A luxury boutique hotel just across the street from Madonna’s house!
Continuing our look at the best hotels to stay at whilst shopping in London, we must say we have nothing but great things to say about The Arch London, a newly renovated boutique hotel that’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Marble Arch and right near Hyde Park in West London.
While it’s not smack bang in the middle of a shopping area like One Aldwych is to Covent Garden, it is located in a nice quiet part of the city while still being just minutes away from shopping on Oxford Street. It still manages to keep a very exclusive feel and is the perfect homebase for shopping, eating and barhopping excursions around the city.
Spanning seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes, this urban hideaway offers a unique combination of English heritage and contemporary style with 82 individually designed guestrooms and an inspiring restaurant and bar.
The rooms are spacious and welcoming with a Nespresso machine inside and complimentary soft drinks to go with the WiFi. The bathrooms are large and roomy but of course the biggest treat is the TV inside the bathtub with a waterproof controller! We thought it strange how the bellhop mentioned that SkyTV was included in the room, but seeing as how none of the other hotels we stayed at had it, it was a welcome treat to have so many channels available.
Apple product design is very much part of The Arch’s design as well – not only are there a row of iMacs at the check-in desk but each room has its own iPod docking station with Internet Radio.
The hotel was designed by RDD Interior Architectural Design and was inspired by the London landmark Marble Arch as well as the local neighbourhood. It spans approximately 55,000 square feet with vibrant installations of commissioned art by emerging British artists found throughout, punctuating the formal spaces created by the glorious Georgian architecture.
Each room includes the following:
- Complimentary wireless internet access
- Complimentary Nespresso and Jing tea making facilities
- Complimentary soft drinks minibar
- Sky HD Package including additional foreign channels
- DVD/CD player with access to the hotel DVD library
- Internet radio with iPod docking
- US and European adaptors in each room
- Laptop safe with charging facilities
- Guest amenities include Malin & Goetz products, Babyliss hairdryer, bath pillow, shoe horn & clothes brush
The design of The Arch London is very interesting with the merging of the seven townhouses, so the luxury suites are located in the basement but still manage to remain nice and light because of their clever design. The gym is in what used to be a wine cellar but features contemporary design and color, and the best thing about the lower level suites is that a family could easily rent out the whole area and turn the conference room into a family room for the perfect getaway.
The hotel’s restaurant, HUNTer 486, is also quite delectable and, if the Foursquare comments by Londoners themselves are anything to go by, it is in fact a hidden gem for parties and casual drinks among the hip crowd.
As of the time of writing, The Arch boasts a #6 Best Hotel in London on TripAdvisor but we’d definitely put it much higher. If you don’t need to be right in the middle of all the hullaballoo of London, then The Arch is the perfect hotel for you…still close enough to the action but just far enough away to make your stay that bit more peaceful. Bliss!
- Check the site for latest the promotions but weekend stays start at GBP 200 a night, GBP 1,1000 for 5 nights or their 2-night Art Lovers package for GBP 628 which includes drinks, dinner and tickets to the Gauguin Exhibit at Tate Modern
- 50 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7FD