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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Divani Caravel Athens
- Hotel Divani Caravel