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Divani Caravel Hotel
Ranked #59 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Adequate luxury business hotel”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

For a five star I rate this hotel as average not as very good. It is a good hotel, no doubt. Its efficient and friendly staff and the fantastic breakfast buffet are big pluses. However, I found the rooms rather standard, non descriptive even and stuffy. The public areas are casino glam, not exactly my personal taste. And really, wifi should be free and printing in the business centre not be that expensive.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Apparently it's too unsafe to use irons in the rooms and so I'd suggest adding Euro 50-100 to get your clothes pressed.

House keeping - it's a fire risk and so no irons are allowed in the rooms

Front desk - if you want an iron you should upgrade to a suite

Not a great first impression of a "Luxury' hotel when half the guests walk around in creased clothes

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Divani Caravel claims it is ideally located in the heart of city. This requires a stretch of the imagination and it is more than a kilometre walk to the nearest significant Athens attraction, the Benaki Museum, and much further to the others! It certainly is not a five star hotel. The meals are mediocre. The fee for wifi is a steep E5 for an hour. I purchased an hour and was charged for 2 hours! The place has little to recommend it for the cost and location and in fact I would not have selected the venue but it was part of a tour package! Personally I consider there to be better and cheaper hotels in the Plaka district which is truly central Athens.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wayne, New Jersey
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014

If you don't mind paying a fortune to get your clothes ironed, it is a nice hotel. They claimed it was a law, yet suites and Hilton where my friends are staying has irons. Desk staff otherwise very nice.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Great service from ALL staff. We stayed for only 1 night but wished we had stayed longer. Big, beautiful room with amazing view of the Acropolis. Very good food both at the restaurant and the breakfast buffet. The decor of the hotel is more of a huge, business-oriented one, but the excellent service and location more than make up for it. Great value too.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Vilnius
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

I think this is a real five starts hotel. This is the first hotel where I found music center, alarm clock and even umbrella in the room.
There is tea/coffee making facilities, full cosmetic set in the bathroom (including sewing kits and toothbrush set), bathrobe, slippers.
There is a nice swimming pool on the 8 floor and spa if you feel tired. Breakfast was good and fresh, eggs, yoghurts, fruits, a lot of pastries, fresh made coffee, cheese etc.
The hotel is about 1 km fom city center and the street itself is a bit noisy so I wouldn't sleep with an open window.
The strange thing was, housekeeping was coming 2 times a day "just to check" if you are still here - I don't want to be interrupt in the morning and in the evening just for "check" - please ask you manager if the room is still occupied.
And, please - I cannot swallow it - I hate that moment when you come to the restaurant and then someone who leads you to the table and see that you are from a specific country says hello in your mother tongue just to be nice... Pleas understand - this is not nice, and you are not a monkey in the circus, you only show that you know one word from my language and that is. So please keep that cheap trick and be just a nice person, that is totally enough for me as for a guest of your hotel or a restaurant.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2014

All in the advertising was leading to think that this was a great hotel. Instead: room with a very funny semi-triangular shape with window giving in a horrible dark court and aside the cleaning staff room. This staff doesn't really care if some guest at six o'clock in the morning is still asleep and they speak loud, laugh and make a lot of mess with their cleaning chariots. I would imagine that if the room was better isolated (the door maybe?), noise would be less. As for the furniture, I decided that from now on I will qualify hotels with four stars and more with their taste and use of chinese-like furniture. This hotel had awfully standard chinese-like furniture. At the ground floor shop they are selling imitation of european fashion brands items. Not acceptable and I believe not legal either!!! The lower floor restaurant, where we have been directed for our breakfast has limited seats and it can be very crowded.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: 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
#30 Business Hotel in Athens
#35 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#46 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#53 Family Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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