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Hotel Highlights

  • Round the corner from London’s best boutiques
  • On a calm residential street, seconds from the city bustle
  • Sexy champagne bar and hearty British fare in HUNter 486

Overview

Just blocks from the imposing white-stone architecture of central London’s Marble Arch area, The Arch London hotel spans over seven Georgian townhouses and two lovely mews houses. Behind the historic façade is a contemporary and cool city stay filled with art by contemporary British artists, hand-made wallpaper and rooms fully hooked up with all the latest technological luxuries. There are also two bars, one featuring excellent martinis, and a handsome restaurant.

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Here's what you get for booking The Arch London with us:

A signature cocktail each, of the guests' choice, on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Arch London

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

82, including 11 suites.

Check–out

12pm but flexible, depending on availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $466.98 (£275), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£17 for Continental; £22 for full English), but include free soft drinks in the minibar.

Also

All rooms have a snazzy button system on the door – with a call for a maid, a doorbell and a ‘zzz’ for do not disturb.

At the hotel

Gym, book and DVD library, free WiFi throughout and valet parking. In rooms: Sky HD TV, internet radio with more than 10,000 channels, CD/DVD player with film library, iPod dock, free soft drinks, Jing tea, Nespresso machine and Malin+Goetz products.

Our favourite rooms

If you like watching TV, and like watching it in the bath, book into a Deluxe, Executive or Junior Suite (some have truly massive bathrooms, in case you like to pace up and down while you brush your teeth). We love the original Victorian window and the four-poster bed in 117, and the mews views from 107. 116 has a wrought-iron window overlooking Great Cumberland Place, and 016 has a restored ceiling with some fancy cornicing work, a cubic chandelier and a chaise longue/day-bed hybrid. The Courtyard Junior Suite has its own compact outdoor terrace (very unusual in London).

Packing tips

Your authentic Londoner wardrobe (Savile Row suit for Mr Smith and Mary Quant minis for Mrs Smith) – the Arch’s residential street will make you feel like this prime London postcode is your own.

Also

In-room beauty treatments can be arranged, and guests can get 20 per cent off at the Puro spa a few minutes down the road (+44 (0)20 7723 5028).

Children

Cribs are provided free; extra beds for older children are £60 a night. A babysitter can be drafted in, but you’ll need to give a week’s notice.

Pet‐friendly

Pooches big and small can stay for €15 a night; they'll even be treated to comfortable dog beds and their own feeding bowl. The hotel can also organise dog-sitting, dog-walking in Hyde Park and chef-cooked treats.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

HUNter 486 (named after the 1950s district dialling code for Marylebone) has a wood-fired oven and a grill, serving a range of pizzas and roasted meats. It’s open plan, with refectory tables, glass light fixtures, clinical white lamps and lots of dangling pots and pans. If you’ve come for tea, don’t miss sampling the range of éclairs – they include strawberry and Veuve Cliquot and foie gras and Sauternes.

Hotel Bar

This sexy space has a slick bar backed by a dazzling array of premium spirits, with Philippe Starck bar stools and a pressed-tin ceiling. Le Salon de Champagne has a graffiti-covered ceiling, enormous-backed armchairs and floor-to-ceiling banquettes. There’s also the Martini Library, whisking up the obligatory martini cocktails, including the rich and delicious Earl Grey Marteani (for something less sweet, try the impeccable ginger and passionfruit mojito). The Martini Library is open for guests to use 24 hours a day.

Last orders

Breakfast is on offer 6am–11am. The restaurant is open from midday until 10.30pm, with a slot for afternoon tea between 4pm and 7pm. The bar keeps is open 24 hours a day for guests and until midnight for everyone else.

Room service

Choose from HUNter 486’s menu 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Unearth whatever’s in your Bond Street bags and don it for dinner.

Top table

Snuggled up at one of the circular banquettes, or sat under the champagne bar’s ceiling scribbles in praise of the bubbles.

Local Guide

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The Arch hotel – London – United Kingdom
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Pop down Park Lane to the Dorchester, for some fine dining at a British institution. You can pick from several options: the Promenade for afternoon tea, the Grill for British classics, Alain Ducasse for some fancy French and China Tang for Chinese food and celebrity spotting (+44 (0)20 7629 8888; www.thedorchester.com). On the same street as the Arch, you’ll find Rhodes W1 behind a huge black door. The menu features French and Italian influences, as well as London favourite, smoked eel (+44 (0)20 7616 5930; www.rhodesw1.com).

Local bars

Head to the Windsor Castle on Crawford Place in Marylebone to eat some tasty Thai food, as you admire the shrine to George Best and curious collection of commemorative plates. They’re even on the ceiling (+44 (0)20 7723 4371).

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Moments from Marble Arch

The Arch London

50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is a 40-minute drive away.

Trains

Jump in a cab for five minutes and you’ll be at Paddington station, from where you’ll be able to get all over the country. First Great Western (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk) operates west-bound routes to Bristol, Wales and Devon. You’ll also be able to catch the Heathrow Express from here. Hop on the Tube at Marble Arch (served by the speedy Central line), two minutes from the hotel.

