InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

Written and Published October 12, 2020


The Intercontinental Athenaeum Athens has been a mainstay of Athens hospitality for decades. The hotel is located about a 25-minute walk (or a short taxi ride) from the nearest Acropolis entrance.

I had been here before a few years ago and remembered the great beds but rather old rooms. This has changed as all the rooms are now remodeled.

The check-in agents mentioned that the hotel is running at just 20% occupancy despite several floors being blocked off completely. In fact, I just saw a handful of other guests during my stay.

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

I felt the room wasn't exactly brand new - it did not feel old but neither did it feel modern and it came in an odd shape. However, it was spacious and there was a bit of a view (through the very dirty windows).

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

The airconditioning worked brilliantly and it was freezing despite the 100+ degrees outside. The Internet also worked fast at 10MBit+.

We made our way to the swimming pool and to our surprise it was rather packed. The pool is quite small and just allows for a few benches. All were taken at 4 PM and just a few opened up later. Indeed the Intercontinental Athens is a Business hotel and that was a mainstay of their revenue. As with many other hotels - business travelers are missing but leisure travelers are coming back. Well, this did not help the enjoyment of the pool (which is in a rather odd shape to being with).

InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Review

Not surprisingly it was very quiet otherwise and I could sleep quite well.

The hotel has the same 50% discount offer on breakfast like many other IHG properties. However, I chose one of the local bakeries and coffee shops instead.

In sum - the Intercontinental Athens is a good business hotel. The upgrades of the room aren't spectacular but the rooms are clean, functional and the amenities work for me. However, for a purely leisure trip the hotel is too far away from the sites and the swimming pool is way too small for such a large hotel.