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The Marble Arch Inn is a low-cost, tourist class hotel in the heart of London, just seconds away from Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park and many more attractions. The two-star hotel offers guests modern rooms with comfortable furnishings and friendly staff in an excellent location.
Rooms at the hotel are cheerful and modern, if lacking some of the flair of the surrounding hotels, but for the price this is a fair compromise to make. In-room amenities include a remote-control colour satellite television, direct dial telephone, a clock and radio, central heating, hairdryer, tea and coffee bar, and a travel electrical adaptor. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour reception so you can find assistance at any time. Staff in the hotel have been praised for their friendliness and assistance, allowing guests to leave luggage and set up cots in rooms. There is no restaurant at the hotel, but there are many fantastic options nearby, whether you sample the authentic Lebanese delights in Edgware Road a few minutes walk away, splash out on one of the stunning hotel restaurants along Park Lane, or go for something cheap and cheerful at Bella Pasta on Oxford Street, you will find something to suit your budget and taste.
The hotel is very well located for London attractions and sightseeing. Just a few minutes walk away you will find the Marble Arch monument, which was once used as a gateway to Buckingham Palace and now stands as the entrance to park lane, which has many exclusive hotels, restaurants and car showrooms. You have London's largest green space on your doorstep, Hyde Park, where you can enjoy a picnic, take in a summer concert, visit The Serpentine Gallery and peruse their modern art collection, ride a horse or a solar powered shuttle boat, or just take a relaxing stroll. Beyond that is Kensington Palace and Gardens, which has housed Queen Victoria, Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Beyond Hyde Park you can visit another royal house, this one much grander as it is the London residence of none less than Queen Elizabeth II. You can tour the Palace in late summer, but if you miss the opening dates you can still watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you prefer to indulge in retail therapy, you can visit Oxford Street's megastores, including stylish department store Selfridges; or you can gasp at the expense of the clothes in Bond Street's designer shops.
The hotel is also well located for transport; just a few minutes walk away from Marble Arch tube. Marble Arch services the Central line, which will swiftly carry you to London's other sights and attractions. The station is just a few stops from Oxford Circus tube, which services the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines and has direct links with Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); and King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates). If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. To park overnight, your best option is the NCP Car Park at Great Cumberland Place; just a few minutes walk away from the hotel.
The hotel has been criticised for shabby interiors, but for such an advantageous location some guests can overlook the slightly faded decor. If you do choose to stay here, it is best to be very specific when requesting a room as some standard rooms come with a toilet but no bathroom and basement rooms can be cramped and dark. If you have mobility problems, you may wish to request a room on the first floor, as there is no lift at the hotel.