London is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Being a Londoner I have to admit I hate to feel like I’m missing out just because I live in this incredible city. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a staycation or fancy a trip to London The Arch Hotel, near Marble Arch is the perfect spot.
The boutique five-star hotel is nestled in a row of beautiful Georgian houses. From the moment you step through the door you’re transported to a sanctuary of tranquility in one of the busiest areas of London.
I loved the stylish understated glamour the hotel exudes. They champion British emerging artists by showcasing a quirky and contemporary collection of curated art throughout the hotel. The whole feel is chic, unpretentious and friendly – exactly what you need when you’re escaping parenting duties for the night.
This chic feel filters through to the bedroom interiors too, as we experienced in our Junior Executive suite. All the rooms are individually decorated with walls covered in hand-painted bespoke Italian wallpaper, deluxe furnishings and all the mod cons at your fingertips.
The comfy bed with an enormous velvet covered headboard almost as high as the ceiling is certainly eye-catching. Laden with plump duck down duvets and pillows – I could have slept in the cosy haven for a week, no problem.
Additional creature comforts include a full Sky HD TV, a digital ‘Maid Service’ and ‘Do Not Disturb’ console, Nespresso machine, Jing teas and complimentary soft drinks from the minibar.
When I entered the marble and mirrored bathroom I felt like all my Christmases had come at once. You can actually watch TV, bathe and douse yourself in the Malin+Goetz toiletries – Weekend vibes right there!
Food and Drink
On the ground floor you’ll find the elegant Hunter 486 restaurant, named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone.
With glass chandeliers, circular leather banquettes and a wood burning oven on display it’s a great place to spend a relaxed and cosy evening.
The menu offers a modern take on seasonal British cuisine, on first sight I was impressed at the number of vegetarian options. Oh the joy of choice and not being pushed into eating a token veggie dish. Rather decadent for a plant eater.
Before our meal the very friendly barman russelled up a couple of mouth-watering aperitifs. I enjoyed a fruity gin number, the Arch Bramble and a classic martini with a twist for Mr S.
Thirst quenched, it was time to dine. Mr S started with an asparagus and watercress soup topped with a poached quail egg and parmesan crisp. Fresh and flavoursome, there was not a drop left in the bowl.
Whilst I devoured a plate of chargrilled courgettes, aubergines, piquillo peppers, burrata and salsa verde. Although tasty, the burrata lacked creaminess texture wise and felt a little like mozzarella.
Onto mains, the British classic was too hard for Mr S to refuse. He opted for good old fish and chips with the usual mushy peas and tartare sauce trimmings.
Wrapped in flaky filo pastry my asparagus and violet artichoke tart came with a poached Burford brown egg and truffle hollandaise.
A side of buttery Jersey Royals a must to mop up any excess hollandaise sauce.
By the time desserts arrived we were quite full, but soldiered on with a lemon posset topped with a berry compote and a sesame, poppy seed biscuit.
Whilst Mr S took one for the team with a plate of British farmhouse cheeses, celery, apple and raisin chutney and oat cakes.
Taking full advantage of not being tied to any babysitting deadlines, we continued our evening in the hotel bar Le Salon de Champagne. Decked out with high-backed armchairs and floor to ceiling chiffon curtained banquette seating.
The icing on the cake to end our romantic soiree, with an espresso martini in hand of course.
And there’s more…
The Martini Library is an elegant space, where you can indulge in an obligatory martini. It’s open for guests to use 24 hours a day and is also where afternoon tea can be served.
Room service breakfast is a real treat. It’s impressive with a full range of cooked and continental options. My vegetarian breakfast tray which consisted of poached eggs, veggie sausage, spinach, grilled tomato, beans and all the pastries and toast one could wish for.
So decadent to consume it in peace to the sound of rustling Saturday morning papers – Every parent’s dream!
If for some reason you’re overcome by guilt and feel the need to burn off all the extra calories consumed on your stay, the fully equipped gym filled with premium fitness equipment can give you a hand.
Ok, so we clearly didn’t utilise this service, but The Arch London offer a great family fun package too. Little ones are treated to a VIP experience through their stay. With a gifted bear on arrival called Archie, special children’s bathroom products and children sized bathrobes, slippers and cookies and milk at bedtime. An added bonus on wallet is they also dine complimentary during their stay.
Oh and if you have a four-legged friend as part of the family, they can join the party too! Doggies big and small can stay for £15 a night and treated to comfortable dog beds plus their own feeding bowls. This place really does cater for everyone!
The service at the hotel is flawless – discreet, warm, friendly and with a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude.
With excellent facilities and a superb location, it’s a dream for all fashionistas and sightseers. Especially as Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Marble Arch are only a short stroll away.
I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face during my 20 minute cab ride home. Never have I returned home so quickly from a staycation – Bonus!
Watch my video below with highlights from our staycation.
For more information and bookings please visit The Arch London website here.
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary stay at The Arch London, however, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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