Located in the heart of Mayfair, close to the Green Park tube station and a hop, skip and a jump from Buckingham Palace, this grand hotel offers some of the finest contemporary architecture to be found in London.
Overlooking Green Park, it boasts plenty for those looking for luxury: rooms are both comfortable and stylishly decorated with Hypnos beds, plasma-screen TVs, luxurious fabrics, and original contemporary artworks. For those who need a whole lot more than a room or a suite, there are luxurious apartments available, housed in a row of Georgian town houses next to the main hotel building, each with separate living, dining, and sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchenettes. Better yet, the management runs an ongoing program to provide personalised services to families. Kids will be spoiled.
The hotel completed a major renovation in mid 2016 and everything in the Athenaeum is shiny and new. The art deco theme throughout the rooms and the public areas harkens back to the building’s original 1920s debut and hence fits in perfectly with the architecture. But for a moment I felt like I was in Miami…
Thanks to its colourful history (always a haven for the Hollywood elite) and solid and stable management throughout the years, this hotel has developed a distinctive personality and a strong following. An oddity on the Mayfair hotel scene, it was, until recently, family owned and operated with a very dedicated focus on guest comfort and service which, given the hotel’s relatively small size, sets it apart from other 5-star properties in the area. Even though the hotel has now moved to new owners, that same hallmark service and care remains; a strong percentage of guests are repeat visitors, signalling The Athenaeum really has got it right.
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