When you’re staying in the coolest city in the world, you need one of the coolest hotels – and for this, The Arch fits the bill perfectly.
Hidden beneath the beautiful façade of seven Grade II listed townhouses, this boutique hotel offers an intriguing blend of classical features and ultra modernity within. Georgian pillars and marble floors give way to works of art from emerging British artists and contemporary colour schemes that continue to delight.
No matter where you turn, there has been no compromise with luxury and comfort – but even more than that; the hotel oozes a cool clam and style. Perhaps this is because it’s in such a trendy location (apparently Madonna lives opposite – and Angelina Jolie occasionally stays here), maybe its because the staff make you feel so welcome with their charm and intimate service – or maybe it’s because this hotel so perfectly encapsulates London’s seemingly unstoppable growth as the city of style.
The 55,000 square foot hotel has 82 guestrooms, although the way it is constructed – with myriad passageways and staircases – makes it feel much smaller.
I stayed in the JUNiper suite, a beautifully appointed series of rooms with spacious lounge, bedroom and bathroom – plus a small basement courtyard, complete with luxurious outdoor furniture and heaters to ensure you can enjoy the space all year round.
Fitted with all the modern conveniences you might need (not one, but two Sky boxes and TVs, a high-end coffee maker, ipod dock, internet and minibar with free soft drinks) this residence is the ultimate retreat away from the busy streets of the capital.
If you can drag yourself away from your luxurious residence, the library is a nice place to soak up some more modern art whilst supping on a drink from the honesty bar.
In short, if you’re looking for one of the best boutique hotel experiences within spitting distance of the major attractions of London, you’d be crazy not to consider The Arch.
Eating and drinking
Taking its name from the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone, Hunter 486 Restaurant certainly lives up to the high standards of the rest of the hotel offering a friendly, sophisticated and relaxed fine dining experience.
The attentive and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to recommend a cocktail from the extensive menu to star, before you indulge yourself in the eclectic and well-chosen menu.
From seafood and roasted meats to stonebaked pizzas, inventive salads and pasta dishes – no matter what you order, your food is sure to delight in both taste and presentation.
It’s clear that the chefs and the waiting staff take great pride in the restaurant, its atmosphere and the food – and as an evening dining experience with friends or colleague it has all the ingredients to deliver a very pleasant experience indeed.
Open for a good breakfast (continental buffet and a la carte cooked options) as well as lunch and drinks throughout the day, the restaurant and bar is the icing on the cake for a hotel of note.
Hotel address: 50 Cumberland Place, London W1H 7FD
Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10
“If you’re looking for one of the best boutique hotel experiences within spitting distance of the major attractions of London, you’d be crazy not to consider The Arch”
Tim Glanfield was hosted by The Arch London, a member of Pride of Britain Hotels – a consortium of 49 privately-owned luxury independent British hotels. Located close to London’s Marble Arch, British art adorns the hotel’s walls and the hotel has a state-of-the-art 24-hour gym. Prices start from £123 pp per night (two sharing). Contact Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929; www.prideofbritainhotels.com) to book.