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Athenaeum House Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Did a last minute booking at this hotel and whilst the room was nice (a little chilly and quality of bedlinen sheets weren't up to high standard) and the food in the hotel was good, it just lacked something. The bar had a TV in it which people had sat night programs on which didn't suit the setting. The set dinner was lovely with a good choice of starters, mains and desserts and was good value for 28 euro. Breakfast selection was very good. Décor particularly in bathroom could do with updating if it wants to maintain a 4 star rating.

Always stay at this hotel when we are in the area and I’ve never had a problem with it. Friendly staff with lovely food and excellent breakfast. Lovely area and very quiet. Hotel cat is friendly and just wants to sit on your knee permanently. Will be going back in the summer.

The bedroom was cold and dark but they may have had a heating problem. The second night the heating came on at 3 in morning. The saving grace in the hotel was the dining room where the food was excellent and beautifully presented

We had a very pleasant stay for 1 night when passing through. Room and bathroom both large. Decor needs updating as it seemed a little tired. Mattress felt past it's use by date. Despite this room was clean and everything worked. Rooms have lovely floor to ceiling sash windows. Building was charming and gardens lovely.

To summarise for you, we booked into the Athenaeum originally for a 1 night stay on the 29th December. We subsequently also booked in for the night of the 30th, having left our car parked in New Street car park with the intention of picking same up on the 31st, i.e. new years eve and returning home to Cork. Unbeknown to us, the car park did not open on Sunday the 31st and nor did it indeed open the following day, i.e. New Years Day and hence we found ourselves stranded with no transport. Thankfully there was availability in the Athenaeum for these two nights so our accommodation was not an issue. The purpose of this review however is to express our sincere gratitude for the assistance and kindness offered by the staff of the Athenaeum and in particular, Michelle and Carrie. Michelle and Carrie could not possibly have done more for us and were incredibly helpful in both attempting to resolve the car situation and further ensuring that they could do all to ensure our extended stay was hassle free. We are both extremely grateful for the warmth and generosity of spirit that was shown. Also we would like to thank Anna who was on duty on the last day, who also was incredibly kind. We thoroughly enjoyed our (extended) stay at the Athenaeum, which is due in no small part to Michelle, Carrie and all staff who assisted us. Highly recommended - we look forward to our next visit. Tony and Fiona

My wife and I stayed at Athenaeum hotel on a recent overnight trip to Waterford. The hotel is located just outside of Waterford city but you can see the quays from certain rooms. A taxi fare would be about €6-8 so quite affordable. We stayed just after Christmas and the hotel was just re-opening following the seasonal shutdown. The staff were very friendly and checked us in well ahead of the usual check-in time without any fuss or problem. The hotel room was good but could do with a little modernisation. The bed was comfortable but did look a little dated. Our only issue with the room is the extractor fan within the bathroom is connected to the light and runs for approx. 30mins after turning the light off. This can be annoying late at night or early in the morning. The breakfast was great and very filling. All of the staff we met were very friendly and helpful. I would stay at this hotel again if travelling near Waterford.

My husband took me here for an overnight stay for my birthday. It’s a pretty hotel in beautiful surroundings. Our room was a good size, the bed massive and very comfortable. There was a lovely powerful shower and nice shampoos/soaps. I do like to be provided with a hand towel though so as I’m not using my bath sheet to dry my hands each time I wash them. Also a face cloth would have been a welcome addition. We had a drink in the bar before dinner. It’s a shame that a Country House hotel has a gas fire instead of a real, open fire but the bar is comfortable enough. However, a pint of Guinness should ALWAYS be served in a tulip pint glass and never a Nonic! Our meal in the restaurant was really excellent. My starter of goats cheese and mixed beetroot was the perfect small taster size for me, although others may think it was a bit too little. It was light and fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ronan had the ham hock which was good but not memorable. For my main I had pork belly which was divine and again, a good sized portion for me as I’m put off by large plates of food but had Ronan ordered it he would definitely have preferred a larger size! His own main course of braised short rib of beef was absolutely delicious and so tender. For dessert I had a very mild and creamy Brie which was served with crackers, grapes and apples. Ronan had a rich and moorish chocolate brownie. We would definitely recommend a stay at the Athenaeum House Hotel. The staff are pleasant, particularly the girl at check-out. It’s comfortable and the restaurant is worthy of a second visit.

The food on the a Saturday night stay was exquisite, a very talented Chef! Every member of staff were professional, could not do much more to make our stay a great experience, this is a gem & can’t wait to return. Well done to all in involved organizing our large group, all already looking forward to another visit, loved it? Continued success to you all. Berni

Stayed in the Athenaeum Hotel for three nights this Nov. It's a lovely country house, not far from Waterford city centre. Just after arrival we had afternoon tea, which was lovely. There was a good selection of savory and sweet treats and it was unbelievable value. We didn't have a choice of teas/coffees however, which is an option in most places. We ate in Zaks restaurant on the second evening of our stay and it was faultless. Food was very good and great selection of choices. Breakfast was also very nice each morning with plenty of choice. Breakfast is served to the table rather than a buffet, which is nice. The room we had was large with a large en suite. The only down side was the heat on the first night of our stay. Our radiator didn't seem to be that warm, however it was warm on the other nights. When we rang reception they dropped up with a duvet. Overall we had a lovely stay and would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a hotel in the waterford area.

Once again a lovely evening spent in the athenaeum house hotel, very tasty steak, good bottle of wine, friendly staff, enjoyed by all of us. we will definately be back again.hopefully stay longer next time.

Christendom Waterford Waterford

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 557 reviews