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Nov 13

The Arch London

This hotel is hidden gem in London but the word is out. Who knew it was there! On arrival we were warmly welcomed and all the concierge staff were professional and helpful. While looking around you can’t help but be drawn in to the wonderful modern chic decor. With rich mahogany furniture and eye catching artwork well placed all around the hotel every little corner or corridor is appealing. It is a smaller hotel compared with many I have stayed at but the discreet, intimate location and feel is very special and once you’re inside you realise it’s not small at all. The hotel was busy but it didn’t feel impersonal or uncomfortable and there was no dip in the level of service.

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We were very impressed with the CHAncery 242 suite. The decor again was spot on, the bathroom boasted a TV and the walk in shower was gorgeous! The products samples were from MALIN + GOETZ and they were sweet smelling and had a really unisex look which didn’t put my husband off from using them! Honestly after my deep bath I still could have spent all my evening in there! We had a huge bed with a large flat screen TV. The suite resembled more of a large decorative luxury apartment than a hotel room, as it contained a spacious sitting room and a modern kitchen, (with a pretty tea pot which I would have loved to take home!). There was a well stocked mini bar in both the living room and bedroom. Once we’d put our bags down and had finished chatting about how elegant and tasteful the suite was we sat down and read our welcome note which was a really nice personal touch. It came with a bowl of delicious fruit and scrumptious chocolates that were wrapped in a little box. It’s all in the detail at The Arch.

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Made from a wine cellar, the gym had a quirky design but more importantly was well stocked with the latest equipment including a power plate for those that know! There was complementary water in the fridge and fresh towels. Definitely worth a visit whilst you’re here.

We had dinner booked for 8pm and again it didn’t fail to delight. I’m a massive foodie so my expectations were high. We had a three course a la carte meal. We were made to feel welcome and given what I thought was the best seat in the restaurant. The waitresses were friendly and professional but were not over familiar. The restaurant Managers were very friendly and had a little chat with us however I must say all credit must go to the chef. The food was absolutely delicious!

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We had a starter, main, dessert and they also threw in complementary soup before our starter and chocolates at the end of the meal. Here are some photos of our meals. I’m sure the photos will do all the talking. If we could recommend a few things on the menu it would be

  • The salmon starter. It was light and refreshing.
  • The duck starter was well presented and rich in flavour- complimented by a chutney and almond bread.
  • Chocolate fondant dessert was mouth watering. My husband wanted another one!
  • The wine menu offered a sufficient choice of wines. I would recommend the Australian Merlot and the Sicilian Pinot Nero.

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In the morning, after a wonderful nights sleep, we headed down and met the morning staff who were friendly and attentive. The kitchen Manager introduced himself and made us feel welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed a full English breakfast. We were also offered a choice of continental. The yoghurt, fresh fruit and an option of gluten free bread was such a bonus.

If like myself you want to relax after breakfast, take a stroll to the library where you can sit and read any of the books or newspapers on offer. At a slow leisurely pace we got ready to leave although we never felt rushed out of the hotel and really felt like we could have stayed on for a few more days!

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Overall I would say if you want to feel like a star but you don’t want all the fuss or attention of hotel staff on your back the whole time then this place is for you. It’s probably one of the most intimate, most modern elegant hotels I’ve ever stayed in.

The Arch London
50 Great Cumberland Place

Nov 13

The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, London

The Jumeirah Lowndes is a boutique hotel in the beautiful area of Belgravia, London. A five minute walk from Harrods and round the corner from the Christian Louboutin shop, the hotel is in one of the swankiest neighborhoods in London.

On arrival we were offered a refreshing glass of water with lime and lemon and some warm flannels to wash the London tube off our hands.

We stayed in a Junior Suite which had a living style room with a desk, sofa style seats and a large flat screen TV.

The adjoining room comprised a walk in closet and catering facilities and a very sweet welcome note. They’d catered to all types with a welcome tray containing fruit, rococo chocolates, a Nespresso coffee machine and bottled water.


Next to that room was the sleeping area with a large bed (big enough for 4 I reckon!) another flat screen TV and an en suite bathroom. Guests of the Lowndes get complimentary use of The Peak Spa at the sister Jumeirah Carlton Tower (a two minute walk away) which has a pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi (I used) and gym (I didn’t!).


The Jumeirah Lowndes has its own restaurant and bar serving different types of food (including afternoon tea) from 7 am until 11 pm and 24 hour room service. I noticed a few families with young children staying at the hotel and the staff were friendly and accommodating which is always a nice touch.

Dinner and breakfast the next morning were delicious, in fact I ate too much! It’s hard not to when it tastes this good.


The Jumeirah Lowndes offers a luxurious experience of London and although I’ve lived here all my life it was a pleasure to visit a part of the city normally reserved as a pass through when I have visitors from other countries.


Until January 2014, Jumeirah has a variety of Christmas packages on offer:

Skate and Stay package: one night’s accommodation and a full English breakfast the following morning.

Spirit of Christmas package: one night’s accommodation at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, full English breakfast, one hour chocolate making course at luxury chocolatier Rococo, two Natural history museum skating tickets and a Winter Warmer cocktail in Lowndes Bar & Kitchen.

Stocking Filler package: a £100 Harrods gift voucher, a luxury pedicure in The Peak Health Club & Spa, a full English breakfast in The Rib Room and a late check-out.

The Capital Christmas package provides access to some of the best events and entertainment in London, including transfers and entrance to Kempton Races on 26 December and theatre tickets with transfers on 27 December. Four nights’ accommodation in Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Christmas Day lunch in The Rib Room, daily English breakfast and dinner for two in The Rib Room one evening, this package a very special way to experience Christmas in London.

For more information, visit Packages start from £200 per person.

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