Occupying eight neighbouring townhouses north of Marble Arch, The Arch lies close to that excellent shopping and dining thoroughfare, Marylebone High Street. But, if it’s central and urban, it’s certainly not predictable; better described as one of the new breed of townhouse hotels rather than that 1990s phenomenon, the boutique hotel. It’s luxurious alright, but it’s not grand. Public spaces are art-filled, smart and glossy, but intimate too. The 82 striking bedrooms have been superbly executed and, for their quality and location, offer great value for money. The heart of the place, and its cleverest feature, is the subtly curtained champagne lounge that flows into a zinc-topped bar area and on into the Hunter 486 (that’s the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone, in case you were wondering), with open-to-view kitchen and wood-fired oven. You could almost be in New York. Dine or breakfast anywhere in these three areas and enjoy the ambience – buzzy but relaxed. Doubles from £282.
Name to Know: The hotel’s Golden Key concierge, Theo, who has been at The Arch since it opened and has a wealth of local knowledge.
See: Enjoy a walk in Hyde Park and take in a West End show.
Eat: Try the Royal Afternoon Tea which is beginning to make a name for itself.
Buy: Something from . Whether it’s something from the Wonder Room or the Foodhall, you won’t want to miss out.
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