InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel, Athens
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Loved the Intercontinentalfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The best Hotel.from A TripAdvisor Member
Expensive, but good servicefrom naitS
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
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
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 donefrom twomills
Luxury and Satisfactionfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Clean, modern hotel in Athensfrom Michealangelo
Loved our stayfrom peakiek
When i return to Athens I will definitely stay at the Intercontinental
Very inviting place to stay, lovely!from ciaohawaii
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!
Other names for InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel
- intercontinental hotel athens
- intercontinental hotel athenaeum
- Address: 89-93 Singrou Ave. - Athens - 117 45 - Greece
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