After 13 days traveling around Greece including a 7 day cruise this hotel was a nice ending to an otherwise tiring but still fantastic trip.
We had heard from others in our group that this hotel was great so we moved from the Acropol to here.
Arriving at the hotel and entering into the lobby was an experience and I mean a grand one as there was a lot of empty space, floors of marble (of course in Greece everything is made with marble - its like us in Canada using wood), big chandeliers and a whole bank of elevators that never took much time to get you to whichever floor you needed (plus big enough for more than two people)
Check-in was a breeze (we all were on the 2nd floor) the room had two twin beds and oh my I didn't have to turn the power on! The room had a big window that opened, plus a bar fridge, closets that lit up when you opened them, and a tv (found only one channel in English though showing old episodes of 90210 with Greek subtitles). The bathroom was huge that had a big enough to lie down in tub, hand held shower, standard sink and toilet (dual flow).
This hotel has a top floor with a pool and let me tell you that was a welcome amenity to have especially with the 40 Celsius temperatures in Athens. There is part of the area covered overhead with nice chairs to relax in underneath. The walls are glass with a good view of the Acropolis in the distance, and a bar with the most attentive bartender I've seen - who brought each guest upon arrival a nice glass of water with either mint or small pieces of strawberry in each glass. I dont believe the pool was heated but then again who cares it was so nice to be in.
Breakfast apparently had changed style and location within the hotel from the time the other guests described it to us (this being while we were on our coach tour) to when we ended our trip there but it was still great.
Lots of fresh fruit, real fresh squeezed orange juice (not sure why but the other hotels we had been in liked the stuff tasting like tang). Eggs were fried in the style that I liked but others may not (sunny side up), bacon not quite crispy but still edible, fancy jams, breads, German cakes, scrambled eggs of two styles, baked tomatoes, fried mushrooms - and Im sure I missed something.
This hotel is also close enough to the metro station Evangelismos (highly recommend the subway system 1 Euro to almost anywhere in Athens).
Now should you leave in the morning and then return in the afternoon you will find the room all clean and tidy.
Should you leave again and return later that night you will find that the turn down pixies have invaded your room and placed a floor mat (inscribed with Bon Nuit) near each of the beds, a chocolate wrapped in a pink box on your pillow (quite yummy) and your bed covers turned down all ready for you to slip into for a nights sleep.
Like I said its the little touches that really made staying at this hotel quite the experience!
- 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