The Wordrobe’s Editor Sophie Ritchie checks into The Arch London for a night of arty opulence
It’s not everyday that you use the same gym as Madonna. But at The Arch London in Marylebone, guests can swap sweat with the Queen of Pop herself – she has a house directly opposite, and often pops in for a quick session, apparently.
I don’t spot her during my own workout (to be fair, it was about six minutes long) but I can understand why Madge would frequent the basement gym within this charismatic five-star hotel. It’s every bit as elegant as the rest of the property, a tucked away spot of tranquility filled with designer-looking equipment.
Once a row of townhouses, hotelier Abraham Bejerano painstakingly moulded the former homes into one boutique beauty after being struck by inspiration over 30 years ago. After many years of dream chasing, planning (and more planning) The Arch London first opened its doors in 2010 – and today, it’s one of the country’s most impressive stays.
Offering 82 lavish rooms and suites spread across six floors, The Arch London is a hotel that conjures exclusivity from the moment its swish mechanical doors usher you across the threshold. It’s dotted with unique artwork throughout, decorated with vibrant installations by emerging British artists that give it a quirky, charismatic feel.
With its many tucked away rooms, narrow staircases and Georgian ceilings, the sense of being within a house still remains. Wandering around reception in your slippers might be frowned upon, but other than that, it’s very much a haven – a relaxing space separate to the outside bustle of Marylebone.
Now in its 8th year, The Arch London has recently refurbished a third of its guest rooms to celebrate its anniversary. Spruced up with striking colour palettes, fabrics from famed British designers and stunning new design features, the revamped rooms are a sight to behold.
For something truly opulent, book one of the opulent suites for a stay designed for all out indulgence. Large, spacious and not a spot of clutter in sight – the expansive room is filled with brightness that even the dullest day of autumn can’t dissolve.
If you enjoy long, lazy showers, you’re also in luck. With large walk-in showers, decked in bronze tiling that shimmers against the light, the beautiful bathrooms are as inviting as the bedroom – completed with large mirrors, heated flooring and covetable MALIN + GOETZ toiletries.
It’s always the little details that count, and the fresh look rooms are full of them. Stylish lighting, hidden plasma TVs and a minibar brimming wth complimentary treats – you’ll have a hard time leaving once you start to unwind.
Don’t even think about taking a nap in one of the new bespoke beds either – the outside world will be far too much effort once cocooned in the duck down duvets.
When not snoozing, The Arch’s location is ideal for a spot of city exploring. Oxford Street is on your doorstep, with the lure of Selfridges only a tempting short stroll away. There’s also an array of eateries in the nearby vicinity – Orrery, 108 Brasserie and Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas, to name a few.
Dine in however, for a bite of The Arch’s very own mouth-watering cuisine at Hunter 486. Named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone, guests can sink their teeth into classic British dishes at this comfortable yet casual eatery.
Decked out in dark leather, Tom Dixon lighting, hanging copper pots and enormous magnums lingering on cabinets, it’s a fashionable yet friendly place.
The menu changes seasonally, but order the Grilled fillet of stone bass, crushed potatoes, pickled cucumber (£20) for a delectable mouthful.
The cocktails are also especially good – served with a smile from staff who are only too happy to offer recommendations on tipples and flavour pairings.
The Wordrobe verdict
Brimming with personality in the form of unique artwork, exceptional comfort and experienced staff, The Arch is perfect for a calming hideaway in the heart of London.
Offering the perfect blend of British luxury and modern design, book one of the refurbished rooms for a city stay that’ll leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more.
Make it happen
Where: The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Reservations: Prices start from £320 for a Deluxe Room and from £480 for a Suite. To make a booking, please phone 020 7724 4700 or visit thearchlondon.com
Words by Sophie Ritchie, Editor.