London’s Marble Arch used to mark the entry to Buckingham Palace, and now it marks the west end of Oxford Street and the entrance to Hyde Park — as monuments go, it’s had an interesting life. Of considerably more interest to Tablet, however, is what’s just a few blocks up Great Cumberland Place: here a converted row of townhouses is now doing business as a luxury boutique hotel called The Arch.
There’s no shortage of other places to stay in the vicinity, but none so stylish; despite its Georgian heritage, the Arch’s designers haven’t been shy about updating the look. It’s got a bit of industrial edge, a bit of clean-lined modern design, and more than a bit of traditional coziness — though business travelers will by no means feel out of place, the Arch seems tailor-made for romance.
Not to mention shopping — Oxford Street, of course, is one of the world capitals of retail. A short walk in just about any direction could conceivably end with a wallet that’s considerably lightened. Just keep a few pounds in the account to cover dinner and drinks at the Arch’s restaurant, the orthographically unorthodox HUNter 486 (a name which, it must be said, will make rather more sense to telephone-exchange enthusiasts).
This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Guaranteed 4pm check-out
- One complimentary cocktail upon arrival per guest (max 2 guests)
- Complimentary continental breakfast for 2 (a value of 12.95 GBP per person per day)
- 82 Rooms
- Style: Modern Design
- Atmosphere: Lively
50 Great Cumberland Place
London, England, UK