The Athenaeum

5 stars
116 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BJ
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
8 reviews
Great Stay

My fiancee and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. On arrival, we got an upgrade to a park... See full review

  • Big Legal
  • Dec 3, 2013
Will never stay anywhere else!

Our stay in London was perfect and I can't say enough about the Athenaeum. We had a beautiful room... See full review

  • TeeT
  • Jan 20, 2013
Luxury, comfort and convenience in the heart of London

The Athenaeum's excellent location, modern amenities and friendly services entices guests, making it an ideal home-away-from-home in Mayfair. This intimate 5-star hotel offers services for all types of travellers, from business guests to guests travelling with family. Highlights of the hotel include award-winning afternoon tea and whisky bar with over 270 whiskies. The hotel also offers a spa and bicycle rentals as well as a wide range of family-friendly services, including a concierge service for children. Guests are served breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and afternoon tea in the hotel's restaurant, bar and elegant Garden Room.

3 Reasons to Stay:
  • Easy access to London's popular sights and attractions, including Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square

  • Luxury spa facilities and treatments, beautiful relaxation room, wet area and well-equipped fitness room offered on-site

  • Wide range of family services offered, including babysitting and concierge services for children

The Athenaeum Rooms

The Athenaeum houses 134 en-suite bedrooms, 12 elegant suites, 18 spacious apartments and a stunning rooftop suite. All units include plasma televisions, a CD player, DVD player, mini bar, free coffee, iPod and MP3 docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi access and views of the city. Parkview Rooms are available for those wishing to enjoy stunning views of Green Park. For a more luxurious experience, guests can opt for a Rooftop Suite, which offers double bedrooms, dividing walls, a Jacuzzi bathroom and a private balcony with stunning panoramic views of the city. The Athenaeum also offers apartments, which can be used for short or long stays and are ideal for guests wanting their own private space. All apartments feature a kitchen, sitting room, dining room, dressing rooms and bunk beds. Room service is included with all rooms, suites and apartments. Rooms with disabled access and facilities are available upon request.

Things to Do:
  • Green Park (situated just minutes from The Athenaeum)

  • Buckingham Palace (located just minutes from the hotel)

  • Piccadilly Circus (1 mi/1.6 km)

  • Trafalgar Square (1 mi/1.6 km)

  • The British Museum (1.5 mi/2.4 km)

  • Hyde Park (2 mi/3.2 km)

  • London Eye (2.2 mi/3.5 km)

  • St Paul's Cathedral (2.7 mi/4.3 km)

Policies and fees
  • Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

  • Pets allowed

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

The Athenaeum Rooms

Superior Room
Room offers one queen bed or two twin beds and a pair of armchairs with contemporary design, cable TV, MP3 docking station, browse a film library, play video games, DVDs, or CDs and access the wireless Internet free if charge. Bathrooms are marble throughout and feature heated towel rails and power showers. REN bath and beauty products and bathrobes are provided.
Deluxe Room
Room offers one queen bed or two twin beds and a pair of armchairs, with contemporary design cable TV, MP3 docking station, browse a film library, play video games, DVDs, or CDs and access the wireless Internet free of charge. Bathrooms are marble throughout and feature heated towel rails and power showers. REN bath and beauty products and bathrobes are provided.
Parkview Room
Room offers one queen bed or two twin beds, park facing with a pair of armchairs, in a contemporary design and , cable TV, browse a film library, play video games, DVDs, or CDs and access the wireless Internet free of charge. Bathrooms are marble throughout and feature heated towel rails and power showers. REN bath and beauty products and bathrobes are provided. Rooms have a bay window facing either the park or a quiet side street.
Suites
Room offers open plan living or closed plan with separate lounge area. One queen bed or two twin beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Rooms have a contemporary design. Bang and Olufson televisions allow guests to watch cable TV, browse a film library, play video games, DVDs, or CDs and access the wireless Internet free of charge. Soft drinks and snacks from the minibar are complimentary and there is and MP3 docking station to play your favourite music. Bathrooms are marble throughout and feature heated towel rails and power showers. REN bath and beauty products and bathrobes are provided. Rooms Facing either the park or a quiet side street.
One Bedroom Apartment
Room offers one king bed and either a sofa bed or pop up bunk beds, desk, wireless Internet free of charge, TV with premium cable channels and pay movies, MP3 docking station, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, and minibar where soft drinks and snacks are complimentary, hair dryer, Iron/ironing board and complimentary newspaper.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

51.5046 -0.1474
Area served
London
Nearby airports
London Heathrow Airport
Area description
Superbly located opposite Green Park, this classy hotel is a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St James' Park. Nearby attractions include Madame Tussaud's and the Georgian splendours of Regent's Park, including London Zoo.

Nearby points of interest

  • Green Park: 0.2 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 0.2 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 0.3 mi
  • Piccadilly: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Palace: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Mews: 0.4 mi
  • Park Lane: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Arcade : 0.4 mi
  • Queen`s Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Academy of Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Cardinal Place : 0.5 mi
  • Guards Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Regent Street: 0.6 mi
  • Handel House Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Green Park: 0.2 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 0.2 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 0.3 mi
  • Piccadilly: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Palace: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Mews: 0.4 mi
  • Park Lane: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Arcade : 0.4 mi
  • Queen`s Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Academy of Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Cardinal Place : 0.5 mi
  • Guards Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Regent Street: 0.6 mi
  • Handel House Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Victoria station: 0.6 mi
  • St James's Park: 0.6 mi
  • Westminster: 0.6 mi
  • Bond Street London: 0.6 mi
  • Kingly Court : 0.7 mi
  • Lambeth Palace: 0.7 mi
  • Piccadilly Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • St. Ann's Shopping Centre : 0.7 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 0.7 mi
  • St. James's Park: 0.7 mi
  • Selfridges: 0.7 mi
  • Cutty Sark: 0.7 mi
  • Carnaby Street: 0.7 mi
  • Oxford Street: 0.7 mi
  • London Palladium: 0.7 mi
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts: 0.7 mi
  • Crime Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Oxford Circus: 0.8 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 0.8 mi
  • Harrods: 0.8 mi
  • Marble Arch: 0.8 mi
  • Photographers Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum: 0.8 mi
  • London Chinatown: 0.8 mi
  • Admiralty Arch: 0.8 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.8 mi
  • Leicester Square: 0.8 mi
  • Trafalgar Square: 0.8 mi
  • Hyde Park: 0.8 mi
  • Shaftesbury Avenue: 0.8 mi

