The Arch Hotel London: Quiet Boutique Luxury Near Hyde Park & Oxford Street

By Abi King | England

Apr 01

The Arch Hotel London

In a quiet street in a great big city, The Arch Hotel London goes about its business.

Bursting with flowers, plush sofas and eye-catching art, it’s a boutique hotel that’s paid attention to design without losing its focus on the hospitality that matters. It’s five star luxury that’s independently owned.

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 The Arch Hotel London in Review

The Arch Hotel London: The Vibe

Bold and funky art mixing with traditional Georgian London. The hotel has connected together several townhouses and the views include that quintessential London view of Regency houses, sleek black cabs, red phone booths and an unfurling Union Jack.

Rooms at the Arch Hotel London

The Arch Hotel London: The Rooms

There are 82 rooms spread over four floors and the decor is different in each.

There’s the Welbeck suite, where a four poster bed sits plumped up with pillows and the double-ended bath seems primed for a long soak, with a TV screen overlooking the bubbles and a bath pillow already in place.

Then there are others, where hot pink Andy Warhol-esque wallpaper dominates the interior.

Like many luxury boutique hotels, white robes and fluffy towels await.Yet somehow, these towels are even fluffier than usual, the rain shower much more powerful.

Teapot and teacup at the Arch London Hotel

Both tea and coffee stand on a side table, with a teapot, coffee podules and complimentary minibar drinks.

The desk – a big one for me – is spacious and well connected with lights, power sockets and an appropriately sized chair (I often wonder whether interior decorators ever try to sit at many a table or desk in the hotel business. If so, I can only imagine decorator conferences filled with furniture for an 8 year old child…)

 

The Arch Hotel London Review: Dining & Relaxing

Nothing beats a good library for me, these days, as a spot to escape to between meetings or sightseeing and dinner once everyone’s showered and freshened up. And a library where they bring you a G&T? Even better!

The Martini Library combines vintage maps with modern art and I’ve no idea why I look so cross in the photo ;-)

The bar, meanwhile, pulls off an energetic vibe beneath a glowing bouquet of bare lightbulbs, with chiffon curtained booths for those after a little more privacy.

The restaurant, Hunter 486,  caters for all hour travellers: burgers and bar snacks live among the steak tartare and venison, and wines come by the bottle as well as by the glass.

And the staff are passionate about cocktails. If you manage to leave without having one, I’ll be more than impressed!

Martini Library at the Arch Hotel London

The Arch Hotel London Review: Location

The street is gloriously quiet, gloriously London. Yet it’s an ever so short walk to the edge of Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street.

The Arch Hotel London Review: Other Facilities

A well-intentioned gym hides downstairs… but with Hyde Park in all its green-grassed glory just around the corner, it’s easy to see why it seems…underused?

The Arch Hotel London Review: Unusual Fact

The restaurant takes its name from the former dialling code for the area.

The Arch Hotel London Review: Family Friendly?

It’s a spot with a grown up feel but there’s a gorgeous toy box in reception and mascot soft toys given out alongside the usual travel cots and high chairs. Lovely touch.

The Arch Hotel London Review: Summary

Overall, it’s hard to pick out a dazzling feature that sets the Arch above the rest.

But it does stand out and stands out well for getting almost everything just right. From the valet parking, to the fresh eggs at breakfast, the concierge service to those ultra-fluffed towels I mentioned right at the start, everything is done with discretion, with warmth and done just right.

Vintage map at The Arch Hotel London

 

What I loved about The Arch Hotel London

Luxurious bath with TV screen and pillow

Location – a quick walk to Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Easily within Zone 1 for all major London attractions

Flawless service

Cosy library and reading room

Great set up for meetings or semi-private dinners

Great for business or romantic getaways

What to know about The Arch Hotel London

There is some confusion about the London congestion charge. A pre-trip search plus confirmation from the concierge looked as though it was just outside it. A penalty letter from Transport for London disagreed. Double and triple check the latest information if you’re driving into town.

Rooms are quite different in terms of facilities and design so if you have your heart set on something in particular then double check before you book.

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Disclosure – I received a complimentary stay at The Arch for review purposes through Best Loved Hotels. As ever, as always I kept the right to write what I like – as you can see in other reviews. Life’s just too darned short, otherwise.

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About the Author

Abigail King is an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!

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