The Athenaeum Hotel, Mayfair, London

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences on Piccadilly in London’s Mayfair, is a stylish 5-star boutique Hotel, offering comfort with a luxurious touch. Overlooking Green Park, the hotel has a very natural feel, from the views over the park to the visually stunning vertical garden, running up the corner of the building. This “natural” feel is enhanced with a relaxed ambience throughout. The hotel has 111 rooms and 12 suites and in 2016 underwent a major refurbishment to the lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms.

On arrival, the first thing we noticed was the lack of a reception desk, the check-in is done on entering the lobby, which resulted in a fast and friendly welcome. We were shown to our room which was at the front of the hotel. It had floor to ceiling windows which provided a wonderful view of the park opposite, a comfortable king-size bed and controlled air conditioning. The décor included large hooded armchairs, which were certainly eye-catching and lenticular prints on the wall. The clever use of mirrors and lighting emphasized the space in the room. The room was complimented with Nespresso coffee maker, mini fridge, Bose docking station, wi-fi and LCD flat-screen television.

The rest of the day was spent walking in Green Park, just across the road and Hyde Park, a stone’s throw away around the corner. I am not sure if the hotel could be more perfectly placed, to enjoy these relaxing gems.

When back in the hotel for the evening, the staff continued to be very efficient and helpful. Additional pillows were requested (different varieties were available from a “pillow menu”) and arrived in double quick time. The air-conditioning was essential for an otherwise warm, autumn night, and this, combined with the wonderfully comfortable bed ensured a peaceful and enjoyable night’s sleep.

Breakfast at the Athenaeum was a mouth-watering affair. Again, set in the Galvin Restaurant, there was a fine Continental buffet on offer: fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, yoghurt, fish and wide selection of pastries. In addition, from the “hot” menu, we chose the full English breakfast, and the Eggs Royale. The cooking and flavours could not be faulted and left us feeling well-nourished and extremely satisfied.

The Athenaeum is perfectly located in London’s Mayfair and a credit to its owners, with all aspects and requests during our stay dealt with in a well-organized and professional manner. It offers stylish comfort for guests whether on an overnight stay in the capital or a longer-term residency – a true contemporary gem.

Address: Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ

Phone: 020 7499 3464