It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of a staycation. Whilst I have absolutely no desire to live even remotely close to Oxford Circus, spending a night just a stone’s throw from the vast marble arches of Hyde Parks famous landmark right in the heart of the west end is rather exciting. A few months ago The Arch hotel welcomed me in to starfish one of their glorious king-sized beds and wallow in a bath tub watching the inbuilt tv, a glass of prosecco in hand before awaking the following day to munch on eggs and bacon in bed and catch up with Holly and Phil on This Morning. Or at least, that’s how I interpreted the invite…
Given the bustling surroundings of Oxford Street and Marble Arch, the sprawling Georgian mansion spread across seven pearly white town houses is surprisingly quiet. Just a few steps away from the hubbub is a classic and elegant, yet simultaneously modern, oasis. It’s the ideal place to crash after a day spent exploring Europe’s busiest shopping street. The retention of original features such as staircases and architectural intricacies marries with Italian wallpaper and British art work to create a space that is both calming and charmingly quirky in equal measure. The customer service is exactly as it should be at a hotel; attentive yet unobtrusive.
Of the 82 rooms, we spent a night in the Welbeck Suite which features a four poster bed fit for a queen and a bathroom larger than most London flats. The Arch opts for a more traditional style of luxury, focusing on plush carpets, rich tones and tech-based comforts such as Nespresso coffee machines, anti-steam mirrors, the aforementioned bath tub tv (can you tell I’m a fan?) and a digital maid service and bedroom doorbells.
The in house restaurant, Hunter 486 is a sleek open plan space adjacent to the bar, which was decked out by interior design guru Tom Dixon. The Best of British menu offers ample choice, with a very reasonably priced set menu (£24.00 for two courses). The restaurant was surprisingly empty which I can only think must come down to a lack of awareness because there’s little not to like about the setting, nestled in amongst the Marylebone mews with a view into the open kitchen where the chefs can be seen hard at work. Whilst a slightly ambitious order of pan fried chicken livers on sourdough toast with peas, smoked bacon and mint (£8.00) wasn’t to my taste, the 28 day aged rib eye steak with French fries and béarnaise sauce (£26.00) hit the spot after a busy day. Portions are generous and the accompanying wine list varied; I just about made room for a white chocolate and blood orange creme brûlée (£8.50) which tasted as good as it sounds. Breakfast the following morning, delivered to the room on a white table-clothed trolly, followed suit; Canadian pancakes with berries, bacon and maple syrup (£13.50) are a sure fire way to start the day off right.
Starting at £350 per night for a double room, The Arch is by no means a budget option, but if you’re looking for somewhere to stay right in the middle of the hustle and bustle where you can wash the day away under a rainfall shower or soak to your hearts content in front of your favourite film before tucking up for a good nights sleep, it’s the one for you.
50 Great Cumberland Place, W1H 7FD.