Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel
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3 blocks from acropolis--great location
We just returned from Greece, and stayed 4 nights at the Divani Acropolis. I found the location to be ideal--very close to acropolis, plaka, and temple of zeus/hadrian's arch. The service was pleasant, if occasionally a little brusque. The rooms were fine, the best part is the acropolis view from the balcony. I would definitely stay here again.
Best Part of this hotel was the bartender, Fotis
We were very disappointed with the customer service at this hotel. We found the front desk staff rude, at times. One morning, while on our way out for a tour, I handed one of the staff at the front desk a stamped post card and asked, "Would you mind mailing this for me?" She refused to take the post card and told me the mail box was around the corner to the right.
Our room was booked as triple occupancy. The first night, I phoned to ask for an extra set of towels-which I received. However, for the remainder of our stay, we only received towels for 2 persons.
The music played in the hotel lobby was a totally outdated tape which included frequent repetition of "Kung Fu Fighting". We commented to the hotel manager about it (who displayed no interest whatsoever/no sincerity in our comments), and his response was, "This is an international tape!" (Yeah, from 20 years ago! Get with the program!).
The totally nicest person/most interesting (and, with the best music) was Fotis, the bartender (employee of 20+ years!). If we return to Greece, I doubt if we would stay here again. But, for sure, we would go to the bar to spend time chatting with Fotis! He's great!
Close to Acropolis, but average hotel
The main thing going for the Divani Palace Acropolis is its proximity to the Acropolis, which is only a 5-10 minute walk away. The hotel is neat and modern, but the rooms seemed small and dark. The "Acropolis View" is a misnomer. To see the Acropolis from any room (the hotel is situated sideways to the Acropolis view) one has to stand on a tiny balcony and look to the side.
The immediate neighborhood is mainly commercial/residential and not that interesting. Service was okay, and the buffet breakfast was good.
The location of this hotel was perfect for getting around. There are wonderful shops all around. If you stay at this hotel make sure you go see George. If you walk out of the hotel and turn right and go down the hill to the second block, turn to your right you will see a shoe store and in the corner a liquor shop. Tell George that Miami(Mamie) and Bet (beth) sent you. He will take you in and feed you like you were his own. Trust me!!!
The mattresses in this hotel are hard as rocks, but other than that it is a great place to stay.
Short uphill hike to the Parthenon. 10 minutes walk to Plaka (shopping!). Close to 2 subway stations. Save some bucks and buy your water, food & snacks at the grocery store across the street. Many restaurants & food places around the hotel as well. Clean, comfortable rooms. Friendly and helpful staff. Great breakfast!
Avoid the Hotel Restaurant
The Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel has a good location, near the Acropolis and Plaka, but watch out for the buffet dinner scam. It works like this: you check into your room, and there's a flyer on the table that says "free bottle of wine with your dinner in our rooftop restaurant." So you go to the rooftop restaurant, sit down, get your wine, and ask for the menu. But there is no menu: your only option is the buffet. So you inquire, "How much is the buffet?" The answer is a mind-boggling 45 euros per person!
My wife told our waiter she wasn't hungry enough to indulge in a full buffet dinner and asked whether she could just have a salad. The waiter cheerfully agreed to that and noted that he would charge her accordingly. When he brought the bill, her salad was priced at $32! Most expensive salad and "free" wine we've ever had . . . . So stay out of the Divani hotel restaurant, and walk to one of the many good restaurants nearby. You'll get better food and save a ton of money.
Not overly fancy, but we did get the room on the side of the hotel that we requested both times we stayed there (one with an Acropolis view). The room was very clean and perfectly located near the Acropolis, Plaka, metro, temple of Zeus. Easy walking to Ermou street for wonderful shopping. We would definately consider this hotel again when returning to Athens!
My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Divani Acropolis Palace in June 2004. Overall the hotel is nice. Although when requesting your room, try to get one that's not near the elevators or near the rooftop restaurant, otherwise you won't get any sleep. We were beside the elevators and these are the noisiest elevators I've ever heard. We ended up being moved. Then they moved us to a room right underneath the rooftop restaurant and we had to be moved again because evertime someone gets up from their table, you can hear their chair move. It's worth it to stay at this hotel just because of its location. It's just about a block from the base of the Acropolis, and a 5-10 minute walk from the Plaka. We would stay here again just for the location.
We stayed here at the tail end of our honeymoon and honestly didn't have high expectations after coming from Astra Apartments in Santorini (awesome place). We were pleasantly surprised with the whole place.
Nice helpful staff, clean large rooms, great location to Acropolis and Plaka (walking distance to most everything). We had a great view of the Acropolis from our balcony, and at night, it really was an impressive sight.
It does seem like they do quite a bit of tour business (saw lots of tour buses coming and going), but it didn't detract away from the overall experience at the hotel.
They also were kind enough to bring us a complimentary fruit basket and bottle of wine to our room since it was our honeymoon!! Very nice touch. Highly recommended.
Great hotel clost to everything
We stayed at the Divani Palace in late May 2003 at the recommendation of a Greek travel agent. The room was clean, large and comfortable (including the bathroom) with a nice view of the Acropolis from the balcony. The staff was helpful and friendly. The rooftop restaurant was OK, but a little pricey. A very short walk to the Acropolis and the Plaka. The area seemed very safe and friendly. Overall, we really liked the Divani Palace and would definitely stay there again.