The Arch London – Stately Elegance in Central London

By posted on July 1, 2018 6:26AM
Martini Library 2 The Arch London

My first thought upon arrival at The Arch London was ‘What a Lovely Hotel’. It has a simple elegance that says, we have no need to be pretentious. Located in a residential area only blocks from the iconic Marble Arch, I felt more like was I arriving as a guest at a rich relative’s home than at a hotel.

Entrance The Arch London

Rather than standing at a check-in counter, I was seated at a desk as I was welcomed to The Arch. I was staying as a media guest the first night of my three night stay. Once the check-in process was completed I was escorted to my room. Again, it felt like a stay at someone’s home where they show you where you will be sleeping while visiting.

Executive Suite The Arch London

I was given an orientation of my room and asked which newspaper I would like to have delivered each morning. Once alone I explored my home for the next three days.

Desk Area The Arch London

Sitting Area in Bedroom The Arch London

Bathroom The Executive Suite The Arch London

Tea and Coffee Service in Room The Arch London

In addition to suites The Arch London has standard, superior, deluxe and executive rooms. Each room is unique but varies in size. Opened in 2009 the hotel combined a townhouse which had previously been converted into an inn with an additional townhouse on either side to form a unique interior where no two rooms are the same.

I was staying in a Junior Executive Suite and thought some of the special touches might be available in the Suite rooms only. In speaking with the hotel staff I found that all rooms included most of the features found in the suite.

Bedroom The Arch London

Your newspaper is hung outside your room every morning.

Newspaper Delivery The Arch London

Tea and coffee service includes an electric kettle along with ceramic pot and cups. While there is a charge for snacks and alcoholic beverages from the snack bar all other beverages are free and replenished as needed. That includes juice, bottled water, soft drinks and milk.

Mini bar and Safe Standard Room The Arch

There is a TV and remote in the bath tub to help you enjoy a relaxing soak.

In Tub TV The Arch London

A bottle of water and glass are set by your bed each night with turn down service.

Water with Turndown The Arch London

Electronic buttons inside your door control a panel outside that signals whether you would like privacy or maid service. There is also a doorbell which really made me feel like I was at home when a friend from London visited me later that day.

Service Button and Doorbell The Arch London

The desk area is well lit with multiple plugs and each room has free wi-fi. There is also wi-fi in the public areas of the hotel. Every room in the hotel looks out on either a street view (in my case Madonna’s house) or the neighborhood mews and rooftops.

View from Room The Arch London

View from Executive Suite The Arch London

London Rooftops View. Standard Room

By the time I had explored my room I had decided I would like to move in for at least a month, maybe longer.

However, I headed downstairs to meet with the concierge and hear about what there was to see within walking distance of the hotel. Theo Dubroy, awarded the Golden Keys in 2014, met with me in the Martini Library to help me plan my stay.
Martini Library The Arch London

Taking time to find out a little about me and my interests he then provided me with multiple options of things to do within walking distance of the hotel. During my three day stay I was able to incorporate several of his suggestions into my walking tour of London.

A visit to the Wallace Collection, a private London townhouse that has been turned into a National Museum.

Wallace Collection London

Walking to Marylebone Lane and along the village High Street
Marylebone London

Dinner at The Grazing Goat a local neighborhood pub

The Grazing Goat London

Touring the street art in and around the Shoreditch area and the East End

Street Art East End London

During my stay I also enjoyed afternoon tea at The Lancaster Hotel and a walk through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace.
Afternoon Tea Lancaster Hotel

When not taking in the sights of London I had plenty of time to enjoy the comforts of The Arch London.

The Martini Library is a plush, yet comfortable setting for meeting with guests or reading a book. There are discreetly placed buttons along the walls which you can use to call for service and a staff person will appear like magic to take your order.

Martini Library Nook

There is also a business lounge that includes a desk and computer with printer which you may use at any time.

Business Area The Arch London

Business Lounge The Arch London

Hunter 486 is The Arch London’s fine dining restaurant. In the morning their plentiful breakfast buffet is included with your stay. In addition, you may order items off of the menu for an additional charge.

Fresh Berries with Yogurt Breakfast Buffet The Arch

Cold Cuts Breakfast Buffet The Arch

Cold Selections Breakfast Buffet The Arch London

ggs Benedict Breakfast The Arch London

Dinner at Hunter 486 offers a wide variety of al a carte items. The menu changes with the season and the service is exceptional.

Flat Iron Steak with Bernaise Sauce at Hunter 486

Next to the restaurant area is the Champagne Lounge. In addition to table seating there are two private circular booths that can be closed off by curtains for a private meeting or a romantic dinner.

Champagne Lounge The Arch London

There is also a bar in the restaurant area.

Hunter 486 Bar The Arch London

As if all of the above is not enough reason to stay at The Arch, downstairs there are also a fitness room and a meeting room. The meeting room is between two bedrooms. That area can be closed off to make a family suite.

The week that I arrived the hotel had also started serving Royal Afternoon Tea in the Martini Library, Hunter 486, or Champagne Lounge. I cannot wait to indulge in tea served in the Martini Library on my return.

Much too soon my three night stay ended and it was time to bid The Arch London farewell. When I reflect on what made my stay so memorable it mostly comes back to the staff. Yes, the architecture and location contribute to the feeling of being a guest at a grand old London home.

Staircase The Arch London

However, what makes it truly special is each member of staff greeting you by name when they see you; the waiter who served you breakfast stepping out from the restaurant later in the day to ask you how you enjoyed the museum you mentioned to him that morning. As you walk out the door in the morning the doorman is greeting the neighborhood mom, with her stroller, coming out of the next door mews and wishing her a good day.

The Arch London, for me, embodied what I think of as grand, old London. And for three days I felt like I could have been the Crawleys taking a break from Downtown Abbey for a short stay in my London home.

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Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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