ATHENS, Greece -- Preparing for the next century, some hoteliers
here have invested heavily in providing guests with upgraded
facilities and state-of-the-art technology. The following provides
details on some recent improvements.
This month, a deluxe boutique property, the 30-room Andromedea
Hotel, will open an annex across the street adding 12 long-stay
suites. Visitors have a choice of air- conditioned one- and
two-bedroom suites (255 square feet and 195 square feet,
respectively) with kitchenettes and tiled baths. All suites have
balconies, and the two studios on the top floor have large
the Andromedea Hotel's rooms, suites are equipped with dataport
connections, faxes, satellite television, minibars, hair dryers and
telephones in all bathrooms.
The new wing will also be adding a health club on the top floor.
Guests from the annex and main hotel share the White Elephant
restaurant, whose gourmet reputation is based on its Polynesian and
Asian specialties; the Michelangelo restaurant specializes in
Located next to the American embassy, the Andromedea Hotel also
is distinguished by its well-decorated rooms, suites and studios
plus Persian carpets and art in the modern lobby entrance.The 470-room Divani Caravel has a new look after $10 million
was spent between 1994 and 1998 on a thorough upgrade.
Air-conditioned throughout, the hotel has two bars and two
restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, 24-hour room service and all
the other amenities of a deluxe hotel.
Its recently renovated (and more upscale) sister property, the
251-room Divani Palace Acropolis, is the Divani with the view. It
also has a small pool, a restaurant and a roof garden.
A short stroll from the Acropolis, the Divani Palace exhibits an
original section of the Themistoklean walls (built during the
Persian Wars) as well as classical sculpture copies in its
lobby.St. George Lycabettus, perched on the side of Mount Lycabettus
in fashionable Kolonaki, is now larger by 40 rooms, and all public
areas have been renovated. The 167-room establishment, with
renovated guest and public rooms, is a good choice for the traveler
who prefers the quiet of a residential district.
Room rates (all including breakfast) depend on the view. The
rates are higher for the prime, fourth-floor corner room with a
Although deluxe in category, the St. George Lycabettus has a
family-owned atmosphere. From the roof garden surrounding the pool,
one looks up at Mount Lycabettus and out to Athens, the Acropolis
and the sea. The piece-de-resistance panorama is from the Grand
Balcony dining room.The Athenaeum Inter-Continental has added a second floor to its
Club Inter-Continental, which serves its guests with a dedicated
reception area for checking in and out and offers a lounge with an
Acropolis view. It also serves a complimentary breakfast and
cocktails. Club-floor rooms are business-friendly, with direct-dial
phones, voice mail, data points for e-mail, a PC and a fax modem,
as well as fax machines, a videocassette and CD players.
Guests can also request the Athenaeum Inter-Continental's new
business rooms, with in-room workstations that have large desks and
ergonomic chairs, a printer-fax-copier machine tucked into a desk
drawer and dataport stations in the desk. Office supplies and a
coffeemaker also are available, plus dual-line telephones with
Guests who book the recently renovated presidential suite can
say they slept in the same bed as Mick Jagger did during his
September 1998 concert tour.
Other highlights include a private marbled entrance, a drawing
room with a dining area, an office and a library, a master bedroom
with a TV in the master bath, a second bedroom and bath, a small
kitchen and, of course, an Acropolis view.
Andromedea Hotel, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Phone: (800)
St. George Lycabettus Utell, Phone: (800) 44-UTELL
Divani Caravel, Phone: (011) 30-1 725-3725
Divani Palace, Phone: (011) 30-1 922-2945
Athenaeum Inter-Continental, Phone: (800) 327-0200