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“Very good but not quite gfive star.”

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Divani Caravel Hotel
Ranked #53 of 281 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 March 2012

Whenever I write a review for this site I try to be very careful. I never review a 2 star property as if it should be 3 or 4 as many do. This hotel is a 5 star so you have to rate it by rigorous standards. The service is very good. Always someone around to help you with your needs. The public spaces are very large on many levels - resembles a cruise ship in some ways. They have excellent conference facilities and can cater for food on a grand scale. But I have to say neither the public spaces nor the rooms measure up to what most people would consider 5 star. No real luxury or flower displays etc. if you've stayed at a Shangri La or the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok or a 5 star in Paris or Vienna you may be disappointed. The rooms (standard) are absolutely fine but not luxurious and the whole place has a slightly old fashioned look. Higher grade rooms may be better Other reviewers have said there are no curtains in the shower. Well honestly! Who cares! There's a glass screen which is much easier to keep clean and certainly meets the bill for me. Some detractors spoil their case by exaggerating. A coffee IS expensive but it's 5.50 NOT 6 something and with that you get 2 cups as it comes in a jug and you get a glass of water. Someone complains about a a €15 Internet charge. True but that's for 24 hours. You can get it cheaper for less time. I'm one that thinks all WIFI charges should be abolished everywhere but it's not that bad. If you consider this hotel as a superior 4 star with a few 5 star touches, you should be very happy. If you are staying there with a group or a travel company you should think yourself very lucky. It has good service for luggage and plenty of space to relax and you can swim if you want. Good location close to the Hilton and downtown. Breakfast buffet cannot compare with a 5 star Asian hotel and there are no fancy chefs standing around cooking your eggs as you like them which is a little surprising when you think that even some Holiday Inns do that! But really, there's plenty of variety and only the genuine connesseurs of 5 star luxury will quibble!! Greece is a great country which needs all our support. Any street troubles in the present hard times are very localised and should not stop anyone going. This hotel is a great place to stay and although it's rated 5 star, it's prices are not in the genuine 5 star bracket. Way below London and Paris for example. Go and enjoy. I'm just back from a 3 day conference there and I was not upset about anything!

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Reviewed 21 March 2012

I'm sorry to say this is going to be my last night in Athens and at the Divani Caravel Hotel :(

I fell in love with this city, the people, the food, the art and the culture. But I was mostly surprised by the amazing level of service at this hotel, and how helping and friendly the staff is.

If you're going to Athens, you might want to consider this hotel among your list of potential hotels, and I hope you'll get to experience Athens in all its beauty like I did :)

I <3 Athens :)

Room Tip: I got room # 605 which has a view of the Acropolis! just a tip :)
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Thank SanJB85
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The Hotel is in a good location. Very near to Kolanaki & Syntagma Square. Good breakfast & roof top pool bar.
Only thing I didn't like is the old TV. I hope they will move to LCD TVs soon.

Room Tip: Ask for Acropolis view rooms.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Narasimha R
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Rooms and service was excellent
Food was the best
Very polite waiters
I do recommend ifbthe service isnstill asnprevious

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Arash723
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Just spent 3 days: food is on but very pricy, 18€ to watch one movie in your room, 14€ to clean one T shirt, 12€ to access a small Gym, 25€ for internet access for 48 hours.
Old design, old carpet, old tv.....
Choose another place to stay, it was a terrible experience and
way too pricy for the prestations.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

I went to Athens for business and decided to stay in this hotel as it had a good name and good location. However, at the end of my trip, I was rather disappointed with the experience.

The rooms were a bit old-feeling and it seemed that it needed a renovation/modernisation. Staff were relatively friendly, but it depended on who you actually talked to.

Also, the prices in the hotel were overly priced and expensive. At the bar, I ordered a beer (a Mythos - which is the local brand) and when I got the bill, I was shocked to see that it cost 10 euros! Imagine if I had ordered an imported brand!

The positive things about the hotel was the rooftop swimming pool and bar, and since I went during the summer months, you could sit outside. The view was quite impressive, especially at night when you could see the Acropolis in all its glory. Also, the hotel was located in a convenient area and close to the metro line which made getting around Athens (for my business and personal time) quite easy and less frustrating than taking a car/taxi.

However, these positive things couldn't make up for all the negatives that I encountered so I would not go there again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

I stay at DIVANI CARAVEL for a week,and i want to thanks all the staf for the hospitality that they offer to me.
The room was big enought for 4 person,very clean and comfort.
The breakfast has everything that you can imagine .
The most impresive thing was the staff.Everybody were friendly and ready to offer any help,something rare for hotel at this class.
The location is a plus,such as the transportation choise that you have.
A must choise when visit ATHENS

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank nchania
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Additional Information about Divani Caravel Hotel

Address: Leoforos Vasileos Alexandrou 2, Athens 16121, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Athens
#25 Business Hotel in Athens
#33 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#41 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#46 Family Hotel in Athens
Price Range: £113 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Divani Caravel Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 471
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Divani Caravel is a 5 star hotel ideally situated in central Athens. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Divani Caravel exemplifies refined luxury and exceptional service. Our hotel accommodation features 471 rooms (42 suites and 2 Presidential suites). Facilities: health club and spa, swimming pool and fitness centre. Divani Caravel also hosts memorable events and weddings in its elegant meeting settings and restaurants. ... more   less 
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