The Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London

Just over the road from Hyde Park and within very easy walking distance from Marble Arch Underground station and Marble Arch itself, is the Amba Hotel Marble Arch. We were to stay here for two nights because of the amazing generosity of the hotel, who donate rooms for the charity Room to Rewards, who reward hidden heros with hotel stays. The stay was my prize for Autism Kids On Tour winning the BAPs Awards in the category “Best practical support for families”.

The hotel very generously provided us with a room for two nights with breakfast. Check in was easy and we were soon on our way up to the third floor. In the room the hotel had left a welcome surprise for us consisting of a huge plate of mini desserts, a card and a bottle of bubbly. We weren’t expecting that at all and it was a really nice touch.

The room itself was spacious and lovely. With its soft carpet and king sized bed, it provided a very welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the ever rushing London underground. There was a huge TV on the wall and an iPad from which you could find out about hotel services and order room service, extra pillows or anything you may have forgotten.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate were provided along with biscuits and a nespresso machine. There was a bottle of fresh milk in the mini fridge, which also contained complimentary bottles of water, coca cola, flapjack, chocolate and crisps. These were replaced daily and if the milk ran out you could order more from the iPad.

Robes and slippers were in the wardrobe which also contained the safe, an iron and ironing board.

The lovely, clean bathroom had a shower with an overhead rain shower and separate shower attachment. Toiletries were provided.

On the second night of our stay we tried the room service. We chose a club sandwich and a pizza. Both were really good and big portions.

Each morning of our stay we had breakfast in the Grill restaurant. Breakfast was buffet style with separate areas for hot and cold buffet items. There was also an omelette station where you could have omelettes made to order. I was impressed with the variety on the buffet. Along with the usual hot and cold breakfast items there was a large variety of fruits and salads. There was even a separate buffet catering for those that would prefer curry and samosas for breakfast. A menu was provided to order extra breakfast items at a cost, however vegetarian sausages were also on this menu free of charge.

We had a really nice stay at The Amba Hotel Marble Arch, the bed was incredibly comfy and the room lovely. The hotel had a gym, bar, restaurant and deli and was also ideally situated for exploring London.

I would like to thank My Family Our Needs who ran the BAPS Awards, Room to Rewards who organised the room for us and the Amba Hotel Marble Arch for the wonderful service and stay.

Staying at The Amba Hotel Marble Arch with an autistic child?

Children were welcome at the hotel and family rooms were available.

The room we stayed in had a large window so was light. The decor was calm and neutral so not overstimulating.

There was an iPad in the room. I accidently managed to put in a couple of requests from it that I didn’t mean to and room service was easy to order! The iPad was locked to the hotel app so you couldn’t play games on it, however you could also access a web browser from the app and therefore watch YouTube.

The Nespresso machine was visible and in reach, the tea and coffee were in a cupboard.

The windows were high and did not open fully.

The room seemed unusually soundproof, we couldn’t hear neighbouring rooms or even the very busy road outside.

The main area of the hotel with the check in, rest and deli areas was artificially lit.

I would say go early for breakfast, there was a queue to get in when we went around 10am and the room and buffet area were quite busy. Depending on your child’s needs, the side of the room with the windows was more naturally lit than the other side so arriving early may mean you can request to sit here.

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