The Athenaeum Hotel London Review
Updated: Dec 28, 2019
A taste of five-star luxury in Mayfair at The Athenaeum Hotel London.
The Athenaeum Hotel is an award-winning hotel located on Piccadilly and opposite Green Park.
I’ve walked past the hotel plenty of times but it’s almost hidden by the wall of plants which cover the building, but this just makes it one of London’s best kept secrets. The hotel is a special place in the city and it is well known for the famous faces that stayed there in the 70s and 80s. Nowadays the hotel, which is one of London’s few family-run five-star hotels, still attracts plenty of famous faces including Kim Kardashian and Kanye, Harry Styles and Samuel L Jackson.
We checked into our Park View room, eager to test out the spa, the gym and hungry for gourmet experience at fine dining restaurant, Galvin at The Athenaeum, with Michelin-starred chefs The Galvin Brothers at the culinary helm.
The check in process was quick and smooth and our luggage was kindly taken for us on arrival, nothing was too much for the attentive staff. We immediately noticed the hotel’s intimate and homely feel.
Waiting in our room for us was Arthur, The Athenaeum’s teddy. Each room has one of these and they can be taken home at an extra charge.
Our Park View room, priced from £264 a night, was absolutely stunning. It offered incredible views of Green Park and Piccadilly with the floor-to-ceiling windows. The room was incredibly quiet, you would not have thought that you were in the heart of London.
The room was very large and tastefully designed with sleek shades of orange and a wonderful British touch added to the decor. The wall-to-floor mirrors in the bathroom and bedroom were absolutely perfect – it added to the luxurious design of the room and was extremely useful whilst getting ready, especially as the lighting was so fantastic too. Plus due to the mirrored wardrobe doors there were plenty of plugs and mirrors within a good distance of each other so styling my hair was not an issue. (The main thing I look out for in hotels, of course!)
The room also offers complimentary soft drinks in the minibar which unfortunately we read about upon departure – but still a wonderful touch.
I also loved the quote on our room key cards, because I totally agree – London is always a good idea!
The Park View room features a king-size bed (or two twin beds) with dreamy Hypnos mattresses. The room also features tea-making facilities, Nespresso coffee-maker, complimentary wifi, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, LCD flat-screen TV, Bose music docking station and my favourite – slippers and bathrobes.
The hotel offers everything you could want for a luxurious five-star stay. It was the perfect hub for a relaxing and indulgent weekend for couples but it’s also perfect for families too. The hotel is family friendly, there are interconnecting rooms and rollaway beds available and the hotel also offers children their own kids’ concierge as well as toys, bikes and food to feed the ducks in the park. There are also kites available to use in Green Park!
I loved sitting in the little alcove by window and just watching the world go by. Although I kept forgetting that being located on the second floor that everyone could probably see me there too just chilling in my robe.
The en-suite bathroom was absolutely stunning with opulent marble throughout. There was a bathtub and overhead power shower with the fluffiest white towels and fabulous ESPA toiletries. The bathroom was absolutely immaculate and everywhere I turned in the room I found more reason as to why I didn’t ever want to leave.
A few hours before we were due to dine I managed to drag myself out of my fluffy robe so we could check out the gym and spa. The spa is located in the basement of the hotel and has one double treatment room, two hot tubs and a gym with a good variety of equipment. We popped by for a quick work out before our gourmet feast but who were we kidding…that only lasted a few minutes before we decided to relax in the hot tubs instead.
The room was so quiet at night, which was great seeing as were facing the main road, and the bed was so cosy. I sunk into it like I was sleeping on a cloud…
Waking up for breakfast was difficult but I was excited knowing that Eggs Benedict and a green juice were coming straight to my room.
As expected breakfast was a luxurious affair. Why can’t I start all Mondays with breakfast in bed? It was absolutely perfect. There was a great selection of dishes and drinks to choose from and we just simply placed our order to our door handle the night before and it was delivered right on time the following morning.
There’s so much to see The Athenaeum Hotel that we didn’t have enough time to make the most of all the facilities and it’s fantastic location. Downstairs there is the restaurant Galvin at the Athenaeum – where we dined (there is a review coming soon!) There’s also the lounge area which is located next to the restaurant where guests can enjoy The Galvin Brothers’ afternoon tea which features ingredients such as Cumbrian ham, Kentish strawberries and delicious Devonshire clotted cream. There’s also a Gentleman’s afternoon tea for those with less of a sweet tooth. After dinner we had a sneak peak at The BAR, an intimate and elegant area which hosts The Athenaeum’s famous whiskey collection (there’s over 300 whiskeys!).