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“Post Christmas treat ath the Athenaeum” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Ranked #164 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Post Christmas treat ath the Athenaeum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2007

I was very excited to find a deal at the Athenaeum hotel which I've tried to get into for a couple of years. It's location is spot on being just opposite Hyde Park.

1. Check-in
Rather surprisingly for a private hotel check- in was done in the
usual queuing up way and we were served by a pleasant
young lady who unfortunately answered the phone at the
same time which I usually find rather annyoying but I was
distracted by a huge jar of jelly babies which took my mind off it!

2. We were given a complimentary upgrade to a room on the 7th
floor with outstanding views of the park and also as it was
my husband's birthday a free bottle of wine from the General
Manager. All the staff were extremely gracious.

3. The Decor is pleasant and light and airy and two comfortable
chairs by the window was a thoughtful additon as we were
ablel to relax instantly drinking our wine and watching the
sun go down.

4. The concierge service was reliable and helpful, and we only
have a couple of niggles about the hotel. We were offered a
complimentary newspaper which was not delivered to our room - however we were given one to take home with us when
this oversight had been noticed. There was no milk for tea or
coffee in the rooms either and when we went to retreive our
luggage after a weary morning around the King Tuk exhibition
there was a mixup and a long delay before it was found which
meant we were in a huge rush to get across London for our
train.

Overall we enjoyed the hotel and would stay there again if the price was right - but I wouldn't pay rack rate for it. We usually stay aat the Langham in London, and if you can get an executive room there then I still prefer it, but it made a nice change.

  • Liked — The location and the rooms
  • Disliked — Waiting for our luggage to be retreived
  • Stayed December 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank Helen H
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2007

We stayed for 1 night this past weekend. We managed to get a fantastic rate and they kindly upgraded us to an Apartment. It was nicely decorated in traditional English style. It was large and clean. There was a plasma TV in the living room and a TV in the bedroom. The staff were super friendly and kind. The place is really well done up. Seems to have had a refurb recently. It is ideally located as you may have read. Next time we hope to have a room with a view and stay in the hotel bit. This is trully a 5 star hotel with a terrific staff. Both my wife and I really enjoyed our stay. If you can get a good rate, I would highly recommend the hotel. We booked through Lastminute.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank agrasso
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New York, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2007

My wife and I spent a week at the Athanaeum, and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. We were greeted with a smile by Bill, the quintessential British doorman, who welcomed us as though we were returning regulars, though it was our first stay ... our room was splendid, featuring a spectacular view of Green Park's fall foliage ... the concierge got us tickets for the sold-out "Buddy Holly, The Musical" in the West End ... the Athenaeum is centrally-located, only a short walk to Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace ... the hotel restaurant, Damask, rates four stars ... they offer a sumptuous breakfast buffet, and a great menu for dinner ... hotel staff is friendly and gracious, and works hard to ensure a perfect stay. We can't wait to return to London for another week at the Athenaeum!

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New York,NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2007

My best friend and I recently stayed @ this hotel for 10 days and had the best experience ever. The staff especially Alfred and Dan who are so helpful and friendly. The room service is available at any hour of the day and as we found out late nite 3 am. This is not party central but they r not so uptight that your stay becomes hum drum and boring,all the great things you want in a four or five star space without the attitude. A 3 min walk across the park and your at the gates of Buckingham Palace, Hermes,burberry stella etc are 5 min away .We have stayed at a couple trendy boutique hotels and this is one of the best so far ; we will definately b staying here again and hopefully getting an apt next visit. Btw room 704 has an amazing view overlooking the park.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank konnie2
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Oslo, Norway
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2007

For the second time in my life I booked a hotel on Priceline by bidding (bid for 5 * hotel - central London), and I am so happy that I did, because we got the best hotel I have ever stayed in in London!
When we arrived rather late on a Friday evening we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff and when the room we were given did not meet our wishes (it was a smoking room with double bed) we were instead given a very nice and roomy apartment - for the entire stay. Simply wonderful!
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant as we arrived late - and to our pleasant surprise it was an excellent meal and very fairly priced - two courses were just £20 (the same as the breakfast buffet).
We wanted a 5 star hotel in the middle of London and that is exactly what we got. My mother and I were on a girls trip to London and wanted to be near all the great shopping that London has to offer, and were very pleased with the location of the hotel. It is situated within walking distance from Oxford street, Bond Street (new and old), Regent street and Knightsbridge with Harvey Nichols and Harrods and Sloan street.

Of course we got a great deal on Priceline, but I would definitively be willing to pay the full price the next time I go to London!

  • Liked — The location and the atmosphere - classic British
  • Disliked — Very tiny elevators
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Hannebene
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dubai
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2007

We booked a one bedroom apartment, with the classic interior. The price is quite high compared to other apartments but we received the equivelant of a 5 star hotel service.
The bedroom is comfortable, looking onto a quiet street, we could open the windows, a plus.
The bathroom was quite small, but fine.
The lounge was comfortable with a dining alchove and a small kitchenette.
Soft drinks were complimentary and we were made to feel very welcome.
Being part of the hotel we were able to use the hotel facilities such as dining rooms and lounges. They have a very large lounge which was great for meetings and the service was very good.
The location is excellent in central London, we enjoy walking and nowhere was too far.
We would probably stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank arabianknight
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New York
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2007

Friendly staff, great location right on the park, and clean, comfortable rooms. Bathrooms efficient, great showers, but a bit small. Decor a bit too traditional for my tatste though.

  • Liked — friendly doorman
  • Disliked — decor a bit too traditional in the rooms, and not enough natural light
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank nycsf
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Property: The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Address: 116 Piccadilly | Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Business Hotel in London
#56 Family Hotel in London
#85 Romantic Hotel in London
#129 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 164
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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