Athenaeum House Hotel

Country: Ireland
City: Waterford
Hotel Star Rating: 4 Star
Check In From: 3:00 pm
Check Out Up To: 12:00 pm

Hotel Description

A boutique hotel set amidst 10 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Suir, overlooking Waterford City, Ireland. Offering an elegant lifestyle, with modern chic décor, the hotel provides the ultimate in comfort and luxury.

Area Description

Waterford enjoys a popular theatrical scene and has some cultural festivals throughout the year, including Waterford Light Opera Festival. Leisure pursuits include golf, horse racing, greyhound racing, horse riding and fishing, and visiting seaside resorts such as Tramore and Dunmore East. Other sightseeing opportunities include Lismore Heritage Centre, Cappoquin House and Gardens.

Travel Description

The Hotel is on Christendom overlooking Waterford City.

Cancellation Description

Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.



Hotel Restaurant
  • Lunch served
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served
Things To Do In The Area
  • Shopping
  • Guided tours
  • Live music venues
  • Concert venues
  • Local sightseeing
  • Museums
  • Golfing
  • River fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Surfing
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Visit local heritage sites
  • Go to the beach
  • Theatre
  • Night clubs
Hotel Venue Entertainment
  • Christmas parties
  • Banqueting rooms available
Hotel Guest Services
  • Internet access
  • 24 hour room service
  • Secure car parking at a charge
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Wireless internet in areas
  • Wifi access in public areas
  • Babysitting service
  • Free car parking
  • Baby sitting on request
Hotel Meeting Rooms
  • Stationery
  • Projector / screen available
  • Complimentary Wifi access
  • Internet access
  • Natural daylight
  • LCD projector
  • Refreshments available


Gerry scored 4 / 5 on 26/04/2017

Visited Easter weekend. Staff on reception very helpful and friendly. It was our anniversary and we received a nice display of fruit and chocolates in the bedroom. Restaurant very pleasant and enjoyed the 'Rat Pack' background music! Food exceptional - beautiful and well presented, and staff serving very helpful. Bedroom + bathroom nice and large. Would return have given 5* but let down by worn towels, frayed edging on bedspread and marks on furniture and bottom of bath. Would be happy to return when next in Waterford.

Eimear scored 4 / 5 on 24/02/2017

This hotel was a wonderful gem of a find. The staff were most welcoming and the hospitality shown was second to none. The room was spacious, warm, cosy and had nice chocolates and fruit left for me for my birthday which was a lovely touch. The meal we had was excellent, I couldn't fault it. The hotel doesn't have a pool or spa, but being a little outside the city it provides welcome tranquil peaceful surroundings to relax away from the bustle of town. I would highly recommend this hotel for someone looking for a peaceful relaxing break and to be well looked after with delicious food at breakfast and dinner. It was charming and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

Bunny scored 3 / 5 on 18/07/2016

Beautiful food

Jaypee scored 4 / 5 on 01/10/2015

My wife and I availed of the Lidl two night B&B and Evening Meal package at the end of September. The hotel is very quiet and the bedroom was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was good. On its website, the hotel is stated to be a 15 minute walk to the city centre - the local World Walking champion, Rob Heffernan, must have been used to check the time - but I was still 200 metres from the rail station after 15 minutes!!!!! The package entitled us to an Evening Meal consisting of two courses and tea/coffee. We ordered a Starter and Main Course from the Table D'hote menu. The server then advised us that as there was only a Table D'hote menu available that night, we could also have a dessert. There was no mention of any additional cost. However, when we were checking out, an extra €14 was added to the bill for the Evening Meal. The meal was very good.

Sinead scored 4 / 5 on 27/04/2014

Very restful. Great restaurant and friendly staff. Beautiful location just outside of Waterford.

Alp scored 4 / 5 on 26/04/2014

We had a lovely night and the whole experience was great,the food was fantastic with a beautiful breakfast would stay again.Staff very helpful and friendly.

Jane scored 4 / 5 on 26/04/2014

Excellent staff. Beautiful hotel. Food in restaurant was amazing but there was no music & it was really too quiet. Also, its a bit of a walk to the town centre.

Claire scored 4 / 5 on 22/04/2014

lovely hotel, friendly service and great breakfast. Quiet and relaxing break

Tobias scored 4 / 5 on 19/03/2014

Food at this hotel is good also the rooms are very clean, the only downside is the restaurant is a little quiet and could do with a little back round music so you don't have to whisper when having a conversation.

