I booked one night here with Mrs Beoirgra so that we could catch the Tim and Eric Awesome Show live at the Leicester Square Theatre. It is well placed for central London, though it is very close to some of the most over-priced, fashion label nonsense shops in London. However, the proximity to Hyde Park and Green Park is wonderful, particularly if you prefer a nice walk away from the crowded streets of Lindin.
The hotel is a real find. An extremely comfortable hotel that is respectful of its customers, and doesn't try to rip you off at every available opportunity. Most importantly it was very clean, and the bed was refreshingly comfortable, so we both got an excellent night's sleep (something that can be quite difficult at some hotels). The complimentary toiletries were delightful - if you are a metrosexual rennaisance man like me, you will enjoy the moisturising conditioner and delightful grapefruit soap. It is also wonderfully quiet and peaceful - quite an acheivement for a central London hotel.
The espresso maker was one of the most joy inducing additions to a room I have ever seen. Also, all of the goodies in the fridge are free (except for the alcohol) and includes loads of water, juice, chocolate, muts, crisps etc. Be very careful about the alcohol though - they don't make it that clear that they using a 2025 costing system. I had one whiskey before Mrs Beoirgra informed me that it was £8! Half a bottle of wine is £18!
A couple of negatives, if I may. Firstly, we arrived at the hotel at about 1pm and were in a hurry to check-in and get going to make use of the day. We were told that check-in was 2pm, and therefore we had to wait around for an hour which really put the skids on trying to make the most from the afternoon. I personally feel that 1pm is a reasonable time to be able to check-in to a hotel room. Secondly, on two occasions a cleaner try to entered the room whilst we were still there. Given myself and Mrs Beoirgra's propensity to wander around hotel rooms with our respective pink bits exposed, that seemed unpleasantly invasive. Luckily we kept the chain lock on, something I would advise others to do if you also enjoy luxuriating in a room with all your glands on show.
However, these were minor issues. The cleanliness, comfort, quiet and location really make for a great stay at a five-star London hotel that is more than just an ostentatious foyer. Incidentally Tim and Eric were great. Eric sat on my lap whilst playing a toy saxophone during Song for Mommy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- By the Royal Parks Intimate and sophisticated, the fabulous 5-star Athenaeum is your home-away-from-home in Mayfair, central London. You're opposite Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, just down the road from national museums and galleries, and close to world-renowned shops and theatres. Michelin-starred chefs For eating and drinking, there's afternoon tea (voted "Best in London 2012"), an restaurant run by Michelin-starred chefs, and a fine bar - home to a large collection of whiskies and signature cocktails. For a little "me-time", our spa offers relaxing treatments, relaxation room, wet area and a well-equipped fitness room. Free WiFi, iPod(R) docks All guestrooms are spacious with modern decor and premium bedding. You can catch a game on the plasma TV, stream tunes through the iPod(R) dock, and browse the Web with free WiFi, all while sipping an espresso coffee. ... more less
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