The Mayfair and Chelsea area are home to some of London’s most exclusive hotels. The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences sits on Piccadilly in Mayfair, the street connecting Hyde park corner with Piccadilly Circus. From its location it offers great views over Green park and the London skyline peaking over the tree tops. From the hotel it is only a short walk to tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace and Hide Park. The shops of Mayfair and Bond street are also close by.
Upon arrival at the hotel I was greeted by John, whom I found out had been working for more than 28 years at the Athenaeum hotel. John took quickly care of my luggage and I was assisted by Andrew who dealt with the check in process.
The reception and lobby area at the hotel was very bright and modernly furnished with a lot of bright colours, artwork and flowers and plants. The lobby area had also a first-floor landing from which you can look down, this area was less busy and is the perfect area to catch up on some reading or work. Lots of mirrors were in the reception area and this seems to be the main feature of this hotel interior. The artwork in the lobby revolved around travel or featured the typical scenes of London and its customs. What I loved was the doormat saying “Welcome” when entering and “Toodle Pip” when exciting. I really had to search for the meaning of “Toodle Pip” which means goodbye in a very friendly way, it was used commonly in the early 1900s.
The ground floor on the right had the Galvin At Athenaeum restaurant which also serves up the hotels breakfast, on the left is the Bar at Athenaeum. This bar used to be famous for having more than 400 types of Whiskey, this is now trimmed down to a mere 160 varieties. Cocktails and beers even some craft versions are also served here, this bar is open from 11 am till 1 am for non-residents.
Park View Room
When I first entered the Park View hotel room, the number of mirrors struck me instantly. Walls, cupboards and almost the whole bathroom seemed to be covered with mirrors. It felt like a very 80s design theme but perfectly maintained not to feel dated at all. The typical British and London features were also on display here with a box near my bedside displaying figures of the Royal guards. The room was on the 7th floor and had a bay area with doors that would open to reveal great views over Green Park. The bay area had two chairs and a coffee table perfect for consuming drinks from the minibar. For people that need to do some work, there was a leather-covered desk as well. The bedside table had an iPhone docking station so I could listen to some tunes.
The mirror decor extended to the bathroom as well to keep the 80s design theme going. The bathroom had a big bath doubling up as the shower. The bathroom products were from Espa.
Darren who worked for more than 11 years at the Athenaeum decided to give MenStyleFashion an exclusive tour of the Penthouse Suite, which had seen my celebrities over the years. Noteworthy were Kim Kardashian, Take That, The Spice Girls, The Beatles, Lewis Hamilton and Margret Thatcher. The Athenaeum & Residences is so proud of some of its guest that they have photos of them in the corridor leading up to the Penthouse Suite. The same interior design theme continued in the Penhouse Suite although with slightly fewer mirrors in use. Typical London stuff was also on display here, in this case, the black cab. As I was on the 10th floor here I was keen to see what the views over Green Park would be like from here. It was truly amazing as I could see the London skyline over the treetops.
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Breakfast was served in the restaurant section of Galvin at The Athenaeum & Residences which had a continental buffet-style breakfast with pastries, bread, muesli, yoghurts and some healthy juices, yes kale juice was on offer here. The continental breakfast can be extended with a la carte offerings with various egg choices and for the hungry ones a full English breakfast. I decided on the eggs Benedict here, which were nice and runny on the inside. I also had dinner at Galvin at the Athenaeum, you can read our full review here.
I would describe the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences as quintessential British with an 80s design theme but thoroughly updated and modernised for the current age. I don’t see designs like this much and if I do they are dated which the Athenaeum & Residences is very bang on-trend. I loved the British customs and displays throughout the hotel which extended to the very friendly and welcoming staff. A very special thanks to John, Darren and Andrew for making this a very pleasant and informative stay. Toodle Pip for now…
- Room reviewed: Park View Room – From £249 for early bookers
- Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com
- Address: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ
- Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 3464
This review was made possible with the help of Visit London – the official London travel guide.