Understated elegance at a well-run, family-owned hotel.
The Athenaeum Hotel, situated on Piccadilly just past Hyde Park Corner, overlooks Green Park and is perfect for families on long trips or corporate travelers looking for a home away from home. Rooms are beautifully lit and manage to radiate a golden glow with warm fabrics and fine furniture. They also offer almost every possible amenity, such as two telephone lines, Bose speakers for your iPod, free Wi-Fi and the novelty of heated mirrors that never steam up. The Windsor Lounge, good for morning coffee or afternoon tea, has been redecorated, and the hotel's famous bar stocks 157 whiskeys at last count. The Athenaeum restaurant serves traditional hearty English food, from roast beef and Yorkshire pudding to steak and ale pie; if you don't find what you want on the menu, the chefs are not averse to whipping up some plain old boiled eggs and soldiers to satisfy your appetite. For guests looking to stay a while, there are self-contained serviced apartments behind the hotel.