➔ Austrian Airlines A320, Business Class, LHR-VIE
➔ Austrian Airlines A320, Business Class, VIE-ATH
➔ Athens: In Pictures
➔ Intercontinental Athenaeum Athens Hotel
➔ Aegean A320neo, Business Class, ATH-MUC
➔ Lufthansa Cityline CR9, Business Class, MUC-VIE
➔ Austrian Airlines A320, Business Class, VIE-LHR
Wanting to get an IHG stay under my belt for the year, the Intercontinental Athenaeum looked to be the best option. Whilst I wouldn’t exactly say it was cheap, it was still not too unreasonably priced for an Intercontinental. There was also a Crowne Plaza in the city, although it looked to be further out of town. Also present was a Holiday Inn nearer to the airport.
Location wise, it was a little way out of town. It was around a 15-20 minute walk to the Acropolis museum. A further 10 minutes walk was Syntagma Square. Although the hotel did offer a free shuttle to the area also.
The check in procedure itself was fairly standard. Along with the swipe of the card for incidentals. Despite having pre paid. Although the charge didn’t show up when checking my account online so not entirely sure what they did.
One area where it was different however was after check in. The guest relations manager appeared, introduced herself and escorted me to my room.
A good enough gesture, but I prefer to make my own way up. The whole having to make small talk etc never sits well with me.
When reaching the room, it was much larger than standard. As per usual, the first thing was the bathroom. Again, this was larger than the usual.
The standard Intercontinental amenities were provided.
Heading back out of the bathroom, next up was a comprehensively stocked minibar.
Along with tea and coffee making facilities.
On to the main bedroom, there was a large bed.
At the far end of the room was a lounge area, which was welcome.
Opposite this was a desk with a range of power points nearby, along with USB charging.
There was a TV in the room, although it wasn’t the best quality in the world. Also considering the size of the rest of the room, it was a little on the small side. There were a few English channels available.
Also available in the hotel was a bar, a few shops, a pool and an auditorium. Although all of these areas were closed.
Overall, the Intercontinental Athenaeum is a decent hotel. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was the best Intercontinental I’ve stayed in. But it was perfectly acceptable. It had clearly been a few years since the room had a refurbishment, although everything was in working order. And more importantly, clean.
All the staff I encountered were great. For a future stay in Athens, I will likely return to this property.