The Arch London

A boutique hidden gem in London
The Arch London's demure splendor invites you for a charmed visit. At more than 55,000 square feet, The Arch London takes up a substantial part of Great Cumberland Place, a long straight road stretching from the tip of Oxford Street that meets Marble Arch to the private garden on Bryanston Square. This leafy, affluent London neighborhood is off the beaten track, a hidden gem where Madonna has a house, David and Victoria Beckham’s boys go to school and Wallis Simpson once lived.

The Arch is quiet enough to guarantee a good night’s sleep, yet close enough to the thick of it to make the most of a stay in the capital. It’s a mere five-minute walk from the hotel to the department stores on Oxford Street, the open space of Hyde Park or the independent boutiques of Marylebone Village and a short cab ride from everything else the city has to offer.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • After the friendly doorman, the first thing to greet you as you stroll into this tony hotel is Vincent Poole’s New Shoes, a silhouette created from a vibrant collage of snippets inspired by the surrounding area—one of many pieces on display from emerging British artists.
  • In addition to Nespresso coffee and Jing Tea in your room, you’ll find a fridge stocked with fresh milk, juice, soft drinks and water—all complimentary.
  • At this family-run, boutique hotel, there’s great emphasis on providing personalized service. Staff will even tweak the breakfast buffet so that it includes a food you particularly like or to meet a dietary requirement.
  • At check-in, you are offered the beverage du jour, which can range from fruit-infused water or warm herbal tea to an alcoholic tipple. In the room, you’ll be welcomed with seasonal treats, such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, macaroons or fresh fruit.
  • From special children's menus to babysitting services, the hotel ensures that all guests, no matter their age, will have a luxe, worry-free stay.
Things to Know
  • You may notice that there is no fourth floor at this London hotel, but it’s not a mistake—it was done to appease Chinese guests who consider the digit to be unlucky.
  • Repeat guests are invited to leave items in storage for their next visit. One guest even leaves his dirty laundry behind, with the knowledge that next time he checks in, it’ll be washed, pressed and hanging in the bedroom closet (complimentary, of course).
  • Dogs are welcomed with their own bed, bowls and treats. The hotel’s chefs can even whip up a fresh meal for Fido.
The Rooms
  • The look throughout is light and fresh, with punches of pattern and color from the throws, cushions and contemporary furniture, and one of eight bespoke wallpapers lining the space behind the bed.
  • Every room boasts a plump bed swathed in Egyptian cotton and duck-down duvets.
  • A selection of books in every room lends a homely feel, while a TV with a Sky HD package offers movies and sports. There’s even a DVD player to watch the film of your choice from the hotel’s movie library.
  • In the bathrooms, you’ll find large rain showers (some with a combined tub), steam-proof heated mirrors, flat-screen televisions and toiletries from Malin + Goetz.
The Restaurants
  • Hunter 486, the onsite restaurant, serves up a “Modern British” menu from an open kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Le Salon de Champagne — with its Tom Dixon-designed armchairs and floor-to ceiling-leather booths with pull-around, semi-opaque privacy curtains  — is the perfect intimate space to enjoy Taittinger by the glass, a dram of one of many Scottish whiskies or a cocktail.
  • The Martini Library, which is tucked away off Alphabet Corridor (named for Peter Defty’s black and white “Alphatecture” photographs that line the wall), is a charming spot with original Georgian touches.
  • Call buttons will summon a staff member to keep you fed and cups filled while enjoying The Martini Library. In the winter, an open fire warms the room, and during the holidays a Christmas tree adds a festive feel.
Getting There
50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7FD
LCY (35-45 min)   LHR   LGW  
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