Overall, this is a nice hotel. But, for someone booking a 5 star property, this can disappoint a bit. I had booked this trip as a surprise for my wife to celebrate our anniversary. When checking in, I had asked the receptionist on the side if they had a note that this was for our anniversary, and their front desk supervisor confirmed yes (not much with a smile). I wasn't really expecting a free meal, wine or spa treatment, but just a single rose kept on our bed would have been a nice touch to have when my wife walked into the room.
Aside from this, I find it strange that the hotel does not keep complimentary drinking water bottles in the room. I was asked to use the bathroom tap to drink, as "tap water in Greece is clean." I would expect this maybe of a local hotel, but not from an Intercon property. I'd rather they would charge an additional 5 euro per night on the bill, if covering the cost of 3-4 bottles of water per day is really that heavy for them. The 500ml bottles in the mini-bar cost over 5 euros each, while you can buy the same brand from the market for around 50cents.
The breakfast is good, although they seem to love to deep-fry their eggs. I suggest if you are in the habit of having a normal omelette or sunny-side up (not one prepared by a college roommate), ask the chef to prepare one with very little oil, and stand right there to see him prepare it, or he won't get it right -- up to the extent, he will claim he didn't hear you say 'very little oil, please.'
Aside form this, the room was clean. It appears to be an old property, so expect to find a bit of rust around some drains and taps, but we only found this in our first room while in Athens. We then left Athens to travel around Greece and returned to the property for one last night in Athens to catch a morning flight. The second room was a lot more cleaner and polished.
They offer a complimentary shuttle to the city center, which is very convenient. Some staff members are really friendly, whilst some seem a bit off. There is no free wifi anywhere in the hotel, not even in the lobby; which seems really strange for an international 5 star chain. We usually used the internet at cafes and restaurants around the city when getting lunch or dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No wonder the Athenaeum InterContinental has been named Greece s leading hotel time and again. Athens largest guestrooms, award winning fine dining venues and a central location appeal to business and leisure travellers alike. Within a few kilometres are the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo and the PlÃ¡ka. Metro and tram stations are also nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel Athens
- Intercontinental Hotel Athens
- Intercontinental Hotel Athenaeum