This Crowne Plaza is a nice hotel designed with Americans in mind. The design is sleek and modern with lots of high-tech features. I was assigned a small room on the club floor one floor below the pool and dining room. Entry to the room is via credit card-type key. You place the key against a key pad and the door buzzes open. The same key is necessary to operate the elevator. The key is set into a cradle by the door and the electricity in your room works.
The room was small, but comfortable with clean and modern design, good air conditioning, and nice artwork. The king bed was comfortable with crisp cotton sheets and multiple pillows. A flat screen TV had plenty of channels and sound was channeled into the bathroom via a speaker in the bath ceiling. Nice fabrics and Berber-type carpet in this room...good lighting and plenty of hanging space in the closet. A terrace was provided with this room; no view to speak of and no furnishings on the terrace.
Note that in Athens most hotels don't designate non-smoking rooms. There were ash trays in this room, but fortunately no smoke smell. There was a nice coffee station with a mini-bar beneath. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate could be made from packets provided as part of room cost. The bath was quite comfortable with lovely irredescent tiles and indirect lighting through a stained glass panel. Amenities, face cloths, and fluffy towels added to the experience.
One floor up was a restaurant that served dinner and breakfast. The view of the hills from the breakfast room is spectacular. The breakfast was ok and included two kinds of eggs, sausages, bacon, breads, sweet rolls, fruit, yogurt, and cereals. The pool was just outside and was quite small, but in the heat of early September in Athens, its cool water was refreshing. Very few people seemed to use it.
Downstairs, the reception area was expansive with a nice bar and lots of seating. Overall, the hotel was comfortable and nicely decorated, but I consider it too from from the Plaka district to be convenient for tourists who want to see the city. It's about a half hour walk to Syntagma Square, a long way in hot weather. The metro stop is quite close, however. On a future trip to Athens, I think I'd prefer to be closer to the action of the Plaka district.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre hotel is situated in the heart of Athens, very close to the historical sites of Athens,only 10min. from Acropolis, the traditional Plaka area (old town) and Syntagma (Constitution) square. Its excellent location attracts both business and leisure travelers.Being outside the restricted traffic zone provides parking facilities and becomes a favorite meeting place.The hotel is only 5min. walking distance from metro station 'Megaro Moussikis' and 30min. by car from El.Venizelos International airport. All rooms (standard, club rooms and suites of elegant comfort), are equipped with wireless highspeed internet access. Also the Business Centre which is located at the lobby area offers to all registered guests half hour free internet access per day.The 14 renovated convention rooms with wireless connectivity are suitable for professional and social gatherings.'Ambrosia Restaurant' with Greek and international kitchen promises moments of tasteful enjoyment and ultimate relaxation.'Nectar Bar' located on the ground floor is the perfect meeting place to enjoy your favourite drink or snack. In the summertime at theroof garden pool (complimentary use), you may enjoy the panoramic view of Lycabettus hill and the Acropolis. You may begin or end your day with a refreshing workout in our gym, or have an appointment for massage or sauna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Athens
- Holiday Inn Athens
- Crowne Plaza Hotel