A Home From Home Stay At The Arch Hotel, London

Sunday, 15 April 2018



If you live in London, some people might ask why are you staying over in a hotel. There are many reasons, but one of those is that when you've been in a relationship for a long time, it can be nice to have a staycation date night to break up the routine. 

Me and my boyfriend Dan have been together over 4 and a half years and have lived together for 4 of those. We are very much in the routine of things, and own furniture and a car jointly, which is all lovely and grown-up, but we definitely need to mix it up from time to time.

So I chose The Arch hotel in, you guessed it, Marble Arch for our date night staycation. Described as a home from home, it's a gorgeous small boutique hotel in a classic white west London townhouse. It's been open for only 8 years but is already a fixed favourite in the area. With 82 bedrooms and a few little lounges and dens for guests, it's very much a relaxed and welcoming vibe. 


Each bedroom has a unique design, but one that is homely and warm. The owners wife is an interior designer, so each room is carefully decorated by her.


My room though had the best design if I do say so myself. A mix of teals and bright oranges, it certainly drew the eye. But it was the wallpaper that I fell in love with. 


Just look at it. It's blooming gorgeous! 

Our beautiful room had the hugest bed, it must be a super king and it was oh so comfy I can tell you. Enough so that I basically passed out on it after dinner as soon as I lay on it! 

Also which I didn't take a photo of which I wish I had was the lamp in the corner. It was a Paul Smith X Anglepoise lamp which made me very happy as me and Dan have two of the collection in our house, so it was nice to see someone else with them. Good taste I say. 


I was also really keen to try the onsite restaurant, Hunter 486, as I'd heard good things about it from friends beforehand. 


Once again the design features stood out. The bar area is beautiful, with a centrepiece lighting feature and gorgeous high chairs. I was sneakily making notes for my own house.


Hunter 486 is a laid back brasserie style with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs prepare the classic but interesting menu.


Both me and Dan opted for burrata with chargrilled vegetables and pesto. If you haven't had burrata you haven't lived. It really is heaven. It's the creamiest cheese you'll ever eat. 


Whilst we waited for our mains, we ordered a round of drinks. Dan had a mojito with a lychee twist and I opted for a cherry and passionfruit cocktail. Both were so refreshing, I might have drank mine in no time at all.


I'd probably say both of us are quite big meat eaters, and so it was a burger and a steak at our table. I can’t cook steak at home, as I can just never get it right. It’s either way undercooked but not in a good way or it’s overdone and tough. So whenever I think somewheres going to do a good steak, I always go for that. And yes, The Arch did meet that.



I probably didn’t need a dessert but Dan convinced me we should share one. Well I don’t need that much convincing. 



This is probably only about the third photo of us in existence. 


In the morning it was breakfast in bed. A full English, a basket of pastries and a large pot of coffee.

Sadly we couldn’t stay forever as we had to get back and be grownups- we had a series of house viewings that afternoon, which is quite exciting although it’s pretty stressful, going from house to house and thinking you’ll never find “the one”. Maybe I’ll just move into The Arch instead? 

2 comments

  1. Looks like a great hotel, love the interiors and the food looks great!

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