For many, Marble Arch is simply one end of Oxford Street – London’s main shopping street. Upscale Selfridges department store is here, along with flagship branches of mega-cheap Primark and middle-of-the-road Marks & Spencer. The best hotels in Marble Arch range from the humongous – like the Amba and the Cumberland – to the sumptuously luxurious, like the Beaumont, whose wonderful recreation of a 1920s grill room, The Colony, is one of the best restaurants in the area. The arch itself, built as a triumphal arch in the nineteenth century, is on the edge of the green expanse of Hyde Park. Transport is good, with Bond Street nearby, in addition to Marble Arch tube. Here's our pick of the best hotels in Marble Arch.
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A sleek, boutique-style spot occupying several townhouses, the Arch blends Georgian elegance with modern style to great effect. Spacious rooms have bold bespoke wallpapers along with splashes of jewel colours. Suites are vast and some have little kitchenettes or private courtyards. Chic places to drink include the whimsical Salon de Champagne, with secluded booths, chiffony floor-to-ceiling drapes and ceiling graffiti, and the Bar, featuring a long glass bar, chandeliers and Tom Dixon chairs. The hotel also showcases work by emerging artists.
This Art Deco-look gem is actually a lovingly conceived homage to the era by restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (responsible for the Wolseley and the Delaunay) – built inside Selfridges’ former garage. Warm, polished wood panelling, old oils and curvy deco furnishings create a luxury, clubby feel, and there’s grillroom glamour in The Colony restaurant, with banquettes, 1920s sporting murals, and black-and-white photo portraits. For something altogether different, Antony Gormley’s ROOM is a geometric structural addition with a room at its heart.
Another mega-hotel (1,000 rooms!), just 100 metres from Marble Arch tube, the Cumberland was transformed some years ago with a bright modern makeover. The enormous white lobby is a sci-fi landscape of blueish LED lighting, pod-like chairs and life-like sculptures, while the Momentus Bar sports greens and purples. Things are toned down in the comfortable modern rooms, with the exception of the Jimi Hendrix suite. A tribute to his stays here, it has crazy psychedelic murals and vintage fabrics.
Like its sister hotel in Clerkenwell, this Zetter Townhouse creates vintage-look comfort with a glorious medley of antique and reclaimed furniture, in a Georgian townhouse. At its heart is cocktail bar Seymour’s Parlour, with drinks created in collaboration with cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro, in a cosy, maximalist, red-hued space. Quirky rooms also mix old and new, with some four-posters and canopied beds. Comfort is key: beds are Hypnos, products are REN, and there are even hot water bottles with knitted covers.
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