage. My room had a small balcony that unfortunately overlooked a construction site, so I kept the balcony door closed. Whenever I visit hotels, I hate it when they offer a few TV channels to watch. But, this was not the case with The Capital Melrose. It had unlimited Wi-Fi, so I was able to indulge in many hours of Netflix on the big screen, which was placed in both the lounge and bedroom. I could access it throughout the hotel without having to log in and out when I left my room.

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I visited the hotel on a Friday afternoon, and the in-house restaurant and bar area was filled with people enjoying after-work drinks as hip music played in the background. I loved that even though it was fairly busy, there were plenty of seating areas and the restaurant didn’t feel crowed. I opted to enjoy a book by the pool with a nice cocktail. The scenery throughout the hotel was relaxed and modern, which was refreshing.


On Sunday morning, I had breakfast at the in-house restaurant where I was welcomed by a waitress. The cold buffet spread was minimal, but at least the à la carte breakfast menu was packed with delicious dishes. I ordered an omelette, which was average; I was disappointed by the presentation because I was hoping for a beautifully plated dish.

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I enjoyed my stay at The Capital Melrose, and loved that when I was bored, I could easily and safely walk to Melrose Arch or use the hotel’s shuttle to go to nearby shopping malls. The shuttle service was convenient and reliable. I highly recommend this hotel for long staying business travellers and urban city dwellers for after-work drinks. I’ll definitely be returning, even if it’s just to take Instagram pictures against the cool backgrounds!