I had the pleasure of staying at The Athenaeum Hotel over the month of November. I got to experience the rooms, suites and the beautiful residences (which stole my heart by the way). I wanted to share my experience with you, and also share some of my favourite Mayfair spots too.
The Athenaeum is located perfectly. 5 min walk from Green Park and Hyde Park Corner stations, overlooking beautiful Green Park and Buckingham palace. Another 5 min in the opposite direction take you to one of my favourite places in London – Shepherds market.
The Athenaeum offers short or long stay residences, located on Down street, which is adjacent to the hotel. The 1 bedroom apartments a newly renovated, comfortable, cosy and full of beautiful art. I think what makes an experience different in a hotel, is having those details that make someone feel at home. The odd book here and there, a cute little ornament and so on. At least this is how I feel at home, and I thought what the Athenaeum residences delivered was perfect for me. The apartments are serviced by the hotel, so you can always call room service if you are feeling lazy (like me). To be honest i never wanted to leave, as I thought I found my perfect home but apparently I had to 🙂
The main hotel
The rooms and suites overlook Green park and being there in autumn, was one of the most therapeutic experiences ever. Watching Green park change colour, over the course of the month, was one of the highlights of my 2018. The suites are spacious, newly decorated, full of art, and the bathrooms are to die for. There is always a little bear and books left in the rooms. I admit, I spent most of my time in the bathroom though – enjoying the bath tub and the power showers. I absolutely love my flat but the bathroom is one of its disadvantages as it is a typical London, tiny bathroom. So being in this marble haven was just a joyous experience. There is a coffee machine in all rooms and my favourite blend of Verbena tea (which is actually difficult to find in London).
Friendly and welcoming, that is really it. I have had a pleasant experience throughout my stay, and things just worked. I also wanted to say a big thank you to the chef, who made me Sunday roast one of the nights, when I was not feeling well. It got delivered to my room, as I was craving something home cooked – I always need this when I feel sick. I think small gestures like this differentiate hotels, as any hotel can say we are a ‘5 star’ or ‘luxury’. The reality is, the people who work there and support their guests make all the difference for that differentiating factor.
The food overall
Galvin at The Athenaeum, is the main restaurant serving the hotel from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. The cuisine focuses on locally grown ingredients and produce, turning into beautiful dishes.
I absolutely love the bar at the Athenaeum and I think it is such a hidden gem. It is modern with cosy interiors, surrounded by books and art, making you want to snuggle up in the corner with your cocktail and enjoy an afternoon there. I had the pleasure of hanging out with their award winning bartender, one of the afternoons, who made me cocktails with a twist, and took a photo or two of me. So guys, the bartenders are Instagram ready, so you can get the perfect shot too. What are you waiting for? In all seriousness though, if you have not visited yet, give it a try next time you are in the area, I am certain you will enjoy it.
On the practical side, the wifi works – yeiii. 10/10 for the internet side of things and the tech in the rooms overall. I have had no issues
Last but not least, The View. The roof top club like lounge, open to guests only – with the most stunning view in Mayfair. You can watch over the London Eye while sipping your coffee (or tea). I love the fact that the area is closed off for hotel guests only. It allows that extra layer of privacy and peace.
If you are looking for a centrally located London hotel, check out the Athenaeum and their availability here.