What: It’s a rarity to review a hotel in your own city, but that’s exactly what I did at The Arch, in Marylebone, and after a brief tour of a suite with a TV made of glass implemented into the bathtub, boy – I was glad I’d gone along. Upon arrival, the captivating artwork nestled inside is the first point of contact when arriving off icy, “it’s nearly Christmas” streets, and the warmth emanating from the fireplace of this boutique and classy from the outset hotel envelops you. Taking a wander through neat, marble corridors, the hotels’ artwork highlights various London staples. There’s a sense of the grandiose throughout, without being too flashy and show-off-y! I enjoyed the moving art installation above the reception area; a leafy moveable display greeting me upon entry but, I was informed, this was subject to change, sometimes showing the feet of Londoner’s dashing across streets to various meetings and tube stations. A unique touch!
‘Alphatecture’ spans the corridors leading to the opulent Martini Library that features the push button version of Bob-Bob Ricard’s “press for Champagne”. The room is a cosy and home-away-from-home spot to host exclusive dinner parties, or private meetings. Next stop? A trip downstairs to our suite – one of 82 bedrooms spread across the six elegantly-adorned floors.
New? Oh no, Georgian townhouse, The Arch, is a Marble Arch staple with a general vibe that shouts all things quintessentially British. Now eight years old, the hotel may not be brand-spanking, but the interiors and one third of the suites have just undergone a snazzy refurb. The rooms still hold dear the recognised style and characteristics loyal guests know and love, whilst implementing a bolder colour palette and unique wallpapers by Thibaut.
Where: The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD, www.thearchlondon.com
Rooms: The suite we stayed in was definitely one of those where you can’t wait for the concierge to leave so you jump, starfish like, onto the humungous bed! The four colour palettes that The Arch have introduced include Medallion Paisley featuring emerald green and indigo blues, Luzon which incorporates navy and camel schemes, Imperial Dragon which is awash with tangerine and blue and Sunburst with bright fuchsia and Yves Klein blue. We were cosied up in the Luzon room and it really was a treat. Looking around, we took in the huge bed (first), were wowed by the rainfall-style shower (second), fangirled over all the other adornments, and then thought; what else could a room like this possibly shock us with? Ah, yes, a TV that comes out of a cabinet directly at your bedside. The rooms work so well, the beds are cosier than Lenny Henry looks in the Premier Inn adverts, fitted with Nestledown and Sleepezee mattresses that are 2000 Pocket Sprung. Overall, there’s a real homely feel which you always covet when away!
Restaurant: Named after the 1950s Marylebone dialling code, Hunter 486 is a small yet cosy restaurant which features dishes that would please any traveller with their British charm. Heading up the kitchen is Head Chef Gary Durrant, a man who sure can prepare a crab dish with Braeburn apple and all of the relevant herbs included (yes I had the crab, and boy was it delicious). Before dinner, the Hunter Around The Clock is a must-have aperitif. The gin coupled with elderflower liqueur makes it a sweet treat, offset by cucumber syrup, giving you a pre-dinner buzz. We delved into a bottle of the house wine; an Italian Red; Cabaletta Rosso delle Venezie, 2016. The bottle holds a nostalgic taste, with tastes of sweet cherry and slight touches of tobacco and herbs. For main course, I’d highly recommend the Monk Fish partnered with rushed potatoes, pickled cucumber, and grain mustard dressing; the flavours compliment each other very well indeed! If you want to prop up at the bar, seated on one of the Tom Dixon-designed chairs, then that’s always an option. Besides, everyone needs an Espresso Martini before bed, no?
There’s also the offer of fish and chips and champers too. The battered cod is crispy as crispy can be, and you can’t really go far wrong with a Taittinger Champagne accompaniment.
Things to Do: Essentially, you’ve got London in its entirety on your doorstep, what with The Arch being under a five-minute walk from Marble Arch tube station and positioned amongst the hustle and flair of the city. If you’ve exhausted the local bars and restaurants and want to burn off that excess fine-dining weight, you can have a run around Hyde Park, just a stone’s throw away. Location wise, it’s also a tourist paradise with Piccadilly Circus, Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace and more close-by. In the hotel itself you can find a gym on the lower-ground floor, equipped with fitness equipment like the PowerPlate machine and multi-functional Kinesis station.
Go For: The ability to take your pooch along with you! Yes, The Arch is dog friendly and what’s more, they follow the ethos that dogs should enjoy an indulgent experience just as much as their owner. Something tells us The Arch owner loves pooches?! Guests can order delicious doggy meals cooked by the chef, whether or not they use a knife and fork to eat it is a different story!
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