The Arch London

50 Great Cumberland Place, London, England, W1H 7FD

Price from: £150

The Arch London - Entrance

By Nigel Tisdall, your London expert

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#21 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
3
3.0
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Stag / hen parties, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of The Arch London

Contemporary luxury just a short walk from Marble Arch.

I've always considered Marble Arch an area too busy with shoppers and traffic to want to stay there - but once I'm tucked up in this vivacious hotel I've no complaints. Hip, lively and keen to please, The Arch is anything but arch with 82 super-comfortable rooms that come with an above-average range of facilities. Formed from the joining up of seven historic townhouses, this is a classy hotel wired up for the 21st-century lifestyle.

Location: 

This hotel is perfect if you have a lot of running around town to do. The Arch is only a short walk from the transport hub of Marble Arch yet also sufficiently distant to be quiet and relaxed. To the north lies Bryanston Square, a private park with fine trees, while southward you'll find the big stores of Oxford Street and the open spaces of Hyde Park.

Bedrooms: 

Spread over five floors, nearly all the rooms here offer the same facilities - so only pay more money if you want more space. Those on the first floor have high ceilings and elegant sash windows, and there are three lower-level suites that include a decked courtyard. Once inside, I find the rooms a welcome reminder that travel should be fun. There's Sky HD, an Internet radio that can get over 18,000 stations (I didn't count), a Nespresso machine, iPod dock, a TV beside the bath - plus good-sized work desks and terrific beds. The decor is colourful but not mad, with a brazen mixing of patterns and textures. And if you want a night in (and you've certainly paid quite enough to stay here) there's a complimentary DVD library of Oscar-winning movies from 1949 onwards.

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Public areas: 

With a reception desk lined with Macs and an eyecatching video wall behind this, it's abundantly clear we're in a hotel with a clear sense of now. The 'emerging artist' art on the walls is a mixed bag but there is an impressive range of lounges that could be handy for a business meeting or drink with friends - be sure to find your way to the Study and the book-filled Martini Library.

Eating and drinking: 

Fancy Afternoon Tea and a signature éclair in the Martini Library? A flute of Veuve Clicquot in Le Salon de Champagne? A freshly-flipped pizza cooked in the flaming wood-fired oven of the HUNter 486 restaurant? It's all good... If romance is on the agenda, check out the two semi-circular dining booths where you can dine à deux behind a shiny gauze curtain.

Leisure facilities: 

Work out in the well-equipped basement gym or go for a jog in Hyde Park.

Service: 

Casually welcoming - the porters wear grey V-neck pullovers as if bunking off from the sixth form. As befits a five-star hotel, there is a concierge and turn-down service.

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Who stays there: 

The Arch appeals to both business and leisure travellers and its fun lounges and bars are popular with non-residents who drop in for meetings and to socialise.

Price advice: 

Rates generally exclude VAT and breakfast (£12.95 for Continental, £18.95 for Full English). WiFi is free, along with the soft drinks in your minibar.

Pros: 
Super-central location
Well-equipped rooms
Free WiFi and soft drinks
Cons: 
Neighbourhood lacks character

More information on The Arch London:

Price from:
£150
Type:
Hotel
Address:
50 Great Cumberland Place, London, England, W1H 7FD
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Marble Arch

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