Continuing his report on Luxury in London, Product Director Neil Bedford looks at a hotel well situated for shoppers - The Arch...
The residential feel of the street means you are almost surprised to discover The Arch - just a small sign above the doorway differentiating the hotel from Madonna’s house opposite. The Arch spans seven Grade II listed townhouses and two mews homes, all of which contain 82 rooms and suites. Pieces of art by emerging British artists can be found throughout the hotel, punctuating the formal spaces created by the glorious Georgian architecture.
|Art and Georgian architecture|
|The setting for perfect service|
Particularly noticeable about The Arch is the pleasant attitude of the staff. They are all very at ease speaking to you about the time of day or making the most complex arrangements for an evening out in the city. It feels as if they are genuinely keen to know you and want to make your time in London as special as it can be. Previous Select Collection families staying here have had their children’s favourite Podcasts downloaded to the room pre-arrival, the more private booths set aside for them at breakfast and even their own childlren's checkin routine.
|Room with character|
|Vibrant standard room|
The bright and airy rooms are filled with colourful fabrics that bring an instant warmth. Striking wallpapers complement the classic Georgian features, including original sash windows that envelope the rooms in natural light. For your creature comforts they are filled with the latest technology including Sky HD TV, internet radio, an extensive library of Oscar winning films, iPod dock, free soft drinks from the minibar, Nespresso machine and complimentary Wifi. The luxurious bathrooms are equally impressive with stunning black granite and mirrored finishes, revitalising rain showers, Malin+Goetz products, state-of-the-art flat screen televisions at the end of the baths and bath pillows for a truly indulgent bathing experience.
I stayed in a Junior Suite on the 5th floor and even with just one piece of luggage it was good to have the extra space. Some suites are blessed with kitchenette or private courtyard - a rare treat in a central London hotel.
Rooms on the lower floors boast higher ceilings that are a feature of buildings from the era.
Hunter 486 is the hotel restaurant/bar where you can take breakfast (a cold buffet plus a la carte hot dishes), lunch or dinner. A casual relaxed atmosphere means this is an ideal spot for friends and family though perhaps less so for a romantic occasion. For a change of scenery you may wish to venture further afield and there are some excellent choices within walking distance.
The Arch ’s gym is available exclusively to guests, 24-hours a day and features the latest fitness equipment by TechnoGym, from treadmills and cross trainers, to rowers and weights. There is no spa but the hotel has a close relationship with several nearby.
Just 5 mins walk from Marble Arch tube. The surrounding area is one of the most historic in London and is home to some of the world's most affluent and famous. Situated on the northeast corner of Hyde Park the hotel is perfectly located for avid shoppers with Oxford Street just minutes away.
Nearby The Arch:
- Oxford Street/Bond Street (5 mins) - All the favourite High Street shops as well as Selfridges department store.
- Marylebone (5 mins) - A classic British neighbourhood full of wealthy residents, Madame Tussauds, classic British pubs, elegant boutiques and retail outlets.
- Knightsbridge (30 mins) – Walk through Hype Park to the exclusive area of Knightsbridge with iconic department stores like Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols competing for your attention.
- Hyde Park (5 mins) - There's something for everyone in Hyde Park, from swimming and boating in the Serpentine to concerts and exhibitions.