Checking out

The Arch, London

London, UK

by Steve Hartridge | February 2016

This is a stylish and funky hotel that puts a capital ‘B’ into ‘boutique’. It manages to be both classy yet homely: there are several impressive artworks by British talents and an open-fireplace (complete with blazing fire in the lobby) which provides an ultra-comfortable feel. This is service at its best: from the moment you first walk into the lobby to the time you leave. Recommend to those on a London break.

THE BACKGROUND: This central London five-star boutique hotel’s 82 bedrooms – including 11 suites – are spread over six floors that span seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. It is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

THE LOCATION: In Marylebone, a couple of blocks back from Oxford Street, close to Marble Arch and Bond Street tube stations – and also right across from Madonna’s London home.

THE ROOM: I stayed in the spacious Sullivan Suite on the ground floor. A mini-bar and fridge ‘area’, with complimentary soft drinks, water and juice, was just inside the entrance before the suite opened out to a large space that featured a king-size bed complete with duck down duvets and pillows, a couch and two chairs. With its mix of original wood and parquet floors, hand-painted bespoke wallpaper and collection of modern prints, it was super stylish. The bathroom area, with rain shower, bath, two basins and heated anti-steam mirrors ran the entire length of the suite. There was also a small outside ‘patio area’ with two chairs.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: Hunter 486 restaurant offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu. Booths with leather couches are set into enclaves for added privacy. Through shiny copper pots and pans suspended from the ceiling, diners can watch the chefs doing their thing in an open plan kitchen. My salt and pepper squid and salmon main course were both superb. The area doubles up as a ‘Champagne lounge’ and the hotel also features a ‘Martini Room’.

THE RATES: From £350 for a Deluxe Room and £420 for a suite.

THE DETAILS: A: The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD; W: thearchlondon.com; T:020 7724 4700

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