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Review of Thistle Marble Arch in London

June 8th, 2009

thistle-marble-arch-london.jpgThe Thistle Hotel in Marble Arch is a four star hotel containing 692 rooms including 193 superior or deluxe suites. Car parking is available near the building.

The hotel is situated right in the centre of London at one end of Oxford Street, the main shopping district.

The rooms are spacious by London standards. They contain all the amenities that would be expected in a hotel of this star rating such as air conditioning and satellite television. Guests who book the superior rooms also have access to exclusive lounges. All the rooms now support Wi-Fi Internet access. They are all cleaned daily and the standard of cleaning is always very high. The bathrooms are large and have a bath and shower.

The hotel was built in the 1930s and completely refurbished in 1991. It contains modern facilities such as a fitness centre and conference rooms, while still retaining the charm of the era in which it was built. This is typified by the Art Deco foyer that guests enter before ascending an elevator to the spacious lobby complete with magnificent stained glass ceiling.

The hotel restaurant serves buffet breakfasts and international a la carte cuisine for lunch and dinner whilst the Glen Miller bar has a less formal atmosphere and serves drinks and snacks until the early hours. There is also a coffee shop that serves a range of cakes and pastries all day.

The 24 hour Concierge is able to assist with all manner of requests. In addition the hotel has a separate booking desk for theatre tickets and can offer good prices for shows in the West End.

Generally the hotel is of a good standard; however, visitors may find two problems. One is the noise. The hotel is in a busy area and whilst the windows cut out a lot of the noise from the street the activity outside carries on until dawn.

The second inconvenience is that unless you have booked a superior room you are not able to check in until 2:00 p.m., which can be an irritation if you have arrived earlier.

Despite these problems this is still one of the best hotels in London within this price range. Prices start from £119.00 per night.

Contact Details:

Thistle Marble Arch, Bryanston Street, Marble Arch, W1H 7EH
Tel: +44 870 333 9116
Email: Marblearch(at)Thistle.co.uk

Related article: Places of Interest in London


Matthew Webb is a paramedic currently working in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Care Practice and is an editor for the Go Sailing Association (formerly British Gas Sailing) magazine.


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