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Athenaeum House Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We attended a wedding here in this slightly unconventional hotel. Unconventional in the sense it's an old manor house redesigned into a hotel, it has a beautiful cat that loves everybody and a lovely banquet hall to set it off. Meals we had there were very nice, fresh and locally sourced, rooms might need a little update but were very clean and everything we needed was there, just a bit tired. Staff seemed like genuinely nice people. Chef James and a girl called Holly were particularly exceptional. Would recommend if you're planning a wedding as it seemed very family oriented and children were very welcome.

Stayed here for 1 night old Victorian style house very romantic ambiance and staff friendly nothing a problem Evening dinner was of 5 star standard and also breakfast . Beautiful location and definitely worth a visit

This is a relatively small hotel but is very comfortable and pleasant. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The dinner on the night we were there was delicious. The dining room is lovely and bright and overlooks the garden. Our bedroom was very comfortable but could possibly do eith some brighter lighting. We will definitely be back.

We stayed here with our 11 month old for 2 night's, we had breakfast and dinner twice. The hotel is lovely, the staff are very friendly and the food particularly good. Our room was spacious and bathroom modern, clean and bright. Only downside . . . The tv in the room is very small and the armchairs need replacing but other than that we had a lovely break and enjoyed our stay.

The Athenaeum is a small family run hotel a few minutes drive from Waterford City Centre. The hotel buildings comprise an old period house that has been extended to the side and remodeled. There is a car park to the front and a small lawn to the rear with views of the city. The lounge and bar areas are pleasant though a little spartan in terms of decor Beyond the main hall, the public areas were fairly contemporary and plain and I feel there is room to improve - especially given that the hotel is supposed to be 4 star. The bar is also the restaurant - Zaks - and has nice views down towards the city. Food here is very good and reasonably priced. A group of us stayed here last autumn and occupied several rooms on different floors. Bedrooms are okay, but the standard room I was in on the ground floor had worn bedspreads, a tired feel to it and was in need of freshening up. On the plus side the bathroom was modern and bright. The staff are very friendly and professional. Also, we got a very good deal online as it was off season. With some investment in the decor and the bedrooms I think the Athenaeum would be easier to recommend.

Super first impressions of this converted Georgian house. Friendly front of house staff and lovely big room. A lovely setting, but a bit too far out of the city to walk in but a short taxi journey. Only let down by the massive room's finishing touches..

We stayed here for 2 nights and for the price it was alright. The room we stayed in definitely could do with a make over,it was very dark and drab. Bed wasn't the best,stayed during a mini heatwave and we didn't dig the wooly duvet thing. Lots of cob webs on the ceiling too. Bathroom was very clean. Overall,I've stayed in worse,it was grand for what we paid. If I'm being honest,I probably wouldn't stay again.

On arriving at the hotel, I was impressed, it had a lot of old-world charm and was quite pretty. The receptionist at check-in was a bit short with us but I took no notice, she may have been having a bad day. I had high hopes for our room from seeing pictures at booking and while travelling upstairs to the room but they were quickly quashed. Upon entering the room, we were hit with an unpleasant smell that we put down to cleaning supplies and hoped it would pass. The smell was stronger in the bathroom and it soon became apparent that it was coming from the drains, whether it was a sewage problem or that the drains hadn't been cleaned in some time, we were unsure. The bathroom also had hairs on the floor and a bug in the toilet roll. There was a built-in fridge in the desk that we had planned to store some water in but it was warm and the ice-cube tray was absolutely filthy, covered in dirt and mould. The bed was shocking, honestly. The mattresses (two singles pushed together) were very old and worn, so much so that the bed was at a tilt and when lying down, our feet were at a higher level than our heads. There were springs pushing into us all night and it was impossible to get comfortable, and to add to that, the pillows were hard and uncomfortable also. The throw over the bed was all ripped underneath and I was unimpressed by the old style wool blanket that supposed to serve as a duvet. The television in the room was pointless. My laptop screen was bigger than it and even that was difficult to use because the WiFi was so weak so I had to resort to using my phone for internet. The armchairs were also very old and the arms had been worn down from a purple velour type material to a black shiny material. After a while of trying to air out the room (and failing) we tried to close the window. I understand that the building is very old and that's part of the charm but the window was nearly impossible to close and it moved around in its frame so much that we were afraid we would break it; we managed to get the top half closed but left the bottom half. We didn't bother trying to get a room change as we were so tired from travelling all day and maybe we should have... perhaps another room may have been better and we just got unlucky but a four star hotel should have certain standards for all rooms, not just some. We had been travelling all week and staying in various location and I can, without a doubt, say that this was the worst room I have ever stayed in which was a complete shame as I am from the area myself.

My family of nine adult travelers stayed at the Athenaeum House after taking the Waterford Factory Tour and exploring the city. The rooms were spacious and the staff worked hard to make sure our needs were met. We ate dinner at the hotel and were delightfully surprised by the quality of the food--it was definitely a five-star meal. We all enjoyed the company of the resident cat, Mr. Cheeky, who lived up to his name.

Could not fault our stay here. From the staff to the food - everything was perfect. The room was bright and spacious. We have the 4 course meal and every course got better and better. Waitress was very friendly and it makes such a difference to be greeted with a smile. Very helpful through our stay. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

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 528 reviews