Liam scored 4 / 5 on 30/10/2013

nice country house just a short distance from waterford city perfect for a quiet getaway

Reviewer45945739 scored 4 / 5 on 25/08/2013

Reception and Staff Very Friendly and Helpful. Room Size and location Very Good. Food Excellent (2 nights stay) Would return and would recommend it to a friend. GM 25-08-2013

Melinda scored 5 / 5 on 31/03/2013

I recently spent three nights there with my teenage daughter and some friends. We enjoyed a wonderful time. The hotel is quite charming, extremely clean and rooms are spacious. The staff were lovely, in particular the receptionist we checked in and out with and the lady who was on breakfast duty while we were there couldn't do enough for us. Our friends had a two year old with them and she had the table ready waiting for us, complete with high chair when went to breakfast. The restaurant was lovely, overlooking the river suir we helped ourselves to fruit and or pastries while waiting for our cooked brekkie. On the last evening we ate dinner in the restaurant (Zak's), it was fab, and I then understood why on Sunday lunchtime when we arrived it was impossible to get a parking spot! Overall I could not fault this hotel in any category. I loved Waterford, the people we encountered both in the hotel and during our trips to the city were warm and welcoming. We will be back!

Lilliank scored 5 / 5 on 31/03/2013

Hotel beautiful. Lovely setting. Quiet and relaxing. Food excellent and staff very friendly and helpful. Room very nice. Would highly recommend. I even received a phone call to say I had left a necklace in the room, which they kindly posted to me. Excellent service. Will be back.

Catfran scored 1 / 5 on 18/11/2012

Very disappointing overall experience. room very cold and staff only looked after our request for the heating to be looked at after our second time to ask. room was not at all cosy because of heating issues. Bathroom radiator didnt work properly either so condensation was also a problem. This is definitely NOT a four star hotel by any standards.

Reviewer16499092 scored 2 / 5 on 07/11/2012

Disappointed with this hotel. It really shouldn't rate itself as four stars. Room was freezing with the heating switched off when we arrived and it didnt heat up to any sortof a comforttable level. The bext day and Only after asking To have the heating looked at twice, was a small blow heater dropped into us. The bathroom was shabby in places and had cobwebs. The ventilation system didnt work properly and we couldn't open the bathroom window as it was really cold outside and the radiator in this room didnt work properly either. (Room 103). The staff were pleasant enought and the meal we had in Zaks Restaurant was good. Breakfast was ok but a bit hit and miss for other guests. The reception area was nicely decorated as was the dining room. The overall experience would not encourage me to return nor would I recommend this hotel.

Photohouse scored 4 / 5 on 29/10/2012

we upgraded to the deluxe suite, it was really quiet and peaceful, service and breakfast was really first class. Will be back.

Linda scored 4 / 5 on 09/09/2012

We stayed here for a two night break with dinner on our anniversary this week and we loved it. Beautiful grounds, quiet location but close to the city. The staff at check in and in the restaurant/ bar were very welcoming . The food was really good. The ingredients were locally sourced and very fresh. The coffee was superb (don't ever change your coffee!). The only downside to this hotel was the very old and uncomfortable matresses. However, the lady at checkout told us that they are being replaced very soon. When they are then we will return!

Alan scored 4 / 5 on 01/05/2012

The hotel itself maybe not be a four star but the food and service is certainly worthy of it. Rooms are a bit basic and it could do with a touch up but the breakfast and dinner were excellent. Great service as well from the moment we arrived. We'd go again.

Ann scored 4 / 5 on 03/04/2012

I really enjoyed my one night stay at Athenaeum. The staff were very friendly and attentive at all times. The bed was so comfortable and i loved the room. All areas were very clean and well kept, it would be nice to see a little more landscaping around the hotel though. Dinner at the restaurant was just delicious and I would highly recommend it. I liked the setting and listening to the birds singing through the open sash windows. I normally like to stay where there is a swimming pool but I would gladly forfeit that for a lovely night in this hotel and I will definitely be back for a another stay.I would have no problem recommending The Athenaeum to others. Ann Marie

Slightly scored 5 / 5 on 12/03/2012

Just back from an amazing stay at the Athenaeum house. If you want a relaxing getaway for a night or two this is a must. Rooms are lovely just as in picture, brilliant views over Waterford at night time and food is restaurant is gorgeous. Will definitely be back.

Marian scored 1 / 5 on 06/03/2012

we had a really great weekend at this hotel everything about it was excellent food was beautiful could nt fault anything about it.

Gearoid scored 4 / 5 on 29/02/2012

Nice clean friendly atmosphere. good breakfast. relaxing

Roygbiv74 scored 5 / 5 on 21/02/2012

This hotel is lovely with great rooms and very friendly service. We went down for a long weekend and was checking in late, they said "no problem" and when we arrived we were checked in within 5 mins. It only takes 5 mins to drive into the city so shopping was not a problem. The food was excellent, we had breakfast in bed the first day and it was plentiful, the restaurant is beautiful with views of the lake and boats. I can see why a lot of people get married here. Fantastic place book it now.........

