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Athenaeum House Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a beautiful country house hotel experience. Old fashioned in its approach the hotel offers a quiet and peaceful ambience. The room was comfortable with a lovely spacious bed. Just one thing was the sheets and pillowcases were creased as if they hadn't been ironed. Not crisp as one would ususally seee. Apart from that the staff were great and the food and meals very good indeed.

We stayed at Athenaeum House on our next-to-last night in Ireland. The lady at check-in was quite friendly and helpful, and gave us a recommendation for a great restaurant for dinner that night (The Reg. - do yourself a favor and go there!) For the amazing price of E105, we had an executive twin room with good beds, lots of space including a window sitting area where we enjoyed wine with our traveling companions before dinner, nice bathroom, private on-site parking, and good breakfast included. I noticed that the dark wood furnishings in our room are showing some wear, but otherwise this room was fine. The breakfast room (which is also a restaurant in the evening) was light and bright even on a rainy morning, and the food ranged from good continental items to cooked choices, all of which were available to guests for no charge. The hotel is on the other side of a river from the downtown area in a country setting, but the trip to restaurants and pubs by car only took five or ten minutes and wasn't difficult. We would stay here again.

Myself and my sister called into the Athenaeum house hotel for afternoon tea, well what can i say...only good things, the staff from the girl on reception was lovely and then the girl that looked after us in the restaurant (dark hair with a pony tail) was so friendly and helpful, we asked for no butter and no fish and they gave us exactly what we asked for, the selection of open sandwiches were so tasty and then out came a 3 tier cake stand of the most delicious sweets, cakes and fancies, i can honestly say from me been a very very fussy woman to please that it was the best and most delicious afternon tea i have had in a Waterford and further on without a douth, they make everything on the premises, and i so love good tasty homemade food...we did not eat for a long time after it we were so stuffed, we will soooooo be back, ladies go treat yourselfs to afternoon tea in the Atheneum house hotel, you wont be sorry xx

This is a very nice looking place- a bit off the beaten path from Waterford City. Check-in was seamless and the lady in the registration office was a delight! Took us only about 2 minutes to check-in. Rooms were spacious but could use some updating (ripped carpet and stained ceilings)-- but this did not affect us too much. The restaurant was very nice but a bit overpriced for what you get. Still very happy with our stay and would probably stay here again!

Very worn Mattress and sheets the tv was tiny carpet worn , staff was very friendly and excellent breakfast need facelift Resturant for dinner had excellent food would consider eating there but not staying there

My family and I stayed here overnight. This is a fabulous hotel, hidden away down a lane way. Everything about the hotel is perfect. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful.n The rooms are a little old fashioned but in perfect keeping with the age of the house. The rooms are unusually big and can easily accommodate extra beds for children. The gardens, though small are very pretty and well kept. The food in the restaurant was amazing and well priced. There was a full menu for children, which was a nice change from chicken nuggets and chips! Check out is at 11am, but there is plenty of time to organise that after a hearty breakfast.

I'm not to sure where to start other than we were blown away by the excellence of the food we received. We arrived late in Waterford and asked a local where would be good to eat at 10pm. Arriving at Athenaeum, we were greeted with the grandeur of the hotel. We sat down and looked at the menu and immediately did the maths.... The 3 course meal would definitely be the most economical decision for us. Boy were we not sorry! From the foie gras starters to duck mains and some of the most incredible desserts ive ever tasted (the brownie was my best) we were just in awe of the amazing food we had. Thank you for the great service and the even better food.

Spent one night here when visiting Waterford and really liked it. It's a decent hotel. Our room was very nice, really quiet, comfortable and clean. Seemed to be newly done up. It was a large room. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good-full Irish, the continental selection was small enough but it's just an extra to whatever you order off the menu (porridge, pancakes, full irish). Overall we were very happy with our stay here.

The restaurant of this hotel is of a good standard, the staff friendly, welcoming and attentive but our room was disappointing. It was poorly lit, had dark wall coverings which did not help and had a TV which could not easily be viewed from the bed. The bed was comfortable enough and the ensuite bathroom was fairly modern.

My wife and I differ on our view of this hotel. "3" may be a little harsh but "4" would be too high Firstly, this is not in my opinion, a "boutique" hotel, although I accept perhaps 10 years ago it could have been described as so Bedding was quite worn / dated, the CD player in the room had its aerial wrapped round it, a rusting towel rail / radiator, no room safe, yellows and browns are now dated colours, and I believe the reading light was not working - ok,arguably these are all trivial but a boutique hotel has to keep up to date (the House Hotel in Galway where we stayed later was great / is a good example). Potential guests may want to bear in mind that the location of the hotel is the "wrong" side of the river and so it is a half hour walk to the main part of the city. On the positive, dinner in the hotel was very good / recommended and our room (315) was large

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Athenaeum House Hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Waterford Treasures Museum and Garter Lane Arts Centre. This 29-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. House of Waterford Crystal and St. Patrick's Church are also nearby.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


Athenaeum House Hotel's 29 rooms are air-conditioned and provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with TVs. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Ironing boards are also included.

Property features

Guests of Athenaeum House Hotel enjoy features like conference space, coffee in a common area, and a library. There's free parking and limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Executive Single Room

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 544 reviews