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With a neighbour as well renowned and world famous as the Ritz, a hotel must meet a certain standard to compete and stake a claim in the area. Luckily, the Vogue-recommended Athenaeum Hotel is a worthy contender with a focus on luxurious traditional British style and comfort, without the austere stuffiness of its respected neighbour. Stylish, laid-back surroundings combined with a superb location make this five-star hotel a fantastic choice for one of London's most affluent areas, to make you feel as monied and glamorous as the locals.
Staff at the hotel offer a personal and attentive service, the doorman will remember your name, reception staff may offer you upgrades where possible and the bar staff will mix you a drink with a smile. You will feel immediately welcome and comfortable from your arrival to check out.
Guests can luxuriate in relaxing rooms and suites with very tasteful fittings such as velvet chairs and damask bed covers in muted colours, with quirky touches such as wicker chairs and teddy bears on beds. Room amenities show a stunning attention to detail and offer guests every modern convenience with personal touches. These include free Wi-fi, a Nespresso machine, soft drinks and nibbles from the mini bar at no extra cost, an iPod docking station, a large plasma TV and complimentary newspapers. The hotel's self-contained apartments show the same fantastic amenities and style, with the added privacy of an exclusive Mayfair space, which is perfect for families staying in the area. The hotel also has a gym with hot tubs and a steam room so that you can work up a sweat or just sweat it out and a relaxing spa offering REN and Elemis treatments.
The hotel restaurant excels with its menu of contemporary British cuisine, offering roast dinners and steak pies with a twist, and the hotel breakfast is exemplary, complete with a pudding bar and unusual delicacies such as rhubarb parfait and banana crème brulee, you can be assured a fantastic start to your day.
Located along the Piccadilly Road, the hotel enjoys a fabulous location at the heart of one of London most exclusive and affluent districts. None other than the Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, is just a few minutes' walk away, where you can watch the daily Changing of the Guards ceremony, or tour the state rooms in late summer. You are also a few steps from decadent food hall Fortnum & Mason, which offers a stunning selection of teas, champagnes and luxury foodstuffs, including honey from their own rooftop apiary. If you want to experience more luxury shopping, you can head to Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, just a few minutes' walk away in nearby Kensington. You can experience a solar-powered shuttle ride in Hyde Park and stop in at The Serpentine art gallery, and beyond that you can visit Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana previously lived. For an evening's entertainment, you can head towards London's Theatreland district or the Royal Albert hall to take in a show, or experience London's legendary nightlife at the bars and clubs nearby.
The hotel is also located just a few minutes walk from Green Park tube, which services the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. Whether you are arriving from another part of the UK or from further afield you can enjoy London's greatest sights and monuments with ease. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
If you choose to stay at The Athenaeum, you'll be thrilled by the little extras in service and in guest rooms that make this hotel such a favourite with previous guests, but to have the best experience, be sure to request a room overlooking Green Park for inspiring views over London.