March 05 2010
Thanks to London’s wave of high-profile hotel openings over recent years, there’s a risk that travellers will forget about some of the truly lovely, if less-sung, standards on offer in this city. The Athenaeum – which enjoys arguably one of London’s best locations (and certainly its most verdant), at the west end of Piccadilly where Hyde Park and Green Park meet – is one of them.
Having benefited immensely from a 2009 renovation, which saw rooms overhauled in shades of blue and amber and the addition of a rooftop penthouse suite with a private terrace, the Athenaeum merits special plaudits for its artful balance of luxury and family-friendliness (Travelista, being a child-free voyager, loves a hotel where she and kids are both made to feel welcome – but not necessarily to revel in each other’s company).
It’s a USP that will be much in evidence on Easter Sunday, when The Athenaeum will host an Easter egg hunt in Green Park for guests. The festivities will in fact commence from Good Friday, when little ones, under the inspired eye of the Kids’ Concierges (the hotel was the first in London to offer the service), will compose Easter cards, construct Easter Bunny masks and, of course, unleash their inner Monets (or Hirsts) onto dozens of Easter eggs. And on Easter Sunday, post-hunt and weather permitting, they’ll be invited to fly kites, cycle, and feed the ducks in the park – the hotel has a stock of kites, bikes and birdseed.
It’s a weekend package that’s likely to prove as popular with locals as it is with visitors; book soon.
The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, London W1 (020-7499-3464; www.athenaeumhotel.com), doubles from £299.