Since my son learned about ancient Greece in 2nd grade, he’s been wanting to visit Greece. After our Amalfi Coast Adventures by Disney trip last year, we decided to make our second adventure the Greek Odyssey trip. Our first stop was Athens, Greece, home of the Acropolis and Parthenon. It was a long flight from Boston to Athens (with a layover in Zurich), so we were happy to check in to our hotel, the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel. We booked a pre-adventure night, so overall, we spent four nights at the hotel, and really enjoyed it.
Review of the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
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Location of the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
Located about 40 minutes from the Athens International Airport, the Athenaeum hotel is definitely a destination in itself. As we drove through the city, we saw lots of signs directing drivers to the hotel. However, the location was actually my least favorite part of the hotel. It didn’t feel unsafe, but there really wasn’t much nearby that we wanted to visit. There is, however, a great little coffee bar across the street – we stopped there a few times to get a Cappuccino Freddo (iced cappuccino).
The resort does offer a regular, complimentary shuttle to the Parliament building in the city. From there, you can walk to many popular destinations, including the Plaka. Cabs are also readily available, and cost about 5 Euros to get to the Plaka. When we left the hotel on our own, we either took the shuttle or a cab. The helpful bellmen can easily flag down a cab, and we found it easy to get a cab back to the hotel.
The upper levels of the hotel have great views of the Acropolis, as seen in the photo above. Our room didn’t have that view, but we took the elevator up to the main hallway on the 9th floor, and had great views.
Rooms at the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
Our room at the hotel was my favorite of the trip. We had booked a family room, which included two queen beds, as well as a nice sitting area. It was a large room, even by American standards, and offered two televisions (playing the Disney Channel in English!), in-room coffee, a safe, a hairdryer, and Korres toiletries. The beds had extremely comfortable linens – we slept so well during our stay. WiFi is available, but at an additional fee. WiFi packages allow for three connections.
There are other room types available, including family rooms with a king/twin configuration, superior rooms, executive rooms, and suites. If you want your room to have a view of the Acropolis, be sure you book that type of room (additional fee applies).
Amenities at the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
As a large international hotel, the Athens Intercontinental offers a variety of fantastic amenities to keep you comfortable. My kids’ favorite was the small outdoor pool. It was so nice to have a pool in a city hotel, and my kids loved cooling off after a long day touring. There are also some sun decks located near the pool if you want to bask in the sun.
The hotel also offers a spa, several shops, a business center, a fitness center, and a very helpful concierge desk. The concierge assisted with making dinner reservations a few times and also provided us with a marked up map so that we could explore the city by foot.
Food at the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
We only ate a few meals at the hotel, but enjoyed all of them. While the city is filled with culinary treasures, you may find yourself wanting to stay in to eat.
Our hotel package included breakfast at the extensive breakfast buffet each morning. A fee generally applies for this, unless your room includes it – but it definitely is delicious. It includes omelets, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, spinach pie, yogurts, fruit, cheeses, and so much more.
There’s also a highly-rated restaurant, Premiere, located on the 10th floor of the hotel. We didn’t visit, because long pants are required and my son only packed shorts. But we heard great things from our fellow travelers, about the food and the amazing Acropolis view. If you want to dine there, be sure to pack at least one pair of long pants.
Other restaurant options at the hotel include a pool bar and a lobby cafe.
We loved our stay at the Athens Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel and would definitely stay there again. You can read more reviews here.