The luxury Athenaeum couldn't be better placed for five-star family breaks in London, with Hyde Park and Green Park on your doorstep (picnics provided on request). It’s not cheap, but the vast majority of guests feel it's worth the cost. Most families choose one of the apartments with kitchen and washing machine, within Edwardian townhouses beside the hotel (some interconnect for extended families). Kids are spoilt rotten with mini bathrobes and slippers, popcorn with their DVDs, and milk and cookies at bedtime - all for free. Parents can enjoy the facilities at the newly refurbished spa, with sauna, steam rooms and treatment rooms.
See our feature on a family break at the Athenaeum.
What to Expect:
Bespoke entertainment packages for ages 3–14 (extra charge).
Nannies and babysitting service (extra charge).
111 rooms, 12 suites and 33 apartments (1- or 2-bedroom; some have sofabeds that convert to bunkbeds), with free mini-bar and Nespresso coffee. All air-conditioned. Suites also have fridge-freezers stocked with ice cream, while apartments have full kitchens and washing machines.
Childcare (see above).
Kids' concierge who will organise show tickets, restaurants or even complete itineraries, together with in-room age-specific toyboxes with books, DVDS and games (including Wii, Play Station or Xbox).
Restaurant with kids' menu; 'pudding parlour'; whisky bar; award-wining afternoon tea.
Spa with steam rooms and hot tubs.
In Mayfair, in the heart of the West End, a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus.
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