The Divani Collection Hotels, one of the top luxury hotel chains in Greece with a history of over 60 years, gives potential travelers some tips on what to see, where to eat and where to stay while in Athens.
The center of Athens is a delightful paradox: A buzzing metropolis with a laid-back lifestyle.
Known as the city of myths and monuments, Athens steps into a brand-new age of creatives and visionaries. With an average 300 days of sunshine a year there are more than 100 reasons to choose Athens. Locals are friendly and speak English fluently, making it impossible not to make new friends. Alongside the World Heritage monuments and magnificent museums is a twenty-first-century cultural powerhouse, featuring arts festivals, outdoor cinemas, and an ever-changing canvas of street art. And let’s not forget that the Athenian streets are also filled with cafes, bars and fine dining restaurants, making the city center a vibrant social scene.
On the other hand, the Southern part of Athens invites guests to travel to the big blue, where summer never ends!
Just 20 minutes from Athens busy city center the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside area. The gorgeous stretch of coastline with its green blue waters, organised beaches, luxury restaurants combined with the ideal climate, make you feel as if you are on an endless summer holiday.
Where to stay in Athens…
Get ready to be spoiled by choice!
For over 60 years, Divani Collection Hotels have exemplified Greek hospitality and have become synonymous with luxury, comfort and service.
When booking luxury accommodation in Greece, travelers’ needs will be met and their expectations exceeded. With an atmosphere of refinement, comfort, and hospitality in every one of their accommodation offerings, Divani Collection Hotels create something that travelers have been enjoying for decades – a true home away from home. With a variety of 7 hotels, the Divani Collection offers the essence of European elegance combined with the luxurious environment of the Athenian Riviera. Following are the collection’s hotels in Athens.
Divani Caravel Hotel
Fusing contemporary luxury with imitable elegance, Divani Caravel is a stunning hotel located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Just minutes away from constitution square, a short walk from fashionable Kolonaki and all major cultural points, this is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of Athens. Combining upscale style with elegant city living, the hotel offers 471 rooms, including 109 executive rooms and 44 suites, 3 restaurants and two bars. Whether guests are planning a conference, a top board meeting or their most memorable day, Divani Caravel’s extensive meeting space of 4.000m², latest in technological equipment and fantastic service is definitely the ideal venue to support any business requirement.
All you want to know about the Divani Caravel Hotel can be found here: www.divanicaravelhotel.com
The National Gallery is only 300 meters away!
The National Gallery of Greece just 300 m from Divani Caravel hotel is an impressive and fully renovated museum that will very soon belong in the circle of the great museums of the European capitals. Here visitors will find a treasury of modern Greek art, from the post-Byzantine years to the present day: 20,000 works of paintings, sculptures, engravings and magnificent collections proving that Greek Arts in the 19th century, followed the movements of the European avant-garde.
Divani Palace Acropolis
Just meters away from the world-famous Acropolis this is the perfect place to savor Athens fascinating history. Divani Palace Acropolis offers a variety of 250 rooms & suites that satisfy each guest and embraces how heritage and modernity blend in perfect harmony. The hotel also includes 2 restaurants, one bar and 1 roof garden restaurant with breathtaking views of the Acropolis. Divani Place Acropolis also offers 1500 m² of meeting facilities, which provide the ideal atmosphere for a conference, meeting or event. Unique details can be discovered in every corner making it the perfect base to take a time journey through the history of Athens.
All you want to know about the Divani Palace Acropolis can be found here: www.divaniacropolishotel.com
Check out the Plaka district and get ready to post on Instagram!
Divani Acropoli’s neighborhood, Plaka, is clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporates beautiful neoclassical architecture. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic and is now an area of restaurants, jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is arguably the nicest neighborhood and one of the most instagrammable districts in central Athens.
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso
On the other hand, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso’ s prime location in the heart of the Athenian Riviera offers the epitome in timeless luxury. Its imposing structure, with extensive gardens and 2 outdoor swimming pools create a unique resort feeling. With a variety of 286 rooms and suites, most enjoying breathtaking views of the Saronic Gulf, different recreational facilities one can choose from and a capacity of 2500 sqm of meeting space, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is the ideal venue for both business and pleasure. From fine dining to relaxed bites by the pool, guests will also find five different dining options offering memorable experiences. Last but not least, this luxury hotel offers the only Thalassotherapy center in the Attica region and is the perfect place to be pampered, de-stress and rejuvenate.
All you want to know about the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso can be found here: www.divaniapollonhotel.com
A hidden treasure is nearby… Vouliagmeni Lake
Special tip: Five minutes away by car from Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, is the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature, the lake of Vouliagmeni. Situated on an idyllic landscape, this rare geological phenomenon is waiting to be discovered. The lake’s blackish waters, which are continuously replenished both by the sea and the underground thermal springs, offer a natural and unique thermal spa experience.
Where to eat
Juju Bar & Restaurant @ Divani Caravel Hotel
Literally meaning “a spell for good luck”, JuJu Bar & Restaurant promises divine culinary experience and lavish entertainment, in a magical world, where reality and dreams come together. The unique character of the place and the cinematic concept, based on Federico Fellini’s 8½, stand out as soon as you step in. Art themes inspired by the movie and especially created for the venue decor, add a touch of surrealism and nostalgia to the ambiance. The menu goes beyond typical fine dining, elevating the traditional flavors we all know and trust with creative, surreal twists, completely in tune with the JuJu Bar & Restaurant concept.
For reservations: 210 7207000
Acropolis Secret @ Divani Palace Acropolis
A culinary secret lying in the shadows of the Acropolis has been revealed to lovers of fine dining. Acropolis Secret has become the city’s favorite destination for unparalleled summer evenings of unique taste. Here you will discover dishes honoring traditional Greek gastronomy but crafted with modern creativity, resulting in a distinctive, unique menu. With an emphasis on high quality Greek products, the authentic, vibrant flavors at Acropolis Secret rooftop restaurant will please even the most demanding of palates. The ultimate culinary secret resides in the heart of Athens most historic part, waiting for you to discover its truly magical atmosphere while experiencing an evening underneath the shadow of Acropolis.
For reservations: 210 9280100
A luxurious escape in Greece wouldn’t be complete if it was only limited in Athens. With three completely different hotels, Divani Collection Hotels’ presence is also seen on the island of Corfu, in the town of Meteora and in the city of Larissa.
Divani Corfu Palace is a modern, 4 star hotel, situated on the green wooded hillside of Kanoni that overlooks the pristine waters of the lagoon. Only 3 km from Corfu town this luxury hotel provides the perfect location for those who wish to be near Corfu town’s activities and famous historical center bust still experience the beauty of nature.
Divani Meteora Hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy traditional Greek hospitality in a contemporary setting surrounded by immense natural beauty, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to come and escape. The hotel offers a stunning locale from which, one can experience one of the natural wonders of the world, the religious rocks of Meteora, practically in front of their room window.
Last but not least, Divani Palace Larissa is ideally located at the heart of the commercial center of Larissa city. Just minutes away from the main square and just opposite from Larissa’s ancient theatre is definitely a luxurious meeting point both for business and cultural enthusiasts.