Automobiles

The hotel is on Great Cumberland Place, opposite the monument of Marble Arch and within the capital’s congestion-charging zone. You won’t need a car to get around, but if you arrive in one, park it at the nearby NCP for £20 a day. Valet parking will cost you £33 every 24 hours.

Reviews

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The Arch hotel – London – United Kingdom

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We’re only just through the immaculate, urbane entrance of the Arch and it’s already made quite an impression. Particularly when we compare this smooth arrival into this art-adorned reception to the 24-hour process it took to get to this city stay from our hometown of Barcelona. The sleek sandstone flags and the multi-coloured Marylebone collage in the entrance are a stark contrast to …
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The Arch London

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We’re only just through the immaculate, urbane entrance of the Arch and it’s already made quite an impression. Particularly when we compare this smooth arrival into this art-adorned reception to the 24-hour process it took to get to this city stay from our hometown of Barcelona. The sleek sandstone flags and the multi-coloured Marylebone collage in the entrance are a stark contrast to our arrival in snowbound rural England. Our first night was in a rickety old country pub, followed by a train and underground journey distinctly light on luxury. And did I mention I had three children in tow? By the time we surface in a sleet-splashed Christmas-crowded Oxford Street, we are desperately craving calm.

The bright lights and big flagships of Oxford Street, while not my favourite strip of London, dissects some of my most beloved parts of the Capital. Lucky for us, the hordes of bag-carriers rarely turn left or right off this shop-lined thoroughfare, leaving the streets and squares blessed with some of the finest examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture practically deserted. When we find the Arch, with its large Union Flag billowing above the golden sandstone entrance, it is suitably soothing.

What makes this just-opened hotel such a sanctuary is that as central as it is, it’s just far enough from the madding crowd. Close to elegant Bryanston Square, with a perfect view down Great Portland Street right through that famous triumphal landmark that it’s named after, the traffic and harried shoppers of one of the world’s most famous retail streets seem a world away. This is a place for refined relaxation instead, for gentle champagne sipping and dainty nibbling of elegant finger pastries.

Three children, all under six, is all a bit noisy and unruly for the calm sophistication of this immaculately renovated hotel – so we fob them off for the night with friends around the corner. After all, we’re on Smith duty and we need to test if the accommodation is ‘aphrodisiacal’, as I recently read is one of the key criteria for a Smith hotel. The bed is certainly very comfortable – but there are other factors. Excellent margaritas from the bar help get us in the mood – as does the distinct absence of small children.

Seven converted Georgian townhouses comprise the hotel and provide a surprising number of rooms; perhaps because of the historical dimensions (though most of the original features have been airbrushed away), it feels smaller than an 82-room hotel should. This lends a sense of intimacy, while at the same time allows it to be big enough to support a high level of service. Our room, with a standard-issue wall of statement paper, is well appointed, especially in technology terms. As well as the HD TV, there’s the too-many-to-scroll-through channels on the radio, and a TV built into the bath – very MTV Cribs.

The Arch has set out to be an archetypal city boutique hotel and does most things well – a cosy lobby with a fire, a library with martinis on tap, and a champagne bar with high-backed armchairs. The dining area has an open-plan kitchen, which has some interesting aesthetic features as flavours to offer. It’s contemporary yet classic – the brown landing carpets with their large orange flowers may not be my personal taste, but there’s not much to offend. The fact that it produced the best kipper I have ever had for breakfast certainly earned my affections; Mrs Smith was more taken by the artful arrangment of shiny saucepans.

Located where it is, there’s no limit to what guests at the Arch can get up to. We flit from a dinner at Providores in Marylebone, to boutique shopping in the West End. We even cross Hyde Park for a little museum visiting in Kensington. But we are also equally happy holed up in our bedroom ordering room service. Now, I have a confession. I arranged a business meeting, just before cocktail hour – sin of sins on a Mr & Mrs Smith escape. But how can you blame me? It is such a perfect location for it. And instead of allowing the four suits who are loitering in the lobby to discuss their dreary financial projections, as is so common in the larger London hotels, we are seamlessly ushered to a comfortable glass-fronted room to the right of the entrance. Here we keep our business-school babble well and truly to ourselves, while luckier folk seek out a Tom Dixon-designed seat in Le Salon de Champagne, say.

But back to our Smith tour of duty: what proves the most romantic moment of our stay? Finishing up my financial forecast, I invite Mrs Smith for a stroll across a very calm and quiet Bryanston Square just after nightfall on the shortest day of the year. As we take a spin through the virgin snow and trot back to the Arch's cosy Martini Library for their signature lemon-rind-enhanced HUNtini, we leave two sets of footsteps in what has just blanketed the whole of London. It’s not often a finance meeting is followed by something quite so soul-stirring.

The Guestbook

Reviews of The Arch London from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the very comfortable bed with  beautiful bed linen.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I was on a business trip alone so I wanted to find a small boutique hotel in London. The Arch was everything I was looking for, from the welcome at reception to when I left. We are now planning our next trip back with friends for Valentine's 2014. A great find; thank you, Mr & Mrs Smith.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked that there's no traffic noise at night and that there are lovely, comfortable rooms. It's a small hotel with a lovely atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Breakfast could be included in the price, and a service charge is added to everything.

Rating: 10/10 stars