Kallithea, Athens, Greece
InterContinental Athenaeum Athens
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What it is
A monumental (and monumentally beloved) 553-room hotel overlooking the Acropolis, with a spa and a poolside rooftop bar.
What it isn't
Hungry. One of the best restaurants in the city sits on the top floor with a dove’s-eye view of the adjacent Acropolis. The menu is nothing short of divine; get the caramelized pork belly and roasted jerusalem artichokes.
What we think
You can count on InterContinentals to have all the must-have trappings of a business hotel (in-room workspaces, zippy internet, staffers that can translate from Russian to German to French). But it’s so much more. Book a Club Room here and you’ll be treated to full reign over the 8th floor Club InterContinental Lounge, which includes buffet breakfast, gratis snacks and bottomless drinks. You’ll be in good company; former Club Room guests here include Liza Minnelli, Neil Armstrong and Sean Connery (proof positive the InterContinental is James Bond-worthy).
You're here because
You like to #treatyoself, especially on vacay. In the lobby, ArtLounge maintains a constant array of deliciousness, including Viennese chocolate cream cake and, this being Greece, golden pancakes with thyme honey.
Flitting around the organic-leaning I-Spa, it’s hard to pick your next pampering spot. Want to hit the hammam? The heated ceramic beds? The kneipp herbal bath? Oops, they’ll all have to wait: it’s time for your treatment. A Himalayan salt crystal scrub that will leave you feeling like Aphrodite rising fresh from the surf.
Restaurants & Bars
Premiere - Mediterranean cuisine on a rooftop accompanied by stunning views of the Acropolis and Athens
Cafezoe - Greek and International cuisine served buffet-style or à la carte
ToBar - Home to the hotel's signature ToBar champagne along with an impressive list of local wines and malt whiskies
Premiere Bar - Rooftop bar and perfect place to admire the hotel's stunning city views
In Central Athens, a 20-minute stroll to the entrance of the Acropolis and the Fountain of Pnyx, a 507 B.C. watering hole (cistern) carved into rock that was such a gathering place it’s touted as the birthplace of democracy.