Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marvel Arch

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marvel Arch

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STEVE WOLLASTON says you may catch a glimpse of a superstar neighbour on a capital break tr avel report london

ON a recent trip to London, I found it hard to prise my wife and daughter away from the hotel window. I would love to say they weren't being incredibly nosey, but they were.

With good reason though. Madonna's London home is close to where we were staying and they were hoping to catch a glimpse of the pop icon popping out for a pint of milk or walking the dog.

It's not a surprise that The Arch has such prestigious neighbours though, it's a boutique hotel that oozes class and sophistication. Nestled in the heart of Great Cumberland Place near Marble Arch, it's an ideal base for exploring the wider city. The vast green expanse of Hyde Park is only minutes away by foot, for example.

And what a base it is, a bold fusion of modern design and Georgian architecture. Dating back to 1791, it's good to see that the old can sit so successfully with the modern world of hotels.

From the moment you set foot in the hotel, the emphasis is on style and service.

Staff stand ready to cater to your every need, but not in a overbearing manner. You just get the impression that nothing is too much trouble. Striking artwork by top contemporary British artists adorns the walls at every turn. The amenities couldn't be more impressive, either.

A state-of-the art gym is tucked away in the bowels of the hotel on the bottom floor. There's an award-winning restaurant Hunter 486, where we sampled a number of meals that were certainly befitting of the surroundings.

I tried a 28-day aged rib-eye steak, as good as any I had tasted, anywhere. My wife made appreciative noises about the lamb shank and my daughter enjoyed eating her freshly made pizza as much as she enjoyed watching its creation.

The dessert and wine menus were equally impressive, and for those wanting a luxurious afternoon tea, The Arch is quickly carving out an enviable reputation. …

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