The Arch London blends in so well with its residential surroundings that you might not realize you’re walking by a hotel at all. The 55,000-square-foot property spans seven old Georgian townhouses and two former mews, creating a boutique hotel that feels like the pied-à-terre of your most stylish friend. Décor certainly adds to the homey effect (think: bespoke wallpaper, sculptures from local artists, and stately-but-comfy furnishings), but it’s the common areas and thoughtful amenities that make it particularly easy to settle in here. Enjoy cold towels and chilled water at the basement gym, housed in an old bank vault; relax in the Martini Library, a cozy spot that exudes old Georgian character; or grab a hand-mixed cocktail beneath the lobby bar’s chandeliers.
The Arch London is located on a quiet residential street just steps from Marble Arch, Hyde Park, and Oxford Street shopping, making it ideal for tourists who want to see top London sites without paying for many taxis or navigating the Tube. Business travelers will appreciate proximity to Paddington Station and multiple Tube stops (Edgeware Road, Bond Street, Marble Arch). Everyone can take advantage of local pubs and restaurants in fashionable Marylebone, including The Grazing Goat (perfect for a Sunday Roast) and Boxcar Butcher & Grill, a steak- and burger-focused restaurant with outdoor seating.
Rooms & Amenities
Guests who favor the cozy confines of an apartment, rather than a cookie-cutter hotel room, will feel right at home at The Arch. Each of the 82 rooms are decked out with bespoke wallpaper — our favorite patterns include vibrant orange-and-blue paisley and soft mauve florals — bold accent pillows and furnishings, and paintings and sculptures by local British artists.
Rain showers, Malin & Goetz toiletries, and soft drinks (Nespresso, tea, juice, water, sodas) are complimentary in every guest room, as are bathrobes, slippers, and sewing kits.
Rooms in the executive category come with rain showers and full-sized tubs, complete with everything you need for a luxurious bubble bath: liquid soap, a waterproof pillow to rest your head while soaking…and a television opposite the faucet, controlled by a waterproof remote.
Junior, studio, and one-bedroom suites up the ante even more, with nightly turndown service, spacious layouts, massive bathrooms, and built-in flat screen TVs. During the summer months, book a suite with outdoor space (the Juniper is a favorite), where you can enjoy morning tea or an afternoon cocktail — the ingredients for both are stashed in the room’s minibarFamilies also benefit from separate living areas (In select suites), connectable rooms, and cots available for little ones.
The on-site restaurant, Hunter 486, references the hotel’s history in both its name and cuisine — “486” was the original telephone code for the Marylebone neighborhood, and the menu offers traditional but upscale food like English rack of lamb with Jersey vegetables. Order a la carte at lunch and dinner, or opt for the two- or three-course set menu (£24 and £29.50, respectively).
For lighter, but no less delicious, fare, book an afternoon tea in any of the hotel’s three dining spaces (Hunter 486, the Martini Library, or the Salon du Champagne lounge). A typical spread includes piles of savory finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, fresh scones, and tea (of course). Watch for special seasonal menus, like the Royal Tea served in honor of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding; that menu’s sweet additions included crown-shaped lemon pastries and cookies shaped like a wedding dress.
In the evening, you’ll find no shortage of pleasant spots to enjoy an aperitif or a nightcap. Post up beneath sparkling chandeliers at the lobby bar, which serves small plates (cheese sticks, salted almonds, house-made potato chips) and classic bar food (club sandwiches, beer-battered fish and chips). Cozy up with a glass of bubbly at the Salon du Champagne, where high-backed booths with privacy screens up the romance factor. Or, if you’re traveling with a group, splash out and book the Martini Library for a private cocktail reception.