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InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel

, Athens
5 star

Rooms: 559

89-93 Singrou Ave. - Athens - 117 45 - Greece | 21-09206500
521 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel

Loved the Intercontinental

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from a week long trip to Greece. We stayed at the intercontinental for 2 nights and we enjoyed the stay immensely. The rooms are very comfortable and bathrooms are immaculate. What we enjoyed most was the view from the rooftop, especially at nighttime as the Parthenon gets lite up. We felt the location of the hotel was perfect as it was only a 5 minute drive to the city center (hotel shuttle drops off every hour). The hotel shuttle made it convenient going in and out of the city throughout our stay. The only negative feedback is that the prices in the hotel are very high. We ordered one appetizer at the rooftop restaurant and it cost $25 Euros (food was excellent). We would have eaten at the hotel more often if it wasn't for the high prices. All in all it was a excellent stay (even for honeymooners as we met a lot on our stay).

The best Hotel.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in this fantastic Hotel, which was very freindly, and i must say that all the money was the Concierge Desk, there was nothing they could not do for you.

Expensive, but good service

from naitS
As mentioned in an earlier review, the hotel's location is not ideal, kind of stuck in no man's land in a run-down area. However, for people who don't mind walking, the Plaka is within acceptable distance. Be sure to stay away from the main street and it can even be quite a nice walk.
On the inside, the Athenaeum is quite an attractive hotel, but be prepared to pay-up for using its amenities. Wifi-access? Yes, but at a minimum of 15 € a day and the connection drops out in some of the conference rooms. Café, coffee-shop and restaurant? Yep, posh and clean, but the quality of the food doesn't always justify the steep prices. The gym was free of charge, but during my stay it was being refurbished and the pool was also closed. Which gave me an excuse to be lazy, but made me regret bringing my training gear.
My room was spacious, nice and bright. If you opt for this hotel, be sure to request a view to the Acropolis, quite stunning. The bathroom was my biggest disappointment for a 5 star hotel. Quite worn down with an old bathtub and a smelly shower curtain. Not even the nice bathrobe could compensate for this.
The staff were professional and conveyed a friendliness and willingness to help that seem to be a characteristic of the Greeks.

t understand how this hotel is receiving such high marks!

from Joizee_HD
I just returned yesterday from the hotel where I was staying for a business conference. I actually checked reviews on this site before going to the hotel and had not realized that I had once already been to this hotel 5 years prior for another conference. I had not liked the hotel 5 years back and as it was not memorable I had unfortunately forgotten that I had been there. Now, nothing much has changed.

Let me focus on the things which I found to be bad as oppossed to what is OK such as the lounge and restaurant areas.

First off, the area is horrible. There is nothing in the vicinity and although many people have mentioned this in other reviews, be forewarned that the area is also not very appealing in terms of appearance. The hotel itself looks like a large bunker and there is nothing worth "seeing" around it. Everything is actually quite dirty and run down in the area.

Further, the surrounding area is loud and the hotel sits right next to a very loud road which continues to be loud at night as well. In Athens, it seems that everyone rides around on crappy motorcycles without mufflers and you definately hear them in the room. I agree that this could have to do with my room having been on the 3rd floor of the building near the roadside, but there are such things as soundproof windows, etc. which this hotel obviously has not heard of.

The rooms themselves are nothing of any special note. They are fairly large but have worn with age. The beds (and I write beds as my kingsize was simply two beds pushed together) were worn and too soft due to overuse. The sheets also weren't of new quality at all. The bathroom was fairly dingy and the towels were not fresh. Plus, the toilet and biddet were falling apart where mounted to the wall.

The service in the place did not impress me much either. When checking in, I found that it took too long and granted this could be due to the large amount of conference attendees, it didn't seem to bother the desk staff that one had to wait so long just to get to the room.

Further, when I reached my room, I asked for an iron and was told that they could not do this but I could go to the fourth floor and do it myself in a central ironing room. Maybe this is regulation in Greece (yeah right, just look at everything else in this country), but I highly doubt it and I hate when hotels do crap like this to try and force you to use dry cleaning which price gouges you. I would have used it but was told the turnaround would be at least two days unless I paid the ridiculous express fee.

