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Athenaeum Hotel

Address: 116 Piccadilly

Neighborhood: Mayfair

City: London

Phone: 011-44-207-499-3464

Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

Expert Review

The crowing glory of The Athenaeum's multi-million renovation is its 10-story "vertical garden." Designed by Patrick Blanc, who's figured out how to cultivate gardens that grow sideways with no soil, the botanical tapestry flanks one corner of the building - and has become a new landmark in London's Mayfair neighborhood. Another green wall runs alongside the windows of The Garden Room, where you can enjoy an afternoon tea. There are 111 guestrooms and 12 suites with floor-to ceiling windows overlooking Green Park. Refurbished units are a refreshing spin on traditional English design with buoyant colors and abundant mirrors. The lovely marble bathrooms with walk-in showers make bathing so enjoyable that you may forget to use the hotel's spa (with Jacuzzi, stream room and sauna). Start off your day with a Nespresso coffee, while you watch your Plasma-screen TV or listen to Bjork on your iPod dock. You can't argue with the location. Three of London's main parks are within walking distance, not to mention Buckingham Palace, the Royal Academy of the Arts, and Trafalgar Square. Behind the hotel is the charming Shepherd Market where you can find a flurry of fine pubs and restaurants.

Tags: luxury | expensive | great location

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