London, United Kingdom

The Arch London

Rates from (inc tax)$273.05

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP250.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Technological townhouse

Setting

Moments from Marble Arch

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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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 $273.05 (£208), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP250.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£19 for Continental; £24 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. If serious sightseeing is on your agenda, book one of the hotel's London Pass packages, which offers access to the city's notable attractions.

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 in 117, and the mews views from 107. 116 has a wrought-iron window overlooking Great Cumberland Place, and the Welbeck suite has a restored ceiling with some fancy cornicing work, a cubic chandelier and a chaise longue/day-bed hybrid. The Courtyard Studio 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 Beauty & Melody spa a few minutes down the road (+44 (0)20 7723 5028).

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. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.

Children

Cots 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. The hotel's Family Fun package includes a connecting room, passes for London activities and treats for kids.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

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. Chef Gary Durrant devises tempting British seasonal menus too, with dishes such as grilled lobster rolls with tarragon butter and hand-cut chips. 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.

At the 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.

Location

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Address
The Arch London
50 Great Cumberland Place Marble Arch
W1H 7FD
London
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 £40 every 24 hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

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).

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).

Reviews

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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 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

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Arch London’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The overall feel of the hotel and were incredibly impressed with the level of service from the off. We stayed in a Junior Suite and were looked after throughout our stay. The hotel is perfectly located for a romantic London break or sightseeing. Superb location for Oxford Street and Marleybone station

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Stayed on 10 Jun 2016

We loved

Great location, gorgeous hotel.

Don’t expect

To not be looked after

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Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

Location. The Ivy Cafe Marylebone walking distance and great for breakfast. 10/10

Don’t expect

Cocktails after 11pm, no one was available to make a cocktail so we couldn't get our complimentary cocktail, and I didn't fancy just spirit and mixer. 

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Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

The very comfortable bed and beautiful bed linen. The friendly and attentive staff.

Don’t expect

Noise – it was very quiet, thank goodness!

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Stayed on 18 Dec 2015

We loved

Very comfortable room. Nice and quiet despite being near Marble Arch. Very convenient for everything. Lovely courteous staff.

Don’t expect

No complaints!

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Stayed on 30 Nov 2015

We loved

Room was good size, and there was no skimping on the bed which was large and super comfy

Don’t expect

Restaurant was OK, but no lack of choice in the area.

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Stayed on 23 Oct 2015

We loved

The look and feel of the hotel, it was first rate. Proximity to Oxford street handy for shopping and dinner spots but without any of the noise or traffic. Hotel staff couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. Brilliant anniversary stay. Can't wait to go back.

Don’t expect

To have any money left from shopping.

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Stayed on 29 Aug 2015

We loved

The excellence of the staff and the best hotel bed ever. Super breakfast.

Don’t expect

Fine dining.

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Stayed on 25 Jul 2015

We loved

Everything! The hotel is exemplary, from the staff who were friendly and professional, to the rooms that were beautifully uniquely decorated and very clean.

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Stayed on 7 Feb 2015

We loved

Excellent service from a professional and friendly staff. Very clean, tranquil and relaxing ambience. The coctails were a great hit and we fully recommend The Arch to any visitor to London. Magnificent position for shopping and good restaurants.

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Stayed on 21 Nov 2014

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