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“Perfect mini staycation” 5 of 5 stars
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Athenaeum House Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Christendom, Waterford, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 hotels in Waterford
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Perfect mini staycation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took a 3 night break away with my husband and our new baby for our first family stay-cation! Couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough! This hotel is just on the outskirts of the town and is only a 20 min walk in. We took the buggy I and out of the town everyday and enjoyed it immensely!
The staff were wonderful, the food was beautiful and our room (a suite was really so nice).
We had an absolutely fabulous breakaway and have to say what prompted me most to write this review was reading the negative ones- my advice : do not let the negative reviews sway you in any way! For us who are well used to holidaying in gorgeous places- this ticked all the boxes!
We will be back every time to stay here when visiting Waterford City!



Stayed March 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Higham, Suffolk, UK
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Warning - don't trust your SATNAV; obtain local directions and look for the signs. The hotel is not in central Waterford.
We needed a last minute room in Waterford for a family of four, and this hotel was great! We booked two Executive Single rooms with breakfast. Each room easily fits 3 people. The extensive cook to order breakfast was well worth the value for a family of four (€30).
We inquired about local attractions; the dining room staff was extremely helpful and informative. Highly recommend.

Stayed April 2014
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Waterford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Zaks today to celebrate Mothers Day. Enjoyed a superb 3 course lunch. The wine we chose was not available, and the owner (Stan Power) helpfully suggested a White from a small Rhone Valley producer ( Marius), which was superb and cost less than the unavailable wine. Not often such things happen! The staff allowed my daughter to play a tune on the Grand Piano as a treat for her mum, given the day! We'll be back soon.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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waterford ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a delicious Mothers Day lunch with the family in Zacs restaurant. At short notice, we were accomodated without issue, served a delicious meal & provided with a delightful goody bag for mum to take home (scrumptious).

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for just one night but were very impressed by the whole hotel. Our room was reasonably luxurious, and very quiet. Wi-fi in the room was strong and reliable…always a plus. The food in the restaurant was of the highest quality and very reasonably priced. The hotel was a little hard to find as our hire car didn't have GPS but that is one of the interesting parts of a driving holiday!! We loved Waterford…a beautiful historic interesting city!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milford, Ohio
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The photos of this hotel make it look a lot nicer than it is. Our bed was ridiculously uncomfortable and sagging in the middle and we had a view of the parking lot. Maybe if we had asked for an upgrade we would've had a better mattress and a view overlooking the gardens and river. Since this hotel is located across the river from Waterford city, it's not convenient to pubs or dining unless you hire a taxi or drive over the bridge to the city center (which we did). The staff was very cordial and welcoming, so you know they are making an effort. We had our breakfast included at check-in, which was nice in the end.

Breakfast was fairly good. I had the Full Irish and it was my second time trying Black Pudding...which was remarkably better than my first experience in Dublin! The dining room looks out over the garden and the wait staff was pleasant.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mailo P, Owner at Athenaeum House Hotel, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Dear Vmalott

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our property, your comments are very much valued. We really appreciate your comments regarding the friendliness and welcoming nature of our staff.

As you mentioned we are a short taxi ride from the City Center one and a half miles. Our restaurant Zaks is open 7 days a week 7.30am to 9.30pm providing both light snacks, traditional Afternoon Tea and full A la Carte menu, so if you don't fancy heading into the City it is an excellent alternative. Our Guinness is highly recommended too. Good to hear you enjoyed our black puddings.

Please contact me the next time you are visiting Waterford and I will be delighted to arrange a River facing garden view for you.

Kind regards

Mailo
Mailo Power
Director Athenaeum House Hotel

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Waterford, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We just had our small intimate wedding in this hotel. It only consisted of 14 adults (ourselves included) and what Stan, Mailo and Staff provided for us was beyond perfect. I couldn't have imagined it being any better. Our room on arrival on Thursday was set up for myself and our two kids, and was a beautiful spacious room. We had room service and our sandwiches and salad was yummy and exactly what we needed to settle down for a quiet night.
The next day was a world wind, with a beautiful breakfast with helpful staff, who paid extra attention to the kids. Anything we asked was no problem. Our ceremony room was set to perfection and was beyond my expectations. The following hours just flew by, with a sumptuous meal which had plenty of choice and every course was divine. It wasn't the typical wedding food which everyone loved. This all lead onto a great evening of conversation, drink and music by Ross Kearley (recommended to me by Stan) Everyone had a great night, and on numerous occasions it was said to us that it was such an enjoyable day and a unique experience. We will never be able to repay Stan and staff for the wonderful memories they helped to create that day. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel, with amazing food, this is the spot.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mailo P, Owner at Athenaeum House Hotel, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Dear Irishgirl029

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your special day, we enjoyed having you with us too. I will pass on your thanks to Stan and the team, they will be delighted.

Best wishes to you both for the future,

Mailo
Mailo Power
Director Athenaeum House Hotel
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Additional Information about Athenaeum House Hotel

Also Known As:
Athenaeum Hotel Waterford
Address: Christendom, Waterford, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Waterford
#5 Family Hotel in Waterford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Athenaeum House Hotel 4*
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