Smart Deals: The Athenaeum, London
THE DEAL: Romantic Weekend Evening at The Athenaeum
WHAT’S THE DEAL: The Athenaeum is that rarity (some might say oddity), a five-star Mayfair property on Piccadilly overlooking Green Park that’s both fashion-forward and family-friendly. Glass, mirrors and marble are in its DNA, and you’ll find young Chinese millionaires in Tods loafers, the daughters of Middle Eastern potentates, and eagle eyed Russian oligarchs mingling with mere deep pocketed Americans in the lobby. It’s small enough so that everyone knows your face, if not your name, by your third pass through the lobby. The Romantic Weekend Evening is priced from £290 (about $465) and includes Taittinger Rose Champagne, a dozen chocolate strawberries, rose petals and candles, not to mention breakfast the next morning. Accommodations are in a deluxe bedroom.
CAVEAT: This is without a doubt a splurge, but the rates are kinder, gentler and considerably less than other London five-stars.
DETAILS: The Athenaeum.