While The Athenaeum’s art deco exterior and its stunning living wall makes it look like one of the babies of Piccadilly, this is a hotel of genuine heritage, and boasts a list of former residents and stories to rival any of its London peers.
The staff will rattle off tales of Steven Spielberg setting up shop in the Athenaeum apartments, where he edited ET and Indiana Jones. A never ending A-list have also stayed here, including Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford and Sandra Bullock. Margaret Thatcher famously settled in for a couple of months, and more recently, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid a visit.
Our room, which enjoyed a panorama of Green Park, was spacious and comfortable. We were greeted with a bowl of fresh fruit and a complimentary mini bar. The small reception room faced outwards to the park and made for a nice spot to take in the view before heading into Mayfair for dinner. On our return, we experienced the renowned and exceptional whiskey bar, where sommelier Ivo Silva obliged us with his passion for the rare, exotic and classic.
After what was quite noticeably one of the most comfortable sleeps, breakfast in bed, we descended to the spa where we plunged in the large wooden tubs and enjoyed the sauna and steam room.
While the interior style of The Athenaeum Hotel might need some subtle updates, we were impressed at its quiet, almost unassuming luxury. We felt comfortable, at home, and in good hands.