Discover the delights of a London staycation at The Arch in Great Cumberland Place
Having lived in Zone Two my entire life, I've not had the opportunity to spend a night in a London hotel, which is a pity, because my staycation at the Arch last night was utterly fabulous.
A dinner at Hunter 486, the hotel's restaurant (named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone, the hotel is a stone's throw from Hyde Park) started the evening as all good evenings should: with good steak and chips, oversized glasses of red wine, and an utterly decadent chocolate fondant with peanut brittle. The restaurant is much like the rest of the hotel: sleek and contemporary, but with classic touches like red velvet chairs and dark brown leather banquettes. An exposed kitchen and friendly staff means you could hunker down for hours, but we had more important places to be, namely, our suite for the night.
If you go – and you should go – ask for a room on the top floor, overlooking Great Cumberland Place. Not only is it so quiet you won't believe you're in central London, but you'll have a fabulous view of what those in the know claim to be Madonna's London residence.
If you go – and you should go – ask for a room on the top floor, overlooking Great Cumberland Place
The junior suite isn't one of the largest we've seen, but the finishes are exemplary: think mahogany wood panelling, padded headboard, full Sky TV and a small sitting area, all in muted tones of taupe and mustard with deep red here and there. The result is warm and classy – the boutique hotel has just 82 rooms, and each feels like the best version of one's own bedroom.
Luxury hotel touches are apparent in the bathroom, with a generous marble-set bathtub, deliciously comfortable white towelling robes and Malin + Goetz products. The bed is large and cosy – getting up in the morning proved something of a struggle, but force yourself: the breakfast is not to be missed.
We could start the day with a trip to the 24/7 gym, but instead, we do the exact opposite and head straight for the restaurant, where we opt for both the buffet and a la carte menus. The Nutritious breakfast came with an egg white omelette, fruit platter and a smoothie, while the granola and yogurt was moreish and of ample variety. Satisfied, we head back out into the hustle and bustle of London. Oh,the convenience.
A staycation at The Arch saves on travel time and expense, and offers all the luxury and hotel glamour we could hope for. We'll be back.