I travel extensively and therefore find myself staying in many different hotels around the world. One thing I have observed is that so many hotels have a certain “sameness” about them. Of course, many international chains strive for that “sameness” to attempt a certain level of consistency in quality and service. I stay strive, as this objective for consistency in quality and service is rarely achieved. Given the opportunity to offer something different or unique, even many of the independent hotels (which I prefer) are also becoming very bland and similar in the offering they make available to guests. I am delighted to say that I have found an exception to this all too frequent observation; The Arch, London.
I stayed two nights in this hotel and the experience was truely unique. From arrival at the front door, to check-out on the last morning, I was made to feel like I was staying at a very good friend’s (albeit large and luxury) house. The level of service was truly exceptional and the attention to detail, unique.
The deluxe room I stayed in was absolutely wonderful - beautifully stylish, extremely comfortable and equipped to the highest of standards. Whether it be the blue china tea pot, Nespresso coffee maker or even the TV in the bath, every detail in the room had been carefully considered and perfectly presented. Soft drinks in the mini bar were offered free of charge as was the full Sky TV package and high speed wifi; certainly a first for me. The bed was so incredibly comfortable I didnt want to leave it for work!
I decided to eat in the hotel on my last night (I rarely eat in hotels when staying in London), but this experience also went way beyond my expectations. The bar served some really unqiue cocktails mixes with small finger snacks - again, every detail was carefully considered. The menu was varied and extremely reasonable in price and the food was of a really high standard. I had pheasant that was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. I will definitely eat here again.
I could write much more about my experiences, but don't want to write a dissertation, nor spoil the surprise for other guests! In someways, I would like to keep this hotel as my own secret...but hey, I guess it is too late now.
In my short stay I got to meet many of the staff that worked at the hotel and each and everyone contributed to the wonderful experience. If any other hotel wants to know how a hotel should be run, spend one night here...
I will be back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arch Hotel London is a luxury lifestyle hotel just a stone’s throw from Marble Arch, Marylebone and the West End. Spanning 7 Georgian townhouses, this urban hideaway offers a unique combination of English heritage and contemporary style. With 82 individually designed guestrooms and an inspiring restaurant and bar, The Arch London provides the best in comfort and service with Free Internet Access and complimentary soft drinks mini bar in every room. Imaginative British art, rich fabrics, colours and honest, hearty food, add to the spirit of this creative new hotel. ... more less
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