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Divani Caravel Hotel
Ranked #48 of 325 Hotels in Athens
Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Just amazing and cheap”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This hotel is incredible value. We go to Athens often (family) and stay at the Hilton just up the street. This time we tried the Divani caravel at a considerable saving, with larger accommodation. We were upgraded to a suite which was massive and they brought up canapés every day, which we could not keep up with. Upgrade and special attention probably because we came through Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) of which this hotel is a member and part of the deal is an upgrade if available. The daily canapés were the hotels idea and when I could not connect to the net (they have wifi in the rooms) the Manager personally programmed my iPad to receive wifi whilst at the hotel. Reception really helpful and friendly and of course all fluent in English.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

I spent 3 nights in a business trip. My room was small and facing a side street. There was no free wifi nor coffee or tea. The furniture was a very old style furniture. The odor of smoking was very strong although the room was non smoking. The breakfast was ok but sometimes overcrowded.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed in May 2014 and found the staff very good, the rooms are good but not large. The bathroom is very good and clean, lots of clean towels and extras. The buffet breakfast was very good but not excellent. Staff helpful and friendly. No free wifi but I can live with that altho the business centre will let you use their computer and printer free of charge for online airport checkin. Coffee shop/restaurant very good. Enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I stayed in this conference hotel, don't expect anything cozy or even contemporary. it's an efficiently run hotel, massive, lots of people, so don't expect any privacy or quiet place. The rooms are average, everything you need, but no thrills. Interior design is that of a hotel that has been there for quite a long time and has not been updated for many years. I guess for a conference hotel in Athens among the better ones you can get, but for a seasoned traveler quite disappointing in that it does not offer anything but the bare necessities of life. Unfortunately I did not have any comparisons with other hotels, didn't stay for a long time in Athens, but if this is what "luxury" means in conference hotels in Athens, well, then a lot still needs to be desired for.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Breakfast - reasonable selection, but food is not great. Waiters provide very good service.
Rooms are a little tired. Can hear noise from corridor too. View not good. Lots of shower gels and packs etc. provided. No tea making facilities though! Ask for a non-smoking room
Wifi and gym was not free which is disappointing.
Long 1 km+ walk to the centre.
Lastly, my shirt was moved to cupboard and I left it there - I asked about it after checking out and desk said it was no longer there!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

Spent 3 nights here on a conference. Location central and close to metro, which is ideal. The rooms are ok, if a little old, but clean and comfortable. What surprised mevwad the cost of wi-fi which was 36 euros for 3 days and 12 euros for the use of a fairly basic gym. Rooftop swimming pool nice, though. Servide was pleasant throughout.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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London
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

I stayed in this hotel for four nights in May and it was not a pleasant experience. here's why:
1. The picture of the pool is so far removed from the reality of the pool that it's even a little funny! Don't go there for the pool (although it's worth going just to see how different it is from the picture that they proudly display in the reception!)
2. This is not a nice neighborhood of Athens. You're stuck in a dodgy bit of town and have to catch taxis everywhere/ Catching a taxi is not particularly easy as the hotel staff are not particularly helpful.
3. The wifi doesn't work. At all. Myself and six colleagues who stayed at the same time could not get online. There is no ethernet connection in the rooms so if you plan to work there you will have to find somewhere with internet.
4. The rooms are a little old fashioned, could do with a proper clean.
5. The reception staff are okay, but they weren't particularly helpful.
6. When I went to use the gym on the saturday morning, I arrived at 10 (opening time)and it was closed. 10 minutes later the woman arrived, with a starbucks! So she was 10 minutes late for work because she went to get herself a latte. That about sums up the attitude of the staff. You have to pay 15 euros to use the cramped gym which is a total waste of money.
7. The breakfast is kind of horrible and served in a windowless underground room. Not great atmosphere!
8. The cleaning staff scream at each other across the hallway so don't expect to sleep past 7:30

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Divani Caravel Hotel

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
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Athens
#30 Business Hotel in Athens
#30 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 (40 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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