Dining

The Restaurant
The menu is simple, modern British cuisine, featuring plenty of fish, seafood, and vegetarian options, all prepared with organic vegetables.
Whisky Bar
This bar specializes in single malt whisky with 157 types on offer where the Whisky Sommelier will guide you through the options. A wide variety of cigars is also available, as are cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks. Guests mingle at the bar or relax on the large leather sofas. Open all day until late evening.
Garden Room
Light meals, snacks, and award winning afternoon tea are on offer.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (8)

Ratings and reviews for The Athenaeum

Overall score

4.1 / 5
8 out of 8
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.6

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

1
glorial
london
Mar 24, 2014

Lack of afternoon tea

I had emailed Athenaeum to book the afternoon tea for 21st March, to my delight they had availability on that date when I had emailed them, so I replied that I would see them there! Taking it as no news is good news. I turned up for the afternoon tea, only to be told that I did not have reservation and that they were fully booked, even though it was completely empty and there was a slot on their reservation sheet clearly visible. I was extremely disappointed that no member of staff contacted me by email or telephone (my number was in the email), especially as it was my birthday. Top tip: Do not book through Athenaeum itself.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

5
Big Legal
Miami Beach, FL
Dec 3, 2013

Great Stay

My fiancee and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. On arrival, we got an upgrade to a park view room which was a wonderful way to start our trip. The staff - from housekeeping, the bellman, front desk, the waiters to the concierge - were all so pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The location is fantastic; a 10 minute walk from the hotel in either direction will take you to Harrods in one direction and to Piccadilly Circus and the Theater District in another. The Hotel while older had a great English feel which is something we were looking for in a London hotel, and really enjoyed. It is small, and all staff seemed to know our names, which helped made the hotel feel very cozy and intimate. The restaurant had great food, including a very nice Thanksgiving turkey dinner, and if you like whiskey, the bar is the place to be as it seemed to have more times there than I knew every existed. All in all a great trip.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

5
TeeT
U.S.A.
Jan 20, 2013

Will never stay anywhere else!

Our stay in London was perfect and I can't say enough about the Athenaeum. We had a beautiful room with a private entrance, the location of the hotel is within walking distance of Green Park tube and Buckingham Palace is just across the street. The room was bigger than any I have stayed in and it was clean and comfortable. The staff was beyond courteous and I would say they are the reason I will always stay at this hotel. Many thanks to the Athenaeum!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the Green Park tube instead of costly taxis!

Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

4
Bobcat23
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6, 2012

Unbeatable location

Great service and dream location with Green Park across street, Shepherd's Market around corner, a tube stop barely 10min's away

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Five minutes behind the hotel, Shepherd's Market is strip along Shepherd Street with bunch of comfy pubs and restaurants

Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

5
Diabolo
New York, NY, USA
Dec 28, 2011

Perfect Stay!

I stayed at the Athenaeum over the Christmas holiday and cannot extend enough compliments to the hotel and staff. The location cannot be beat, the room was very clean, stylish and comfortable (I was upgraded when I checked in), extremely quiet and the staff were a pleasure. On Christmas eve they even delivered a Christmas gift to my room (a small box of spa products). How lovely! The hotel is small which I found added to its charm. I've stayed at so many wonderful hotels in London and consider the Athenaeum to be at the top of the list.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

For a great pub and pub meal, go to the Audley on Mount Street. A short walk from the hotel in beautiful Mayfair.

Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

3
Leex
Paris, France
Nov 20, 2011

Cheaper, but not cheap, for a reason

Bad: Small room, over-heated with no way to cool it off. Good: mistakes rectified with a smile: free WiFi: free water: fast elevators; pleasant staff. Still, one would expect more for the money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Have lunch or breakfast at Pret a Manger for less than 10 pounds. Fresh food and juices, free WiFi

Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

5
Sydney traveller
Sydney NSW, Australia
Aug 19, 2011

Marvellous Hotel

The Athenaeum was a perfect hotel to see London from. Situated close to Hyde Park corner on Piccadilly the location was great for shopping as well as an early morning run around the park. It is also close to the theatre district. The staff were excellent and made a beautiful hotel even better. Room and bathroom fittings were of a high standard and the free WiFi signal was strong. I cannot fault the hotel. My stay was a pleasure and will certainly return next time I am in London.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Good restaurants in Shepherds Market which is close to the hotel. Very nice square with shops and pubs as well. Worth visiting for lunch at least.

Review of The Athenaeum

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Business
Switzerland
Apr 1, 2010

Perfect

Very difficult to fault this hotel. Conveniant location and staff couldn't be more helpful. Rooms clean and a good size plus free internet and soft drinks/snacks from minibar just make it feel less penny-pinching than others. Won't stay anywhere else next time I'm in London.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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