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The Thistle Marble Arch Hotel takes its name from the white Carrara marble monument erected at the top of Park Lane (after a brief stint as the gateway to Buckingham Palace), which was built in 1851 and still stands as one of London's most recognisable landmarks today. The hotel enjoys a fantastic location as one of the few accommodation options along Oxford Street, one of London's main artery roads. When you stay here you are within walking distance of Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Bloomsbury, Baker Street, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington and can explore a large area of the city with ease.
The hotel's 692 bedrooms are well appointed for families, business or leisure travellers, and are available as Standard, Deluxe or Suite. Rooms are decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary style with comfortable furnishings and bright colour accents. Room amenities range from the usual LCD TV with free view, direct dial phone, 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel at a charge), to the unique such as vibrating pillows and Braille menus on request, which shows great attention to detail in personalising guest experiences.
Guests in Executive rooms also have access to the Executive Lounge for a drink in relaxing surroundings and all rooms have access to the Health and Fitness Centre. The hotel also offer a concierge service if you need information about the area, tickets o shows, dinner reservations or a limousine to the hotel, whatever the request they will endeavour to meet it.
The hotel restaurant, The Marmor Grill, is tastefully decorated with 1930s style fittings and offers a menu to suit all tastes. If you just want to relax with a drink, the Glen Miller bar has jazz memorabilia covering its walls and comfortable furnishings to enjoy an aperitif in. There are many fantastic restaurants in the surrounding area (including many fantastic Lebanese restaurants in Edgware Road nearby), so you may prefer to explore outside the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel has been said to be uninspired, but there is a Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Connaught’s Cafe nearby for cheaper options.
The hotel is very well located for London attractions and shopping. With one and a half miles of designer and high street shops, including Selfridge’s department store on Oxford Street just a few minutes walk away, and Regent Street, Bond Street Harrods department store, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason food hall all within walking distance, the area is a shopper's paradise. Hyde Park, London’s largest green space is also just a few second’s walk from the hotel, offering tennis courts, horse rides, solar-powered shuttle boat rides, The Serpentine's modern art collection and many stunning picnic spots. Just a fifteen-minute walk down Park Lane is the Queen's official London residence where you can see the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and if you want to see more homes of the wealthy and ennobled, you can visit the Handel House Museum, where the great composer lived; or the very grand Marlborough House.
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.
This hotel's main draw is its very central location, which will mean you have a very convenient base in London, however, some guests have complained that the hotel could do with some renovation and the decor is a little tired, so you may have to compromise a little on style for being so close to Oxford Street. To make sure you do have the best stay possible, ask for a room away from Oxford Street, on a higher floor for less noise inside for less noise and ask at the desk about a room upgrade, which are offered for a small fee.