Hotel Review: InterContinental Athens Athenaeum
The InterContinental Athens Athenaeum is a luxury hotel located next to the convention center. The hotel offers a decent comfort, but didn’t really amaze me as you’ll read in this review.
My visit to Athens was rather short this time as I arrived in the late afternoon and departed again the next day around noon. The InterContinental Athens wasn’t the most convenient place for a stay like this as public transportation takes around an hour to the hotel.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Club Room
- Month of Stay: October
Nevertheless, I wanted to check out a new hotel after having stayed at the Divani Caravel Athens the last time.
Club Room at the InterContinental Athens Athenaeum
I had booked a Club Room at the InterContinental Athens and received an upgrade to a Club Room with Acropolis View as an upgrade thanks to my Ambassador Status. The room itself was fairly spacious and looked a bit like a Junior Suite.
After a small hallway with some storage space, you’ll find yourself right in the room, which has a spacious and comfortable King Bed facing a flat-screen television.
Then further to the window, there’s a big working desk with two chairs (very nice feature) on one side and a couch with another armchair next to a coffee table on the other side.
While I enjoyed the distinctive Greek design of the room, it wasn’t really my taste. Especially when it was dark, the colors looked somewhat bland. I have to admit that it looked nicer during the day though. Speaking of daylight, the view of the city was quite nice.
The bathroom of the Club Room at the InterContinental Athens Athenaeum was a little disappointing to be honest. There’s a single sink, a toilet and then a shower-tub combo with an average shower head. Especially in a room that big, I would have expected a little more.
The provided Korres toiletries were very nice though.
The coffee machine in the room (Nespress) was avery nice touch, too.
All in all, the Club Room at the InterContinnetal Athens was nice enough, while not being amazing. For example, I like the rooms at the InterContinental Düsseldorf and the InterContinental Berlin more.
Club Lounge at the InterContinental Athens Athaeneum
As I had booked a Club Room for my stay at the InterContinental, I also enjoyed access to the lounge. It’s located on the second highest floor of the hotel and is a nice enough space with contemporary interior.
The real highlight definitely is the fancy terrace.
You may ask why? Well, the views are speaking for themselves and it’s a particularly nice space on a hot summer evening.
The food spread of the lounge wasn’t anything to write home about though. The spread in the evening had two hot options (Greek fare) and a few appetizers.
Then there were some desserts and also a small salad bar. The drink options were more widespread with wines, beers and several spirits on offer.
All in all, a decent enough club lounge, which would have more potential in terms of the food offerings. The InterContinental Madrid offers a nicer choice, for example.
Breakfast at the InterContinetnal Athens Athaeneum
An example for one or two major hick-ups during my stay was breakfast. I had booked a rate including breakfast and club access and still was denied access to the restaurant breakfast. Instead, I was only given the “small” breakfast in the club lounge. Not that the choice wasn’t decent enough, but it left a bitter taste on me.
The club lounge breakfast had a few hot options, including eggs, pancakes and more. Yet, there was no option of ordering any hot food from the kitchen.
The cold options included the typical bread rolls, breads, muesli, yogurts, cold cuts, cheeses, salmon and more.
The quality of the food was quite good and I also liked that local options were available at the buffet.
Gym & Pool of the InterContinental Athens Athaeneum
While the InterContinental Athens Athaeneum offers a pool in theory, it was sadly closed during my stay in fall. Thus, I only had the chance to check out the gym, which is located in a basement room.
The equipment is quite big though and I ended up having the whole gym for myself. You’ll find modern machines for both, cardio and strength training here.
All in all, a nice gym, but there’s a lack of other recreation facilities for stays outside of summer.
Overall impressions of the InterContinental Athens Athaeneum
My stay at the InterContinental Athens Athaeneum was alright overall. The Club Rooms are spacious and come with a local touch, while having mediocre bathrooms. The Club Lounge is a physically nice space with a great terrace, but lacks in terms of the food offerings. Breakfast is on a good level, while not being great. The gym is one of the better hotel gyms out there, but the pool is sadly closed in off-season. All that combined with the fact that service was mediocre at best, I’d say that the InterContinental Athens is worth recommending for a good price, not more, not less.