The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
What To Know
- Very kid-friendly stay with daily milk and cookie deliveries and free-to-borrow razor scooters for exploring nearby parks
- Rooms have complimentary mini-bars
- Free WiFi is speedy
- Less than 5-minutes from the Green Park and Hyde Park Corner tube stations
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Athenaeum is in the heart of London, walking distance from Green Park and Wellington Arch. This 5-star hotel is close to Buckingham Palace and Selfridges.
Make yourself at home in one of the 18 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, and plasma televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 spa tubs, a health club, and a steam room. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).
How to Get There
I reserved an apartment at a residence at the Athenaeum. This promised a bedroom plus another room in an elegant building next to the hotel. We got to the hotel and were happily checked in to an apartment in building 4 on the third floor. We thought we would take our luggage with us as we were travelling light and imagined that like in most of the world a third floor room would be accessible by elevator.
A porter intercepted us and told us he must accompany us to the room. OK, it's a fancy hotel and the porters do things like this. But on the way to the residence (around the corner from where we checked in) we found out that the elevator was not working but that it would certainly be repaired tomorrow. Three long flights up (luckily the porter was strong and could carry our suitcases) we made it into the room. The next day of course the elevator was still not working. A trip to the front desk informed us that we must be mistaken, and perhaps the elevator repairman had forgotten to take the note off the elevator. Alas, not.
The kicker was finally the night before checkout we got a message under the door from the "Guest Experience Manager" that we would have complimentary breakfast for the remainder of our stay as compensation for the non working elevator. But as our rate included breakfast, this was not much of a bonus.
In short, a confused hotel with poor guest communication. Perhaps if the lifts are working it is pleasant, but when they are not the desk is deceptive (not mentioning it when you check in) and evasive (claiming it was fixed when it was not).
I spent a zillion points to stay at this hotel in a nice apartment and instead I had to walk to the third floor and ask for help to get bags in and out. I would seriously advise having a backup plan if you plan on staying in the residences.
Loved this hotel, amazing location and beautiful modern room with thoughtful touches everywhere. Great lounge at the top of the hotel with views across London. Delicious breakfast with happy attentive staff. New favourite London hotel!
We had a wonderful stay at the Athenaeum this weekend, The hotel is ideally centrally located and the staffs attention to detail is second to none. Special thanks to Darren Muylders the Concierge who recommended a beautiful restaurant and evening out for myself and my wife.
I’ve stayed in many hotels in London over the years, and this one is without doubt the best. The rooms aren’t huge, but they do have “English charm”, and everything works well. They’re quiet, well airconditioned, good beds, new bathrooms.
Finally it has a great restaurant and bar and it’s all reasonably priced.
We were on floor 10, room was well appointed and quiet, also very clean.
Breakfast is excellent, with hot food freshly cooked and not self service.Whilst the hotel is 5 star it remains friendly and casual but with the sort of standards you expect for that class of hotel.