Everyone says that once you have a baby life as you know it is over. I think that’s sort of true. There’s no more sleeping in, uninterrupted meals, uninterrupted conversations, uninterrupted novels, uninterrupted anything really. But one thing that I haven’t had to quit is my five star hotel habit. I discovered this thanks to an invitation to review The Athenaeum in London which is not only five star but also child friendly.
Rather than just tolerating children The Athenaeum actively encourages them. There are plentiful high chairs, free good quality cots in the rooms if you want them, a special children’s concierge and a selection of age appropriate toys in each room.
Of course The Athenaeum is still a five star hotel so it also boasts beautiful toiletries, a pillow menu, beds you can get lost in, free wifi, free drinks and snacks (minus the alcohol) and an absolutely prime position overlooking Green Park in London. This means you are only a short walk to the Oxford Street shops, Trafalgar Square and of course in the heart of beautiful Mayfair.
There’s a whisky bar downstairs with over 300 different types of whisky but my attention was more taken with the oh-so-British afternoon tea. Here’s a full review of the tiered cake stand and cake trolley in all its glory.
The breakfasts are excellent with a range of pastries, juices, yoghurts and mini pots of bircher muesli to start. Then there’s the option of a cooked breakfast – I went with the Full English of course – oozing poached eggs, a fat sausage, mushrooms and bacon.
The main thing I loved about The Athenaeum was that even though it’s a seriously swanky hotel the whole place had a very relaxed and comfortable feel to it.
I only wish it was my permanent London pad.
The hotel hosted me for one night and I paid the press rate for a second night.
Details: The Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ (Ph +44 (0)20 7499 3464)
Damage: Pricey. £260 for a one night weekend stay with breakfast.