Athenaeum House Hotel

Country: Ireland

City: Waterford

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Athenaeum House Hotel Review

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by Gerry O on Apr 26 2017 17:04

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.

by Eimear on Feb 24 2017 16:02

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.

by Bunny on Jul 18 2016 08:35

Beautiful food

by Sinead on Apr 27 2014 13:50

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

by alp on Apr 26 2014 23:34

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.

by Jane on Apr 26 2014 17:29

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.

by claire on Apr 22 2014 20:52

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

by Tobias on Mar 19 2014 20:20

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.

by Liam on Oct 30 2013 12:51

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

by reviewer45945739 on Aug 25 2013 23:09

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

by Melinda on Mar 31 2013 14:48

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!

by Lilliank on Mar 31 2013 10:45

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.

by Catfran on Nov 18 2012 17:30

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.

by reviewer16499092 on Nov 7 2012 21:18

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.

by photohouse on Oct 29 2012 19:42

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

by Linda on Sep 9 2012 17:42

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!

by Alan & Shar on May 1 2012 11:54

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.

by ann marie on Apr 3 2012 12:14

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

by Slightly Fussy on Mar 12 2012 11:42

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.

by Marian dingle on Mar 6 2012 18:30

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

by gearoid on Feb 29 2012 21:15

Nice clean friendly atmosphere. good breakfast. relaxing

by Roygbiv74 on Feb 21 2012 10:47

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.........

by Michael Freegrove on Feb 12 2012 15:13

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.....

by cbyrne on Dec 2 2011 08:34

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

by Aidan on Nov 15 2011 18:17

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

by Aidan on Nov 15 2011 17:52

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

by Stephen Harrington on Oct 18 2011 12:15

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

by reviewer98891581 on Sep 21 2011 14:51

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.

by John Pio on Sep 1 2011 07:54

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.

by Aideen Sutton on Aug 14 2011 13:55

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

by Pat and Jane Treanor on Aug 8 2011 10:05

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.

by John on Jun 8 2011 11:43

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.

by paulk on Jun 7 2011 09:18

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

by ned Burke on Apr 6 2011 23:33

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

by Mags on Apr 2 2011 20:28

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

by brewj on Nov 12 2010 09:31

<p>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. </p>
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Hotel Information

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.

Check In From - 3:00 pm : Check Out Up To - 12:00 pm

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.

Travel Description : The Hotel is on Christendom overlooking Waterford City.

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.