Divani Hotel Greece
9 / 10
Divani Caravel is centrally located, just five minutes on foot to the Evangelismos metro station and major bus lines, 10 minutes to the high street Kolonaki shopping district, and no more the 15 minutes away from a handful of the city’s major museums and monuments including the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Athens Concert Hall, the War Museum and the Byzantine & Christian Museum. The hotel also borders one of the most happening spots in Athens, the artsy Pangrati neighbourhood.
Style & character
7 / 10
Functionality is the key word. The hotel’s lobby, shops and restaurants are set in an open-plan area. Decoration is discreet in tones of brown with marble floors and wood panelling, high ceilings and soft lighting. The two centrally located crimson-red glowing statues of two lounging men add colour to the reception area, which is flanked by the hotel’s lounge café and restaurants. The revolving-door entrance is manned by vigilant porters while a grand staircase leads to the hotel’s 16 conference halls.
Service & facilities
The staff know their stuff. Receptive and attentive, they promptly offer tips for the best Athens experience arranging regular shuttle bus services for guests to the city centre while answering questions fluently in several languages. The facilities, meanwhile, are top-notch: from the rooftop pool and sundeck with its stunning views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, to the eighth-floor exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa which boasts three private treatment rooms (one for couples) for body and stone massages.
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- Room service
8 / 10
There are 471 medium-sized superior doubles and 44 executive suites. Some of the latter have spectacular views of the sea and the Acropolis; others overlook Athens’ central thoroughfares and Mt Hymettus. The executive rooms are lavishly decorated with lush embroidered fabrics, engulfing queen-sized beds, leather arm chairs and desks, with decorative wallpaper in tones of moss green, beige and brown. Bathrooms are dressed in marble, have bathtubs and are supplied with olive oil-based toiletries by Greek company Olivia. Digital climate control, hairdresser services, 24-hour in-room dining and a pillow menu are added comforts.The suites are elegant with a colonial feel, complete with Rattan chairs and cowhide rugs. Only the hotel’s two presidential suites on the eighth floor have balconies.
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Food & drink
Continental cuisine and all-day finger food is served at the Constantinople Café, while the classic Brown's Bar Restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a twist – and is also the place to go for a cocktail. Buffet breakfast is served at the Amalia Restaurant, which offers the usual continental fare as well as some healthier options including fruits, cereals and yoghurts. Very little Greek variety but the traditional custard-filled “bougatsa” pastry is worth a try.
Value for money
Superior double rooms from £137 (€160). Executive double rooms from £196 (€230). Buffet breakfast included. Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas but comes at an added £13 (€15) per night in the rooms.