Finally, due to sickness, I was forced to cut my stay short. When checking out, the hotel forced me to pay for the two extra days I had booked and showed no interest in letting this slide. I understand that when you book, it is binding, but I have never had a hotel charge me for two days extra. I would have understood one day, but charging for the following day where I am sure they had let the room out to somehow else, is a shame. I have stayed at multiple Intercontinentals in the past but I will never do so again.

Excellent choice in Athens!

from NYBob6
My wife and I stayed here in Sept 05 for 3 nights. The room was spacious and clean, with a large bathroom. All of the rooms seem to have a partial view of the Acropolis.
Though far from the Acropolis, the hotel runs a free shuttle bus to and from Plaka every half hour. Very convenient and easy.
Breakfast was $19 for a wimpy buffet, $28 for a huge amount. So we ordered off menu for about $11 and that was very adequate.
This is a large, busy hotel. Concierge assistance was quite good.
(I ate in the best restaurant of my life in Athens: EDODI. Also, SPONDI was excellent. Of course, tavernas all over Athens provide wonderful local food.)

got the job done

from twomills
Spent one night at the intercontinental prior to leaving on a cruise the next day. The Hotel was centrally located but not in walking distance to the major areas(ie. Plaka, parthenon, etc.) It had all the amenities one would expect for a luxury hotel. The rooms were adequate and we had a semi-obstructed view of the acropolis. The bed was awesome and we had a great night sleep. The buffet breakfast was good but expensive(25 euros/person). Overall we had a nice visit, but next time would opt to be closer to the main areas if possible.

Luxury and Satisfaction

from A TripAdvisor Member
Intercontinental in Athens is the place to stay! We had the business floor and access to business lounge with a terrace looking at Acropolis. What a great place to sip on your (free) champagne as you unwind after a busy day. Hotel has a shuttle to the center every 30min or an 1h ( 5 minute ride) so it is very convenient to go sightseeing in the morning, come back for siesta in the afternoon, and go again for dinner to Plaka. Service was outstandin, and they employ intelligent staff that gets your requests right.

Clean, modern hotel in Athens

from Michealangelo
This was a very nice hotel with all the amenties of a four star hotel you would come to know in the US. The bed was large and comfy, they had great oversized plush towels and a great modern bathroom. We had somewhat of a view of the Acropolis, which was nice for the times we were in the room. The breakfast was by far one of the best breakfast buffets that we have seen at European hotels. They have a free shuttle to take you into town, which was great when it was not full and thus either had to wait for another 30 minutes or take a taxi (which the later happened to us both times we tried to take the shuttle back to the hotel). The two drawbacks that are keeping me from giving this top rating: 1.) the front desk were very slow during checkout and we had to wait 15 -20 minutes and 2.) the location is slightly away from the major sights which forces you to take their shuttle, a taxi or the subway (which is a 5-10 minute walk to the nearest stop).

Loved our stay

from peakiek
The intercontinental is a wonderful hotel. The staff is gracious and very helpful. Our room was very large. It was on an upper floor with a view of the acropolis. The buffet breakfast has everything a person could want.Athough it is outside of the city center the free shuttle bus runs every half hour. It is very peaceful being away from the pace of the city. The best of both worlds.
When i return to Athens I will definitely stay at the Intercontinental

Very inviting place to stay, lovely!

from ciaohawaii
I enjoyed my stay at this hotel a lot. I recommend to go for the club level where you can get all the attention from the staff who are only dedicated to the club floor. The room was very spacious and comfortable. The view from the club launge was something! You can overlook Panthenon from there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool was a bit dissapointing. It was small than expected. When I come back to Athens, I will stay here again.

Top Local Tips for Athens

24h bus from the airport. There is 24h bus from the airport to Syntagma Square. We arrived late at night and we did not have to take an expensive taxi.

Tax drivers will get a percentage of almost everything! Make sure you don't get pushed into a restaurant/shop/etc you didn't intend to visit. Most taxi drivers, specially those outside pricey hotels, will attempt to lure you into their "recommended" spots. Most of the places are actually ok, but it is always nice to walk around and choose for oneself!

Trams and subway Public transport is very easy and affordable - don't waste money on taxis unless really necessary!

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  • Address: 89-93 Singrou Ave. - Athens - 117 45 - Greece
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