Michael scored 4 / 5 on 12/02/2012

We stayed on Thursday 9th February. Booked for only 1 night, but we were sorry we could not stay longer. A lovely atmospheric period house. Fine big bedroom. Beautiful dining room, excellent food. What more could anyone ask for. Oh yes ! friendly staff - the owner served us a beautifully cooked breakfast and had time to chat. The previous evening a wonderful gentleman from the Phillipines served us and had time to chat to us another beautifully cooked meal. We will be back.....

Cbyrne scored 5 / 5 on 02/12/2011

what a lovely relaxing hotel, peaceful and charming. food was divine and staff very friendly. Would stay here again :)

Aidan scored 5 / 5 on 15/11/2011

We stayed at Athenaeum on the 11th to 13th of nov with dinner and B&B .The staff were very nice and very helpful .We had DInner the night we arrived and it was superb .it's not many hotels that cook your breakfast to your liking.Overall a very good Hotel and we will be going back

Aidan scored 5 / 5 on 15/11/2011

We stay for two nights with Dinner .We found the Hotel very good helpful staff and the food superb we will be going back in the future

Stephen scored 5 / 5 on 18/10/2011

perfect for a quiet weekend get away..The hotel food was very nice and the staff were very personable and friendly.

Reviewer98891581 scored 4 / 5 on 21/09/2011

Hotel was in a nice quiet residential area. Room was a bit dark and sink tap was wonky. The staff are just lovely. Food is very tasty - both for breakfast and dinner.

John scored 3 / 5 on 01/09/2011

Friendly, helpful staff, nice food with good chioce. Quiet location, not much within walking distance. Not many facilities in the hotel but idea for certain purposes & maybe older age groups. Does what it can, well. But not for everyone so be clear on what your getting.

Aideen scored 5 / 5 on 14/08/2011

Staff were very welcoming and were courteous and very efficient throughout our five night stay. The standard of food is excellent. Dinner in the hotel was one of the nicest meals we have had out in a long time. The breakfast was also to a very high standard; cooking the hot menu items to order is a much appreciated touch. The staff and quality of food definitely make this a four star boutique hotel and the size and layout of our bedroom was also in keeping with this rating. However, for me the hotel fell short in one very important area. There was a very relaxed attitude to housekeeping and maintenance. There were cobwebs throughout our room and in areas of the hotel such as stairways. The door from the dining room to the kitchen - which we were put sitting at a lot - was covered in scuff marks and looked very shabby. Our room while serviced was not hoovered on a number of occasions and we returned to see that while the bed has been straightened etc the carpet was unclean. There were a lot of scuff marks on walls etc and a large crack and missing plaster on the ceiling and a number of the towels in the bathroom had holes in them. A little more attention to maintenance and housekeeping would be required to give this an overall four star rating which is disappointing as the hotel owners should be very proud of their excellent staff and quality of food. Aideen

Pat scored 5 / 5 on 08/08/2011

We stayed in the Athenaeum hotel from 3rd until 5th August. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Room was bright and well proportioned and clean. We dined in the hotel on Wed night. Food was excellent as was the service. It was value for money throughout and we would recommend it highly. Waterford is a beautiful city and the walking tour is both entertaining and educational.

Km/km scored 5 / 5 on 02/08/2011


John scored 5 / 5 on 08/06/2011

Stayed in the hotel over the June long weekend with my girlfirend. It was one of the best hotel stays we have had for a number of years. The hotel itsself is just out side the town, so is very quite at night. But is only 5 mins in a taxi ride into the town. The hotel itself, is of a very high standard inside, not the best rooms but they are nice. The meals in the hotel are of a high standard. But the service in the hotel is second to none, the staff are extremely helpful. And the hotel owner was also around alot and was also very customer focused. I would high recommended this hotel and town for a weekend break.

Paulk scored 5 / 5 on 07/06/2011

At these prices I can think of nothing bad to say about this hotel perfect base for sightseeing around Waterford on a budget.

Ned scored 5 / 5 on 06/04/2011

My wife and I visited the Athenaeum House hotel for a one night visit recently. We had an early dinner as we were attending a meeting. The meal was just as we wanted, excellent quality and first class service. In fact our entire experience at Athenaeum House was uplifting. The staff , from the moment we entered , were efficient, friendly and most helpful . We have no hesitation in recomending the Athenaeum House Hotel to all. Four Star

Mags scored 5 / 5 on 02/04/2011

I rate it 5 star. The evening meal beautifullly presented. The staff were professional warm and courtous. The bed was superb and the size amazing. The is house is one I would buy if I won the lotto. My visit was warm and relaxing. Kind Regards

Eileen scored 5 / 5 on 21/02/2011

My Husband and i enjoyed a relaxing break in your Hotel mid week Staff very pleasant and helpful witch good choice of food nicely presented. Lovely view of City by night throught trees. Lidl breaks are great value.

Brewj scored 5 / 5 on 12/11/2010

The location is lovely, the hotel is excellent, as is the food, and the staff are friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed our stay and would be happy to visit again.

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